2001 Subaru Forester User Reviews

2001 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 7 reviews
"awd" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews

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Esteban writes:
2001 Subaru Forester L Review
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Extremely versatile, the only role it's missing is as a pace car in some race

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Not the best-looking car around, although better than before its facelift

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Versatility At Its Best — The first-generation Forester had a very particular feel to it. Being lame, borderline ugly, in its design, its performance, amazing versatility, sold build, safety and comfort made it a very succesful car. A few twitches on the fascia and tail in 2001 made it a little better looking, especially for the large stoplights. Additionally, power was boosted 10 HPs, and the dual-range lever became operable in motion, making this crossover, and its base car the Impreza, the first effective 10-gear manual transmission equipped car I am aware of. Thios has always been my favorite feature. Need a boost to pass a slower car on the road? Just pull the lever. Climbing a winding street with a full load? Just pull the lever. Need to cross a small pond? You got it. The very crossover concept, even thoug not invented by Subaru, became a great trend thanks to this particular model. And it worked marvelously. Cosy, stable, fun to drive and quite economic as a car, tall enough, versatile, roomy and quite off-road competent as an SUV, just like the add said. The Subaru Forester delivered what it promissed, big time. Now, maybe it will not win a quarter-mile head to head with many cars, althoug thanks to its dual-range I've left many a driver eating dust at the red light. Certainly it will not attact chicks, although maybe if you bring your kids and/or dog they will pay attention to you, and I can assure you it will not win the Concours d'Élégance even in fifty years when it is considered a classic, although its looks did grow on me very quickly. But its extreme versatility maks up for any of these faults: It's a commuter, a family car, a long trip car, a night-out car, relaxing when stuck in the traffic, extremely capable on the highway, at home on countryside dirt roads.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jared writes:
2001 Subaru Forester L Review
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Its an all around solid car... fun to drive

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uses a little too much gas ofr someone wihtout a job Lol

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Almost Perfect.. — its low, its fast.. not exatly a big saver on gas.. but its a great ride for the expense, cruises nicely on the road and corners real nice, doest give much slip or skid given it some hard runs and holds up great.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jeff writes:
2001 Subaru Forester S Review
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5

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AWD, Cargo Space, Reliability, Builld Quality

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Gas Pedal and Handling feel

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2001 Forester S — Extremely reliable car with enough power to get around. Excellent Build Quality and extremely reliable. Low Cost of ownership relative to other vehicles. Interior colors of Gray and wood tones is not really the best for me. The exterior two-tone is a bit lame but for me, the yakima roof racks add a little more aggressive look. For a car with it's capacity and all-wheel drive. I get around 23 city and 25/26 Highway. The only thing stopping this car to be fun to drive is the fact that the gas pedal is too sensitive and the steering isn't quite sharp enough. It can take turns fine...but it just could use a more solid, directed feel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jared writes:
2001 Subaru Forester L Review
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AWD

Cons

its not exactly what i would want to pick up a date in

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Good Handling At High Speeds — Its my grandmas, good acceleration and good traction control. it handled well on pavement and gravel roads

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SeamusNH writes:
2001 Subaru Forester S Review
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AWD, reliable

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gas mileage not so great due to AWD

SeamusNH
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Great For Teenager — I bought the Subie in 2006 for my teenage daughter to drive. She just got her license. Easy to handle, side airbags, AWD (we live in NH), easy to see out of (she's 5'2"). Fun to drive. Gotta love the huge sunroof and the frameless doors...

Owner for 1 years, 2 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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Steve writes:
2001 Subaru Forester L Review
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see above

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see above

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An Impreza With More Space. — This car is a prime example of the little engine that could, for a small car it sure hauls a lot of stuff and was really comfortable to sit in. I don't think i can find anything wrong with it except for 2 things, the styling wasn't the best, the new ones are better, and the interior of the one my family had included some gaudy fake wood trim. Everything else about it was great, reliability, low cost of ownership, performance, rear leg room, cargo space, full time AWD, everything was great. A joy to drive.

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Faure writes:
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Easy to drive

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Sucks Gas

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Fun — It has a very nice performance, it's a very easy car to drive. So far, in my eight years with this car, I haven't had any issues with needing repairs or something like that. About the appearance, it's not something I'd buy but it's ok. And of course, any Subaru is fun to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rob writes:
2001 Subaru Forester L Review
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it goes anywere and is awesome in the snow

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can have transmission problems on certain models

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Decent All Arounder — This car can fit a ton in the back end looks good with a roof rack. It isn't that fast but it is an auto with no turbo. Hit a deer with it and nothing mechanical wrong just body work that needed done. All around a good small sport utility vehicle

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rayguerrero2 writes:
2001 Subaru Forester S Review
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Great visibility, good ride height, and drives anywhere (all-wheel drive).

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Parts wear quickly after 100K and needs constant maintenance.

rayguerrero2
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Great Utility — Use this Subaru to get off the beaten trail every once and a while. With excellent all-weather performance and all-wheel drive this wagon can take you to the hills or rivers and bring you back in comfort. Great for camping and driving on winding roads through rain or snow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Big'un writes:
2001 Subaru Forester Review
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5

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powerful

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not a lot of room

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Purty Good Little Car — plenty of power. it could be a little more roomier. it is not tall people approved. does good on and offroad. looks better muddy than it does clean. this car is very fun to drive in the snow and mud. got dual magnaflow exhaust.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2002 Subaru Forester Reviews

Good All Around Snow Car By wavesliderJ

Good all around car for commuting, carrying cargo, and driving in snow/offroad. Seat 4 comfortable or stores lots of cargo and gear inside or on the roof racks. Plenty of power and acceleration for ... Read More

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2003 Subaru Forester Reviews

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Comfortably tows a trailer. Comfortable on long trips. Nothing ever breaks. Decent gas mileage. Always starts right up. Count on replacing the Timing belt and front end gears when specified. Hea... Read More

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