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2001 Subaru Forester

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 25/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2001 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 284 Ratings for the 1998 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Great vehicle until it hits the 100,000 mile range

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handles well, great cold weather vehicle with AWD."

Cons: "When it goes, it is big $$$$!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I purchased this forester with 33,000 miles for just over $17000. It ran great for about 70,000 miles, and then the repairs started. Rear wheel bearing, spark plug oil seals, head gasket (pending), exhaust flanges, front and rear bushings, undercarriage rust. It will cost about $4000 to keep this car on the road. I will be trading it in, most likely."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Well built, reliable, AWD, and great MPG"

Cons: "Ugly, tough plugs to get to, small back seat!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm from Minnesota and just got this car from a friend 2013 summer. I have yet to have a problem in 20k miles, drove it to Nebraska and back non-stop with zero issues, the 5 speed is on par and clutch works amazing still. Being from Minnesota we had a especially rough winter this year and the car started every single time whether it was -40 or above freezing. The AWD system is amazing, I had slid in to a ditch across from a parking lot due to some hockey rink style ice and I drove out of 3 feet of snow like it was dry grass. I cant say enough good things about this car. Not to mention I average 23-26 mpg at 180k miles (combo of city and highway)!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great all wheel drive for snow and ice driving

By on Friday, May 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price"

Cons: "needs brakes and tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

front of car

"This car runs great, however, it needs new brakes and tires. May also need a battery due to has been sitting for a while. Has minor scratches on the left side and a slightly cracked windshield that does not need to be fixed - I drove with it for a long time like that."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

front of car

my money pit

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: died

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "space"

Cons: "everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I owned the car for two months. The dealer didnt tell me it needed a coil pack thermostat vbelt new battery breaks rotors tires struts etc. I get a new thermostat once the coolant circulates theres a huge leak and not even ten miles down the road power steering goes car stalls and wont start I paid 1000S put 800$ into it and had to junk it only recieving 300$ do not buy a forester they have way too many issues. If you get a subaru get it new and tale good care of it look up how and when to manage we and service you car. Also do not believe mechanics they will let your car have issues to get your money.they tried making me warp my head gaskets"

6 people out of 23 found this review helpful

The best I could have owned...

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "worth the price, long-lived, fun and functional."

Cons: "poor location for heated seat controls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2002 Forester, purchased new in 2001...13 years old in 2014...it's been everywhere!

"It needed minimal repairs throughout it's life, and took me everywhere I wanted to go. Great for dirt roads, because of the higher wheel base! The driver's side rear wheel bearing went out twice, but the other one was fine. At 213,000 miles, it still has the original hoses, one set of brakes are original, most lightbulbs are original...Only had to replace headlights, belts, timing belt... Eventually, had to replace struts. It never left me stranded, and it had enough interior space for me to haul anything...I got three hay bales in it one time! I love this car!!"

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

2002 Forester, purchased new in 2001...13 years old in 2014...it's been everywhere!

Rock Solid

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "As reliable as they come"

Cons: "Could use a 6th gear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This Subaru Forester never fails to start up and run out perfectly no matter what winter throws it's way. Gas mileage average is 27 mpg. Not bad for an AWD car that doesn't have the sleekest aerodynamics."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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