1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: well designed car with issues

1998 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

66 Total Reviews

Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
well designed car with issues
By michael on


1998 Subaru Forester 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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