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1998 Subaru Forester Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 1998 Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 1998 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

28% of the 1998 Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 16% to the brakes, 28% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 25 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

1998 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2013 184000    
185000 450 noticed an intermittent gasoline smell when driving the car, shop found and replaced cracking fuel lines 
186000  
Subaru in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2013 187000    
188300 920 Replaced catalytic converters and O2 sensors. The connecting flanges had rusted through even though the cat and SS containers were still good after 15 years. They had rusted off from the exhaust pipe flange, Noise and CO danger in Winter. 
191000  
Subaru in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 120000    
120000 2000 Head gasket leak; decided to replace the car 
Subaru in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 148000    
150000 0 Head gasket. Coolant pulled in and out of reservoir and overheating periodically, then consistently. Attempted engine block seal. Then overheated, and traded in for Toyota Corolla. Mechanic did not think head gasket initially. 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

Subaru in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 125000    
140300 1000 Head gaskets;  radiator+hoses. 
 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru in Hawaii, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 95000    
97000 400 Cracked radiator - replaced radiator, hoses, thermostat - also added "freon" and changed oil. Just completed by backyard mechanic (trained on Subarus). Still monitoring for possible damage to head gasket when car overheated. 
99000  

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