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A large improvement over previous Forester. Lots of torque in low RPM. Doesn't feel like a 4 cylinder. The black interior is really nice. Has cloth on the sunvisors too. No complaints
 

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Sweet! Are there 5-speed versions available or only Auto?
 

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hey...what's the int. like? racing style seats at all..like with bolsters or anything..or is it pretty much like the regular forester? i'm trying to talk my parents into it..1 turbo subie+1turbo subie = fun for the whole family :)

oh and i would guess that they have a 5 speed..i was reading that subaru magazine they sound out and they were talkign about their new HillHolder system for manual Foresters, so i would imagine they would offer the XT in manual as well.
 

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Own it!

I picked up the XT 2 days ago. This is my first Subaru and I am glad I waited for the turbo version.
There is a 5 speed but you can't get leather or a sun roof with that. If you want a sun roof you have to get the auto trans and leather setup. The leather seems nicer than the 2003 models
Mine is a auto trans with cloth seats. I think the seats are the standard forster shape but with firmer cushions and black interior like the WRX. The salesman said he heard it is has a detuned STI engine. Sticker MPG says 19/23 and it does require min 91 octane.
This break-in period sucks:(
 

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how does the spool up and acceleration feel? does it have the same low end grunt as a 2.5l N/A??? Please tell us. I'd like to know if I should wait for the 2.5 turbo in the next generation legacy, or go for the wrx wagon.
 

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Just drove one last night. Yep, it's got low end power. Acceleration is not as much as a normal WRX, but not bad at all. I drove the 5-speed. I was able to spool it up and spin all four tires from a stop, so it's definitely way more powerful than my normal Forester. I really, really, like it. It's beautiful to my eyes, goes like hell, and they've done a very nice job with the interior. It needs a short-shifter like you wouldn't believe, though. The engine sounds awesome, but it could also do with a nice throaty exhaust.

And before you ask about me doing 4500-rpm clutch dumps in a test-drive car, my friend is an auto writer, and I borrowed the car from him. No cars anyone would actually buy were harmed in the making of this post. ;)
 
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