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1999 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

1999 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 279 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

my money pit

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: died

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "space"

Cons: "everything else"

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

"I owned the car for two months. The dealer didnt tell me it needed a coil pack thermostat vbelt new battery breaks rotors tires struts etc. I get a new thermostat once the coolant circulates theres a huge leak and not even ten miles down the road power steering goes car stalls and wont start I paid 1000S put 800$ into it and had to junk it only recieving 300$ do not buy a forester they have way too many issues. If you get a subaru get it new and tale good care of it look up how and when to manage we and service you car. Also do not believe mechanics they will let your car have issues to get your money.they tried making me warp my head gaskets"

The best I could have owned...

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000

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: "worth the price, long-lived, fun and functional."

Cons: "poor location for heated seat controls"

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

2002 Forester, purchased new in 2001...13 years old in 2014...it's been everywhere!

"It needed minimal repairs throughout it's life, and took me everywhere I wanted to go. Great for dirt roads, because of the higher wheel base! The driver's side rear wheel bearing went out twice, but the other one was fine. At 213,000 miles, it still has the original hoses, one set of brakes are original, most lightbulbs are original...Only had to replace headlights, belts, timing belt... Eventually, had to replace struts. It never left me stranded, and it had enough interior space for me to haul anything...I got three hay bales in it one time! I love this car!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2002 Forester, purchased new in 2001...13 years old in 2014...it's been everywhere!

Rock Solid

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "As reliable as they come"

Cons: "Could use a 6th gear"

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

"This Subaru Forester never fails to start up and run out perfectly no matter what winter throws it's way. Gas mileage average is 27 mpg. Not bad for an AWD car that doesn't have the sleekest aerodynamics."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

10 STARS Love my Suburu Forester 2003

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

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: "Great ride and reliable. 4WD. Fun, Suburu!"

Cons: "No cons."

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

"This is the best car that I have ever owned. Drives like a dream, feels so good to drive. Very reliable and solid. Feels like it will drive to 300,000 miles. I just love it. I test drove a 2012 and a 2014 Suburu Forester and realized I did not want any car except mine. My 2003 drives better than the 2012 and 2014 Forester. It is a very comfortable, reliable car and it drives beautifully on snow and rain with the All Wheel Drive. I just love it!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Thursday, February 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"great car for first 150K. Even after babying the vehicle for 8 years, normal wear and tear takes over. transmission eventually went out at 200K."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love my Subaru

By on Monday, February 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great drive, reliable, comfortable, safe"

Cons: "lack of interior refinement."

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

"We loved everything about this car. We bought a 1999 in the fall - but got hit by a semi-trailer. The car was totaled, but everyone walked away so we bought another 3 months later! We do not drive a lot, but have had the car in the mountains, snow, ice, etc and love how it drives in more challenging climates. It's also great as a regular road car in Texas. Good mileage. We only had 3 unexpected repair bills on the car in 14 years. 2 were for wheel bearings and 1 was for a cracked radiator. It cost about $400 to repair the wheel bearings and $300 for a new radiator. I suspect the head gasket was also cracked, which was a probably for this model year, but sealant fluid made this a minor issue. I would definitely recommend a Subaru Forrester."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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