1998 Subaru Forester User Reviews

1998 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"space" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Amanda writes:
1998 Subaru Forester L Review
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4

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Holds all my Dive gear, has smooth ride

Cons

not a sports car

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Good, Reliable — Love my car, being older you have to take the good with the bad. But shes real solid and hauls all my dive gear with out slowing down. Not the fastest car out there, by any means. Bad acceleration too. But like I said, she gets me where i need to go with what i have to take with me for the job.,.... plus I think shes pretty :)

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Mike writes:
1998 Subaru Forester S Review
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5

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Well engineered, great all wheel drive system, great value, reliable.

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Center arm rest is useless, No intermittent rear wiper, no variable intermittent wipers

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Love, It's What Makes A Subaru A Subaru. — Great car for the money. Reliable, great fuel mileage, versatile, well engineered. Not the best looking car, but maintenance is extremely low. I have seen these cars with over 300k miles and still going strong. That should tell you something.

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cpteric writes:
1998 Subaru Forester S Review
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5

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It will go just about anywhere

Cons

Is not going to win any races!

cpteric
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1998 Forester — One of the best cars I ever owned. Has been and will go just about anywhere! Over 250,000 miles with the original engine and running gear. We take this Forester all over forest service roads and I am constantly amazed at where it will go. Interior is a bit busy for this year. Grey cloth with purple, blue, green etc... accents. The cloth does wear very well and is easy to clean. Rear seating is a bit small but the rear seats do recline slightly making it more comfortable on long trips. Both rear seats fold flat making great room for cargo of even car camping for someone under 6' tall. Radiator caps in this vintage are prone to leak after about a year or so. At around $8.00 for a new one, I recommend changing it once a year. The only real maintenance issue is head gasket leaks. Original ones will leak oil around 80-120K. Replacing them runs around $1500 t0 $2000. (this problem exists on the non-turbo Subaru's) Replacing the gasket with the metal one used on the turbo models is a better fix than original gasket. My car has a factory Barometer, Altimeter, Compass and Exterior Temperature cluster built into the top of the dash. Kind of cool when up in the Mt's All and all a fun, reliable safe car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kimberly writes:
1998 Subaru Forester S Review
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its great on gas.

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You can only fit 5 people in it or $ if you have car seats

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Sporty, Family Friendly, And Overall Awesome — This Car is very solid and great in the winter! It has enough room inside and enough power under the hood to serve its purpose. I love driving it, rides nice and smooth, brakes on command and is great on gas. This is a great family car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Sean writes:
1998 Subaru Forester L Review
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5

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Safe, Roomy, Ride height, Well built car

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Sometimes classed as a statio wagon.

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Great Qaulity Subaru — First off everybody knows Subaru is world renound for their symetrical AWD system. Although the forester is mechanically identical to other Subaru models it has much more cargo room and ride height. I can go offroading and then drive it like a sports car on road. Always my passengers comment on how safe they feel in my forester. SO to sum it up: Good performance, Great handling, looks good, feels good, decent on gas, and fun to drive!

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kshawn16 writes:
1998 Subaru Forester Review
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5

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good mpg, great engine, spacious, fun

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oil leaks

kshawn16
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Amazing Car, Would Recommend To Anyone! — At 286,000 miles on the original engine, this car ran with all the power and handling of an engine under 100,000 miles! It got 26-28 mpg on average and was a ton of fun to drive. I also like the half-suv-half-car style, it's attractive and very useful- lots of space. Only downside: it had a few oil leaks that I had to have fixed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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subaruforester98 writes:
1998 Subaru Forester L Review
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Handels well and extreamly practical

Cons

A little pricy to work onâ™ 

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1998 Subaru Forester L — I love my Forester. Mine is a "Generation 1" 1998, the first year they came out. I love the cargo room , smooth ride and exceptional handling. I don't know why it's classified as a "Wagon" it's really more of an suv. The interior is a little tacky with purple and blue streaks but still comfortable and set up nicely. Leg room in the front is ad quit and I'm 6ft tall the back seat is a tight fit though. I have the manual which splits the power front to rear 50/50 under normal circumstances and has a viscous slip switch that can very the power split as needed. The "Boxer" engine ( Horizontally opposed) is smooth, quiet and puts out allot of torque. It climbs hills with no problem even though it's a 4 cyl. The handling is suburb, I can't tell the difference between wet and dry pavement, it also corners like it's on rails. I love all the little storage compartments on each door and in the center of the dash. It's fairly good on gas I avg 22mpg combo hwy/ city driving however on my last road trip it got 27 mpg. My only complaint is that the clutch is very fussy and should have been better built. This car is very fun to drive a pure pleasure. The only reason I gave mine a 4 instead of a 5 was that it was mistreated before I got it and took about $3000 to get right, which is VERY A-TYPICAL of Foresters. I have about 146k and still running strong.

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Beverley writes:
1998 Subaru Forester S Review
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has everything you would need in a car

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nothing to say on this subject !!

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Subaru Forester — i just love my subaru its fast , good looking and spacious it has everything i want, its turbo and has 18 inch rims and has been lowered. its fun to drive and sounds great . its cheap to run . i cannot dis it will get a newer model when i can afford it

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Sala writes:
1998 Subaru Forester Review
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5

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fast & dynamic

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not enough space for a family

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I Loved It! — actually this car used to be one of my favorite ones! because it got good clearence & it's turbo! it's really good quality & not that expensive (OK). seems like this ane loved to be droven in the mounatins in a 4 season! good family & street racing car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jason writes:
1998 Subaru Forester L Review
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4

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Utility is what it does best.  Goes anywhere and does anything, no matter the weather.

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Head gasket failure has been the biggest issue with this car.

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I Love My Forester, But Wish I Didn't Have To Keep Putting Money Into It. — It's old now, but still running strong. Old Subies rock! It's been great since I bought it used 5 years ago, despite a few issues here and there. It has never left me stranded and it gets me thru everything New England has to offer for weather.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1999 Subaru Forester Reviews

Great Economical Awd Wagon By asmith115

I liked everything about this car except for my length problem. Good on gas 15" tires AWD roof rack and tow hitch all very useable along with the various compartments and cubbies. Also has cruise cont... Read More

Get One If You Live In Nd By Victoria

the acceleration isn't the best but it does get up and go really good breaks and i love how it handles the only thing that likes to go wrong with these is the rear seal wich is no biggie the body is o... Read More

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2000 Subaru Forester Reviews

Sturdy Practical Car That I Can Depend On To Get Me Where I Need To Go! By 1pneD

It's not a sports car..lol BUT...it will take me where I need to go. Riding on the beach is a breeze. Pulling my trailer with a commercial mower didn't bog it down and pulling the boat was an easy rid... Read More

Good Car For Small Price By Kristo

Very good car for the price. Handling is very good. Performance is the best. Build quality is good, the car lasts forever. It doesn't look very good, but ok. The costs are ok. It takes about 10-12 ... Read More

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2001 Subaru Forester Reviews

2001 Forester S By Jeff

Extremely reliable car with enough power to get around. Excellent Build Quality and extremely reliable. Low Cost of ownership relative to other vehicles. Interior colors of Gray and wood tones is no... Read More

Great Utility By rayguerrero2

Use this Subaru to get off the beaten trail every once and a while. With excellent all-weather performance and all-wheel drive this wagon can take you to the hills or rivers and bring you back in comf... Read More

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2002 Subaru Forester Reviews

Good All Around Snow Car By wavesliderJ

Good all around car for commuting, carrying cargo, and driving in snow/offroad. Seat 4 comfortable or stores lots of cargo and gear inside or on the roof racks. Plenty of power and acceleration for ... Read More

Never A Subaru Again!!! By Manolet

It has good acceleration, good for hill climbs. build quality sucks because it is expensive to maintain it. The parts are expensive and hard to find. Gas mileage is also expensive since it consume... Read More

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2003 Subaru Forester Reviews

Love It By walth

Like the new-age look without the new car price. Has top of the line features for a much smaller price. Most of these have wind noise on the drivers mirror (whistle) that can be fixed. We like the saf... Read More

I Love My Forester By tseran

Comfortably tows a trailer. Comfortable on long trips. Nothing ever breaks. Decent gas mileage. Always starts right up. Count on replacing the Timing belt and front end gears when specified. Hea... Read More

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