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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,050 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Subaru Forester engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 182007

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,151 miles


As soon as the car aged to 75,000 miles I started having problems. The closest Subaru dealer is 51 miles away from my current location. Not easy to get to. My in town mechanic has only been trying to treat the symptoms. I've had thermostat, heater core, valve covers, spark plug wires replaced, hoses replaced, and still has not fixed the issue. I took it to a Subaru dealer this morning, still overheating, and he says I have a blown head gasket and I will have to replace valve covers, wires, obviously the head gasket and possibly a few other parts. Labor alone is a 1000 dollars. Subaru should take full responsibility for this as I am noticing that there are several posts and several websites with owners having the exact same issues. I really have enjoyed owning a Subaru up until now. I don't know what else can be done.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 092004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Recall ww-99 was issued by the manufacturer that was not found at this time. There was external coolant leak into the head gasket, which could cause the vehicle to overheat. Dealer was only flushing the system, and was unable to remedy the problem. Also, yokohama tires that were under the proper inflation for the vehicle caused it to slip and slide even though it was all wheel drive.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle engine sputters, surges and shakes intermittently. Sometimes stalls when stopped. Sometimes accelerator significantly hesitates provide engine speed. Very dangerous when crossing traffic or merging. Mechanic replaced coil pack, spark plugs, wires, PCV valve, adjusted throttle position sensor. Dealer reports problem unknown and not under warranty at 43,000 miles

- Weatogue, CT, USA

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