(Professor) Ken Harley
Since my first Forester in 2006 I’ve loved the Forester for its comfort, exceptional reliability, and its ability on all types of terrain whether highways, muddy rural roads, sand tracks in Mozambique, or tracks into remote valleys for canoeing. It’s truly the supreme all rounder. I didn’t think it possible for Subaru to improve on the first two Foresters I had, but my current Forester Sport has proved me wrong. It’s brilliant.
Dealer service and support at Subaru Pietermaritzburg has also been terrific.
Alain King was looking for something to suit what can only be an described as an adventurous lifestyle. From camping to nature reserves, Alain tells us about why his Subaru Forester is so good for he and his family. He shares his story with us.
Elisha Karambakuwa drives a World Rally Blue WRX STI, a Forester S-Edition and a 2015 WRX. The bug bit quite early on in life and it seems it stuck. As he says, “I was hooked.”
Elisha shares his story with us. “The blue and gold was the favourite of all.”
HR Professional, Gym-lover, body-boarder, mountain biker and so much more – Fay Gabier is at home in her Subaru XV. She treasures the safety rating, the value for money and of course, its ability to do adventure beyond measure.
One of these adventures includes 2 girls; a Subaru XV and the Sani Pass. . .
That’s a Subaru for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Kyle Merrington owns a Subaru Forester S-Edition and has been a ‘Subaru-guy’ since age 14.
“The ability of a Subaru to make you feel like a teenager at the age of 32 is what sets them apart.”
Kyle has driven other cars but seems to keep coming back to Subaru. A biking lifestyle and business meant he needed something practical, spacious yet exciting at the same time.
Thank you Kyle.
John tells an emotional story of a journey with his Subaru Legacy GT. It’s his daily drive but there’s so much more to his story than meets the eye.
John shares his story of progression, depression and how it all changed to success and self-acceptance.
Thank you John….what a story. What a car.
Subaru Legacy GT
Meet Gareth – a passionate Subaru Impreza WRX STI owner.
The looks, the performance, the safety – These are some of the main attributes of why Gareth drives the legendary ‘Blobeye’ that he watched winning rallies as a child. As a daily driver, the STI has proven every bit the dream come true for Gareth.
Mayuri & Yash Ramkolowan
Meet Mayuri & Yash Ramkolowan, first-time Subaru owners. After some unfortunate news about their previous car, the Subaru XV’s arrival was a blessing. It seems to have fitted into the hustle and bustle of the Ramkolowan’s lives with absolute ease, never getting unnerved by any of the adventures thrown its way. From kids to dogs, busy lives and adventurous getaways, Mayuri and Yash share their #SubieStories.
Reen & Vicky Naidoo
Meet The Naidoo’s – Reen and Vicky both drive a pair of very special and rare Subaru Foresters, each with their own story and passion.
Fazel & Jay Seedat
Johannesburg couple, Jay and Fazel Seedat have what some might term, the perfect two-car garage. Jay drives the practical and capable Subaru Forester whilst Jay insists on running his Subaru WRX ProDrive. These cars seem to complement the Seedat family and it seems that the Subaru brand is working its way into the younger members of the family too.
Jay and Fazel tell us their SubieStories!
I have a 2nd generation pre facelift 2012 Subaru XV 2.0 Highline CVT and many people stop me and ask about the car as they dont know it. Its a lovely car and even with 212000km on the odo it still runs like clockwork. It also aint just a city cruiser as most people that have them dont think they are capable offroad. Well they surely are. I drive mine where guys with FJ Cruisers fear to tread….
All stock standard apart from some Dunlop AT5 tyres in size 217/ 60 R 17
On the 27th January 2021, I was on my way home from work. It was raining very heavily. I was on the freeway heading home. There was a diesel/oil patch on the freeway, that I didn’t not notice, due to the water logged freeway, that I dove into. I lost control of the vehicle, hit into the barriers, spun around a few times and rolled over the barriers, with the vehicle landing on the roof in the centre medium. I want to commend Subaru for the brilliant build and structural integrity of the 2008 Legacy 2.0R Wagon that I drove. I emerged from the wreckage, unscathed. Thank you for building cars with such rigidity and safety. I attached a few pics of my incident. Also, God was with me, but I want to thank God for the design and build of the 2008 Legacy 2.0R Wagon, had I been in any other vehicle, the outcome would not have been a pleasant one. Thank you again Subaru.
Please ensure that this appreciation of the build, goes to the correct department.
Some time ago Joos Stassen from Subaru Nelspruit took me out in a demo XV to show me the true characteristics of the Subaru XV of which I have the 2019 model. He impressed upon me the road holding capabilities and handling dynamics of this vehicle in emergency type situations. Well true to form I had to put this to the test a couple of weeks ago. I was returning to Nelspruit from the Kruger park along the N4 highway late in the afternoon. Suddenly a vehicle approaching the highway from an intersection on the right hand side failed to stop and entered the highway trying to brake and miss traffic that was turning into the intersection. I was in the extreme left hand lane doing 100 km/hr. There was an oncoming vehicle who failed to see the transgression and swerved into my lane. All I had was a split second before a collision was imminent. There was a concrete storm water run off from the highway on my left and remembering what Joos had told me I allowed the XV to leave the highway and into the storm water run off. There was no swerving or mishandling of the XV. It remained straight and true and came back onto the highway a few metres on and luckily we missed the oncoming car. True asymmetric AWD technology. Thank you Subaru. You saved the life of my wife and I.
Being a bit of a petrol head, when we set out to buy our family car, we took almost a year, and test drove everything we could. A few cars came close, but every single one had a core bad point, that just didn’t work for me. Somehow in my search, I forgot a bit about Subaru, and when my dad asked what I thought of the Subaru XV, I was a bit embarrassed. I immediately fixed this error on my behalf by test driving the new Eyesight version of the XV, and that was it. I was initially, like everyone, wary of a CVT gearbox, but what a gearbox… Want to cruise in comfort, use auto. Want to have more control and fun? Use the paddles. I had to take my Fiesta ST out yesterday for the first time in months, just to check the tires and let it run for a bit and not sit in the garage all the time, because every time I have to leave the house, I grab the XV’s keys.
We love the vehicle. My dogs can’t get enough of driving with us and I plan to take them to East London in December for a road trip. You guys are really awesome, thank you.
Pure driving pleasure.
Everything makes this car special. The looks, the beat, the performance, the handling, the safety, the comfort, stylish interior and the fact that you can use it daily and on weekends as a race car.
It is different and up to date with the latest technology! I feel proud and safe when driving around! The drive is very comfortable, and I just want to travel!.
Well, simply put, this is the car that works with my life. Only had it six months and already done two road trips, and have some more planned for the future… The Outback is really just the perfect car for my (and my family’s) life.
Very spacious and, on the open road, very economical. Can go places.
Tim Larthe de Langladure
For 325 000km, no problem. Then I put a replacement motor in, and bar a few teething problems, she has done 365 000km. The most forgiving car I have ever owned or driven.
It is a great car: fuel efficient, powerful and nice to drive.
Well, it’s just so good to drive. Safe, nippy, well balanced and reliable!.
Dr Stephan Fourie
Very nice, stable and good-looking car. Lots of space and extras, with very solid build and drives like a dream.
It’s a Subaru like all the other Subarus, so it’s inherently special. More to the point, this one is mine!.
It’s fuel efficient and allows me to go anywhere, without worrying about getting stuck.
The sound it makes!.
Ruan de Flamingh
I’ve always loved a Subaru. I was in matric when they released the 2007 Impreza WRX STI (Hawkeye) and I’ve been in love ever since. Now I drive my own Subaru WRX and it’s like I’ve conquered a mountain and taken my life to the next seven steps – just because I own this car. Truly a fantastic machine and the handling is superb. Just gotta loooooovvveeee that Boxer sound, haha!
Elaine de Chalain
I waited three years to get my WRX. When I considered trading in my Forester for another brand’s vehicle, I felt like I was cheating on my car. Buying the WRX felt right. I love my car… This is my forever car.
It’s like no other driving experience you’ve had! When you get in the car, it’s almost like getting behind the wheel of a rocket ship with the comfort of a Bentley. One thing all Subaru owners know is that we are like a family. I don’t see other car owners wave as they drive by… It’s like a connection! JDM all the way.
Perfect family vehicle!.
Everything about the Forester makes the car special.
My Subie is special because she is unique. She stands out from the crowd and often captures an inquisitive eye or the attention of another Subaru driver. She is reliable, always willing to assist – whether it is a short drive to the mall or an adventure through the thick sand of the Kalahari. I replaced my previous Forester with a Forester and the likelihood of replacing my Subie with something that is not Subaru is highly unlikely. Once you’re hooked, you are hooked.
It’s my first Subaru and it is awesome driving it!.
More than 10 years old and still brings me immeasurable pleasure every time I drive it. Still looks the part in this modern day and age!.
What doesn’t make it special? The car is just amazing.
Hy is all-wheel drive, gemaklik, vinnig genoeg en betroubaar.
The double-volume sunroof is brilliant for game viewing.
Christy Van Eck
The all-wheel drive makes a huge difference: Superb grip in wet weather, giving me more confidence to drive in any weather
Very comfortable ride. Excellent road handling, especially on hardened rural roads.
If there is a road in front of me, I know my Forester will keep me safe. For example, the backroad over the mountains from Augrabies National Park to Riemvasmaak…
Hassle-free and trustworthy ownership (expensive, though, by comparison), solid build, great handling, great performance (at fuel penalty), firm but comfortable ride, reasonable creature comforts and features.
Nice to drive on-road, and takes us off-road to where we need to go. The family likes the interior spaciousness, the headroom and the rear legroom. It’s my third Forester and I’d buy one again.
We can travel on hills and steeps, even in bad weather conditions. With the space in the boot, I can travel for days with my family. The technology that comes with the car at no extra costs is amazing.
We got our ‘treasure’ in 2016 and we have made such memories in it. I love the way it gave us a smooth ride on the terrible Zimbabwe roads. I also love the fact that I have power on tap, whenever it’s needed. It’s a beautiful car.
Sporty and comfy, adventurous, a city slicker and dependable, with loads of fun… Vrooooom vrooooom.
From the moment I took the Subaru for a test drive, I knew it was in a different class. Subaru is value for money, compared to vehicles in the same class. Subaru is safe and of excellent quality. I know several Subaru owners who are passionate about their vehicles and tend to keep them. I love being able to drive my Subaru in urban areas, but also to take it off-road. My Subaru took us safely up and down the Sani Pass last year.
It is so off-road capable yet drives so nicely around town, where it spends 95% of its life.
The whole car is just special. Fuel consumption, power, CVT gearbox, low maintenance cost and overall driver satisfaction.
Have had three Subarus so far and apart from a burst radiator on a 2015 Forester 2.5 XT, we have not had a day’s trouble. Very capable and underrated vehicles in my opinion. Very solid, safe and dependable.
It is awesome!!! .
Eyesight! Contributes to better awareness of the road and other road users. Also, ground clearance: the XV handles beautifully on dirt roads.
Independence to drive anywhere!.
Features and great handling.
Fun to drive and functional for work.
Great to drive, very comfortable and reliable.
My wife loves her XV more than she loves me. Nothing ever goes wrong. It’s bright orange, demands attention, is fun, consistent, and safe.
My Subaru is the most reliable vehicle that I have ever owned. She drives very comfortable, both on tar and gravel and I have peace of mind because of her safety rating, excellent road-holding capability and reliability.
The XV is an excellent crossover car. It has the compactness of a bigger hatch, but the ground clearance and driving convenience of a bigger SUV – certainly a perfect all-rounder! Its sleek features (and colour – mine is plasma green) also catches the eye. My next car will probably be an XV again!.
We have recently purchased a 2006 Legacy. It is currently undergoing a “metamorphosis” of its own. to add our personal touch to it. You know Subarus are built to last for a very long time.
It drives like magic and can go anywhere.
Perfect family vehicle!
Did a trip to Calverton Trout farm just outside Lydenburg. Very muddy and slippery roads due to all the recent rains. But my XV handled everything with ease