2000 Subaru Forester Overview


Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 24,906 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,500.

Average user score
4.7 5 stars
Based on 6 reviews

2000 Subaru Forester Overview

The SUV that rides like a car, the 2000 Subaru Forester continues to be an attractive combination of cargo flexibility and AWD muscle with the ride height and maneuverability of a solid sedan. The base trim is dropped this year, leaving only the 2000 Forester L and S. Both feature a 2.5-liter boxer H4 engine rated at 165-hp and paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The L sits on 15-inch wheels, the S on 16-inch, and both come standard with ABS brakes, dual-front airbags, and a hill assist system.

The L is well equipped with power features, a rear wiper, foglights, and a roof rack. In 2000 it gets cruise control as well. The more high-end S comes with heated seats, keyless entry, alloy wheels, and a chrome grille. It gets a limited slip differential to improve AWD performance. A trailer hitch is optional on both Forester models. Though equipped with AWD, the 2000 Forester is not really an off-roader. However, its lower ride height means a safer, more stable car for families, which is appropriate since most of today's SUVs are bought for family hauling and not back-road adventures. Rear seats do split-fold to offer more cargo space of nearly 65 cubic feet.

Most drivers like the option of having SUV space with a car-like feel behind the wheel that the 2000 Forester provides. By far, the biggest praise goes to the awesome full-time AWD, which performs brilliantly in any weather condition. Power is good too, and the 21/28 gas mileage is better than expected. The 2000 Forester does have some repair issues, most notably with wheel bearings. The other major complaint is the cramped rear passenger room and front legroom.


What's your take on the 2000 Subaru Forester?

2000 Subaru Forester Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2000 Subaru Forester against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2000 Subaru Forester vs:

    Have you driven a 2000 Subaru Forester?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2000 Subaru ForesterPeople researching a 2000 Subaru Forester contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

    CarGurus has 24,906 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,500.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Subaru Forester Questions

    What Size Is A 10x9 Flange Nut (holding The Starter Motor)

    Replaced the starter motor but in doing so I lost the flange nut holding it at the bottom. Subaru Part # is 802010080 but is discontinued. What do I buy at the hardware store ? a 10x1.25, 10x1.5 ? O...

    12 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    2000 Subaru Forester Won't Start

    This car has been pretty much parked for the past 2 years, and only started occasionaly (about once a month). Put fresh gas in it, and It turns over fast enough to start, but won't start. I tried a ...

    13 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)

    Are Spark Plugs Interchangeable For Different Years Of The Same Model?

    I have a 2000 Subaru Forester, which came with four brand new spark plugs in the glove box (the guy who sold it to me worked at a Subaru dealership). Anyway, my Haynes manual says that the spark plu...

    45 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)

    What Causes The Accelerator Not Work As Normal Wen U Step On It The Car Tak...

    41 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)

    My Subaru Forester Has An Electrical/fuse Issue, Battery Dies

    Left my 2000 subaru forester parked for 2 days while out of town and when I got back the car had died. After jumping I realized why the battery must have drained. Dash lights, tail lights and flash...

    28 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)