1998 Subaru Forester
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Most fun and reliable care i've owned

by from Grand Rapids, MI on September 15, 2017

This car is absolutely amazing. I bought this car from my brother who never took care of it about a year ago for super cheap. He never changed the oil or any fluids (11,000 on oil and transmission flu...
This car is absolutely amazing. I bought this car from my brother who never took care of it about a year ago for super cheap. He never changed the oil or any fluids (11,000 on oil and transmission fluid was black and no power steering fluid) and it still runs amazingly well. I honestly wasn't expecting it to last too long. I've had to put some work into it due to the lack of maintenance like replacing the power steering pump, but overall this is a very well built car. The suspension is super solid and I love taking fast corners in this car when I'm just cruising around. The all-wheel drive has gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations as well. This car is just fun, simple, and reliable. I recommend it to anyone looking to buy a car for their son or daughter or as a cheap grocery-getter for yourself. My Forester currently has 140,000 miles and is still running strong!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Started up every time, after the interior lights .

by from RICHMOND, Ca. on August 22, 2017

Accidentally left all the interior lights on all night long and the car still started up no problem. 5 speed manual, very easy to drive. front and rear cigerettlighters so could charge my cell phon...
Accidentally left all the interior lights on all night long and the car still started up no problem. 5 speed manual, very easy to drive. front and rear cigerettlighters so could charge my cell phone up in both places. Over the console there is a compartment for thing like sunglasses or other small things. Driver & passenger airbags.
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This is by far best car I've owned personally

by from WA on August 18, 2017

Oh I love this car! It's so reliable and man do I love going to Costco and putting the seats down for all the extra room, not to mention the hatchback makes loading up easy. I have the sports edition ...
Oh I love this car! It's so reliable and man do I love going to Costco and putting the seats down for all the extra room, not to mention the hatchback makes loading up easy. I have the sports edition and wow I love my car, never had any major issues, it's great off road too! I highly recommend this car!
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A very good and safe car to drive

by from Orange, NJ on May 27, 2017

I love it, even though it sometimes it needs some maintenance. Very good handling and brakes. Steering is good and the frame is very nice and compact. I would recommend this car to anyone needing a s...
I love it, even though it sometimes it needs some maintenance. Very good handling and brakes. Steering is good and the frame is very nice and compact. I would recommend this car to anyone needing a safe and decent car to drive.
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My first car, and still going strong four years.

by from Waverly, PA on June 23, 2014

I bought this car for $4500 four years ago, and it was the best investment I ever made. This car has saved my life in multiple scenarios, whether they be driving through some of the worst winter condi...
I bought this car for $4500 four years ago, and it was the best investment I ever made. This car has saved my life in multiple scenarios, whether they be driving through some of the worst winter conditions ever after being stuck in a flash winter storm, or truckers trying to run me off the road for one reason or another. The handling on this car is so advanced for its age. I have grown so attached to my Forester that I want to give it to my children when I have them. I got this car around the same time I started dating my girlfriend, and it has safely got her to and from anywhere we have ever needed to go; for this I consider the car invaluable. I would recommend that anyone that is considering getting this car for the safety factor picks it up immediately. I deducted a star in Interior for the lack of leg room for passengers, and a star on Exterior Styling for the fact that there are really no parts made for this year such as grill guards, tail light guards, or much else for that matter. It is very hard to find aftermarket parts that fit the car. Other than this, the car has been perfect, and has only just recently been showing signs of age. Every car gets old, but this one aged finer than any car I have driven.
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Bought the Forester for my wife.

by from Western N.C. on July 29, 2013

My wife needed a newer car after researching the AWD Forester I knew this was to car for her. In 1967 I bought a Volvo 145 over the years we have had 11 Volvos. So it was time for a change. The Stylin...
My wife needed a newer car after researching the AWD Forester I knew this was to car for her. In 1967 I bought a Volvo 145 over the years we have had 11 Volvos. So it was time for a change. The Styling was a big plus, The ratings reflect the only two drawbacks. This is my wife's car, She is 5'1", I am 6"2". I fit in it fine but I drive a RAM Van 2500 Conversion Van. And there is quite a difference in comfort. The Performance is fine for a small engine. Again I have the 360 ci in my van. All in all it's a great car and she loves it. No more Volvos for her.
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Great Car

by from baltimore, md on January 12, 2012

I bought this car used but it has been very reliable and fun to drive. It has lot of head room and cargo room. The back seat leg room is average, but the seats are comfortable. It has a lot of pep f...
I bought this car used but it has been very reliable and fun to drive. It has lot of head room and cargo room. The back seat leg room is average, but the seats are comfortable. It has a lot of pep for a 4 cylinder car, and handles great in poor weather.
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Expensive repairs needed

by from Rochester, NY on December 5, 2011

Head gasket replacement mandatory. Arcing ignition coil fixed. Gas tank and fuel lines replaced. Rear wheel bearings replaced several times. CV boots and axles replaced. Rear window defroster not work...
Head gasket replacement mandatory. Arcing ignition coil fixed. Gas tank and fuel lines replaced. Rear wheel bearings replaced several times. CV boots and axles replaced. Rear window defroster not working. No leg room for back seat passengers. AWD great going up icy hills. Side mirror defrosters and heat seaters worth the expense. Gas mileage only fair. Next car will be hybrid.
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Awesome All-around, Safe and Fun

by from South Dakota on December 4, 2010

'98 Forester L: still love it (Dec '10). It's a beautiful thing. So fun, safe, good w gas, reliable.
'98 Forester L: still love it (Dec '10). It's a beautiful thing. So fun, safe, good w gas, reliable.
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Extremely reliable, roomy, and stylish

by from New England on June 21, 2009

I have owned many Subaru models of different years and models, but my 98 Forrester has be my favorite. There is a ton of room for my dog and I. All-wheel drive is essential where I live and the car's ...
I have owned many Subaru models of different years and models, but my 98 Forrester has be my favorite. There is a ton of room for my dog and I. All-wheel drive is essential where I live and the car's wide tire base asserts control over any conditions. The vehicle is great on gas which was a Godsend when prices were sky high. Ask anyone you know who has a Forrester from around this year, and they'll all tell you the same thing: "I LOVE IT!"
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