1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Hope phase II engine is better

1998 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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Hope phase II engine is better
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1998 Subaru Forester S 4dr Wagon AWD


I bought the car as a project car with one of the cylinders literally smashed. I've used and worked on Subarus for 4 years. 2.5 liter DOHC Phase I engine is awful. 2.2 engines were much more reliable. After installing an engine with 120000 miles on it it works great. It's a small SUV, really fun to drive. Handles great on snow and rain.

Best Features

Small SUV, ground clearance.

Worst Features

I hope new Phase II 2.5 SOHC engine is better. Phase I had a lot of problems with piston slap and head gaskets. (I had to fix 2 of them one on my Legacy Outback, the other on Forester. after blowing the second engine on Outback I installed 2.2 liter and using it happily since then).
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