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%).