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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon

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Four-Year Update
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By rmay483
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I reviewed this car back in 2002 and have gained some new insights since then. In almost six years of ownership and 115,000 miles, it's been very reliable. Had to replace the exhaust Y-pipe, new brakes at 95k, timing belt, and other minor maintenance issues, but otherwise, no major repairs. Check engine light has been on for a while but performance is not impaired. Average 23.5 mpg on the highway at 75 mph. The clutch has been a weak point, as others have noted. Fine for level terrain but too weak for mountain driving. Judders when wet; sometimes grinds gears on shifting, but no replacement needed yet. Changed my mind about interior noise; much louder and coarser than competitors.


Favorite Features

Overall reliability. Good handling and decent performance. Lots of cargo space. Decent off-road abilities for a car. Cheap but durable interior materials.


Suggested Improvements

Noisy and cheap-looking interior; lots of road and wind noise. Balky transmission with weak clutch. Check engine light that never goes away. Very sensitive to uneven tire wear -- frequent rotations (5k miles) a must.


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2001 Subaru Forester
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By suzieque69
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I had a baby and wanted a safe vehicle. After doing much research, chose the 2001 Forester. Within the first year had problems ranging from 02 sensors, cruise control issues, paint coming off sport grille, sluggish acceleration, etc. I have thrown several thousand into repairs for this vehicle. Multiple 02 sensors, uneven tire wear (mult. sets), cup holder broke, clock went out, defrost out, head gaskets need replacing and had to replace catalytic converter and timing belt all before 110000! Gets lower than stated mileage, loud road noise, can't ever use cruise control or car starts jumping and jerking dangerously (but no dealer can replicate or figure out). DON'T BUY!!!


Favorite Features

Safety ratings, large front window, fold down rear seat, large cargo capability


Suggested Improvements

Need I say more? Extension to visor, auto dim mirrors on all, back seat wide enough for 3 carseats or boosters, cup holders and locations, carpet/fabric quality and life. EVERYTHING!!!


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I love my Forester!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Harry Velez
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my Forester in 2001 and in all this time I have had to replace only the head lamps... only one if I remember correctly. Other than that I have 2 flats. That's it. This car is the best performing vehicle I have ever owned. It runs great. It is comfortable. Its reliability is outstanding. Wish I could buy a new one... but the old one is just going too strong to consider that.


Favorite Features

Seat warmers in winter. Amazing all wheel drive. The car "almost" drives better in the rain! LOL.


Suggested Improvements

Stronger cup holders. AUX jack for i-pod. Bluetooth for cell. Better location for clock.


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Will never again buy a Subaru
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By JK
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Before I bought this lemon, I had always owned Toyota vehicles. The reason I bought this was because of some good reviews in Consumer Reports for this car. I regretted my decision within a year of owning it. The engineering is really bad. Every doing simple things like changing the air filter was a chore. Problems that usually surface in Toyotas at 150K miles started occurring with this lemon at 20k miles. Brakes wearing off, check engine lights, sluggish engine performance etc. Another problem with this car is that since Subarus are not as popular as Toyotas, and also because of its idiot engineering under the hood, repair shops don't know how to service it.


Favorite Features

Check engine light!


Suggested Improvements

100K mile bumper to bumper warranty with loaner cars from the dealership.


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My Blue Subie
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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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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