1999 Subaru Forester S from North America
Check engine light came on as we drove it home from the seller after the car was purchased
- 07/08: Head gaskets replaced, resurfaced heads, diagnosed engine cylinders for cracks, replaced shot radiator, thermostat, engine cleaned - BIG job, over $2000.
- 10/09: Engine light on again less than 6 months --- spark plugs, back tail light, AND leak in gas tank - $800
- 02/10: No check engine light, but the car starts to emit a burning smell, makes buzzing noises frequently - electrical problems due to undiagnosed water leakage --- windows/ doors/ alarm become inoperable and the car locks and unlocks and engine starts by itself! The car is possessed. $700 to fix electrical problems, cover exposed wiring and patch leaking spots, replace wobbly ball joint (still not fully patched since car washes cause the car to fill up with water, and right passenger front window does not work).
- 05/10: Car check engine light now back on and catalytic converter needs replacing. $1000 plus estimate
...thousands of dollars in repairs in less than two years, a used car that's worth $0... Subaru, NEVER again.
Are Pintos still available? I'd prefer that instead.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th June, 2010
I've had a 1999 Subaru Forester S since I purchased it new. 11 years later, I have 198,000 miles on it and it's still running strong. The only thing I've had to replace are the normal things after so many years.. (spark plugs, battery, brakes). The one thing I did have to replace that was the most costly was the timing belt, which I had to throw down about $750.
I don't believe you can purchase a 10 year old vehicle from someone though and call it a lemon. Sounds to me like the previous owner ran the car ragged & didn't keep up with the normal maintenance. Sorry to say, but you just got the shaft from that seller.
All wheel drive is there to assist you in traction when accelerating. When it comes to stopping or going around corners, it's up to you to adjust your driving to the road conditions.