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6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 182003

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine pinging noise resulting from short skirt valve design failure. Requested advice from manufacture was told to take vehicle to a dealer. Dealer refused to acknowledge problem. Engine life is greatly reduced by this problem. Dealer recognition has occured regarding this flaw. This is the second Subaru I have purchased. Similar problem in first vehicle resulted in dealer replaceing short block. Although disappointed at flaw customer service at first dealer prompted purchase of second vehicle.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #3

Dec 182003

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Engine pinging noise resulting from short skirt valve design failure. Requested advice from manufacture was told to take vehicle to a dealer. Dealer refused to acknowledge problem. Engine life is greatly reduced by this problem. Dealer recognition has occured regarding this flaw. This is the second Subaru I have purchased. Similar problem in first vehicle resulted in dealer replaceing short block. Although disappointed at flaw customer service at first dealer prompted purchase of second vehicle.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 302002

Forester 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle keeps stalling out in the middle of operation, highway, street.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #1

May 202001

Forester

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle sputters and shakes intermittently after first taking off. Also, stalled at various speeds 3 times. Dealer cannot remedy the problem.

- Cool, CA, USA

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