2003 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Subaru Forester
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2003 Subaru Forester ProblemsCooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure
The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.
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
2003 Subaru Forester QuestionsCar is running fine. Check engine light on. Checked code#-PO453. (1 answer)
I usually get occasional check engine lights for po442SMALL LEAK and po443SMALL LEAK(pending) No leaks in exhaust-clear codes-no problem. NOW, I'm getting code PO453-Evap.Emiss.ControlSystemPressureSensorHigh. Clear code- light pops back on after 10 miles. Can't get ahold of my mechanic, ...
Is this possible?
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. ...
2003 Subaru Forester RecallsFront Lower Control Arms May Break
The front lower control arms may break at the hanger brackets due to corrosion. This corrosion is commonly a result of the hanger bracket being exposed to salty conditions, such as roads where salt is used as a snow melting agent. A broken control arm can result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected control arms and rustproof or replace them as necessary. The Subaru recall number is WVX-34.
In 326 vehicles, both front seat belt buckle/latch assemblies was improperly manufactured. In the event of a crash, the seat belt could unlatch unexpectedly, increasing the rick of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will replace the left and right front seat belt buckle/latch assemblies to correct this concern.
The transmission park mechanism located inside the automatic transmission may not hold when the selector is in the "park" position. The vehicle could move/roll without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly to correct this concern.