2001 Subaru Forester Review from Australia and New Zealand

2001 Subaru Forester GT 2.0turbo

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont


Boy racer who has to carry stuff


Driver side mirror broken, fixed under warranty.

Interior plastics mark easily.

CD player jammed, fixed under warranty.

Exterior paint marks easily.

General Comments:

I have owned this car for almost two years now and it is an absolute pleasure to own and drive. I bought it brand new and is mechanically perfect and totally reliable.

I have never felt more secure in a car it never puts a foot wrong even in Sydney's slippery, greasy roads;in fact even at 140kmh on outback dirt roads it's pretty hard to wipe the smile from your face.

You can tell Subaru puts all the money under the bonnet though, the paint, body kit and interior trim are easily marked I'm a bit clumsy though.

Also, you can tell it's made for little people anyone over six foot would not want to sit in the back for a long distance.

Clean gear shifts in traffic are a pain the clutch really wants to be in or out.

Steep driveways have to be tackled at pace or you will stall.

The clutch really stinks if given a workout (Subaru trait).

The engine note sounds unreal.

Ultimately though this is the best car I have ever owned (apart from my '85 merc280e for totally different reasons) You cannot help feeling smug about owning this car its got it all, good on you Subaru!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2003

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review