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2002 Subaru Forester Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

3 star
jtippie66 writes:
Would be a great little suv if it did not have issues with head gaskets

Really liked the size, small but yet large enough to do most of what we needed to do. Styling was simple and looks good. It has issues with rust on the Left rear quarter panel under the gas filling door.

4 star
SubaruDriver140 writes:
Very well built and reliable

In today's world where its all about fuel economy this car falls short by barely getting above 25 mpg

Pricing Trends

Average price by trim:
  • L $5,765
  • S $6,257

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2002 Subaru Forester

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Rollover

Recall Notices

2002 Subaru Forester (10/30/2002)

Campaign Number: 02V282000
Component Name: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.
Description: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS WERE PRODUCED WITH AN IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED TRANSMISSION PARKING ROD. WHEN THE TRANSMISSION SELECTOR LEVER IS PLACED IN THE "P" (PARK) POSITION, THE TRANSMISSION PARK MECHANISM, THAT IS INTENDED TO HOLD YOUR VEHICLE, MAY NOT ENGAGE.
Defect: THE VEHICLE COULD THEN MOVE/ROLL WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PARKING ROD ASSEMBLY. OWNER NOTIFICATION JANUARY 8, 2003. AN INTERIM OWNER NOTIFICATION WILL BE SENT DURING NOVEMBER 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.