Chris Spooner

27 Feb

That’s right!
I’ve had my eye on a new car for the past few months, and kept changing my mind about what I wanted. We needed something bigger for everyday practical use, and something that will easily accommodate our soon to be pet dog.
This particular model we’ve bought brings together everything I liked about the other potential cars I was looking into one. Here’s a few clues for you petrol heads. Let’s see if you can guess!

– It’s Japanese
– It’s four wheel drive
– It’s a 2003 model
– It has a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, flat-four (that’s a big clue right there!), turbo, petrol engine
– It has the ability to go off-road
… I think that leaves about two possibilities?
– It doesn’t begin with I, O or L.


Mark Shingleton, Chris Kemm and Ryan Dean-Corke picked it up straight away. It’s a Subaru Forester:

Some photos

Here’s a few little iPhone shots from a run out yesterday afternoon.

First impressions – The 2.0L turbo and AWD combination is amazing. I’m used to waiting until my old C2 VTS hit its main power curve at 4000rpm upwards, being a typical high-revving hot hatch. The Forester just makes a roar and launches you forward. It’s also a nice change going from low, stiff sports suspension to having off-road capabilities; it makes running over speed bumps and children a breeze!

By the way, my C2 VTS (2006, 56plate, 25k miles) is for sale if there’s anyone interested? ;-)


  1. Brian Hough says:

    My guess would be some sort of Subaru. WRX perhaps.

  2. Gotta be a forester ;)

  3. Brian was close, but Mark hit the mark! No doubt I narrowed it down a little too much, @chriskemm ( and @ryandc ( also got it straight away.

    Despite the time being an hour out here on my blog, it looks like Mark got in first.

  4. vince says:

    Sounds like a scooby too me :)

  5. Danstyled says:

    Mitsubishi Pajero

  6. Tom Walters says:

    Is it a Honda CR-V? Or maybe a 2003 Subaru Forester?

  7. ximi says:

    I’m much more interested in the dog than the car ;)

    What kind of dog do you have in mind?

  8. @ximi We’re all registered up to adopt a Labrador Retriever from the local rescue. We don’t have any ideas on colour yet, but it’s likely going to be a young male between 8months and 2years. Just waiting for the phone call.

  9. JohnONolan says:

    Awesome mate! Got pics of it? :)

  10. Allen P. says:

    The Subaru Forester (2003-20005) is my dream car, actually! Good choice!

  11. Alex Mcvitie says:

    Good choice chris nice car! and black is very sleek!

  12. Alan says:

    Nice car Chris, i enjoyed using a Toyota RAV4 when i was in Florida a year or so ago, and have to say if i had the money i would seriously consider a 4X4.

  13. dana says:

    You get cool points for getting a Subaru, but I’m taking them all away cos it’s an SUV. Sorry man, they just shouldn’t exist as status symbols :p

  14. Subaru rocks. UK is really beautiful, and a forester is a good choice i think. Enjoy the drive.

    Hey Chris come to Kerala(India) once .

  15. Antony says:

    And a darn fine choice of car at that!

  16. Nice choise brow…..
    like Nissan X-Trail.

  17. jack bobby says:

    Good choice chris nice car

  18. Chris Kemm says:

    Looking sweet :-)

  19. JohnONolan says:

    Nice update with the pics, and

    “it makes running over speed bumps and children a breeze!”

    ROFL :D

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