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1998 Subaru Forester LReview
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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.

Pros: Handels well and extreamly practical

Cons: A little pricy to work on♠

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1998 Subaru Forester SReview
Mike writes:
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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.

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

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

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1998 Subaru Forester LReview
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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!

Pros: Safe, Roomy, Ride height, Well built car

Cons: Sometimes classed as a statio wagon.

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1998 Subaru Forester SReview
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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

Pros: has everything you would need in a car

Cons: nothing to say on this subject !!

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1998 Subaru Forester LReview
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Really Fun Subarau! — My car is a pretty sweet manual Subaru Forester. It's holding up wonderful for 160,000 miles. I've only had to replace the starter. Acceleration is pretty poor, but it's still fun. Awesome gas mileage (Summer-26town 32hwy)(worse in winter-18to22). lots of space in the back for hauling whatever after you fold the back seats flat. Overall though, it's really fun to drive, and more fun in off road conditions or snow.

Pros: Lasting, fun, looks good, good gas mileage.

Cons: Bad accel, worn suspension.

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1998 Subaru Forester SReview
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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.)

Pros: It will go just about anywhere

Cons: Is not going to win any races!

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1998 Subaru Forester Review
Guru5SVL3 says:
good handling,snow & mud ,highway smooth ez
vs2006 Toyota Prius FWD
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Front Seats Ranked 2006 Toyota Prius FWD better.
"better fit "
Value Ranked 2006 Toyota Prius FWD better.
"mpg"
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1998 Subaru Forester L Review
davisrs says:
vs2005 Subaru Forester XS
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Power Ranked 2005 Subaru Forester XS better.
"SOC engine"
Value Ranked 2005 Subaru Forester XS better.
"SOC engine"
1998 Subaru Forester L Review
Eric says:
Love this car in the snow but its way to expensive to fix.
vs1998 Ford Mustang GT Coupe RWD
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Family Car Ranked 1998 Ford Mustang GT Coupe RWD worse.
"four doors"
Value Ranked 1998 Ford Mustang GT Coupe RWD better.
"Cheaper"
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