Used 2002 Subaru Forester

$6,495 - $6,495
2002 Subaru Forester

2002 Highlights

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.


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


  • Not made for serious off-roading.

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Used 2002 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2002 L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Blue Ridge Pearl 80,399 miles
Used 2002Subaru ForesterL
Est.Loan: $133/mo
Aero Motors
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Subaru Forester 2002 L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M) Blue Ridge Pearl 170,441 miles
Used 2002Subaru ForesterL
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Umansky Toyota
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Subaru Forester 2002 S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A) 0
Used 2002Subaru ForesterS
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Chapman Ford(2)
88.7 mi away
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Features & Specs

L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 5M)S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm165 hp @ 5600 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    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

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A few problems, but a great little daily driver
I bought this car with 99k on the clock for $6000. I've bought several used cars over the last 20 years and have had pretty good luck. But this has been the best little car! I have a long drive to work, so I need a no-frills, comfortable, car with basic amenities (power locks/windows/mirrors, etc) that can eat miles no matter what the weather. I also own a sports car and a MINI, so I need cargo space. The little Subaru hauled me, my family, and my crap over 85,000 largely uneventful miles through rain, snow, ice, grass, and mud over the last 6 years. I've been through deep water and snow up to the bumper. You can't get this car stuck. I have had a few problems, most of which are related to fact that the shady dealership I bought it from turned off the check engine light. Used oil analysis showed that there was coolant and oil in my oil, so I had the head gaskets done along with the timing at a cost of $3000. I also spent a grand on a new catalytic converter, which was fouled by burning coolant. The rest of the maintenance, other than routine brake and suspension upkeep, I did myself, including oil, filters, lights, belts, hoses, plugs/wires, new alternator, etc. One of the best things about this car is that it's easy to work on (even for a novice like me), which saved me thousands. Despite the head gasket, this little car was as reliable as a metronome. Every time I turned the key, it started and ran perfectly no matter what. It's compact and easy to maneuver, has a TON of grip for the little tires (AWD), and gets 25 mpg. Crash ratings are 4-star, so I felt good teaching my kids to drive in it. The interior is pretty crappy...the seats are uncomfortable, the back seats have limited leg room, the interior materials are terrible, and the interior ergonomics don't make any sense. But I love it. I get the Subaru thing now. They're ugly ducklings and they're not that nice inside, but they inspire so much confidence through how they start, run, feel, and drive that they just get under your skin. I'm trading this car today for a 1999 Legacy Outback with low mileage and look forward to more of the same.
Going for 300K!
I purchased my Forester in Feb of 2002. It was one of only a handle of vehicles around that fit my requirements: storage room for my dj equipment, AWD, great fuel economy, and manual trans. I just went over 250K last week and my goal for 300K is within reach. Once I hit 300K, then I will be shopping for a new Forester. Vehicle handles well and is very reliable. I replaced original clutch at 190K! May not need another one before 300K.
Bought used in 2011 - my 6th Subaru
Had a 2002 Outback automatic - a great car but wanted to go back to a manual transmission. Really enjoy driving this Forester - somehow it rides better than the Outback with a shorter wheelbase. Excellent visibility, easy to get in and out of. Geared lower than my '98 Outback which turned around 3200 rpm @ 65mph, the Forester is around 2750. Engine has enough torque to handle moderate hills in 5th gear. Never feels under powered. A lot of room for it's size - cargo capacity very close to an '02 Grand Cherokee. Feels like a sports car with high seating. Bought it at 98k, have about 104k now. Not a concern since I have a company vehicle.
Used 2002 Subaru Forester Overview

The Used 2002 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A), S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A), S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A), S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A), L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M), S AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 5M), and S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M).

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  • The Used 2002 Subaru Forester L is priced between $6,495 and $6,495 with odometer readings between 80399 and 80399 miles.

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