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2002 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2002 Subaru Forester

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By stacecz
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2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I love my Subaru. The Forester has
been extremely useful and reliable in
tackling the Colorado winters and
mountains. My husband and I also use
the car to haul materials to remodel
our home. Many of the design
complaints (location of cupholder, no
keyless, etc) have been remedied in the
2003 model.


Best Features

The All Wheel Drive!


Worst Features

Moving cupholder off the front dash as it makes it diffcult to access the heat and air.


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Unique and Solid
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By Marks
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2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Almost 2 years of driving my first
Subaru have sold me on the brand. This
is a great little car. One might wish
it to be a little longer, with more
legroom front and back, but I picked it
out and I knew what I was getting, so
no complaints there. My 6'2" height
just barely fits the driver's position -
a taller person would have trouble. I
have been very impressed by the smooth
quiet engine. I would say it has not
merely adequate, but "plenty" of power
for average driving. And the brakes
are the best I have ever driven. So
far, there has been not one problem
requiring dealer attention. A great car
for driving in inclement, snowy weather!


Best Features

Handling,brakes,quietness, engine smoothness, power, build quality, unique styling, great headroom.


Worst Features

1" more front legroom, better mileage.


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Family car for 2003
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By Frazier
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2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Fun to drive, plenty of room, handles
well in all driving conditions.
Excellent view of road while driving.


Best Features

Excellent view while driving.


Worst Features

Drink holder in front of heat/air vents is a bad design.


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Great car
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By chadGO5
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2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We purchased the Subaru Forester
for use as my wife's
vehicle...however, it is our primary car
for family excursions...so I am
"allowed" to drive it sometimes....and
I love it.

For the life of me, I can't figure out
why they decided to put the
cupholder where they did on the
dashboard. While drinks are in the
cupholder, you can't see, or access
some of the dash controls. The drink
sits right in front of the air vents, so if
you have a cold drink and the heat
on, the drink is lukewarm in minutes
and vice versa...anf finally, if your
drink is full and you hit a bump, it
spills all down the dashboard over
all of your stereo controls.


Best Features

mileage, styling, cargo room...I also found it easy to maintain and wash by hand.


Worst Features

cupholder placement seat comfort on long drives


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My first Forester
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By Casey
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2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is my first Forester. I have a
complaint about the back doors: it
would be so much easier to get in and
out if the doors would slide from the
middle of the side (see mid-80's
Stanzas). My older friends have trouble
getting in and out. The front seats
need to be able to be more upright,not
reclining for driving. I have had to
add a pillow to keep my back straight.
Unfortunately I did not notice this
problem in test driving, only when
doing my regular driving. The car
handles well, but needs to be 2 inches
higher for ease of getting out for
these old knees. I love the quiet
engine, and it handles traffic well.


Best Features

I like the sound system, I listen to books on tape and it is just fine for that. The ability to see out of the windows for backing and changing lanes is a big plus. Even with my arthritis I can see that blind corner OK when I took off the back seat headrests.


Worst Features

Raise the curb height about 3 inches, and make it about 14 inches longer and put sliding doors for the back. Better seats-the backs of the driver's seat needs to be adjusted straight up, or more so than the 2002. Don't make it an SUV! nor a Minivan. Don't need a third row seat.


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