2001 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Rode Hard and Put Away Wet

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Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
By MoabIL 1 on


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


Needed a vehicle for annual trips from IL to the southern UT backcountry. The carlike ride and good gas mileage (25/31 w/ 5- speed) make the long haul across Kansas bearable. Great off-road--has handled rivers, mud and sand, bare rock, snow and freezing rain, but the lack of a low range transfer case means crawling up or down rocky inclines is not an option. The trade-off for the on-road performance and fuel economy is worth it. Minor complaints after 38,500 miles: fuel filler door won't stay closed and Bridgestone Duelers sucked. The interior is spartan but has plenty of room for 3 weeks' worth of food and camping gear.

Best Features

Versatility without major compromises in ride quality, fuel economy, reliability or performance.

Worst Features

Make the center dash storage compartment the cupholder location--it can't be that hard to design something that would be an improvement on the existing setup. Give me low range gearing at a reasonable price!
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