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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
66,831 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. expensive repair (2 reports)
  2. another expensive repair (1 reports)
2002 Subaru Forester engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 152010

Forester LX 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,200 miles


A low mileage nice car suddenly became a piece of junk (Over heating, coolant leaking), out of warranty, totally bad design from manufacture.

The worst problem a car ever can have, and Subaru do not take any responsibility.

Do not buy this type of design will save yourself a lot of expensive trouble.

- , Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 092009

Forester 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

After our first head gasket blew back in 2006 we were amazed to have the second one blow last night, only two and half years, and 20,000 miles later. I am really trying to find more unhappy Subaru Forester owners to get there stories so I can make a complaint to Subaru.

- , Homer, AK, USA

problem #1

Aug 282006

Forester 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,293 miles

Even though the dealer said there had been many similar problems in Subaru Foresters they refused to warranty the blown head gasket we had at 62,000 miles and only 4 years old. Now (2/9/09) the head gasket just blew again!

- , Homer, AK, USA

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