1998 Subaru Forester Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1998 Subaru Forester L 2.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

It doesn't age well

Faults:

Have replaced right wheel bearing twice within a year.

Air conditioning does not function adequately in stop-and-go traffic.

Right rear hatch arm snapped due to premature rust.

Major engine leak from blown gasket at 130 000 km.

Front passenger power window no longer functions.

Overhead clock is toast.

Wheel alignment issues abound.

General Comments:

This car offers safety and practicality, but be cautious of its history.

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

Review Date: 4th January, 2006

1998 Subaru Forester S 2.5 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carVolvo 244

Summary:

For the rainy roads of the NW, great traction; questionable reliability

Faults:

Major issue: Head gasket blew at 130,000 miles.

Minor issues: Oil seals; Subaru just cannot seem to make them stop leaking after seemingly few miles on the engine.

Certain electronic components stopped functioning. For example the master switch for the power windows, also the clock.

Gas mileage is a disappointment. I previously had a Isuzu Trooper and before that several Volov's and BMW's. The Forester roughly gets the same mileage per gallon as the Volvo, meaning not all that much better than the Trooper.

General Comments:

They are hard to beat on a slippery surface. I've been on hard snow packed roads, or occasionally even ice and felt the car handled amazingly well. On a slippery surface, nothing I've owned has handled this well.

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

Review Date: 23rd March, 2005

1998 Subaru Forester 2.5 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

This car is a lemon

Faults:

Cracked cylinder head at 138,000 miles.

Both rear wheel bearings went at 130,000 miles and needed to be replaced twice.

Crank shaft oil seal blew at 113,000 miles.

New clutch installed at 99,000 miles.

Check engine light comes on constantly due to cylinder misfires (numbers 1,2,3 and 4) since the car had 16,000 miles.

General Comments:

The dealership keeps telling me that engine overheating is the cause of the cracked cylinder head. The problem is that the car has never once overheated. Several mechanics have told me that the cylinder misfires are related to the cracked cylinder head, if not the cause of it. That means that this car has a manufacturers defect!

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

Review Date: 25th October, 2004

1998 Subaru Forester from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great car with one major design flaw

Faults:

Right back wheel bearing has been replaced twice. Once at 60,000, again at 80,000.

Alternator replaced once at 80,000.

Axle joint replaced once at about 75,000.

General Comments:

The All Wheel Drive system handles like a dream in all weather, including mud.

It handles like a car, not an SUV.

It's just the right size.

Major manufacturing problem regarding wheel bearings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

1998 Subaru Forester S 2.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A first year flop

Faults:

Head gaskets blew at 89000.

Connecting rod destroyed motor at 117000. Short block from dealer will cost 5000 to replace.

Clutch shudder problems after clutch replaced by dealer.

Leaking rear strut.

Rattling noise from under car. Dealer wanted to replace catalytic converter.

Small clock quit working.

General Comments:

Local dealer was not helpful was asked about replacing the motor or getting a replacement motor for another shop to replace.

When asking questions of dealer on phone I was hung up on after getting a one word answer to my first question.

The rattling noise we heard under the car had been checked by the dealer through a used car inspection and they considered the noise normal. This inspection paid for by the previous owner did not call for any repairs to the vehicle or serious problems.

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

Review Date: 20th August, 2004

1998 Subaru Forester S 2.5L boxer four from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L boxer four Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance99000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

A safe, agile, and quick all wheel drive sport utilit vehicle

Faults:

When one tire got sidewall damage it was recommended that we replace all four. The electronic clutch at the wheel with less tread depth than the others may burn out on this automatic all wheel drive system. The clock is failing. The floor mat had to be secured with a zap strap.

General Comments:

This is a good handling sport-ute with a fast launch from a stop because of the low first gear. The dual overhead cams sound nice! 60 cubic feet of cargo is good for a vehicle of this size. I use synthetic oil and coolant additives to try and avoid the head gasket failure which occurs in 20% of these foresters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2004

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