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1998 Subaru Forester drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 282000

Forester 4WD

  • miles


No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Dec 241998

Forester 4WD

  • miles
After owning the Forester just 3 months, the windshield had three chips in it which then spread into a crack across the driver's viewing area. After only 21,000 miles the clutch disc/plate had to be replaced and was not a warranty matter. After 42,000 miles a bearing in the rear axle has gone bad and the clutch is beginning to make the same noise for which it had to be replaced earlier. I am most disappointed in this vehicle.000 miles,000 miles the

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 271999


  • miles
Driving down the road made a stop at the store, smelled burning. Looked under the hood. Contacted dealer and was told it was leaking from the front axle on to the exhaust. Vehicle is in the shop for repairs.

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 151998

Forester 4WD

  • miles
Oil leaks from drive axles. Drips onto catalytic converters. Two attempts to repair have failed. Owners concerned of potential fire hazard.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

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