2002 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Subaru Forester

2002 Subaru Forester Problems

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

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.

Mass air flow sensor recall

Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.

Subaru Front O2 Sensor Recall

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

 

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2002 Subaru Forester Questions

I have a quote for $3500 for an engine swap. ~100000mile engine. Includes clutch, engine, new timing and water pump and all labor. High/ low/ average cost? Thanks!! (1 answer)

I lost the timing belt at 104,000 Blew the engine. This would be for a full swap to a used motor of equivalent miles.

Gas smell inside my Subaru 2002 Forester when very cold temps. (2 answers)

Check light code is P1443. I can see no leaks. Only happens in very cold weather. Smell seems to be coming from heating vents. Do I have to pay $90 for a full diagnostics?

I have a strong smell of gas when I first park in my garage. I leave the door (1 answer)

No drips on garage floor

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2002 Subaru Forester Recalls

The Automatic Transmission May Not Hold the Vehicle in Park

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 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 m...
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...

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