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2002 Subaru Forester

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2002 Subaru Forester Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

Sometimes the Check Engine Light illuminates because the computer detects misfires. Subaru released an improved spark plug wire set to solve the problem. The ignition coil should also be inspected for carbon tracks or short circuits between the contacts

Engine -- Verified

An oil leak can develop from the spark plug tube seals. Excess oil in the spark plug tubes can result in engine misfires and illumination of the Check Engine Light. Our technicians tell us that removing the valve cover and replacing the tube seals and cover gasket is necessary to correct this concern. Oil damaged spark plugs, ignition wires, and ignition coils will also require replacement.

2002 Subaru Forester Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, January 8, 2003

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The transmission park mechanism located inside the automatic transmission may not hold when the selector is in the "park" position. The vehicle could move/roll without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly to correct this concern.

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2002 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers

prattonline, 2002 Subaru Forester, Clover, SC

My door locks stopped working with the switch and the remote. The dealer quoted around $350.00 to replace the sensor and reprogram remotes. Is this normal? Is this something I can buy at Autozon...

98275 - Mukilteo WA, 2002 Subaru Forester, Mukilteo, WA

I have a Subaru Forester 2.5 with manual transmission.
After driving for a while, when making a slow tight turn to the left or right, the car start trembling like if the brakes were applied. This ...

monkey, 2002 Subaru Forester, Mc Lean, VA

Other than oil change, what is involved in the subject checkup? If it is primarily oil, wouldn't jiffy lube be a good source of service?

Also, what is the best price I could get for the c...

galfit, 2002 Subaru Forester, Oshkosh, WI

After driving about 10 minutes the gauge goes to red, stays there about 5 minutes and then the gauge goes back to the middle as it always has been before. What is wrong?

chanteuse, 2002 Subaru Forester, Wheeling, IL

I have had an increasingly louder noise from the front end when I start the car after hours of standing still in or out of garage. The colder it is the louder the sound and it is loudest in low gea...

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2002 Subaru Forester Reviews

I have two foresters an 01 and an 02 129,000 on the 01 and 138,000 on the 02 great car for the weather in Northeast Pa ride nice and solid just keep up on oil pludgs and sparkplug wires and tires an only on the second set of breaks on both sure beats the ass off of my ford explorer in the winter never again will i buy a ford these cars are fun to have why can't americans compete with this low maintanance well built car it kills me i want to know

This is a fantastic well rounded car - it comes with enough storage space for almost any situation and the all wheel drive gives it greatly improved handling compared with anything else in it's class.

My car has been well-maintained and, perhaps as a result, has had no mechanical issues and only one electrical issue: the auto-dimming rear view mirror does not seem to dim.

Overall the handling and ride are much better than an SUV's and my only complaint would be that the legroom in the backseat is not stellar.

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