1999 Subaru Forester Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1999 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0 N/A

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 N/A Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Emina

Summary:

Worth it to own one!

Faults:

No problem with the car since purchase.

Simple car to maintain, and inexpensive.

Very reliable and fast.

Regular check on all fluids every month.

General Comments:

I would buy another Subaru Forester in the future.

I would recommend Subaru Forester to anyone. Reading other's negative comments is quite unbelievable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th June, 2011

1999 Subaru Forester Limited

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great all rounder

Faults:

Tyres 120,000.

Self levelling suspension Strut 125,000.

Water Pump 140,000.

Major Electrical fault 160,000.

New radiator Cap 180,000.

Rear Break Shoes 200,000.

Self Levelling Suspension Strut 205,000.

Cam Belt Tensioner 215,000.

Front Brake Shoes 220,000.

Wheel Bearing Rear RH 225,000.

Tyres 230,000.

Clutch 240,000.

Cam Angle Sensor 245,000.

General Comments:

Great Car, Good on road handling a bit underpowered (XT would be better) but cheap to run, tyres seem to last well. Off road also very good for light stuff, but limited wheel travel & ground clearance means you might have to take a slightly different line than your mate in a big 4x4 for any real heavy work, great on the sand! (don’t go off road without a metal sump plate).

Although the car seems very solid I’ve had my share of expensive repairs & should have sold it yrs ago, but have just put in a clutch, Tyres & lift kit.

I would buy another Forester, I’ve looked at other Soft Roaders & other than the Freelander (which seems even more unreliable than my Forester) nothing comes close.

I've got a few friends with Foresters & mine is the most unreliable, but also at 245,000ks the highest in kilometerage. For driving to work, Towing the boat, extended camping trips it's a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

1999 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0 litre petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

European quality at Japanese prices

Faults:

Collapsed rear self leveling suspension unit (fixed under warrantee).

General Comments:

I commute 120 km per day and this car is very comfortable, reliable and economical.

It handles as though on rails in all conditions & with its dual air bags & ABS, should be very safe in an accident.

Off road the car is also a dream, the independent suspension is far superior on light dirt roads to most traditional 4X4s, but will not handle the more serious stuff as well. The major limitation being entry & exit angles due to the big plastic bumpers (Subaxtreme in QLD do some nice metal ones), a body lift kit would help.

Silly little things: The sun visors are too short, the rear accessories socket needs the key in the ignition to work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews