Subaru Forester 1997

This generation of Subaru Forester has been produced from November, 1997 to March, 2000. We can provide information about 4 modifications of this generation. 1997 Subaru Forester comes with four wheel drive (4x4).

This Subaru is available with two petrol engines with displacement 2.0 litres and power of from 125 to 170 horsepower. All engines have a timing belt driven camshaft, which requires more frequent service than a timing chain, but replacing timing belt is less expensive, and these engines are generally slightly more fuel efficient and quieter (What is an engine chain and belt?).
The car is available with both manual (2 versions), as well as automatic (2 versions) gearbox.

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Subaru Forester 1997 average fuel consumption in combined cycle is from 9 to 10.5 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Subaru Forester 1997 version is Subaru Forester 2.0 AWD, consuming 9 litres of petrol per 100km.
According to user reviews, Subaru Forester real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 10 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy. For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Subaru Forester modification.

Subaru Forester 1997 CO2 emissions are from 215 to 251 grams per kilometer. Subaru Forester version with the lowest CO2 emissions is Subaru Forester 2.0 AWD, which produces 215 grams of CO2 per one kilometer.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 8.4 seconds has Subaru Forester 2.0 S-Turbo AWD version, conversely the tardiest one is Subaru Forester 2.0 AWD reaching this speed only in 12.4 seconds. The maximum top speed is 198 km/h for the 2.0 petrol 170 hp version (Subaru Forester 2.0 S-Turbo AWD).

Lenght of Subaru Forester is 445 cm, it is decent size car. For comparison - Subaru Forester is about 22 cm longer than Toyota RAV4, but 5 cm shorter than Jeep Grand Cherokee. Subaru Forester gross weight is from 1500 to 1800 kg (depending on modification).

This Subaru is very cheap for its class - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 2100 $. According to user reviews, average Subaru Forester repair costs are 950 $ per year. Users calculated Subaru Forester 1997 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2500 € cost per year and 0.25 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 54%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 27% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Subaru Forester for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about Subaru Forester prices and costs.

Subaru Forester modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
Subaru Forester 1997 2.0 AWD

Most fuel efficient version

2.0 Petrol 125 HP 9.0 l/100km Manual (5)
Subaru Forester 1997 2.0 AWD 2.0 Petrol 125 HP 9.2 l/100km Automatic (4)
Subaru Forester 1998 2.0 S-Turbo AWD Oct 1998 — Mar 2000

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds

2.0 Petrol 170 HP 9.9 l/100km Manual (5)
Subaru Forester 1998 2.0 S-Turbo AWD Oct 1998 — Mar 2000

Most powerfull version (170 HP)

2.0 Petrol 170 HP 10.5 l/100km Automatic (4)

Subaru Forester prices

Subaru Forester 1997 - 2000 crossover price in Latvia is from 440 $ to 5000 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Subaru Forester price is very low - Subaru Forester is approximately for 54 percents cheaper then average crossovers of this age (compare crossovers 1997 - 2000 prices). Despite of relatively low price Subaru Forester quality is above average (see below), so this Subaru can be a good buy.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
Subaru Forester 2000 price 1000 $ 2300 $ 5000 $
Subaru Forester 1999 price 1300 $ 2100 $ 2800 $
Subaru Forester 1997 price 440 $ 1800 $ 3200 $

Subaru Forester total costs of ownership

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Subaru Forester reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Subaru Forester reliability is very high. In the roadworthiness tests in 2010 defects were detected in an average of only 12 percent of Subaru Forester of this generation (on average 12 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 24.1%.

Subaru Forester reliability and quality

Subaru Forester 1997 features (options)

Percentage of Subaru Forester with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
61%
Adjustable steering wheel
59%
Roof bars (railings)
57%
Metallic paint
46%
Heated seats
39%
Panoramic sunroof
22%
Sunroof
19%
Leather upholstery
19%

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Similar cars to Subaru Forester 1997

Cars similar and most compared to Subaru Forester 1997. Click on the image to view the car's specifications or on the "Compare..." link to compare cars.

Honda CR-V 1997 Honda CR-V 1997 has
  • lower fuel consumption for diesel engines
  • lower price
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Suzuki Grand Vitara 1997 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1997 has
  • petrol and diesel engines available
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Kia Sportage 2004 Kia Sportage 2004 has
  • petrol and diesel engines available
  • lower fuel consumption for petrol engines
  • also available in 2WD
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Toyota Corolla 1997 Toyota Corolla 1997 has
  • lower fuel consumption for petrol engines
  • better manoeuvrability
  • also available in 2WD
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Honda HR-V 2001 Honda HR-V 2001 has
  • lower fuel consumption for petrol engines
  • lower price
  • manual gearbox only
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Subaru Forester reviews

Total 16 Subaru Forester owner reviews

Subaru Forester 1999 Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:99`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 12.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1898.1 $ (~ 949 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7
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