1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: A Disappointment
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1998 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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A Disappointment
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1998 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD

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I'm a believer of the safety features after hitting a deer with the Forester at 65 mph on the freeway. I also love the way the Forester handles. But there were a few bugs that I wouldn't have expected given that the Legacy chassis had been out a while. First, the wheel bearings went out at 20K on two wheels. Then the oil seals went at 70K and 140K (just like our 95 Legacy). The head gasket went out at 140K When I complained about a manufacturer defect at 70K because of similar problems with our Legacy, Customer Service said it was coincidence and wouldn't negotiate a better rate on repairs, stating the warranty went out at 60K. If you buy a Subie, you better extend the warranty!

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Fix the manufacturer defect on the seals and gaskets.
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