by forester98 on Jan 6, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD
I got this car back in October from my cousin who was getting a new car and didnt want to trade his Subie in. GO HIM! lol
It is by far the best vehicle I've ever owned. Reliability is amazing, the car has 136k miles on it, and i drove 400 miles to Ohio through the rain soaked mountains of West Virginia with no problems. Enough said.
For reference in the rest of this, the Subie I own is a 2.5L 5 speed manual.
by bigairtrix2 on Aug 14, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD
Unlike many other reviews that I have read on the 1998 Subaru Forester mine keeps going no matter what I do to it. I have never had a problem with head gaskets or wheel bearings. Yes I have replaced the timing belt at 80k but I do that with every new vehicle I buy. Other things that I have replaced over the life of the car are struts to an adjustable bilstein coil over , rotors and pads to brembo drilled and sloted rotors and pads , cv joints were changed based on the fact the car had 150 k and
it was time, clutch to a center force stage two and two sets of tires cause each set wore out after putting over 75 k on each.
by smokeymedic81 on Dec 22, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD
I bought this car uses so I cant say what the previous owner put it through.
It had only 110,000 miles on it when I purchased it 6 months ago.
Had my mechanic do a full inspection on it before I bought it.
was able to drive it for 3 months, put a whole 3000 miles on it then the head gasket blew.
The car is junk now because the cost to replace the head gasket is outragous.
Will never buy a subaru again.
by carageous on Dec 19, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD
Bad electrical system on accessories, i.e. clocks, sun roof, keyless entry) purchased used with 98k miles, sending to the crusher with 264,000 miles due to blown head gaskets that is causing the cooling system to overheat. Cost of repairs more than I care to sink into the old of a vehicle, $1800.00! The MPG was very disappointing, never got over 15MPG city and maybe 20MPG hwy. Transmission had some shifting issues at 200k miles but so bad to require replacing, just grinned and drove it anyway. Tough little cars and fun to drive.
by Pip on Oct 7, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD
Bought this wagon in 04, my senior year of college.. I got a great deal on it. Was 6 years old and had 90k on it. I love the manual transmission. By far the smoothest manual i ever drove. Fantastic in the snow. Just too many problems, radiator, head gasket, tires wear very fast due to the symmetrical all wheel drive. This vehicle broke down 3 straight years on the eve of the biggest snow storm of the year leaving me stranded. I went to a Jeep and haven't looked back.
by JAS on Feb 18, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD
Bought this car used with 96k miles on it and had high expectations. Knew other Subaru owners that swear by them. I should have read some reviews before buying as apparently this particular engine, which also rears its ugly head in other Subaru models in and around this year, has some major issues. It all started with a bad radiator cap and then led to blown head gasket and who knows what else. I'm dumping it because it isn't worth what its going to cost to repair. This was my first and last Subaru.
Subaru attacks the mini-SUV market head-on with the Forester, which actually constitutes an SUV body on an Impreza platform with a Legacy engine under the hood. The most carlike of the mini-utes, Forester is also the most powerful. Airbags remain the full power variety, despite new rules allowing lower deployment speeds.