2002 Subaru Forester Overview


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2002 Subaru Forester Overview

A lot of women seem to like the Subaru Forester. Maybe that's because a lot of women are left with the duty of carting kids and groceries around. They need the versatility and heft of an SUV, but hate the high ride height and bulky maneuverability, preferring the easy handling of a sedan. Thus the popularity of the Forester SUV. The 2002 Forester gets four- and five-star crash-test ratings, and its lower ground clearance, wide stance, and top-rated full-time AWD make it more stable than comparable SUVs. Throw in decent 21/27 gas mileage, and the 2002 Forester is an attractive family-car choice.

Subaru added several items to the features list this year. The 2002 Forester got a new cargo cover, daytime running lights, and intermittent rear wipers. This is in addition to already-standard ABS brakes, dual front airbags, and fog lights. Base L models come standard with power features and cruise control, while the S adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and mirrors, and a 6-CD changer. An S-only Premium Package adds gold wheel accents and a huge 31" x 33" sunroof. New for 2002 are optional leather seats with this package, when paired with the automatic transmission. Power and pickup are not an issue with the 2002 Forester, which houses a 165-hp, 2.5-liter H4 engine with choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. It is actually the most powerful SUV in its class, easily beating the CR-V.

The Forester's 64 cubic feet of cargo space (with seats folded down) is a big favorite with 2002 Forester owners. They also love the superb AWD reliability in bad weather and the smooth car-like handling. The optional sunroof is also a driver favorite. The biggest issues seem to be with the limited rear legroom and the poor placement of the front cupholders in front of the air vents. The low ground clearance, while improving stability, limits off-roading activity.


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New Radiator, Thermostat New Heating Up W/high Rpms,

I've replaced radiator and thermostat after hitting a deer. Slowly added coolant and bubbled but still over heats. I can go 10 minutes then have to pull over n cool down. Do i need to burp more? No ...

22 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Allegheny County Emission

after u reset a check engine lite (and fixed problem)you have inclusive monitors. On a 2001 u can have 1 inclusive and pass allegheny emissions. On a 2002 can you have 1 or do you need it to b zero....

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Can The 2002 Subaru Forester Have The Turbo Engine Swap

I want to swap the engine in my 2002 Subaru forester to a turbo engine and I just want to know if it would work and how much work it is.

23 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)

Why Is My Car Failing To Throttle And Backfires ?

The crankshaft censor, the mass airflow censor, oxygen censor, throttle position censor, knock censor and the coil of my Subaru Forester Turbo 2 L 2002 has been changed but it does not take throttle a...

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

2002 Forester L Had Rear Brake Drums Replaced, But Not The Shoes Or Rotors....

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