2002 Subaru Forester
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The Adventure-mobile

by from Hartford, CT on September 6, 2017

This was my daily commute and the weekend family adventure car. perfect for both. Said to see it go but it was totaled when a distracted driver drove me off the road against a guard rail and scraped...
This was my daily commute and the weekend family adventure car. perfect for both. Said to see it go but it was totaled when a distracted driver drove me off the road against a guard rail and scraped up the drivers side. at 128k miles she was still young.
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An amazing car/SUV

by from Tustin CA on September 5, 2017

Subaru is one of the best all wheel drive/four-wheel-drive's I've ever driven. There has been very few times where I've lost traction on this car one of those was trying to drive over a snowbank that ...
Subaru is one of the best all wheel drive/four-wheel-drive's I've ever driven. There has been very few times where I've lost traction on this car one of those was trying to drive over a snowbank that was 4 feet high and getting all four wheels in the air and the other time was on a snowy road row simply missed a shift and had to start over in first gear on an uphill in a dirt road in a foot of snow. The most amazing thing I did with it was drive up the Sandune with about eight people in the car and it didn't miss a beat. The car handles well on the road and drive like it's on rails thanks to the all-wheel-drive. It gets good gas mileage is small enough to be easily parked, yet large enough to carry pretty much everything I need for camping and what not. I have told a trailer across the country and through some back country that my wife to still tell scary stories about, and driven the car back-and-forth to work for years with very few problems mostly tires brakes things like that typical maintenance. Bottom line if maybe the ads but I definitely love my Subaru.
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Good commuter

by from Oregon on August 17, 2017

Agile handling with good ground clearance. Works well in snow. Upright ride position with lots of big windows and few blind spots make it easy to drive. Not great on gas mpg in town (mine gets 23) but...
Agile handling with good ground clearance. Works well in snow. Upright ride position with lots of big windows and few blind spots make it easy to drive. Not great on gas mpg in town (mine gets 23) but hwy is good at 30 mpg. Typical Subaru, exterior noise is loud especially on rough road. Fit and finish is good. Car can haul lots of stuff especially for a small car. Plenty of space inside. At 106 k mine has now developed a rattle in main drive shaft (either loose bolt or need replaced) but till now has done fine. Happy with car and with proper maintenance will serve me just fine.
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Loved this car! Reliable and Safe!

by from decatur,il on July 17, 2017

Loved this car! Very dependable and safe, no blind spots, would buy again if I had the money. A Vehicle that you can truly depend on
Loved this car! Very dependable and safe, no blind spots, would buy again if I had the money. A Vehicle that you can truly depend on
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Just keeps going and going...

by from Endwell,NY on July 7, 2017

I love my Subaru Forester. It's the most dependable car I've ever owned. Plows thru deep snow better than other SUVs and goes where others can't.
I love my Subaru Forester. It's the most dependable car I've ever owned. Plows thru deep snow better than other SUVs and goes where others can't.
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cant beat a subaru

by from harrisurg, pa on June 19, 2017

For my first Subaru, it is a great car. Good on gas, yearly costs are low. I have not done any major work to it but head gaskets like the 2.5 says every 100k miles to do. Seat are comfortable, the bac...
For my first Subaru, it is a great car. Good on gas, yearly costs are low. I have not done any major work to it but head gaskets like the 2.5 says every 100k miles to do. Seat are comfortable, the back should only have kids in the early years.
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It refuses to give up!

by from PA on November 27, 2015

I bought the 2002 Forester used hoping it would get me through college after my 2007 Toyota's engine threw a rod. My Forester has 183000 miles, the engine ticks, the check engine light comes on all th...
I bought the 2002 Forester used hoping it would get me through college after my 2007 Toyota's engine threw a rod. My Forester has 183000 miles, the engine ticks, the check engine light comes on all the time, and it moans on the cold mornings. Even with those quirks I have grown to love the car, it refuses to let me down. I had an issue with the spark plugs which caused it to run on three cylinders 400 miles from home. Being a broke student, I pushed to get home and it got me home safely. The A/C still blows ice cold, everything works like it should feature wise. The AWD is awesome, this car will go almost anywhere. When I finally got my dream job I didn't have the money to spend on a new car, I had to trust my Forester to drive the 3000 a month. It has held up to this like a champ. I still average 24 MPG and I don't baby it. I would recommend a Forester to anybody, it has kept going without proper care on my part.
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What a SUV

by from Portland, Oregon on July 19, 2014

We purchased a used 2002 Forester with 135k miles, had a pre-inspection done all the service records were available, timing belt and seals had been done. Amazing SUV, she runs great, lots room for st...
We purchased a used 2002 Forester with 135k miles, had a pre-inspection done all the service records were available, timing belt and seals had been done. Amazing SUV, she runs great, lots room for stuff, love the moonroof and all leather interior of the S model. Cant wait till winter, this is our first AWD and our first Subaru and I'm happy. Do you home and make sure timing belt and seals have been done and you will be happy.
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Test drove this car earlier (July 09, 2014)

by from on July 9, 2014

So, I test drove the car on this Ad. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. Took it to the mechanic to have it checked out and found out that I have to change the catalytic converter and the front exhaust pipe and...
So, I test drove the car on this Ad. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. Took it to the mechanic to have it checked out and found out that I have to change the catalytic converter and the front exhaust pipe and all the gaskets. Total repair cost would be $1200. The light for when a door is open is always too, even if all doors are closed (minor issue). Everything works except for that. Exterior and interior looks good. I didn't check all the instruments but most of them works. Engine worked fine and acceleration was good. Steering was good and so was the suspension, a little bumpy but not so bad and it didn't creek or make any suspicious noises. overall, it's a great car if everything is working.
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A true die-hard!

by from Fairfield, PA on March 4, 2014

Am finally getting ready to put my 2002 Whoop-Dee-Doo to rest. Bought it new and it's at 286,700+ miles now. Clutch is slipping (original clutch, mind you), and the seals around the head gasket have j...
Am finally getting ready to put my 2002 Whoop-Dee-Doo to rest. Bought it new and it's at 286,700+ miles now. Clutch is slipping (original clutch, mind you), and the seals around the head gasket have just begun to leak. Those two issues plus a couple of little things (like the clock and CD player quitting over the past few months) finally made me decide to move forward. But it has been an extremely reliable car for a long time and a lot of miles. And by the way, you can turn that annoying honk of a beep off! Loved it so much that I just bought a 2010 Forester 2.5 X Premium with 44K miles on it. May it serve me as well! Some of the features have been improved upon (like the cupholders and the beep), but there are also a few things I miss from my old Whoop-Dee ...
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