1999 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Is the engine problem fixed?

1999 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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Is the engine problem fixed?
By Renee on


1999 Subaru Forester 4dr Wagon AWD


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.

Best Features

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

Worst Features

Fix the problem with the engine.
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