by lizlubee on Apr 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
My Forester was purchased new and always received scheduled services and oil changes. It had very low mileage (<97,000 miles) and was in terrific condition (or so I thought). I recently learned it had a leaking head gasket (a notorious Subaru problem), 2 bad rear wheel bearings, and leaking oil pan. It also needed a new catalytic converter according to my mechanic. Well, any car that disintegrates before 100,000 miles is not worthy of my attention so I (in very short order) traded it in.
I now have a 2014 Mazda CX 5 which is ten times the car my old Forester ever was!
by jbunting82 on Dec 17, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
My Forester has been great since the day I bought it. It's never once ever left me stranded and gets me where I need to go every time. I don't ever have to worry about if it will let me down even with the 140,000 miles it currently has on it. I have had to replace some things here and there along the way, but that's normal on every kind of car. I see these people on here complain about Subaru and it makes me laugh. Subaru builds some of the most reliable vehicles on the road and dollar for dollar there is nothing out there that beats their overall value. I'm convinced that if you've had nothing but problems with your Subaru, the real problem is probably you, not the car.
by Baltomd on Sep 27, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Everyone hates the cup holders and back seats in this year, so no need to comment. This car has been through several accidents (2 rear ends, high impact, and one passenger side). No one hurt. 235k miles so far. Totally fun to drive, a breeze to park. Feels like an SUV and behaves like a compact. Many years of highway commuting and felt very safe. (accidents were other idiots in local traffic!). I'm sorry that the newer models are high end premium. This is the perfect car to adapt to a hybrid! Not giving this puppy up yet!