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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.

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2002 Subaru Forester engine problems

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2002 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 032004

Forester 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. Consumer pressed the accelerate pedal on numerous occasions, causing vehicle to stop and accelerate at the same time. Consumer was concerned this could become a potential dangerous situation. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that this vehicle was operating as designed.

- Bluefield, WV, USA

problem #2

Aug 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I almost had a bad accident, and I think it would have been due to a design flaw in our Subaru Forester. I came to a red light, began to slow using the brake, and found the car trying to surge ahead into the passing traffic: My foot had contacted the accelerator as well as the brake. Fortunately, I was able to shift my foot off the accelerator, but it was a scary moment.

- Bishop, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated brake pedal and gas pedal are too close. Sometimes when braking the driver presses the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, almost resulting in crashes.

- Silver City, NM, USA

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