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1998 Subaru Forester - Expert Reviews


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1998 subaru forester Professional Edmunds Review
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...Cargo space is equivalent to what you'd find in the RAV4 or Tracker, and storage room abounds. Three Forester models are available: the base, the mid-level L and the high-end S. Air conditioning, roof rack, rear defogger, tachometer, power windows, tilt steering, rear wiper/washer and an 80-watt cassette stereo are standard on the base model. The L adds antilock brakes, power door locks, and cosmetic goodies. With a base price barely over $20,000, we believe the L will be Subaru's volume seller. The uplevel S gets a toothy chrome grille, alloy wheels, bigger tires, rear disc brakes, cruise...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...There are three Forester trim levels -- base, better-appointed L and spiffy S. All employ power front disc/rear drum brakes. But the L and S get standard antilocks. All three versions come with dual front air bags and fully adjustable lap belts and shoulder harnesses. Get real. Use the belts. 1998 Subaru Forester Complaints: You've gotta watch the speedometer in this one! It looks like a box, but runs like a fox. You just don't expect it to move as fast as it can move. Praise: An overall neat package; and judging from favorable street and shopping mall reaction, there's definitely a market...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...FIT AND FINISH Subaru has come along way in ridding its vehicles of the cheap feeling they used to have. The company has done this by upgrading the quality of the materials it uses on such things as upholstery, plastic trim and carpet. Even the buttons, switches and controls have a solid feel. There's no question that Subaru did a decent job making the Forester's seats comfortable and versatile and filling the vehicle with power accessories. All it needed, really, were remote-controlled door locks. But it is a small vehicle. And unlike that Blazer or Explorer, the Forester won't hold a...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...When I folded the rear seat forward to create a flat load floor I found I could just barely get my bike inside, even without the front wheel. A 99.4-inch wheel base just doesn't allow a large cargo space. A washable rubber cargo mat, on the other hand, was quite handy for protecting the carpet from dirt. With all seats in place and the cargo security shade in place I noticed quite a bit of noise from the back of the vehicle over bumpy roads. For some reason, there was less noise with the seats folded down. The Forester slots nicely in among its peers from Toyota and Honda. It has the rugged...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...Once inside, visibility is excellent via an expansive amount of glass, thin roof pillars and the low, short hood. The rear seats are the traditional spit-bench type for added cargo spa ce. And the rear seatbacks can recline like those in front. The four gauge instrumentation of speedometer-tachometer-temperature-fuel is standard fare. Support indicator lights surround the gauges, and the front individual seats are divided by a center console. This is all pretty much state-of-the-art so that first-time drivers quite quickly adapt to seating and operating controls. The Forester's heating and...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...Forester may be small--Blazer and Explorer are considerably larger--but it is solid. Wrangler is more rugged, CR-V much more civil--to the point that it's too tame--and Tracker and Sidekick are much smaller and feel tinny by comparison. Base price is $22,195 and, in addition to items already noted, includes, as standard, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with cassette, power windows and door locks, dual power and oversized outside mirrors, cruise control, roof rack, fog lights, full-size spare hidden under the cargo floor, mud flaps to protect the lower body from grit and grime, and carpeted...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...Forester is also nicely outfitted, with power windows and air conditioning included on its standard-equipment list, as well as numerous cupholders and storage compartments. Our well-endowed Forester S also featured power locks and mirrors, four-wheel power disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, a chrome grille and all sorts of goodies like dual vanity mirrors and special fabrics and trim. The smooth car-like ride and lush creature comforts were even more appreciated two days later on a four-hour, 225-mile early-morning jaunt through the Cascades to the Seattle airport. The...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...Elsewhere within, the Forester is unremarkable but pleasant. Better-than-average front seats, excellent visibility thanks to the extra glass that goes with the tall profile, and my top-of-the-line test vehicle included a barometer in its dashtop electronic info center. Yes. A barometer. Obviously, the folk s at Subaru take the all-weather issue pretty seriously. On the other hand, climbing into and sitting inside a Forester is exactly the same as any other passenger car. That's convenient, but it means you're right down there at the normal driving height, trying to see around all the other...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...The chrome grille, however, spent far too long in the ugly pool and peers blankly. Rather like a subbasement window. Or Uncle Miltie's grin. * Seating (for five) is excellent up front but a knee-bruiser for those in the back if those in the front have seats all the way back. But all the upholstered bits recline or fold flat with a snap and a slap, and that's good for more than 60 cubic feet of cargo space back there. And the tailgate rises taller than John Stockton with a lift-over that won't cost you a herniated disc. Thanks to its flat, forward engine mounting, Forester does, indeed, change...

1998 Subaru Forester Professional Review

...He: Honey, what I think you're really trying to say is, forget about size. It's price that really matters. 1998 Subaru Forester S Type: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger sport-utility vehicle. Price: Base, $22,195; as tested, $24,652 (inc. $495 destination charge). What's new for '98: All-new model for '98 Standard equipment: Air conditioning, power windows, overhead console with clock, map lights and storage, all-independent suspension, speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, power four-wheel disk brakes, 215/60R16 all-season radial tires, alloy wheels, fog lights...

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