2001 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: not as good as expected

2001 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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S Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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not as good as expected
By vbollenbacher on


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


While I love the AWD, and the best gas mileage around for an AWD, I have not been extremely happy with the quality of this car. There seem to be a number of items like head gasket seal problems and cold weather fuel leaks that the dealer/Subaru will not cover, even though though they are design flaws. The interior ergonomics are not very good either. However, after 100K is still drives extremely smooth. I'd give this car average to above average marks, but I had hoped it would age better with repair issues than it has.

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Needs better ergonomic dash design and controls. Subaru needs to stand behind defective items like head gasket seals and contracting fuel lines. I may not buy another Subaru. I put high miles on a car and wanted one I could stand by through a few hundred K. Thought this was the one, but seems not.
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