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2001 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2001 Subaru Forester

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Decent SUV alternative, but. . .
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By rmay483
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Vehicle

2001 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We've had our Forester L for about 2
years now. Overall, it's a decent
vehicle. Handling is very carlike and
stable, the interior is reasonably
quiet, and the space and layout make it
a great camping/outdoor vehicle (which
is how we use it). Our main problem
has been a faulty oxygen sensor that
has been replaced THREE TIMES. Not an
expensive fix, but is very irritating.
One more and the Lemon Law takes
effect. Also the rear hatch shows
small rust-colored spots in the paint
that the dealer claims are caused by
road/brake dust. I've never seen that
in any other vehicle I've owned.
Otherwise it's been dependable and
useful in snowy Michigan.


Best Features

Deceptively large cargo space w/lots of cubbies, decent power, all-weather handling.


Worst Features

Chintzy interior, uncomfortable seats for extended travel, no limited-slip diff., cheap and poorly-placed cupholders. Spotty reliability (see review).


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Starry eyed about Subaru
Performance
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Fun To Drive
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By ewwingnut
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Vehicle

2001 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Buyer beware! Same probs as others: tires worn at 25K(replaced with 75K), service dept, hard to work with, O2 and fuel sensors failed, 16-19 mpg, body panels rusted, AWD does NOT mean off road through forests. Short back seat and slow accelleration. But overall, Forester has a great car feel, easy to handle, no blind spots, dependable in all weather, and is SAFE--like a little tank. Living in KY, I don't feel I get my money's worth, but when I travel to MI, AWD and quick heater/defroster makes all worth while as I scoot past bulky SUVs. Forester is sure-footed, dependable car/truck/wagon.


Best Features

AWD all the time, car-like handling, large bumpers around the perimeter, plenty of standard features, all the little storage nooks!!


Worst Features

Colored turn signal panels in rear (in daylight cannot be seen very well), higher quality OEM tires.


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Best car I've owned
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Darrek
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Vehicle

2001 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

It holds everything I need to haul and then some...


Best Features

Easy to add dealer options and has all the required ammenities built-in.


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OEM Bridgestone Tires
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By truman
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Vehicle

2001 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

BIG BUT however: the Bridgestone Dueler tires are poor, unsafe in any kind of winter conditions. seconded by Consumer Reports' tests, user experiences.
There are many other all season tires that have better all season performance without poor handling in snow. Why buy an AWD if the OEM tires no va (remember Chevy Nova?) in winter?
More: at 25K the Duelers were worn, wear bars up to tread. 25K wear !!!
Replaced with Michelin Symmetrys that DO perform.


Best Features

AWD, comfort.


Worst Features

Better all season tires that at least are not "poor" in snow.


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