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1998 Subaru Forester windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 071998


  • miles


While riding on highway pebbles hit windshield causing it to break.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Mar 301999

Forester 4WD

  • miles
Windshield glass easily damaged. Has sandblasted appearance from road dirt. Impairs vision. Windshield, rear and side windows easily scratched by ice scraper that did not damage glass on other cars.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #3

May 251999

Forester 4WD

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Windshield chipped when small stone hit windshield.

- Great Bend, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 191999

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Forester 4WD

  • miles
The winshield glass chips very easily from minor stone hits at highway speed. I encountered 3 chips in a period of 3 months, driving on an interstate highway at 65 miles per hour. I think the glass is too vulnerable to breakage which compromises the safety of the occupants.

- Newington, CT, USA

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problem #1

Nov 231998

Forester 4WD

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This is the 2nd time I had a crack appear in my windshield. The first time was in late May 1998 when I was washing the car and sprayed cold water on it I heard a crack. I took it to the Subaru dealer in reno and they said it was really caused by a slight pebble that hit the windsheild. Then on 23 Nov 98 after driving that day I noticed the next day that another crack again in the lower left hand (from drivers position) part of the windsheild another (yet smaller than the first) crack. It appears that a pebble may have caused it. If this is all it takes to crack these windsheilds then something is wrong. I have been driving many years a lot of them overseas in europe where there are more gravel roads than in the us and never had this happen. Now twice in less than 6 months! something must be wrong with the design or the material used in the manufgacture of the windsheild.

- Tahoe City, CA, USA

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