2001 Subaru Forester consumer reviews

$20,295–$21,095 MSRP range
side view of 2001 Forester Subaru
84% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 3.8
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.4
Explore the 2001 Subaru Forester

expensive car to own

I have had many problems with this car. Bought it new and within a year have had a check engine light go on and off ever since. Repairs consisted of: oxygen sensors, catylitic converter and other emissions problems which have not been cheap. I have 130,000 miles on it now and would like to get atleast 200,000 but very tired of pouring $500 to $1000 each year but it is cheaper than a car payment each month. On the flip side - this car is awesome in snow and very durable and reliable. It can take a lot of bumps well. Just wonder if I got a lemon.


Most frustrating repairs and issues

Love my Subaru. Love the outer design, rides well. Seats pretty comfortable, Wide windshield, handles great. Then: Giant gas mileage reduction, engine light problems (codes cleared twice), failed smog ($250 diagnosis/$18o for 2 smogs), followed by Catalytic converter and front O2 sensor repair ($1000+), better gas mileage. Now transmission fluid leak and gas mileage reduction to be followed by: back O2 sensor? Transmission repair(prob. $800-1000)? Yikes!Brakes to come...So far no wheel bearings... Bad dash design! Can't see instrument panel when wheel in certain positions. What's with the cheap cup holder in front of the AC/heat controls (which take a long time to heat up-my Mazda was really great, the cheap vinyl visors. Such a shame because the reputation is excellent.


Love my Forester

We love this car so much, my husband and I each own one. Very easy to drive and very handy. Drives like a sedan, but gives your more cargo room. Great height for getting small kids in and out of car seats. Good handling and great in snow and ice conditions. The AWD always finds traction for us. We have not had significant car repairs with the exception of a couple CV boot replacements on both cars. But that was over 8 years of ownership. Everything else was just regular maintenance.


Like my Forester

Pretty solid and reliable ride. We got ours late model used in 2002 and have had no major problems and no time at the shop outside of routine maintenance. I recommend this body style (2002-2008) for it's size: it's not the best looking, but it's smaller scale is able to squeeze into tighter spots when parallel parking in the city. I expect to drive this car into the ground.


Great Drive, Quality Problems

Drives great, handles great. Sporty looks. Cupholder placement hides the hvac controls. Rear wheel bearing replaced at 54k miles ($550) Inner CV Joints replaced at 65k miles ($650) Brakes are weak. AC is weak.



It starts up, runs great, has few problems. The body hardware is rugged and its a practical car for driving on back country roads especially in the winter. I wish it got better than the 24 mpg and the cup holders seem to have been an add-on afterthought. They are cheap plasic and always spill the coffee. Overall, its a great car.