I want to buy an 06-08 Forester XT and on Friday I went to test drive an Automatic. Now, I know the auto box isn't the best and the forester weighs a good 300kg/600lbs more than my Astra Coupe, but it just felt like it wasn't going anywhere. It's supposed to have about the same power and torque figures as my Astra, but it felt like it wasn't coming on boost at all and I heard a distinct hissing sound from around 3000RPM.
Now, not being familiar with the forester XT and not having driven an automatic anything before, I can't tell if there was something wrong with it. The salesman seems to think the car is perfect, but it just didn't feel like a 169kW/230BHP car. I didn't feel any sort of push back into my seat when I floored it and as I said, the hissing sound may or may not point to a boost leak, but I don't know. My knowledge is limited to Vauxhall/Opel performance engines so I can't tell what is and what is NOT normal.
Any ideas? How SHOULD the 2006 Forester XT feel under full acceleration?