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Subaru Forester 1999

The 1999 Subaru Forester range of configurations is currently priced from $1,490. Our most recent review of the 1999 Subaru Forester resulted in a score of 6 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Subaru Forester: All-wheel drive is great on wet and slushy roads, Surprising ability off road, Good handling for an SUV

The 1999 Subaru Forester carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1300 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Subaru Forester 1999 Price and Specs

The Subaru Forester 1999 is currently available from $1,490 for the Forester GX up to $5,999 for the Forester GX.

Pricing guides

$3,800
Based on 15 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$1,490
Highest Price
$5,999
Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
GT SUV 2.0L PULP 4 SP AUTO $2,600 $4,510
GT SUV 2.0L PULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
GX SUV 2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
GX SUV 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
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Subaru Forester 1999 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Forester here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is causing a whistling noise from the exhaust of my 2007 Subaru Forester?

    The whistling sound could be coming from some weird combination of acoustics within the muffler as it rots from within and begins to change shape internally. But more likely, what you’re hearing is the sound of a dying turbocharger bearing. Generally, these should be almost silent, but as they wear, they get louder and louder. The turbocharger sits inside the exhaust system, which is why you can hear it through the tailpipe.

    Left to its own devices the bearing will eventually collapse, taking the turbocharger impeller/turbine with it. The bigger danger is that some of the small fragments of metal from the bearing will be free to enter the intake side of the turbocharger where they will be travel through the engine causing all kinds of destruction. That’s possibly what will happen if you ignore it.

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  • Is a 4WD necessary for travelling through regional Queensland?

    It sounds like you don't really need a big, heavy and expensive 4WD for the type of vehicle you require. Maybe ample ground clearance would be an advantage, but otherwise, as all the driving is on sealed or some dirt roads, a good front-drive (2WD) medium-sized SUV should suffice. This type of vehicle is typically more stable at speed as there isn't a high centre of gravity to contend with - a big safety plus. And while all-wheel-drive might be useful driving out of ruts, on sand or in snow, if none of the these apply, the 2WD's stability and traction control system ought to be enough. 

    As a result, we recommend the latest-model (from May 2019-onwards) Toyota RAV4 GX or GXL. It is an exceptionally practical, roomy and robust SUV, with a high level of standard safety features, and big comfy seating. Its 2.0-litre engine is strong, smooth and economical. And you won't have a problem finding somewhere for it to be serviced.

    If AWD is deemed essential, then the base Subaru Forester 2.5i is another great choice. Lots of ground clearance, a gutsy 2.5L engine and a soft, relaxing ride. Nowadays Subaru has increased its service intervals from six to 12 months, taking away one of the hassles of running these well-engineered Japanese SUVs.

    Finally, the Mazda CX-5 AWD is recommended as well, for it too has a well-sorted AWD system. This is quite a sporty number, with plenty of higher-speed power for effortless overtaking, as well as responsive handling. 

    All three SUVs mentioned retail at well under $40,000, and all are enjoyable, capable and reliable choices.

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  • What is the best family SUV for around $20000?

    While the Mitsubishi Outlander is spacious, reliable and easy to drive, our experience testing it against rival medium SUVs have found it to be noisy and a little too firm riding to be truly comfortable and relaxing. At your price point, there are better alternatives out there. 

    Have you considered a Mazda CX-5? In petrol or diesel, we have found it to be a superior and more economical proposition, and is definitely quieter and more refined. Plus, the Mazda's all-wheel-drive system is more sophisticated and better at dealing with loose surfaces like sand.

    A late-model (post 2014) S5-series Subaru Forester 2.5i petrol is far more economical than the earlier iterations, since it switched to a more efficient CVT continuously variable transmission. And there's also the 2.0D turbo-diesel which is economical. This, too, is a fine SUV on-road or for light off-road driving.

    Finally, the Nissan X-Trail diesel is a roomy and capable choice, especially from 2017, when it received a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel to replace the older 1.6L unit.

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  • What model X-Trail or Forester should I buy for less than $19000

    We'd recommend the Nissan T32 X-Trail Series II from mid-2017-onwards and Subaru S4 Forester (2013-2018), since they both make strong secondhand buys due to their reliability, economy, ease of operation, spacious interiors, practicality and strong resale values.

    The reason why we'd buy the 2017-onwards X-Trail Series II is because it standardises Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). With the Forester, you'll need to skip the lower grades 2.0i-L (manual-only) and 2.5i-L (auto only) for the S and XT for that important safety technology Subaru calls 'EyeSight'. 

    The X-Trail comes in front-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, but the Forester is AWD-only. All automatics are of the continuous variable transmission (CVT) variety, which priorities fuel economy but can make the engine drone under hard acceleration. Subaru calls its CVT Lineartronic while Nissan dubs its version X-Tronic.

    Our recommendation is to check the service and maintenance history of any car you buy, to ensure every interval has been met and carried out by a proper dealer or brand specialist. This is especially important with the Forester, as it is a slightly more complicated vehicle mechanically. Note that all Subarus of this generation require six-monthly service intervals, not 12-monthly ones like the Nissan, which might be an inconvenience. 

    We'd steer clear of ex-rentals as they tend to have a very hard life (both models were popular with such agencies), though they're almost always the base X-Trail ST and Forester 2.5i-L grades that end up as rental fodder.

    If you're thinking about diesel engined versions, the X-Trail in middle-range TL and up-spec TS guises switched from the earlier (2014-2017) Series 1's 1.6-litre turbo-diesel to a much more powerful and effective 2.0-litre unit, so that's worth remembering. In the Forester the 2.0D equates to the mid-level petrol models in terms of equipment levels.

    Finally, we recommend a mechanical check-up to see that your potential used-buy has not been subjected to punishing off-road treatment. While both the Forester and X-Trail offer good ground clearances, they're not for off-road use, only light gravel, snow or trail driving.

    We hope this helps. Good luck. 

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Subaru Forester 1999 Towing capacity

The Subaru Forester has maximum towing capacity of 1300kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
GX SUV 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1300kg
GX SUV 2.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 1300kg
RX Limited SUV 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1300kg
Limited SUV 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1300kg
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Subaru Forester 1999 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1999 Subaru Forester are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1736mm x 1595mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Subaru Forester 1999 Dimensions  include 1595mm height, 1736mm width, 4450mm length.
Subaru Forester Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
GX SUV 1595x1735x4450 mm 200 mm
RX Limited SUV 1595x1735x4450 mm 200 mm
Limited SUV 1595x1735x4450 mm 200 mm
GT SUV 1595x1736x4450 mm 200 mm
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Subaru Forester 1999 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1999 Subaru Forester will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Subaru Forester vary from 15x6 inches to 16x6.5 inches.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
GX SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
RX Limited SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
Limited SUV 205x70 R15 15x6 inches 205x70 R15 15x6 inches
GT SUV 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
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Subaru Forester 1999 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1999 Subaru Forester is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Subaru Forester currently offers fuel consumption from 8.6 to 9.2L/100km. The Subaru Forester is available with the following fuel types: PULP and ULP.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
GT SUV 2.0L,PULP,5 SP MAN 8.9L/100km
GT SUV 2.0L,PULP,4 SP AUTO 9.2L/100km
GX SUV 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 8.8L/100km
GX SUV 2.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO 8.9L/100km
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