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Subaru Forester Subaru Front O2 Sensor Recall

Subaru Forester Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 126,877 mi (65,000 mi - 183,000 mi)


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.


  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    the check engine light is on and it hesitates,i need to take my foot off gas and lowly climb speed,and while stopped at light etc it struggles to remain at a steady idle and often will stall, ive replaced both sensors twice, i have owned 3 subarus and if this prob isnt fixed a new wrx is NOT in the near future as planned where do i go for this problem, i just need the sensor i can install

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  • Visitor, , 133,000 mi

    Check engine light on and cruse flashing. Code indicates O2 sensor.

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  • Visitor, , 97,000 mi

    Check engine light - Oxygen Sensor

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  • Visitor, , 178,000 mi

    Flashing cruise light and check engine light always on. Subaru dealer said not a problem and disconnected the engine, only to have it turn on again one week later. Now knocking hard, vibrating, when driving, and accelerating. I am now told its the o2 sensor.

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  • Visitor, , 91,000 mi

    Both oxygen sensors are on code and cel is on runs cruddy

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  • Visitor, , 75,400 mi

    Check engine light comes on and off. Typically on during longer drives above 45mph, will turn off every now and then if driving slow. Took it to the shop-bad O2 sensor $380 charge at Subaru dealer

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  • My engine light is on as well and I am not happy that it looks like I am going to have to pay for a recall that is clearly Subaru's fault.

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    Subaru charged me $425 just for the sensor

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  • Visitor, , 99,900 mi

    Replaced air-fuel sensor. $450.

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  • Visitor, , 149,000 mi

    02 sensor, cruise control light and check engine light came on after we had the head gasket fixed. Getting quotes on the price but initially told price would be $250+ from a local parts guy...hoping we can find it cheaper from another dealer.

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