Subaru Forester 1997 Release (1997-2002) has been discontinued. See all Subaru Australia Midsize / Medium SUVs.
Great family car and sports car
2002 gt forester Ive had a fair few carsxand by far this is the most versatile and fun. Handeling is great although feels a little light if used to a commodore. Parts and upgrades redily available and price for a decent condition model is very reasonable. Comfortable for a family on a long trip with enough power to get you out of trouble
The Forester GT Turbo is still going strong!
I bought the 1999 GT and it's an awesome car. Drives smoothly and handling is brilliant. I have been using Premium or super unleaded petrol since I bought it, but switched over to standard unleaded recently and it does not drive as well.
The dash and interior (black) were fashionable for it's time, but is still OK.
The car has been very reliable and have not broken down yet. Mileage is a 9 to 10 Litres per 100km on average driving around the suburbs.
Issues with the car I wish to point out.
(1) The clear paint started to peel way too e...arly - less than 10 years. The plastic turbo scoop on the top of the bonnet and the roof are particularly vulnerable. (2) The clock stopped working after about 2 years - this is a common fault due to bad solder on the circuit. However, this can be easily fixed if you have a soldering iron. (3) The car radio has started to go recently and does not pick up many radio stations. (4) Extra excess for car insurance since it is a turbo model. (5) The roof rails on the car are weak and broke recently. I think the design of these rails have improved since then.
About Fuel Economy
Well, after now having put 6 tanks into it, I feel qualified to write a little about the fuel economy of this vehicle. Seeing some of the other reviews here gives me a smile, as some don't seem to appreciate that thrusting their foot to the floor, on every occasion, may have an effect on their car's economy. I have only filled the tank when it is below a quarter full, and here are the results : Best economy (3 times) 7.3 litres/100km (32.2 miles/US gallon, 38.7 miles/Imperial gallon). Worst economy (1 time, fully laden with a sea kayak on roof,...on very steep and winding roads) 8.3 litres/100km (28.4 miles/US gallon, 34 miles/Imperial gallon). These figures were taken over approximately 3500km (2170 miles) and included two odometer checks. Drive like a fool, your economy suffers...the fault would lay with you, not your car.
Overrated SUV with Poor Fuel Economy and lacks power
Don't be fooled, these cars are just an overrated SUV's with poor fuel economy and need maintenance frequently which is very expensive.
We drove 428klms on a full tank(60 litres), highway kilometres the gauge was below empty.
When you go to buy some parts you almost need a bank loan, so buy secondhand(used) if you can.
No idea how these cars received positive reviews and car of the year sometimes.
The one positive is they are comfortable to drive.
15 years of great service, hard to go past
This car has been extremely reliable as well as versatile to boot! It feels solid and well planted and is reasonably comfortable but I would have preferred for the seat to have been able to move back one more notch to be perfect. The car has been been a light duty commuter for about nine years but that changed five years ago increasing its drive from a 12k to 60k round trips including some hilly sections.
Over the practically 15 year life, the car has only suffered from a dodgy front wheel bearing (seem to hear from others with that too) a per...
Good car, can give the big boys a run for their money.
I've had my 2000 Forester for 12 mths now, it's been a great car for camping, lugging around a lot of rubbish fun in the mud & sand the 2.0L engine isn't built for performance, the Auto doesn't have a transfer case, but in saying that still does quite well at everything I've thrown at it so far. The old girl has just clocked over 290,000km previous owner didn't treated her too well, but oddly enough mechanically doesn't skip a beat, ALWAYS starts gearbox works fine would seriously buy another one.
Find me another one!
Dec 99 Forester GT bought 2nd hand 3yrs,80,000,now done330K just had top end gaskets and new clutch while it was out. Have had 3 rear wheel bearings, replaced centre diff as wrong oil put in gearbox by selling dealer! New stronger rear springs 180K. Using 500ml oil in 10K currently. Service man says good for another100K [It is a full luxury pack model so ticks 'All' the boxes for us.
We bought it with 132.000 km on the clock and added another 35.000 km in over a year. It is simply amazing. No matter where do we go, how long or how far do we drive. Deep sand is not a problem if you know how to handle it. On the Stockton Beach or through Yardie Creek we went pass let's call them "serious 4x4" cars stucked in sand. But we always made it. The key is momentum (auto gearbox) and weight often a half of big truck's.
Often other drivers were surprised seeing us in the middle of nowhere in SUV. With care it handles medium terrai...n, creek and even a few river crossings. I've never saved $ on maintaining it according to service book, it has always had good oils and much love. Maybe that's why it has never let us down. Another thing, it's good on petrol. Show me other all time AWD or 4WD which takes 8,2-8,7 ltr/100 km. I've put Cooper tires and installed a dual battery system what makes it an ultimate Australian tourer for two. Economical and reliable, bulletproof engine, symmetrical all wheel drive, 200 mm standard ground clearance (Australian market only) 2.0 non-turbo engine does not have so much power. It's not created for racing and if you expect excellent acceleration simply don't buy it
Subaru Forester 2001 GT 2.0 Litre Turbo
MY02 model I purchased 2nd hand in Dec 2003 had only done 7k when I bought it. What a great car this has been. For only a 2.0 litre motor with Turbo it goes like a scalded cat. I have had it serviced at each 12500ks as per the manual. Now at over 150000 still going like a dream. I love it. I would happily recommend this model to anyone. Great car to drive. Very positive. Only annoying things is if you turn off the engine with the windows down you have to put the key back in the ignition to wind up the windows.
Reliability it hasn't missed a beat in 10years.
Can't go wrong
We bought a 1997 Subaru Forester Limited about a year ago, as we wanted something small-ish but still high enough to go off road comfortably. It currently has 220,000kms on the clock but still runs perfectly... I expect it will last for a long time to come!
It is a really fantastic all-rounder. Interior and exterior are very high quality, stylish... It doesn't have a huge amount of space inside but is very versatile. I expect this would be good for a small family or young couple (like us). It's also currently a very affordable car at about $...5,000 - $8,000 depending on state and condition. Haven't had to deal with Subaru directly, so can't comment on this but replacement parts are fairly priced. I actually prefer the old Subaru design than the newer ones (which tend to look more like a full-on SUV. Can be a bit heavy on fuel with city driving but ultimately it's the compromise of having a higher AWD. Last Christmas we did a very long trip in the Subaru, we travelled 3,500kms to the other side of the country, non-stop with the aircon on (took 3 days). Didn't fail us once, even on the way back again 2 weeks later! [this was with the car fully loaded with us, luggage, 2x Jerry cans of fuel, and one large container of water. 2 spare tyres] Overall, I love the Subaru Forester. It will be the best car you've ever owned. Can't recommend it enough! reliability, features, handles great on dirt roads, good size, Only thing I can think of is you can't use the electric windows with the ignition off - not really a big deal.
Sooby sooby dooo!!
We bought our 1999 Limited forester with 52,000km on the clock in 2003. Now it has done over 210,000km. The only problems we have had with it in our time has been:
- Radio reception problems with in glass antenna and after market radio. I installed an external antenna and have had no problems since.
- Left rear wheel bearing went at about 186,000km. Replaced for about $600. no problems since.
- Hole in exhaust. Fixed for $120. Used a generic exhaust which I think is better than the subaru one.
We have tried many different tyres (yokies, B...ridgestone duellers, hankooks, falken). If you can get the Bridgestone Duellers (original equipment) cheap we have found them the best. The yokohama geolandar's were pretty good too. I am 6'4" (189cm) and just fit. I would not want to be any taller though! We have 2 kids (6 and 10) who are going to inherit my body so we are getting a bigger car. I wish subaru made a bigger version of the forester. We have really enjoyed it - being able to go to the snow or explore bush traks, it has done it all. Fuel economy (8L/100km), storage (fun for kids - counting how many storage spots there are), sure footedness of all time 4wd in wet and dry, ride is smooth. Can be a bit loud on some surfaces, in glass antenna is crap - you will need an external antenna if you upgrade the factory radio/cassette, tyre size is sometimes hard to find.
I bought my Forester 2 years ago. I chose a Subaru as they have the ability to go offroad yet a good city car unlike a real 4wd. I went this route over the usual Commodore most 17yr olds get.
Onroad its fun to drive, very comfortable, roomy, economical, safe. Offroad it went well but needed improving for my standards. I installed 2.5inch of lift in it with chunky offroad tyres. It goes really well now and with these goes much further and with less damage occuring. For the most part it keeps up with the big 4wd's except for rock crawling where ...
Was good until warranty ran out
We bought this car brand new in 2000 (manual). Was very good until 3 months after warranty ran out(at only 50000KM) and a rear wheel bearing went. Subaru didn't want to know anything about it. They regulary do wheel bearings, we have had to replace 3 and only 160,000km. They also do CV boots a lot and also CV seals.
Until recently, the only timing belts you could get were genuine at a cost of $1,000+ every 100,000km's. They had a habbit of doing clutches as well, it is unusual to get passed 100,000km without replacing clutch.
For...a year 2000 vehicle, it came with a tape player and no CD player???? Also no ABS. The motor does take a few revs to get going. Have done a few long trips, 12+ hours in it and hopped out fealing like I was run over by a truck. The towball hides the number plate so have to remove it when not in use or risk a fine. Ours is 11 years old next month and expecting next service to be over $1,000 with a new clutch and CV seal.
I bought this car for my kids to learn to drive in (ABS brakes, all wheel drive, twin airbags, unpainted bumpers and cladding) and it has been perfect for the job - very forgiving of learners poor gear changes and clutch slipping, and very safe once they get their licences.
It is also my car when I go bush, the nose and tail are a bit long for steep bush tracks, but otherwise she is great.
Bought her at auction for a pittance with 270000km and spent a few thousand replacing struts, springs, timing belt and convenient engine seals.Has worked li...
It's been a great car - very reliable and the handling is superb. Would go for the larger engine next time though
Absolute quality - bought 2nd hand and can't fault it (with the few 'cons' below).
Seats are a bit tough - either the seats or my backside need more paddingA bit gutless up the hills etcBoot space is a bit tight but we've built a parcel shelf setup for the dog with storage underneath
Pretty good value SUV that keeps it's resale value, good for trips to the ski-field and "soft-road" 4w driving. Fuel tank rather on the small side.
Good road grip, not too bad as a 4WD if the going's not too rough.
2 litre engine is rather gutless unless you keep it above 3000 revs, dual range a bit of a token affair, engine is burning quite a bit of oil after only 130,000 km
Subaru Forester is a great car as it is reliable, safe, economical, roomy and not an unattractive shape. We fit five in very comfortably.
Having driven a range of cars in my short life I have now come to appreciate the differernce between a subaru and all the others. I have total confidence that the car will handle well in the wet. It is easy to drive, has plenty of leg room in the front, gets good mileage, the seats are so comfortable and has good lumbar support. I just love all the little cup holders, and little nooks in the car.
When we purchase our next Subaru it will be one that has better pick up as the Forester is somewhat slow to get up and going.
I have had my 98 model for 3 years now and haven't been happy with the 'lack of' power since I bought it, it is a manual though it seems to make no difference. My car has now done 290,000km and is really starting to cost me money now. From what I've been told, subaru's are fantastic and don't miss a beat until the km's start getting up there.
I park on a steep lawn and in winter I have never slid and lost grip even though the ground is mud. All in all, as much as don't really like this car (only because of the power issue!), I feel safe, very...
Purchased this Subaru in a trade after having a baby, definitely from a mothers perspective roomy as well as having 3 convenient anchor points in the roof (no more pulling off the trim to get to the anchor point yay!) As far as the all wheel drive is concerned we live on a farm and I have yet to get bogged or slide around in the wet. Great car, good on fuel, almost power everything (99 model) and plenty of room in to boot for almost anything. CD player would be nice though...
Roomy, Durable, Go Anywhere (well nearly anywhere...)
Do they make it in a diesel model?
I would recommend this car very good all rounder, now we have three children plenty of boot space, not to high for kids to climb in and not to low for bending over to click safety belts.
great car to drive, lots of small handy pockets, my mod has driver,passenger and side air bags, good resale, come in a turbo mod,
not much leg room in the back,I think the 2litre lacks a bit off power.
Questions & Answers
I am looking to purchase a 2008 Subaru Forester S3 MY09 Wagon 170,000Km $7990. Any feed back would be welcome
I recommend the duel range manual if wanting off-road and go Subaxtreame for a sump guard and Bull bar if can and talk to subieliftoz on Facebook for lift wifes SH has been a ripper car to own
I need to know if a 2000 Foerster gt turbo with 300,000kms would be worth buying and do they have strong long lasting engine's? As I used to own a AU ford With 4xx,000kms and it never missed a beat so I'm hoping Subaru made their cars/engines just as good
I cant really answer this as mines not old. But I love Japanese technology and all my landcruisers have gone beyond 350000 kms before i sold them to happy customers so I expect Subaru to be similar.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Release date||Aug 1997|
|Discontinuation date||June 2002|
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