A friend of ours has a cottage on Ocracoke and used a Forester for a year or two. After the 3rd tow off the beach she bought a new Jeep. It's the oldest story on the beach - it worked fine until it didn't.
I'd already owned a new 2001 Forester Limited for a short while, so I already knew the limitations of systems that shifted power from front to back and even side to side - sometimes they're too slow and they are usually unpredictable when they start hunting for traction. My limited even had limited slip on the rear axle.
Fwiw, I had a new 1986 Subaru GL wagon I kept for 14 years. This was the older body with 85 hp an a 5-speed - pre-Outback. It had p-time 4wd with hi/lo range, a factory steel skid plate, factory armored exhaust, 3-position manually adjustable rear shocks and 13" white spoke wheels. It came with 185/70-13 tires on it so they had a little more footprint than the tires that came on the other models. Using 14 or 15 psi worked wonderfully except for those rare occasions I'd have to go to 10 psi to get over some of the mostly pea gravel ramp approaches on the northern beaches. Finally the salt got to it and the front subframe members rusted through.