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.
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.