4k - I just went for bluebook and it paid off the loan and left me with 1k for my next car.
I figured the Forester is so under the radar and buying one used it is less likely to be beaten on than say a wrx. No one drives them except old people and lesbians ... so chances are that it wasn't driven hard. I raced my buddy in his XT forester and his was bone stock ... we were dead even. So I can still have the go powah but I will be trading the handling for more clearance and camping fun.
So now I am on my quest for an XT with a manual tranny.
..:: sleestak ::..
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