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.
AWD, 5 speed manual trany, Large engine compartment for ease to work on.
Speed Sensor and Speed Sensor Gear tend to go out every 30k.