1999 Subaru Forester Reviews - Page 3 of 11

1999 Subaru Forester s/tb 2.0 turbo from Kenya

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance111000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

Fantastic value for money, trouble free motoring with miles of smiles!

Faults:

Rear wheel bearings replaced at 70000kms.

ABS sensor ring (front left) cracked and replaced at 95,000kms.

Electric window switch panel shorted and replaced at 110,000kms (after-market alarm with window closing function caused this!).

General Comments:

This car is heaven-sent for Kenyan roads!

Super quick, comfortable, and very reliable.

AWD system a boon on wet tarmac and sticky mud. Will confess I have taken this car off the beaten track in Land Rover/Land Cruiser country, and never got stuck! Twice even rescued RAV4 owners!

All faults listed above are in my view acceptable given the age of the car, and one must consider the local conditions in Africa will impact on any car.

Cabin a tad uninspired, but generally comfortable and has survived pretty well. Hardly a rattle in my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2009

1999 Subaru Forester 2.5L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carSubaru Outback

Summary:

It's a great car, will buy another one

Faults:

I am the second owner of this Forester. I had both rear axle bearings replaced soon after purchasing the car, had to have a seal replaced in the the air conditioning unit.

I make frequent long trips in my Forester and am very happy with it, it is comfortable and gets good MPG.

I have owned 5 Subaru's, my daughter has a 96 Outback with 225.000 on it, it has been trouble free.

I will stick with Subaru.

General Comments:

Fantastic in the snow, love that all wheel drive,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2009

1999 Subaru Forester 2.5 L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Alero

Summary:

You take care of the Scooby, it will take care of you!

Faults:

New engine at 120,000 miles because of an oil issue.

New head gasket at 150,000; constant check engine light from 160,000 on. Something about emission filtration.

Carpet wear on drivers side.

Absolutely no leg room in the back seat.

General Comments:

This has been a great car for me. I drive a ton and this has been very reliable for me, my husband and our two dogs.

Very versatile; goes from city to back country camping. Love the all wheel drive all the time. Great handling on snowy icy roads.

If you keep up on the maintenance on this car, it will keep up with you!

I'm looking for a new car now, my husband is going to keep the Scooby rockin' for hopefully another 200,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2008

1999 Subaru Forester from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carSubaru Wagon

Summary:

Won't buy another Subaru any time soon

Faults:

Automatic transmission failed at 60K.

Multiple oil leaks.

Head gasket at 98K.

Plug on undercarriage fell out and was sucked into transmission causing transmission to seize (this was a separate incident from total transmission failure).

Front bearings at 90K approx.

Interior uncomfortable with windows down at anything other than slow speeds - feels like you're in a vacuum. Would also say this car is generally noisy.

General Comments:

This car handles nicely, but I won't buy another Subaru because of all the problems I've had.

I'm fortunate that my dealer has helped me quite a bit in dealing with Subaru "headquarters", however the car isn't paid off and I'm done with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th August, 2008

1999 Subaru Forester L 2.5 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Stay away from Subaru, especially used!

Faults:

Replaced heads, trans axle covers, brakes to the tune of $1100 this year, oil leaks and overhead dashboard stopped working.

Plastic body panels are falling off, mud guards discolored and cracking, suddenly will slow down on highway and pour smoke out the exhaust (will not repeat this for the dealer or shop when brought in).

General Comments:

This car is definitely no Toyota as far at quality, durability, and mechanics. Had strong reservations on buying this car because of a bad experience with a 1979 Brat; should have followed my gut feel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2008

1999 Subaru Forester S from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance244000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

AWESOME!!! Wonderfully reliable, versatile auto!!!

Faults:

Air Flow Sensor failed at about 90k - got a recall notice on the part just after I had to purchase the part - got back my money from Subaru. Only serious issue I have had with the engine.

General Comments:

With the one exception of when I was dealing with the air flow sensor failing, I have had no issues with this vehicle and am planning to drive it until it hits 500k miles on the odometer - currently has 245k. I love the size, allows me to carry 2 large dogs in crates. I can hardly consider not driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2008

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 44 reviews