1998 Subaru Forester 2.0T
Subaru's Forester was the brand's first crossover. Powered by a potent turbocharged engine and underpinned by symmetrical AWD, this hauler offers performance in addition to practicality. This 1998 is finished in a subtle Black Mica Pearl (47A) and set off by OEM rainguards and refinished factory alloys. Aside from a few light dings, chips and scuffs the paint is in good nick and this Fozzy is fresh off a recent service. Having logged a mere 73k verified and documented miles, this hotshot wagon is barely broken in. Unique, useful, and fun to drive, this Japanese Classic would make for a fun daily driver or neat weekend cruiser. Affordable, easy to service, and handsome looking, this SF-5 is the real deal!
The cabin is surprisingly spacious and includes a bevy of power amenities. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and the driver benefits from a MOMO steering wheel with an integrated SRS airbag. A Clarion audio upgrade supplies tunes through the cabin and a digital climate control system is mounted adjacent. Piping hot heat and cold A/C can be recycled through the cabin and power windows can supply natural ventilation when required. Power folding mirrors and power locks work like a charm and make daily use more enjoyable, with keyless entry on hand for a bit of added accessibility when running errands. Our favorite part of the SF-5 is the retro textured cloth seats and door cards. They're above average shape, lack any major rips, stains or tears, and the rear bench can recline rearward if your passengers need to catch some shuteye. Additionally, the bench can fold flat if more space is required for cargo or furry friends. The headliner and carpets are in good shape and the carpets have held up well over the past couple of decades too. While we did want to note the upper dash pocket has a broken lid, the rest of the cabin is surprisingly well kept and this sport utility wagon should be in fine condition for whoever owns it next.
Sharing a platform with a US vehicle has its benefits. Parts and service options are plentiful and cheap on the Forester, and we've completed a full service in the shop to get you on track from day one. The turbocharged EJ20G under the hood is shared with the GC8 Impreza WRX and cranks to life promptly with a new 12v battery. A fresh oil and filter service has been performed and we also replaced the engine air filter and fuel filter. Like all of our turbo cars, we performed a preventive replacement of the fuel pump in case a long distance road trip is planned for this foz. The boxer-four sounds fantastic with its signature burble and pulls hard to redline, although we wanted to note some noise from the lifters, typical of Subarus of this era. The automatic transmission shifts properly and feeds power to all four wheels symmetrically. To refresh the driveline a transmission fluid service was performed and we also replaced the fluid in the center and rear differentials. Acceleration is impressive and this little hauler hustles from stoplight to stoplight with the best of them. New inner and outer tie rods have been replaced by one of our trained techs and this power steering equipped model goes right where you point it. The suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse and the ABS brakes have been honed with new front pads and rotors up front. Lastly we mounted and balanced new Falken tires at each of the four corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride and will deliver all the year round grip required for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.