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1998 Subaru Forester

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 25/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1998 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 312 Ratings for the 1998 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Amazing car

By on Friday, July 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, longevity"

Cons: "Oil leakage after 200k (!!!)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my wife's car, she loves it and has bonded significantly. It's not my type of vehicle but I'm amazed at what I've (not) had to do to it in 300k miles. Used synthetic oil, changed the trans fluid and filter regularly, and it still runs great. Original axles, did the brakes a few times, plugs, filters, etc....the only issue is the typical oil head-gasket leakage. I just keep my eye on the oil level and call it good. I can't believe a car can go 300k with nothing but routine maintenance."

Versatility Quality Cost Efficient Work Horse

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Low maintenance. Safe in All Weather"

Cons: "Wee bit of coaxing over steep steep mountains"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a safe, dependable, cost effective, vehicle. I have 156k on it and it runs like a top! Replaced front seat-belts when they would no longer pull out and retract properly. This car is amazing. Hope to keep driving her forever!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good all around car

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "All around good car"

Cons: "parts pricing,driver cup holder,rust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a mini truck/family vehicle/animal carrier,etc. Runs like a little tank through the snow. The only problems are parts prices and wild on ice. One of the best all around vehicles ever made. I've owned many cars/trucks in the past 40 years and I would recommend this to any country folk!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

GREAT Car

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "They don't make them like this anymore. :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Loved this subby more than the Impreza, 2012 Tribeca or 2013 Outback! Snow never stopped this car. A1 Dependable."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great, reliable car

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, great in inclement weather, safe"

Cons: "Head gasket problems, rattles in the back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought a used 2002 Forester with 170,000 miles. I now have 185,000 on the odometer and it keeps on running. It's been very reliable except for having to replace the head gasket, timing belt, and catalytic converter, so I'm in it for another $3k. Mileage is ok, about 22 city and 28 highway. Check engine light comes on occasionally due to gas cap issue but a simple fix. I ended up buying a cheap OBD scanner to turn off the light. Will probably have to keep the car for a while longer but as long as it still performs well, I don't mind. As I get older I don't like the manual transmission and would opt for an automatic the next time. The head gasket problem seems to plague Subarus of this vintage so before buying one check with the dealer or owner to see if this has been done as it is expensive."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

new to Subarus and love it.

By on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive. Lots of extra goodies inside and tec"

Cons: "can't think of any yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had the car for about a year and a half now, and am totally new to Subarus and Foresters, but so far I love this car. Lots of nice little tech. goodies, and love all the extra interior storage places. They are everywhere. Very fun to drive. So far have mostly just changed the oil and checked for alignments is all the service needed. It did have the head gaskets done before I got the car at 74K. The mechanic who did this said I should have no problem with the timing chain replacement until about 100K which is close to what Subaru recommends. Good in the snow as expected. Great sound system. So far one great car! LIke the visibility too."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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