1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: well designed car with issues

1998 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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well designed car with issues
By michael on


1998 Subaru Forester L 4dr Wagon AWD


The major systems were above average in quality and reliability. My problem with the car was the electrical system. Door-open lights wouldn't turn off until the car was started. Remote locking malfunctioned. A lot of items stopped working after several years: radio, lighter, cassette, clock, rear window defroster. Checked fuses; mechanic said too expensive to trace problem. Average city/hwy. combined gas mileage (after a full tune-up) was only about 20-21 mpg. Trunk latch started to fail. Had same problem with our '92 Legacy wagon.

Best Features

A clock separate from the clock in radio display like most other cars. It's a shame neither worked.

Worst Features

Gas mileage, wind noise, feature/accessory reliability.
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