2002 Subaru Forester Top Comparisons

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2002 Subaru ForesterReview
Troy writes:
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An 02 Subaru Forester is the best small wagon money can buy. It’s practical, runged, and sporty all in one package. The standard 5-speed manual is a joy to drive.

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2002 Subaru Forester SReview
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Good All Around Snow Car — 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 passing. Love having all wheel drive.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: Good power.  Decent gas mileage

Cons: Small dents

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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2002 Subaru Forester LReview
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The War Machine — good car nice look, slammed Great car for 2000$ the 165 hp 166 lb torque and the 5 speed on a ratio of 4.11 was great pull, for a car stock this car was pretty fun to drive and in the gravel on in wet, with a clutch kick it's drifting a little bit.

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

Pros: Hell Yeah

Cons: the engine 2.5l n/a was not the most reliability and take oils

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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2002 Subaru Forester LReview
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Does The Job, Quite Well. — This is our current daily driver. It gets decent mileage for a medium SUV, but nothing to write home about ~24mpg tops, driving very conservatively. All wheel drive is a lifesaver in the snow. It gets up and moves when needed, thanks to the 2.5l engine. Handles well thanks to the low center of gravity combined with the AWD. But lacks clearance for snowbanks etc.

Pros: Very drivable, AWD, decent MPG, good cargo space.

Cons: Small for anyone over 6 feet tall, Cruise control button in a dumb spot. Low clearance.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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2002 Subaru ForesterReview
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Never A Subaru Again!!! — It has good acceleration, good for hill climbs. build quality sucks because it is expensive to maintain it. The parts are expensive and hard to find. Gas mileage is also expensive since it consumes a lot of gas. Fun to drive but not fun to spend on. It's cooling system is not designed for tropical places like the Philippines. Always prone to overheating especially in heavy traffic. Makes you paranoid each time. It sucks big time. Never buy a Subaru, you'll regret it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Never buy a Subaru or else live to regret it.

Cons: I hate the expensive spare parts and non-availability of parts everywhere.

3 of 25 people found this review helpful.
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2002 Subaru Forester Review
Darlene says:
I started out driving a legacy wagon.I have owned three right hand drive subarus.Un fortunatey subaru stopped making them for the USA back in the late 90s.I bought the forester for my personal car after being extremely satisfied with my legacies.Now I am planning to convert it into a RHD.Great SUV!
vs2002 Ford Escape
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Looks/Style Ranked 2002 Ford Escape better.
"I bought the full package with all the upgrades."
Would Buy Ranked 2002 Ford Escape worse.
"Because they hold their value better."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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2002 Subaru Forester S Premium Review
EMacK1961 says:
The car, for a 2002, is a solid car. Mine had an engine replacement and has begun leaking oil. Other than that, the car has not been a problem. It hauls a LOT of stuff. Style is a bit dated though compared to the Kia Soul.
vs2013 Kia Soul +
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Back Seats Ranked 2013 Kia Soul + better.
"The position of the passenger is better in the Soul."
Value Ranked 2013 Kia Soul + better.
"11 years difference in technology for one. The Soul is up-to-date, while the Forester is a bit tired. But for what I used it for, it worked. The Soul just takes driving up a notch or three over the Forester."
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2019 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2018 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Guru98FD58

Great options but missing 6 speed standard shift as standard. Read More

Review By Guru98SK4N

Overall the forester locked ok. The problem I hade was the engine. It sounded totally worn out with only 80 5oo km on it. Looks like bad maintenance by the previous owner. Not worth the money. Read More

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