2000 Subaru Forester L 2.5L from North America
Good car, but only fair reliability
Engine seal had to be replaced ~90000 miles.
Wheel bearing has been replaced 3 times and has gone bad again. Failed at 82000 miles, then every 6 months after that.
Front axle replaced at 90000 miles.
Rear window shade broke.
Right rear window does not always roll down ~40000 miles.
Automatic transmission shifts harshly when cold ~80000 miles.
I really like my Forester, but its reliability leaves something to be desired. I am on the 4th right rear wheel bearing, and it looks like I am going to need a 5th. The car handles well and gets OK gas mileage. I have driven it across the country and it was comfortable enough for that. Given the number of problems that I have had, and compared with the reliability of our Hondas (my wife's cars), I would be reluctant to purchase another Subaru. Maybe I got a bad one, but there are a number of reports of wheel bearing failures for Foresters. I wish Subaru would do a recall and fix it right.
Finally, the nearest dealer that I would trust with my car is 45 minutes away.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th June, 2007