Have had my '98 Forester for a
year/14,000. Couldn't be happier with
it. Mileage is good (21/27) so is the
power. The seat adjustment range is
wide enough that most everyone gets
comfy. It hauls much stuff and
passenger room is good. I replaced the
speakers it sounds better, but the
system could use an upgrade. Needed
good all-season tires with low noise.
Still, the noise is acceptable. I'm
gonna be driving this puppy for a
Performance, handling, versatility,
cargo capacity and a high fun-to-drive
quotient. Spend the bucks and get
the "S" model. The extra features are
well worth it.
Stereo (or at least speakers), factory
Yokohama tires are not great, and a
fatter sway bar (not necessary but the
factory unit could stand improvement).