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1998 Subaru Forester Engine Problems

44 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 1998 Subaru Forester. 6 of these members (13.6%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 7 engine repairs to 1998 Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 1998 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Chart based on 26 repairs.
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1998 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

185000 mi US $450 noticed an intermittent gasoline smell when driving the car, shop found and replaced cracking fuel lines 
188300 US $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. 
121000 US $2000 Head gasket leak; decided to replace the car 
150000   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

140300 mi US $1000 Head gaskets;  radiator+hoses. 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

97000 mi US $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. 

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