2001 Subaru Forester from North America


Junk it!


Ditto...ditto...ditto...same problems as everyone else here has reported.

Clutch at approximately 55K, check engine light is always on and yields an 02 sensor error, even though this was replaced when the recall was announced.

After more than 30 years driving standard, the shifting gears is very jerky.

Currently the car is undriveable, shaking, shuddering popping and my mechanic is suggesting that I replace the 02 sensor.

Clock is broken, rear center seat belt does not work, cup holder broke years ago.

Horrible experience with a dealership in Northern, VA. After plugging my car into their computer without my permission, they tried to charge me. I refused and they tried to block my car into the lot.

Let's hear it for a class action law suit!

General Comments:

Handles well on ice and snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2007

2001 Subaru Forester S 2.5 N-A Gas Powered from Japan


The car is a dream come true


Head Gasket failed at 90K no overheating was able to catch it in time to get it to the dealership for a rebuild.

3 sets of tires since 60K, (performance tires up gas mileage)!!

3 sets of Brakes as well since 60K.

Replaced O2 Senor at 78,342.

General Comments:

The Car is a dream, yes it is an expensive devil to work on, but the car is a CHICK MAGNET! I have the Sedona Red color and with a pair of polarized sunglasses on the paint appears to change shade, its sick! People spend the money and time to take care of your Subaru and it will take care of you, thier tough, but not indestructible!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2007

2001 Subaru Forester S 2.5L from North America


A great car, but..


Sun roof opening mechanism failed at 60,000 miles.

Radiator cracked due to coolant leak in head gasket at 80,000 miles.

Rear wheel bearings replaced at 100,000 miles. Probably failed at 50,000 miles.

Back lights on radio have all failed.

Clock failed.

Windshield wiper drive arm failed at 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

I really like my Forester. It handles well, is relatively quick for a big car, is quiet on the highway, and gets respectable highway mileage.

What I don't like are the unusual, and expensive things that have failed. The power sunroof opening drive failed at 60,000 miles. The dealer said that there was no fixing it, so they had to replace the whole unit. ($800) I love the huge sun roof, but I don't know if I would get another one.

The head gaskets failed under warranty, but their failure caused a coolant leak which overheated the car and cracked the radiator. I was charged for a new radiator, but not installation. Since the car was torn apart anyway, I had them replace the timing belt. ($1,000)

The rear wheel bearings failed at some point, but the noise wasn't unbearable until 90,000 miles. ($600)

Crappy Yokohama tires don't last worth a damn. I put on some cheap Toyos and they have been great.

All of the lights on the radio have failed along with the clock. New clock: $80.00!

The windshield wiper drive arm bearing failed. Dealer wanted $35 for new arm and $100 installation. I went to Advanced Auto Parts and picked up a pack of Help! wiper arm bushings for $3.00 and fixed it myself in 15 minutes.

Who is the idiot that designed the motor pan cover that must be removed to change the oil/filter? It is a royal pain to remove/replace.

The cup holders are not very rugged, and they allow condensation to drip onto/into the radio.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th August, 2007

4th Aug 2010, 18:08

I love my 2000 Forester S.

The design of the cup holder is simple and functional. What I don't like is the location of it, where the spill may get into the radio components.

The plug for the engine oil pan and the oil filter can be removed through an access opening provided in the plastic guard.

13th Jul 2015, 11:24

"Who is the idiot that designed the motor pan cover that must be removed to change the oil/filter? It is a royal pain to remove/replace."

So don't replace it. I had half a dozen Subarus and never replaced that splash shield.