1998 Subaru Forester

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1998 Subaru Forester Reliability Rating

KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems

Category

Rating

Comments

Engine

Significant Problems Occasional problems on this vehicle are failures of the Neutral Switch, Manual Transmission only; the Catalytic Converter and the Cylinder Head Gaskets. Failure of the Neutral Switch and the Catalytic Converter can cause the check engine light to illuminate. Failure of the Cylinder Head Gaskets can cause the engine to overheat. The cost to repair the Neutral Switch is estimated at $53.48 for parts and $52.00 for labor. The cost to repair the Catalytic Converter is estimated at $925.45 for parts and $130.00 for labor. The cost to repair the Cylinder Head Gaskets is estimated at $142.00 for parts and $767.00 for labor. All prices are estimates based on $65 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

Transmission & Driveline

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Steering & Suspension

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Brakes

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Heating & Air Conditioning

Significant Problems An occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the Air Conditioning Compressor Thermal Protector. Failure of the Air Condition Compressor Thermal Protector will cause the Air Conditioning Compressor to be inoperative. The cost to repair the Air Conditioning Compressor Thermal Protector is estimated at $499.98 for parts and $195.00 for labor. All prices are estimates based on $65 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

Starting & Charging

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Accessories

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Overall

4 out of 5 4 out of 5

*Repair costs are based on a flat rate of $65.00 per hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

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KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems  Moderate Problems Moderate Problems  Significant Problems Significant Problems
Click year for details: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Engine Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems
Transmission & Driveline Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems
Steering & Suspension Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Brakes Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Heating & Air Conditioning Significant Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Starting & Charging Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Accessories Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Overall 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
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