hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,775 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 082011


  • 200,500 miles


Driving on highway at 75 mph with cruise control set. Tried to cancel cruise control with stalk, it did not disengage. Tried repeatedly, it did not disengage. Hit the brakes to cancel cruise control, it did not disengage (brakes only slowed car down). Stepped on the clutch to cancel cruise control, it did not disengage. When I stepped on the clutch and shifted into neutral, the engine revved all the way to redline and remained there (meaning the cruise control was still engaged). Coasted to side of road with clutch in, engine continued to rev at redline... continued hitting cancel on the stalk, eventually revs settled down to idle. Manual transmission was non-operational after this incident.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 232010


  • 80,300 miles
My 2001 standard transmission Subaru forrester failed to release cruise control when brake was used. I had difficulty, but was able to gain control and shift into neutral on the shoulder. Afterward, brakes seemed to work fine.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 262006

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,300 miles
1) grinding noise when accelerating especially going up hill. 2) 4WD differential failure 3) differential can only be replaced as part of the whole transmission. 4) vehicle only has 86300 miles, seems like a transmission/differential should last longer than that. Cost for replacement over $3,700.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 032003

(reported on)


  • miles
The all wheel drive did not perform as designed, there was a severe vibration which almost caused consumer to loose control of the vehicle, consumer pulled over and noticed a lot of snow was packed in the wheels.

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

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