1st Gen (1998 – 2002) Subaru Forester Problems

The 1st generation of the Forester has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.29. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 1998–2002 Forester model years have sent in 57 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (47%) followed by the transmission (10%) and the wheels (10%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2002 10
7.58
2001 23
10.07
2000 11
5.87
1999 12
5.88
1998 1
2.06

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