1999 Subaru Forester

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$18,695

starting MSRP

1999 Subaru Forester

Key specs

Base trim shown

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Overview

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Base

    $18,695

  • L

    $19,995

  • S

    $22,495

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 1999 Subaru Forester trim comparison will help you decide.

1999 Subaru Forester review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

While others develop sport-utes built off cars, Subaru has a pair of such hybrids in showrooms, the compact Outback built off the Legacy wagon and the subcompact Forester built off the Impreza wagon.

We tested the ’99 Forester, fairly attractive and certainly very practical in terms of offering all-wheel-drive for all-season motoring.

Cute and cuddly, but Forester has two faults that need to be addressed as more rivals get into the small sport-ute market and consumers can be more selective.

Forester is a tad narrow and confining. And whoever designed the seats should be told that foam and cloth make for a more enjoyable ride than granite.

Standard features include dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, 16-inch tires and a single overhead cam version of the old dual overhead cam 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which has the same 165 h.p. but boasts more low-end torque for quicker off-the-line response.

The 4-cylinder is swift yet delivers 21 miles per gallon city/26 m.p.g. highway mileage with optional 4-speed automatic.

Other noteworthy items include a rubber cargo-hold tray for carrying wet or soiled items, huge outside mirrors for optimum side-and-rear visibility, huge windshield for optimum down-the-road visibility, a hatchlid handle to help pull it down, folding rear seats to expand cargo capacity, covered mini bins in each door armrest to store items and a handy covered compartment in the dash top for storage.

An eyeglass holder is in the overhead console. If you use the radio a lot with its teeny-tiny control buttons, you’ll need glasses.

The Forester S starts at $22,495. Air conditioning, power windows/locks/heated mirrors and cruise control are standard. Options included 4-speed automatic at $800; keyless entry at $225; and a premium sound system upgrade with CD player at $1,025. With a $495 freight charge, the test vehicle topped $24,000.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Love this car took me everywhere never failed

This car took me everywhere never failed it's roomy comfortable reliable and economical with 35 bucks i filled up the tank and it last me a whole week

4.6

Most reliable car I have owned.

This car does meet all my needs, and I am very happy wit the car for now. I am asking for 2,900 hundred now, because I think that is fair for both parties involved. Come check it out, and see for yourself!

2.4

When will Subaru make a reliable engine again

I have owned many Subaru car and it seems like they get worse over the years. The engines are plagued with failures that you dont find in other manufacturers products. My latest problem a Forester with 135k with a rod knock on number one cylinder. Looking over the web this seems like a common failure. The Subbie I had before this it was head gaskets. I remember when these cars ran forever with little problems.

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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