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1999 Subaru Forester

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LOVE my Subaru!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Pastmaster
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1999 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

The Forester has given me no trouble. Beyond oil changes and regular maintenance, I have had a broken rear window (kids and rocks) and one gasket.


Favorite Features

This wagon carries a lot of STUFF. We have brought home a refrigerator and a dishwasher in the back. I love all the little nooks and crannies for storage.


Suggested Improvements

Add another cup holder to the front seat space.


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Is the engine problem fixed?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Renee
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1999 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

I replaced the head gaskets @ 70k, they started seeping again @100k. Subaru sent out a letter to all owners about the seeping head gaskets and to fix it, you have to add a additive to your antifreeze every time you flush your radiator. This seeping problem is starting to affect my pistons. I've replaced everything around the engine. I have 150k on it now, and with this piston problem, I'm not sure if I should buy another Subaru. I love everything else about it, but am concerned about sinking a ton of money into a new one, as I have with this one. I've replaced a couple of wheel bearings, both axles, all 4 struts & mounts, radiator, heater blower & the air sensor twice.


Favorite Features

The way it handles in the snow. The cargo space - great for flea markets.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the problem with the engine.


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Wheel bearings forever
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By jimbo54
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1999 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Very pleased with design/concept of vehicle, however have had rear wheel bearings replaced 8 times from 25k thru 166k; have fought Subaru tooth & nail to get them to acknowledge that there might be a design problem; debating buying another Subaru product or switching to Rav 4 in near future (200k)


Favorite Features

Perfect size and mileage; very functional; would find it hard to do without awd & man trans.


Suggested Improvements

Lots of problems; fortunately have never been stranded; Subaru less than consumer friendly when problems arise.


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