2001 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Decent SUV alternative, but. .

2001 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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Decent SUV alternative, but. . .
By rmay483 on


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


We've had our Forester L for about 2
years now. Overall, it's a decent
vehicle. Handling is very carlike and
stable, the interior is reasonably
quiet, and the space and layout make it
a great camping/outdoor vehicle (which
is how we use it). Our main problem
has been a faulty oxygen sensor that
has been replaced THREE TIMES. Not an
expensive fix, but is very irritating.
One more and the Lemon Law takes
effect. Also the rear hatch shows
small rust-colored spots in the paint
that the dealer claims are caused by
road/brake dust. I've never seen that
in any other vehicle I've owned.
Otherwise it's been dependable and
useful in snowy Michigan.

Best Features

Deceptively large cargo space w/lots of cubbies, decent power, all-weather handling.

Worst Features

Chintzy interior, uncomfortable seats for extended travel, no limited-slip diff., cheap and poorly-placed cupholders. Spotty reliability (see review).
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