1998 Subaru Forester Reviews

1998 Subaru Forester GX 2.0L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance126000 kilometres

Summary:

Overall a great, practical, safe, reliable, fun car

Faults:

The only problem I've had was a flat tyre. Apart from that, it hasn't missed a beat in the 6 months I've had it.

General Comments:

As a 17 year old boy looking for a car, I had expected to find myself in a Celica or Impreza, or something cool and sporty. Instead, I ended up in a SUV, and wasn't particularly excited about it. But in the last few months, I've started to love this car.

It corners better than any other car I've driven. Same chassis as an Impreza, an excellent all-wheel-drive system; I've thrown it into some fast and sharp corners, and it's never let go. A little tall, and the suspension is a bit soft, so any real sports car will obviously beat it, but beautiful handling, with nice, light steering.

Very practical interior, with huge cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down. I've thrown two mountain bikes in the back, without taking the wheels off, quite easily. Also, more compartments than you've ever seen in a car.

The only thing about the car I don't like is the 2.0L engine - it's really too small for the size of the car. If you have the option, go for the turbo version. I know I'll be putting a turbo on mine as soon as I'm off my P plates. There is virtually no headroom for overtaking, sitting on 3k revs in 5th at 100kmph.

Petrol consumption is quite high too, mainly thanks to the all wheel drive, but the amount of revs needed to get the car moving doesn't help either - another problem that would be fixed with a turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2011

1998 Subaru Forester GLS AWP 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

A great all round car that never lets you down

Faults:

Speedo sensor (150 euro), back up (reversing) switch (30 euro) at around 110k, and a new cat at 120k. The cat cost 200 euro on eBay.

Replaced drop links over the last year cost 80 euro.

General Comments:

This car is a great all rounder, it tows a trailer with no problem.

There is good room in the back for lugging around stuff.

It never stops, very very reliable. It's one of the best jeeps I have driven in snow, with its constant 4 wheel drive system.

It does 25 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2011

1998 Subaru Forester from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance289000 miles

Summary:

Good value

Faults:

Head gasket.

General Comments:

I think I have caught the Subaru head gasket disease. My car was fine all summer in Tucson, Arizona, and last night tried to overheat after 5 hours of driving in 40-degree (F) weather. But anyhow, it's got 289,000 miles on it, so it doesn't owe me anything. It's just weird having a car that only overheats in the winter.

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

Review Date: 13th November, 2010

1998 Subaru Forester S from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired98654 miles
Most recent distance98654 miles
Previous carSubaru Lexus

Summary:

OK

Faults:

I am not sure yet..

Park lights stay on after the car is shut off.

Clank of the engine after it goes out of first.

Soft brakes.

No extras that I am used to in a car in general.

I am scared to know, but have heard good things about the Subaru and wanted this one to be as good as others I have heard...

General Comments:

I love the look of the car, but am at a cross-roads to whether to keep this car today and go on, or I took in the car to the dealership to have these problems looked at, since I only bought it yesterday, and the car they gave me to test drive is a Infiniti I30 T 2000 year model..

I have a dilemma, which one should I go for.. I have the loyalty of the Subaru being well built and reliable.. but have heard less than fair reviews on the Infinti... what would you do?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2009

25th Feb 2013, 12:19

When I got my '98 Forester, I also thought the brakes felt soft, compared to other cars. It just took a couple of days to get used to it though, and it's never been a problem.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 27 reviews