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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,554 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Subaru Forester suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012008


  • 84,000 miles


Increasing grinding noise from rear of car; dealer inspected and found failing right real wheel bearing; repair found failed seal on axle; one control arm replaced along with axle and bearing.

- Suttons Bay, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 152008

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles
My '98 Subaru Forester is experiencing rear wheel bearing failure again. These bearings are defective and fail often, from what I've read on the web.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #3

Oct 242007

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
My 98 Forester had the right rear bearing changed 3 times by non dealer chain. Started making noise again. When I went to Subaru, the mechanic told me that it's common. He has been replacing them with legacy bearings and has not had any complaints. Also the vent on top of rear differential blows or sweats diff fluid out onto differential. Potential for freeze up of differential once all fluid is gone. Mechanic claims he would have to open differential and "notch" some metal guard in there to prevent this. This along with bearings-$600.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012001


  • miles
Problems with wheel bearings on 1998 Subaru Forester. The rear wheel bearings on the right side were replaced twice.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 042003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,772 miles
The rear wheel bearing showed signs of excessive wear every 30000 to 40000 miles. The dealer/independent shop replaced the part.

- Macungie, PA, USA

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