1999 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

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

1999 Subaru Forester Problems

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

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.

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.

Mass air flow sensor recall

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

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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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