1999 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1999 Subaru Forester

1999 Subaru Forester Problems

Mass air flow sensor recall

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

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Catalytic Converter

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 Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals

Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

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1999 Subaru Forester Questions

Help! Power steering just locked up (1 answer)

Power steering all of a sudden went, now its very hard to turn wheel. At the same time, indicator lights for parking brake, abs, and battery came on. Now the car is making a clicking noise when trying to start. Battery? Electrical?? Help!

when going up hill ...with people in back, car revs high and won't go up hill (1 answer)

smells rubbery burn smell.......
...on straight ground there is a raving high when i step on accelerator

Oil in radiator, blown head gasket? (1 answer)

I have oil floating on top of the coolant in the radiator. Car runs pegged in the red, now is leaking water/coolant. Is this a sign of a blown head gasket? The car has complete new complete new cooling system (water pump, hoses, radiator, timing belt, etc.even had both heads replaced which worked...

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1999 Subaru Forester Recalls

Recall 99V040000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). (THE 1999 2.2 LITER LEGACY VEHICLES ARE EXCLUDED). IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, THE BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE IS INCREASED.

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1999 Subaru Forester Reviews

this is a great car I put 280,000 miles on it..worth the $$$$
We bought our 1999 Subaru Forester new and it's been a great car. We've been good about changing the coolant every 30K and adding Subaru's "coolant conditioner" so the head gasket's been a-ok so far. In 90K miles all we've done are basic services, and did the front brakes at 60K. Recently had to change the inner CV boot because it's right above the hot exhaust. This car has taken us everywhere ...

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