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Great All-Wheel Drive for Money!
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By Karla
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I got the "Protector" for undercarriage all-wheel drive mechanism, dust protector for back window. The twin cup-holder position bounces coffee and pop into heating/ac vent so they break off and need replacement from sticky goo and trying to vent in different directions. Very dependable and comfortable car especially on hills in San Francisco!


Best Features

Seats in front 'rock' and seat heater is terrific.


Worst Features

Better cup holders and put in better spot.


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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.


Best Features

Check engine light!


Worst Features

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


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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)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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 Forester
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By P J Tramdack
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The car just went over 160,000. So far the head gaskets have had to be replaced (this was the subject of a recall) and the front axle was replaced. The check engine light has been on since 60,000. Apparently this means nothing. The Forester is excellent on the icy roads of NW Pennsylvania. It feels very well made. Overall the car has been very good and I will probably buy another one. I think I got my money's worth.


Best Features

The all wheel drive on ice and snow is superior. I think the disposition of the cargo space is good. I am always carrying skis, telescopes, furniture etc.


Worst Features

I hope they fix the head gasket problem. It would be nice if the check engine light went off.


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not as good as expected
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By vbollenbacher
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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While I love the AWD, and the best gas mileage around for an AWD, I have not been extremely happy with the quality of this car. There seem to be a number of items like head gasket seal problems and cold weather fuel leaks that the dealer/Subaru will not cover, even though though they are design flaws. The interior ergonomics are not very good either. However, after 100K is still drives extremely smooth. I'd give this car average to above average marks, but I had hoped it would age better with repair issues than it has.


Best Features

AWD.


Worst Features

Needs better ergonomic dash design and controls. Subaru needs to stand behind defective items like head gasket seals and contracting fuel lines. I may not buy another Subaru. I put high miles on a car and wanted one I could stand by through a few hundred K. Thought this was the one, but seems not.


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