2001 Subaru Forester 2.5 from North America


Subaru needs to decide whether they want to be a real car company in the U. S. or not


Very poor mileage: 18-19 city.

Interior cheapness, broken items replaced:


Cup holder

Seat belt clip

Arm rest compartment latch

Cargo cover end clips

Mushy brakes, skidding on wet road stripes when braking

Sensors replaced:



Catalytic converter replaced

Spark plugs arcing in humid weather - all replaced

Warm-up time in cool weather excessive

20-30 pit marks on front hood from pebbles

Small round crack in windshield from a stone

Excessive wear on cloth seat covers

Despite the constant annoyances listed above, the handling and ride is smooth. It handles exceptionally in the snow. Good acceleration, even up long hills. I guess that's a trade-off for the atrocious mileage for a 4 cylinder.

General Comments:

I've been to 4 different service departments. 2 were a trial to deal with and all 4 were incompetent at least some of the time.

Buying the car was an experience. After the usual haggling & sale, I picked up the car. On the next day, I received a telephone call from what turned out to be the new manager of the dealership. He wanted to REDO the financing with a bank rather than with Subaru financing! He also went on to add that the entire sales force had been terminated! Three or four months later the dealership closed. Way to go, Subaru!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

16th Jun 2013, 01:57

Although I have never driven a Subaru, I can understand how it can be to have many issues with one's car. I have experienced frustration myself. Vowing never to buy another car from the relevant/ particular manufacturer.

After reading about pit marks on the paint work and windscreen chips, as faults, it makes me wonder about (some) of the rest of the details you supplied. The common ones like O2 sensors and clock are confirmed by other reviews, but;

"Spark plugs arcing in humid weather".

Are you serious?

If you have any mechanic you can trust, go and tell him about your so called spark plug fault. That makes me question if you are a real reviewer, or if perhaps you were lied to by whoever replaced your spark plugs.

Calling a windscreen chip a fault is incorrect, and does not sound like a fault of this particular car. It can happen to ANY car travelling the same path you have. Same goes for the paintwork at the front, caused by pebbles thrown up in the air by highway traffic. These are pebbles that the car ends up running into. It is an impact, and is bound to do some sort of damage a lot of the time. The only real question here is whether the chips are excessive compared to other cars travelling the same roads, speeds, etc. Perhaps there is a quality control / poor paint finish with this car, but it doesn't sound like it.

Before anyone wonders why I have bothered reading this far with the Forester reviews, I am deciding on a donor car for converting to electric, so the engine issues would not apply to me.

2001 Subaru Forester L from North America


This is a very good, pragmatic car


Right rear wheel bearings went bad at about 93,000 miles.

Engine light went on after 50,000 miles, and has stayed on ever since.

General Comments:

I couldn't be happier with my six years of ownership of the Forester. Other than routine oil/tire changes, it has been virtually maintenance-free.

My first major repair was to replace the right-rear wheel bearings ($225) at 93,000 miles and to do scheduled replacement of the timing belt and water pump ($675) at 101,000 miles.

The car is very nimble and has plenty of power and gearing to climb hills. I love driving it in deep snow and watching everyone else spin out.

Auxiliaries are excellent -- 6 CD changer, heating/cooling, power windows/locks, electrical. Great visibility and storage due to hatchback/seat folddown capability.

The design might be an acquired taste, but I like it much more than the massive, militant look of so many SUVs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2008