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| || ||2001 Subaru Forester Review, Ray Ditterline, From Bozeman,|
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| ||Model||L Forester|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||Back seat leg room is limited.|
| ||General comments?||A year ago last May we bought a silver 01 Forester L, automatic. We almost didn't buy a Forester because of a sentence in the Edmund's review that says "The trade-off is lower ground clearance and less capable off-road ability, but you weren't going that far off the beaten path that anyway, were you? (wink, wink, nudge nudge.) My oldest daughter and her husband are building a cabin about 15 miles North of Yellowstone Park. The cabin is at the end of a steep, narrow, rocky, badly eroded, forest service logging road at about 8500'. We needed a vehicle capable of hauling passengers and food up the road. Last summer and again this summer, I am happy to report that we hauled five adults and lots of food to the cabin, successfully. I was pleasantly surprised by the AWD traction, and we were able to straddle the deep ruts successfully. It was comforting to know that the rear differential was protected by the cover if I did slide off the high spots. Last year, I slid off a rock and high centered my 86 four-wheel drive, half ton pickup. It would have been nice having more power going up the steep road. I had the accelerator on the floorboard several times and a couple more cylinders would have helped. It would have been nice if the H-6 or turbocharged H-4 had been available for the Forester. Looking back, however, that was the heaviest load that we have hauled in the Forester, so I guess we truly tested the vehicle. It should do great with a lighter load.We now have 14,000 miles on the car (about 1|
| ||Previous car||Better than all small SUV's that we tested.||