Used Subaru Forester 4x4 1997 - 2002 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

Subaru Forester 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (97 - 02)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Subaru Forester 4x4?

Subaru justifiably has a reputation for making solid, reliable cars, and the Forester does nothing to damage that. This version finished in the top two in its class in the JD Power survey in 2002 and 2003.

There have been no recalls on this version of the car and most online owner reviews have been very positive. The only complaints that come up more than once are that the bonnet chips very easily and that the clutch and transmission can judder noticeably, especially when cold.