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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2000 Subaru Forester

  • An enjoyable vehicle that can't quite match the versatility of other mini SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    SUV style, car-like ride and handling, functional interior.

  • Cons

    Limited rear-seat room, not a true off-roader.

  • What's New for 2000

    Forester L gets standard cruise control and Forester S receives a viscous limited-slip rear differential at base price increases of $100.

Full 2000 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2000

Forester L gets standard cruise control and Forester S receives a viscous limited-slip rear differential at base price increases of $100.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2nd subaru

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

This was second Subaru, bought 4yrs ago with 85k now has 150k on it. Dependable car great in Ct. snow storms. Headgaskets, timing belts at 104k. for $1500..Now at 150k, clutch catalytic converter, and filler pipe to gas tank at $2000 for all. No one talks about the filler tube replacement they are plagued with, all Subarus. Our 1999 legacy Gt, My wife loved it, replaced the filler tube at 110k. She was hit head on, not a scratch. Replaced it with 98 Legacy Gt, Puuu, brakes completely went. Was due for emissions engine light came on, Filler tube. 3 out 3 no way. Last Subaru, shame , Forester is our last Subaru but is expensive to repair. Might as well own a Volvo. Its a Japanes Volvo.

Love my scooby!

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

This car is a blast to drive. Handles like a true rally car in the curves! With the AWD, it handles exceptionally well off road. I honestly believe that this car handles/ drives even smoother in the rain! 154,000 miles and still counting! I have the S model, which on here says it's a manual, but i do infact have the crafty automatic. The leather interior has held up greatly & the seat warmers come in handy on those brisk mornings. Getting rid of my car & having this vehicle has truely inspired me to make it a point to get out of the office & enjoy the outdoors. It's the perfect utility vehicle that also doubles as an economical, every day driver. I hope to keep this for a looong time!

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Ugly or not, she's a

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

I've owned the vehicle since it was new. I bought the car in NC and brought it to my home in Minnesota. what an excellent choice! I've had the same battery crank in sub-zero temps for 11 years! However, when it does break down, you will cry. Head gaskets blew at 70K and the repairs cost me $2200. After that, no problems. Fun to drive and an Excellent teen car!

Over rated junk

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

Bought the vehicle new and at 70k miles the head gasket starts leaking just like my previous 1989 Loyale wagon did. Nice size car, my wife bought it over my objections because she wanted AWD. Replaced head gaskets twice and I know about the additive. Leaks tranny fluid. If you need something to squat on you garage floor every night this is the vehicle for you. I have 131K on it and if I could afford to get rid of it, it would be gone. So much for Japanese quality. Marginal gas mileage (20mpg) for such a small vehicle. Most expensive dealers to get anything fixed, shameful.

240k great car

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

Bought ours used with 90k. After normal maintenance (Battery, 1 CV joint, brakes) and another 140K it is at it's end. Engine seal leak, transmission is slipping. Has been a great car for hauling 4 dogs to park, great in the snow and rain.

Subaru for life

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester

This is one of the best cars I've ever owned. That's saying a lot considering I've owned over 60 cars. No, it's no race car... the pick-up is moderate... BUT the capabilities, reliability, and overall maintenance cost have been lower than anything I've owned in the past. Perfect for running around town or getting to that hard to reach off road destination. The only thing lacking in my model is 4 high and low for better off-road capabilities, but it definitely works well. Tires make a BIG difference in it's handling and capabilities, and since there are so many aftermarket pieces available that's hardly an issue.

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I have a 2000 subaru forester with 30k miles. It is burning 1 qt./2000 miles. As of today, the tech. at Liberty Subaru in Oradell, NJ told me he sees no problems and that he checked with Subaru to s...

Bought 2000 Forester new from dealer in that year. Every thing was super till we received WWP-9 notice in 2004 re: having dealer add special conditioner to coolant. This was done, at 57K miles. Since ...

I have a 2000 Forester 5 sp. When it was new I would get 30+ mpg and was delighted. In the last several years the mileage has slipped despite tuneups, etc. Recently the check engine light went on....

Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 25
  • highway
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