1999 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

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

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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I have oil floating on top of the coolant in the radiator. Car runs pegged in the red, now is leaking water/coolant. Is this a sign of a blown head gasket? The car has complete new complete new cooling system (water pump, hoses, radiator, timing belt, etc.even had both heads replaced which worked...

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?

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

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 ...

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