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1999 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1999 Subaru Forester

1999 Subaru Forester Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of low catalytic converter efficiency. This same issue may cause the car to fail the State Smog Test if one is required.

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

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1999 Subaru Forester Questions

repair shop worked on rock and pinion after that the air bag light does not go of and the horn is dead.

Tension pulley and tension bracket needs replacement and was told motor bearing might have to be replaced as well, which would be so expensive I should not get fixed. Said very labor intensive. my question is, How much to fix the bearing if this is the cause?

I have replaced the radiator,hoses,cap,thermostat,pressure tested the system and it was within spec.,leak-down test the cylinders,compression tested,tested block for hydrocarbons and all was fine so what else can it be?

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1999 Subaru Forester Recalls

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). (THE 1999 2.2 LITER LEGACY VEHICLES ARE EXCLUDED). IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, THE BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE IS INCREASED.

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1999 Subaru Forester Reviews

We bought our 1999 Subaru Forester new and it's been a great car. We've been good about changing the coolant every 30K and adding Subaru's "coolant conditioner" so the head gasket's been a-ok so far. In 90K miles all we've done are basic services, and did the front brakes at 60K. Recently had to change the inner CV boot because it's right above the hot exhaust. This car has taken us everywhere ...

this is a great car I put 280,000 miles on it..worth the $$$$

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