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2003 Subaru Forester

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2003 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.

2003 Subaru Forester Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., February 19, 2003

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In 326 vehicles, both front seat belt buckle/latch assemblies was improperly manufactured. In the event of a crash, the seat belt could unlatch unexpectedly, increasing the rick of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will replace the left and right front seat belt buckle/latch assemblies to correct this concern.

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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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Suspension & Steering, September 6, 2011

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The front lower control arms may break at the hanger brackets due to corrosion. This corrosion is commonly a result of the hanger bracket being exposed to salty conditions, such as roads where salt is used as a snow melting agent. A broken control arm can result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected control arms and rustproof or replace them as necessary. The Subaru recall number is WVX-34.

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2003 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers

nyfrank, 2003 Subaru Forester, Lincoln, CA

i have a very small power steering leak ,does it make sense to use a sealer?
Thanks Frank

r_alejojr, 2003 Subaru Forester, Fresno, CA

For the last two weeks my car has been intermittently starting. I can let it sit all night, then start it in the morning just fine...drive it for a couple of hours, then let it sit for 30 minutes ...

lchammer, 2003 Subaru Forester, Mission, KS

If my timing belt breaks, which kind of engine do I have? The kind that you just replace it or the kind that it does damage to other parts?

Thank you.

OpaDopa, 2003 Subaru Forester, Chelmsford, MA

Have 75K miles, and the air bag light is now on all the time, About 25K miles ago it was intermittant. Any Ideas as to cause? thanks for your help.

DeeDee36, 2003 Subaru Forester, Chicago, IL

I'm concerned, I replaced my brake pads and rotors back in July 2009. But I have noticed withint the last 3 days a very loud squeaking sound (it is the same sound as before i did the repair). ...

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2003 Subaru Forester Reviews

I have a 2003 forester and I have never owned a better car

We brought this car new and it has served us well. The only real issue we have with it is that there is probably too much road noise. Since we only drive it around town that it not a concern for us. Good value for the money.

Reliable dependable car with nice extras. Went from a cadillac deville to a Xs forester. great little car with great all wheel drive.

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