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Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

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

Subaru Forester Problems

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.

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

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Subaru Forester Questions

I turn on the car and turn the ac on but sometimes it doesn't want to turn on. After a while it'll engaged and work. The compressor turns on because I hear it make that noise like releasing gas or something. But, as of right now it's not working. I was hoping maybe it's a wire or ...

Two codes are showing up the knock sensor and the o2 sensor but no engine light is on
The light comes on when you turn the key so the bulb not blown out but a code reader shows that there on but no light when you drive

I was quoted $1070 for a factory part, and around $600 for an after market part. The dealer recommends the factory part because the life of part will be longer, and there was some risk of the after market not "fitting right" and affecting emissions. My car is 2003 with 150,000 miles. ...

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Subaru Forester Recalls

The carpeted floor mats may curl when exposed to heat due to a manufacturing fault with the floor mat backing material. Curling of the driver's floor mat could interfere with foot pedal operation increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the set of 4 carpeted floor mats to correct this concern.

The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are referred to as "puddle" lights. An electrical short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or its connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). The short circuit can generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire. Subaru dealers will install an additional fused-harness, to protect the puddle light system.

The automatic locking retractor, in the seat belt assembly located at the rear center seating position, may not lock as expected when used with a child safety seat. In the event of a crash, this would increase the risk of injury to a child seated at that location. Dealers will replace the affected seat belt retractor assembly to correct this concern. The Subaru recall number is WQA-37.

 

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Subaru Forester Reviews

Stiff Ride, watch out for pot holes it's very stiff suspension. Great on flat road and handles well on smooth roads. Slightly under-powered, though the only option is to get thier Turbo which comes with it's own problems. Paint is very, very thinly applied and chips and peals very easily. POOR PAINT JOB. Have done all the services on it at specified times and even the 3-4,000 mile oil ...

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...

left subaru years ago for a chevy.... so glad to be back..... 180,000 and it runs like well enough to keep us happy.... will never own anything but...had problems with thermostat only to learn it was owner neglect....

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