1998 Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 1998

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1998 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (36%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 28 repairs.
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1998 Subaru Forester engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (33%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 6 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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 
187700 mi

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. 
120000 mi

US $2000
Head gasket leak; decided to replace the car 
150000 mi 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

140700 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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1998 Subaru Forester Engine Problems

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