2001 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Subaru Forester

2001 Subaru Forester
$1,262 to $2,178
2001 Subaru Forester
$271 to $521
2001 Subaru Forester
$406 to $1,307
2001 Subaru Forester
$358 to $828
2001 Subaru Forester
$249 to $1,178

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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.

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.


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.

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The switch and fuses are OK

My mechanic says non-replacement could result in catastrophic engine failure as he cannot guarantee that oil has leaked onto the belt. A different mechanic replaced the belt at 100,000.

1) Oil does not appear milky and oil level does not seem to rise.
2) Heats to 3/4 of gauge climbing a strong hill(is this within normal)?
3) Seems some coolant on fan cowel next to reservoir. But no collant drips under car.
4) Radiator is not really very low but reservoir is empty.

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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...

I bought my forester at 108,000 miles and 6 yrs old, it now has over 210,000 miles, it has taken my family across country twice. Replaced the radiator, all my fault for not keeping it filled or noticing the leak. New cv boots, one battery, i have to get it smogged again now that I'm in California again, makes a rattle when accelerating, the catalytic converter is the issue. Maybe it will pass? ...

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.

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