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2002 Subaru Forester Wagon

 
 

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Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2002 Subaru Forester

  • An enjoyable vehicle that can't quite match the versatility of other mini SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Highest offset crash scores in its class, car-like ride and handling with rugged SUV styling.

  • Cons

    Not made for serious off-roading.

  • What's New for 2002

    Subaru's mini-SUV/tall wagon gains three new standard features: a cargo area cover, daytime running lights and an intermittent mode for…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (27 total reviews)

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

First and last subaru

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Having driven mostly Toyota, this was my 1st Subaru. Currently at 70k miles. Disappointing quality even though I keep on top of regular maintenance. While under warranty the floorboard took on water and carpet was removed and dried, and the transmission was disassembled to replace bearings. I've had two O2 sensors replaced at my cost. Interior feels cheap, seats are uncomfortable, and no LATCH system for car seats. Wind noise on the highway.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Perfect for snowy weather

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

My Forester is great. It gets me where I need to go in any kind of weather.




100k meltdown

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Our Forester was golden for 100,000 miles, but within 1K of passing into 6 digits we started to have problems. Most were annoying little things like the clock stopped working, the compass became wildly inaccurate and the low fuel light failed to go on. There were major problems with the front wheels. The paint job seems to easily scratch.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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Full 2002 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2002

Subaru's mini-SUV/tall wagon gains three new standard features: a cargo area cover, daytime running lights and an intermittent mode for the rear wiper. Other changes include a new color for the Forester S' lower body cladding (from Titanium Pearl to Graystone Metallic) and the option of leather seating for S models equipped with the Premium package and automatic transmission.

Talk About The 2002 Forester

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umplestiltskin
umplestiltskin
04-18-2011
I have a 2002 forester with manual transmission and 150,000 miles....


forester02ca
forester02ca
12-08-2002
Please bear with me, I am not a mechanic and I do not have the first clue about cars and thus I could use some advice. My husband is deployed and I was once again forced to deal with the skuzzy servi...


mickinik
mickinik
01-27-2011
Help!! I have a 2002 2.5L Forester. Car starts and idles normally. Mostly when v-cold (20-30 deg), the car will drive normally for 5 minutes. Then when you start giving gas slowly car will normally ac...