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2001 Subaru Forester

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2001 Subaru Forester Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of low catalytic converter efficiency. This same issue may cause the car to fail the State Smog Test if one is required.

Engine -- Verified

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

Engine -- Verified

Sometimes the Check Engine Light illuminates because the computer detects misfires. Subaru released an improved spark plug wire set to solve the problem. The ignition coil should also be inspected for carbon tracks or short circuits between the contacts

Engine -- Verified

An oil leak can develop from the spark plug tube seals. Excess oil in the spark plug tubes can result in engine misfires and illumination of the Check Engine Light. Our technicians tell us that removing the valve cover and replacing the tube seals and cover gasket is necessary to correct this concern. Oil damaged spark plugs, ignition wires, and ignition coils will also require replacement.

2001 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers

anastarone, 2001 Subaru Forester, Nashua, NH

I have got quotes on a 90k maintenace and it ranges from $399-$600.00. Is this worth it?

epmv, 2001 Subaru Forester, West Tisbury, MA

Hi, am considering buying an '01 Forester. Have been told the rotors need replacing [pitted]. Wondering what a general repair bill/cost might be...? Thanks

stitch62, 2001 Subaru Forester, Long Beach, CA

The door handle on my Suby broke today. From what I can see, it looks like a mechanism inside pulls a lever, which opens the door. It looks like the part that holds the two parts of this lever has ...

sunshine318, 2001 Subaru Forester, Osseo, MN

I am trying to replace the harmonic balancer on my 2001 forester because the pulley fell off. Is this possible to do without taking the lower part of the motor apart?

FLSTN, 2001 Subaru Forester, Helena, MT

85,000 miles
check engine light comes on, goes off after several days, comes on again
mechanic said it was a smog detector?
please locate this for me and offer insight into replacement

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2001 Subaru Forester Reviews

I don't know why everyone out here in SD doesn't have a Subaru. It's perfect for the extreme conditions and has decent gas milage. It's on the small side, but holds four people well. The rear seat goes down and handles a fair amount of junk. I love my 2001 Forester. I bought it new and it has been great.

New review for an old car... I bought this Forester in late 2006 when it was five years old. Went from a GOOD Dodge Caravan to this, worried that I'd feel cramped in a CAR. This feels less like a car than the Outback, so I'm happy with that. KEEP UP ON MAINTENANCE... just had the 100k mile makeover... VERY expensive, done by a Subaru specialist... but now it runs better than it ever has since I've owned it. Back up lights haven't work.. no one can figure out why... Otherwise nice car for day to day, hauling dogs and garden stuff, and also nice for road trips. I love my 'Ru!

I bought my Forester new in 2000. I have 84,000 miles and have had a few issues. I had to replace 3 CV boots , and I have a heating coil leak. So far the head gaskets are holding. Overall its been a great car. I love the AWD. I would recomend this car to anyone.

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