Used 2000 Subaru Forester

2000 Subaru Forester
List price
$2,633

Pros

  • SUV style, car-like ride and handling, functional interior.

Cons

  • Limited rear-seat room, not a true off-roader.

Used 2000 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2000 S 4dr Wagon AWD
253,637 miles
Used 2000
Subaru Forester
S
List$2,633
Est.Loan: $54/mo
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Dealer Notes
Heated Front Bucket Seats,4 Speakers,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Air Conditioning,Cassette,Front Bucket Seats,Front Cupholders,Roof rack,Tachometer,ABS brakes,AM/FM radio,Alloy wheels,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front fog lights,Front reading lights,Heated door mirrors,Heated front seats,Overhead console,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power steering,Power windows,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear window defroster,Rear window wiper,Speed control,Speed-sensing steering,Split folding rear seat,Tilt steering wheel,Rear seats%3A bench,Front Center Armrest w/Storage

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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

vehicle overview

What do you do when sport-utility buyers won't drive home in your all-wheel-drive station wagon, which is dressed up like an SUV, because it looks too "wagony"? If you're gutsy like Subaru, you put a taller, more squared-off body on your wagon chassis, and call it good. The Forester is a Subaru parts-bin exercise, and since the parts bin is rather small at Fuji Heavy Industries, which owns the upstart all-wheel-drive automaker, the car is cobbled together from a mixture of Impreza and previous-generation Legacy bits.

Based on the rally-proven Impreza platform, the Forester uses the same popular all-wheel-drive system found in other Subaru models. The 2.5-liter boxer engine comes from the Legacy Outback, and makes 165 horsepower in the Forester. And, thanks to its hunkered-down stance, low center of gravity and car-based foundation, the Forester handles better than its primary competitors: the Chevrolet Tracker, Honda CR-V, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota RAV4. The trade-off is lower ground clearance and less capable off-road ability, but you weren't going to go too faroff the beaten path anyway, were you? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) Automatic transmissions are available on both models for an extra $800 and feature a hill-holding setup that detects the inclination of a road surface and holds a gear to maximize torque or provide engine braking. Inside is room for four adults, with a rear center position marked off for a fifth rider in a pinch. Though the Forester offers an accommodating rear seat, low step-in height, and a cavernous cargo area, the interior fabric looks and feels like terrycloth stretched over old cardboard, some secondary controls are placed illogically, and the stereo controls are difficult to operate. Two Forester models are available this year: the L and the high-end S. Air conditioning, roof rack, rear defogger, tachometer, power windows, tilt steering, rear wiper/washer, cassette stereo, antilock brakes, power door locks and cruise control are standard on the L. Theuplevel S adds a toothy chrome grille, alloy wheels, bigger tires, rear disc brakes, and upgraded interior trimmings. A limited-slip rear differential is also standard on the S for 2000. Forester options include CD player, alloy wheels (on L), a trailer hitch and a variety of cosmetic upgrades.

While we are partial to the Impreza Outback Sport and Legacy Outback models, the Forester will attract buyers who want an inexpensive, functional, all-wheel-drive vehicle that looks like a truck and drives like a car. As long as Subaru keeps a lid on pricing, the Foresters pick up right where the Outback Wagons leave off.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2000 Subaru Forester.

Overall Good car with recent issues
faithin14eva, 5/1/2011
My husband and I bought this car in 2009 and it had 108,000 miles on it. Last year we hit a slight hiccup when our O2 sensor went. The garages near us had a hard time figuring out what the issue was and we eventually went down to the actual dealership and as soon as we described the problem they knew the answer. It is now a year later and my husband went to replace the rotors and brakes and discovered that the calipers, and inner and outer tire rods were bad as well in the front and the caliper on the rear driver side was bad as well. Now we have fixed all of this for around 400 and yet the brake system is still not working properly. More attempts to come to fix it.
Love this car
subi!, 11/10/2009
I have had this car for several years and I love it. It is the best car on snow, can tow a small trailer, and I get almost 30mpg! Sure it looks a little square, but I like the way it looks. It has been the perfect car for me and my dog to get to the mountains.
Perfect Winter car
Dustinson, 2/19/2010
I bought a high powered rear-wheel drive car and needed something for winter. I hated the look of this car, but am glad I bought it. I drive through snow half way up the door panels with ease. I can't imagine going back to just a front-wheel drive car for winter.
A robust little wagon
Chris in IL, 12/10/2002
Bought the car as a dealer demo back in April of '00. Overall ownership experience has been great. Torquey motor with enough punch for around town driving, decent mileage and super reliability. AWD is great in inclement weather (once the sucky stock Bridgestones were replaced with Pirrelli Scorpions). Plain-Jane wrapper, but at least it doesn't look like an atheletic shoe (think RAV4).
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
165 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2000 Subaru Forester
Used 2000 Subaru Forester Overview

The Used 2000 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include S 4dr Wagon AWD, and L 4dr Wagon AWD.

What's a good price on a Used 2000 Subaru Forester?

Price comparisons for Used 2000 Subaru Forester trim styles:

  • The Used 2000 Subaru Forester S is priced between $2,633 and$2,633 with odometer readings between 253637 and253637 miles.

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