Check Engine Light Due to Failed Front O2 Sensor on Subaru Impreza

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.


Problem Data
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Average mileage: 130,500 (110,000–172,000)
5 model years affected: 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, more2009
14 people reported this problem
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Bought a used 06 subaru impreza from a used lot (bad decision in hindsight), and two days after I got the car, the check engine light came on, as well as the cruise control light began flashing and no longer works. Took it in to autozone and they said it was the O2 sensor before the catalytic converter that was causing the CEL to come on. I took the car back, and the O2 sensor wasnt covered by the 90 day warranty, but they did replace all the valves and gaskets as well as the exhaust system, so there aren't any leaks or anything.
Check engine light would come one, the road hazard light and cruise would flash all the same time. I changed the gas handle but now it keeps doing it even after using better gas consistently. it's annoying and will cost over $1,000 to fix it :( Also now my AC is out but the compressor is good. annoying.
Yea my check engine light comes on every month or so saying the bank 1 sensor 1 o2 sensor is bad. So I clear it but never fails to come back on