I contacted soa a week ago via email about the wait issue and to see if they would compensate me for my troubles, they didn't. They also could not locate my car via von which is hillarious since when i call them I can get info on the car. I would say if you didn't want to wait you could jump on a crosstrek or an outback. The forester is being replaced so the new model will get a nice mpg jump in comparison with the current ones. If mpg is a strong factor then you would still have to wait. Also the new forester will be cvt not 4speed auto so there will be a difference in feel. The wait can work to your advantage as you can gear up on stuff needed for car.