by premium on Feb 20, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
This vehicle was great to drive till things started going wrong. Both rear wheel bearings replaced due to very loud road noise. Transmission flushed, new fluid installed due to vehicle not wanting to go into forward gears, went into reverse ok. Idle & runs rough for years first replaced spark plugs then spark plugs & spark plugs wires. It still runs rough & now (2years later) it will not start if it rains [thats right if it rains I look for alternative transportation, weird I know]. Clock blanked out, $85 to replace. Check Engine light goes on & off at will. At times I cant get the key out of the ignition.
by Kevin on Jan 8, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I have had this Subaru for quite some time and have not driven it over 31,000 miles to date . First of all the rear wheel bearings started sounding like a landing plane, they were replaced under warranty , thank God, but then only 10,000 miles later the same thing , like a growling landing plane , the wheel bearings again , this time guess who is responsible. I contacted Subaru and told them exactly what I think about their poorly designed junk. I wouldn't but another Subaru if they were the only vehicle made. Piece of garbage, if you have to pay over 600.00 every 10,000 miles , you call that reliability ? Not in my book.
by Andi on Sep 22, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I am the 3rd owner of my 2001 Subaru Forester. I purchased the car used with about 143,000 miles on it. It's now at 155,000. So far in work I have had to replace a cracked CV boot but that was all that I HAD to do. I opted to replace the head gaskets because they were leaking, but the mechanic told me that it wasn't an immediate need. Eventually I replaced the windshield wiper arms, but it was a quick fix. I live in Northern Michigan and the car starts on - 30F days. It grips the road well when there is lots of snow and ice, as well as in the rain. I would definitely buy another Subaru Forester.