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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1999 Subaru Forester

1999 Subaru Forester

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1999 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.

Drive Train -- Verified

There have been reports of "clutch chatter," particularly when driving the vehicle from a cold start. If the issue was reported by the owner while the vehicle was still under warranty, the dealer may replace the clutch with improved parts.

Engine -- Verified

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.

1999 Subaru Forester Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, June 7, 1999

Summary: 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 Questions and Answers

SilverLarry, 1999 Subaru Forester, Selbyville, DE

When making tight turns, primarily to the left, and especially while accelerating, I get a rubbing sound. Assuming it indicated worn pads, had brake system checked thoroughly and found OK. Noise ...

mistabigchief, 1999 Subaru Forester, San Antonio, TX

i have a 99 subaru forester that smokes alot when starting, changed oil, filter air filter, spark plugs and wires. the plugs are gapped to specs. (double checked) and no water in the oil. little bi...

Visitor, 1999 Subaru Forester, New Hartford, CT

even after turning off the engine the parking lights remain off

Visitor, 1999 Subaru Forester, New Hartford, CT

Clarification to parking light question, the parking lights remain on after turning off the engine.

Visitor, 1999 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Lansing, MI

My engien finally stop working at 280000 miles body is very good so i'm looking for a replacement motor. I was told that I have to match the engine numbers so that i get the right one. Is this...

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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 and is an absolute blast on gravel roads!

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