1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: I need a new one

1998 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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I need a new one
By david on


1998 Subaru Forester S 4dr Wagon AWD


This first series model (1998) has a flaw. The rear wheel bearings were ball bearings but I replaced them at 50000 miles for the later design of roller bearings. No problems since. I have had the timing belt changed at 60000 miles and also the oil seals. The dealer had a special and I took it. It needs the seals replaced again because of a small leak but the cost is almost the worth of the vehicle. I may still do this because it is cheaper than a new vehicle. It also could do with a new set of shock absorbers. Changed the battery twice but other than that it starts first time and just keeps on going. I would love a 2010 model but this one won't die.

Best Features

Handling in bad weather.

Worst Features

Plastic cup holders could be improved and the CD player died a long time ago.
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