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.
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1999 Subaru Forester
1999 Subaru Forester Problems
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.Learn more »
1999 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers
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 ...
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...
even after turning off the engine the parking lights remain off
Clarification to parking light question, the parking lights remain on after turning off the engine.
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!