I am in love with my little Forester. It's a fun drive, great on gas, can carry all my stuff with room to spare, and gives me lots of headroom (and I'm pretty tall, too). However, I hate that I have to keep putting money in for repairs. I just did the math and found I've had about $2,300 in major repairs over the last year and a half, including: head gasket, alternator, combination switch, rear wheel bearing, and most recently the catalytic converter. If this keeps up I will have to get another car, which will make me quite sad indeed.
Cargo space, view of the road, headroom and height of the car in general (not too short, not too tall), gas mileage.
I certainly wish the parts in the engine lasted longer (aren't Subarus supposed to be built to last?).
Not really had any issues with this car. Its got nice pickup and is a blast to drive. Can routinely out drive the bigger v-6's. This Sube is like all the others, solid engine, drivetrain, and external parts. Some rust a bit quick than others, but you can tell some real design went into this car. Drawbacks are the interior. Rear seat is cramped, but hardly every use the rear seat so its worth the trade off. Also, choice of materials inside was weak and has lasted as long as it should.
Solid drive components, handling, fun car to drive.
Interior components, choice of leather or even cloth over some vinyl components.
It's really been a nightmare on
problems coming up. I owned the car
until 72,000 miles. I had to replace
5 wheel bearings with no sign of a
fix. I had to replace the
clutch/flywheel/pressure plate around
50k milesfo $1500. Both of these
problems are well documented. Good
news is that the cluch problem is
supposed to be fixed now. That
chattering sound is not normal. Mine
went bad. I got bad support from
subaru for the problems. It's really
been a thorn in my side. My gas
mileage was around 21 mpg. The stock
tires (bridgestones duelers) wear
really poorly. The cheaper brands
work better. The windshield is also
fragile, chipping easily.
Sufficient horses (160Hp). The
handling was pretty good.
Wheelbearings, clutch, gas mileage
(related to O2 sensor?), tire wear,
and customer service.
I have a love/hate relationship with
my Forester. I love the design and the
AWD. I hate that I have had the
oxygen sensor replaced FOUR times. I
love that I can haul just about
anything in it. I hate that my baby's
car seat doesn't fit in the back seat.
When my lease is up this year I will
be trading it in for something more
family friendly with more interior
room and less engine problems.
cargo area. exterior design. AWD.
more space in the back seat. oxygen
sensor that really works. move the
cupholder from above the stereo--to
eliminate the drip problem and keep
cold drinks from getting heated up by
The Forester was the best mid-small
SUV wagon from 98 to 2002, except its
looks. It's forte is gravel bumpy
roads, but does many things well.
Quirks you need to know: 1..the
manual transmission gives much better
than rated mpg, I've got 25 to 27.5
mpg with all of the 200 tanks I've
calculated. It's also much quicker
than the AT. 2..The clutch chatters
when wet. Subaru now acknowleges this
for Foresters and WRX but there's no
fix. 3..It can take a long time to
get repair parts.
Handles small to medium bumps very
well. I can race any SUV or truck on
bumpy winding roads. It's lighter and
nimbler than all mid-sized SUVs and
holds nearly as much.
Keep accessory power on with key off.
Fix the clutch chatter problem. Give
the manual trans overdrive.
Paint/Finish needs more scratch
resistance. Reduce wind noise.
Increase road clearance 1/2 to 1 inch.