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1998 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Subaru Forester

1998 Subaru Forester Problems

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Sometimes the Check Engine Light illuminates because the computer detects misfires. Subaru released an improved spark plug wire set to solve the problem. The ignition coil should also be inspected for carbon tracks or short circuits between the contacts

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

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1998 Subaru Forester Questions

My head gasket blew on the original 2.5L engine. Replaced with a used 2.2L and now have a bad ring. Suggestions? Some say subaru has a "throw away engine" and rebuilds don't really work. Rebuild or look for a new car???

Check engine light always on.Car has all new plugs,wiring,Tune up.2 years on rebuilt engine.Good running engine.No loss of Engine Power.New oil Change.All new Belts and hoses.New Radiator.New AC .5 Speed all wheel drive.Doesnt burn Oil.There however seems to be less Mileage per Gallon of Gas.New...

overheating- suspect air bubble in radiator

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1998 Subaru Forester Recalls

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). (THE 1999 2.2 LITER LEGACY VEHICLES ARE EXCLUDED). IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, THE BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE IS INCREASED.

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1998 Subaru Forester Reviews

I bought my "98" forster 2 years ago with almost 100,000 miles on it. It has been a really good car. now I have 180.000 miles on it and I have to change the head gaskets, that will cost about 1200.oo. But I really think it's worth it

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