1999 Subaru Forester
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99 Subaru Just as safe as they say

by from Redmond WA on February 13, 2011

I bought my 1999 Subaru Forester in September 1998 - brand new off the lot. I was the only owner. I had 187K on the car all my miles - combination of highway and city. The car averaged 25MPH up to the...
I bought my 1999 Subaru Forester in September 1998 - brand new off the lot. I was the only owner. I had 187K on the car all my miles - combination of highway and city. The car averaged 25MPH up to the end. The end for this car was February 10, 2011 - when my car was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer rig on I405 - jack-knifing big rig that couldn't stop. I have to say that while I don't feel well and that I'm injured from the accident - this Forester probably saved me from much more serious injuries. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this brand this car again. My 99 Forester is totaled, otherwise I would still be driving it. Okay, this car is a little loud on the highway. I did have the valves replaced around 89K - I also did the free oil changes every 3K - and followed the major maintenance that is recommended by Subaru. I had the -S- model heated seats, moon roof, and we did make some changes to the sound system with the way that audio changes - but all in all everything was original. This is a great little SUV and for the price and reliability I wouldn't hesitate if this your budget - I know it's hard to consider a car this old and this price point - but they are reliable - and to be honest? I'm truly going to miss my trusty 'lil Red. RIP and thanks for saving my life.
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The best car Ive ever owned

by from Liberty, NY on March 4, 2010

I own 3 Subarus A forester, an imprezza wagon and an imprezza sedan. All 1999. Change the timing belt & water pump at every 100k and they will go forever. My forester is a rock. Reliable, it has never...
I own 3 Subarus A forester, an imprezza wagon and an imprezza sedan. All 1999. Change the timing belt & water pump at every 100k and they will go forever. My forester is a rock. Reliable, it has never let me down! Engine gets a little nosier as it ages but doesnt affect anything. I hate to give it up but now I need a Van. I wish Subaru would make a full sized Van !!!!
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239K and going

by from Holland MI on January 26, 2013

Never heard of a Forrester when I bought this rig. 70k on it and a blown head gasket -which the dealer repaired for free- and I am still driving it. No major work on this car. Yes it drips oil...All 9...
Never heard of a Forrester when I bought this rig. 70k on it and a blown head gasket -which the dealer repaired for free- and I am still driving it. No major work on this car. Yes it drips oil...All 99's do. Yes, the motor is clanky but dependable. I would drive it CA tomorrow (slowly) but it would get me there. I am buying a newer one for my daughter.
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A solid, practical, reliable car

by from Chicago, IL on May 5, 2007

I bought a used Subaru and owned it for 7 years. Yeah, things occasionally needed to be repaired, as they do on any used car. However, I would never be afraid to take it on a long trip, as I would wit...
I bought a used Subaru and owned it for 7 years. Yeah, things occasionally needed to be repaired, as they do on any used car. However, I would never be afraid to take it on a long trip, as I would with most American high milage vehicles. . . As a homeowner, it was a great work vehicle -- it had a lot of room to haul stuff. Would I recommend this vehicle to a friend? Absolutely!
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1999 Subaru Forester-manual transmission

by from Lansing MI on October 24, 2011

Had 100k miles when we bought it 3 months ago, performing flawlessly since then. I had forgotten how much I like a manual transmission. A worthy substitute for our 2002 Forester that was totalled. Eno...
Had 100k miles when we bought it 3 months ago, performing flawlessly since then. I had forgotten how much I like a manual transmission. A worthy substitute for our 2002 Forester that was totalled. Enough interior room for the three 6-footers of our family and lots of cargo space.
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yes, it is the most reliable car we have owned so

by from Toronto, Canada on January 28, 2007

great car, great deal for the money. love the lightnes and reliability. It is almost 7 years old but still runs like new.
great car, great deal for the money. love the lightnes and reliability. It is almost 7 years old but still runs like new.
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Long time owner

by from Portland, OR on April 26, 2014

I purchased my 1999 Forester new in late August 1999. It was very reliable the first 100 thousand miles but since then I have had to replace 2 axels and the transmission (automatic) It has never leake...
I purchased my 1999 Forester new in late August 1999. It was very reliable the first 100 thousand miles but since then I have had to replace 2 axels and the transmission (automatic) It has never leaked oil. I take the car for regular "check-ups" with my Subaru mechanic and have the oil changed about every 4000 miles. I have driven it 165 thousand miles and am about to get new front brakes - it will be great not to hear them squeal when the weather warms up. Other than the above repairs, the large turning radius and the lack of cup holders, I have enjoyed driving my red subie. There is plenty of cargo room and I haven't worried about taking it on some back country roads. I just replaced it with a 2015 Subaru Forester Limited and will give the older car to my daughter.
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AK is Subaru Country

by from Anchorage, AK on February 23, 2013

I had a great experience working with the internet sales and used car sales teams at Continental Subaru. Ricki, my sales person, worked very diligently to make sure I was the first person to view (and...
I had a great experience working with the internet sales and used car sales teams at Continental Subaru. Ricki, my sales person, worked very diligently to make sure I was the first person to view (and subsequential buy) this vehicle. I would highly recommend you go see Ricki. The Subura is an older model but she runs great. I replaced a few things that are common with age (dash board lights and center console lights, the battery, and repaired the clock). I also had a remote start and new stereo system installed in the vehicle and both work great. This will be a great first car for my niece.
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Accessible car

by from Prince Edward Island on February 4, 2014

In 2003 we bought our second hand 1999 Subaru on the recommendation of a Red Seal mechanic who also demonstrated its all wheel drive capabilities on inclines of rutted ice and slush. It had to be reli...
In 2003 we bought our second hand 1999 Subaru on the recommendation of a Red Seal mechanic who also demonstrated its all wheel drive capabilities on inclines of rutted ice and slush. It had to be reliable, safe, be easy for the nurses to assist a wheelchair patient into and out of the front seat and have room for the wheelchair, nurse and other medical gear. (The previous 4wd we had proved difficult for the patients and nurses to maneuver into and out of). The vehicle has given us no problems. We are thoroughly amazed that we have not had to replace any part of the exhaust system (unlike previous vehicles' histories!) or anything under the hood other than filters and fluids.
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Tough, loving and reliable, like a family pet

by from Lower, OH on December 6, 2011

Long lasting and practical. Really tough to beat on a tight budget. Probably the highest space verse practicality (mpg, interior room, and capible AWD) on the market. A vehicle that is a jack of all t...
Long lasting and practical. Really tough to beat on a tight budget. Probably the highest space verse practicality (mpg, interior room, and capible AWD) on the market. A vehicle that is a jack of all trades but master of none. Repair cost can be high and is the only downfall I can find with this vehicle.
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