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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon

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So far, so good.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Mike
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

We bought this vehicle last year after wrecking our Jeep Cherokee. Wife wanted a smaller vehicle, but one with AWD also. We knew nothing about Subarus, but bought this one anyway. It drives beautifully. Great in the snow, AWD is a necessity where we live. Only routine maintenance so far. Gas mileage could be better with a vehicle this small, but I'm sure the AWD has something to do with this. As others have noted, the location of the cup holder is poor. I think the engineer was on crack when he designed it. Also, the clock doesn't work (also noted in other reviews). Backing up is tricky (visibility). Other than that, no major issues. Our next car will be another one of these.


Best Features

All Wheel Drive. Fun to drive. Handles well in lousy weather.


Worst Features

They already fixed the cup holder problem on later models.


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Problems galore
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By subpain
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This car has serious problems with the axle and wheel bearing assembly. I replace the Rt rear bearings in 2005 @33,000 mi, the Rt & Lt rear bearings in 2006 @ 46,000 mi, and this month the left rear bearing @84,000 mi in 2010. The front axles have both been replaced in the last 2 yrs, one twice. now the O2 sensors need replacing. the head gasket was recalled and replaced. It is hard to believe I am driving the same car and the same model as those with glowing reports.


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Don't Expect Help From Subaru
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By premium
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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 [that’s 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 can’t get the key out of the ignition.


Best Features

I have a premium S model & it is comfortable, has heated mirrors & seats


Worst Features

STAND BEHIND YOUR PRODUCT SUBARU !!!!!!


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Bad Quality buyer beware
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Kevin
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

none


Worst Features

quality, reliability, build, design , better tranny , better parts and better customer relations. buyer beware.


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My Blue Subie
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By TimothyFC
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought used in 02/2008 for $8500. 58K mi. Automatic. 09/24/2009 94500 mi. Severe Service. $268 03/2008 Front Passenger Axle Assembly. Alternator Rebuild 12/2008 P&L $150. $168 P&L Left Rear Wheel Cylinder and brake linings. No breakdowns so far. Rear Tires road noise noticeable. Excellent AWD performance on very bad wet and dry farm dirt roads 04 to 05/2009 Laurel Hill, Fl. City and highway driving nice. Bad weather performance good. MPG good. Regular maintenance cost high but, (AWD) understandable. Spark plugs, wires, K&N Air Filter, Radiator Fluid, Radiator Hoses, Belts, Oil Changes all done. Trans & Diff fluid, timing belt not done yet.


Best Features

AWD, MPG, Blue, Fog Lights, Roof Rack, Utility, Ruggedness, hide away spare tire, pwr windows, pwr locks.


Worst Features

Reduction of maintenance requirements and cost. Different position for cup holder. Better radio and CD player. Better clock. Better tire road noise reduction.


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