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Old 02-15-2001, 07:11 PM   #1
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Post Official Recall

My wife's MY00 Forester S had the Check Engine light come on for the THIRD time today, the last two being a failed O2 sensor. I called the dearlership to set up an appointment and expressed my disappointment at this recurrent problem in this car. He was gonna check on stock and call me back.

He calls me back and informs me that TODAY he received a fax regarding an official recall of the oxygen sensor. What a coincidence . We will wait till the new part arrives to do the fix. 2 questions to you all:

1. Have any of you in Foresters had similar problems with recurrent failing O2 sensors.

2. Does it affect other models (specifically my MY01 RS2.5)

Thanks for any info.
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Old 02-15-2001, 07:25 PM   #2
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I can almost guarantee that your RS' sensor will go bad also. Mine has!
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Old 02-15-2001, 07:56 PM   #3
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Hey can you get a copy of the fax and post it? Or should i just call my dealership.. thanks By the way i have a 01 rs as well.
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Old 02-15-2001, 07:57 PM   #4
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Yeah well the RS, and all the other Subarus use the same o2 sensor...it doesn't matter that they are recalled...all the dealers within a 50 mile radius don't have any sensors. The the service & sales managers say the new sensors have the same problem.
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Old 02-15-2001, 09:01 PM   #5
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What I understand is that there was a large, bad batch of sensors that Subaru got, and that's why they use the VIN, to see if your car was made before or after they got the good ones. The recall did not affect me, but some others in our SPEC group did have an open recall on their O2 sensors.
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Old 02-15-2001, 09:21 PM   #6
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Mine went "kaput" at 12000 miles and took 2 weeks to come in from Subaru..
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Old 02-15-2001, 09:50 PM   #7
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My O2 sensor died at 5000 miles and took about a week and a half from CE light to getting it fixed.
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Old 02-16-2001, 04:03 PM   #8
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your car will run extremely sluggish, and if you keep it at a steady speed, of around 30, your car will begin to stutter.

Atleast thats what happened to mine. O2 sensor replaced, all is well.
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Old 02-16-2001, 05:50 PM   #9
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Hey, I got a letter in the mail today about the recall. Here's a list of models that is effected by it:

2000 Subaru Legacy and Outback w/ automatic trans,
2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS w/ manual or automtic, and
2000/2001 Forester models with manual or automatic

The recall is for the front O2 sensor. I'll see if I can get Imprezer to put up an official I-Club notice about it.

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Old 02-16-2001, 06:12 PM   #10
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SOA just bought back my Forester L after they couldn't fix it. Got full new retail by the way I had four O2 sensors and an ECM replaced last month. It appears that Bosch sent Subaru a bad batch of sensors that fail and then damage the ECM in both 5spd and auto equipped cars. Check your state's Lemon Law. You might be entitled to a new car. I just mentioned the Lemon Law and I was able to settle with SOA without the lengthy process. So watch out if your about to buy a used silver Forester L with 10K miles on it...might be mine

Symptoms: Sulfur smell and poor gas mileage at first (might drive fine for months); sudden erratic idle (tach my or may not show revving), loping (chugging) at speed, and stalling at stops; might get a CE light, might not!


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Old 02-16-2001, 06:28 PM   #11
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My 2000 Forester L had the check/engine light come on at about 5k miles. The dealer told me it was a loose gas cap. I told him he was full of it. Anyway I bring it in much to his chagrin & when I come to pick it up it's got a new ECU & o2 sensor. It's been fine for the last 20k miles.

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Old 02-16-2001, 07:45 PM   #12
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Curious to know more - please post the recall notice as I'm sure many of us haven't seen it yet. I have an '00 Forester S w/4EAT; I've never experienced any of the symptoms described and have never had the CE light come on. I must be one of the really lucky ones...

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Old 02-16-2001, 08:40 PM   #13
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Please provide the recall info when available guys. I'm having my second "Check Engine" incident right now. The first time, it shut off by itself within 4 days of appearance. So I didn't go to the dealer. I might have to go this time. Can't be the gas cap (I hope), since this time it has been about one week without refueling, and just getting this CE light turn on this afternoon. Ugh.

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Old 02-16-2001, 09:20 PM   #14
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So is this for ALL of those years stated or only certain VIN ones?
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Old 02-17-2001, 12:31 AM   #15
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My wife's MY01 Forester got a check engine light today with a whopping 1400 miles on it. Hopefully it will be a onetime deal. I would be interested in seeing the notice as well.

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Old 02-17-2001, 01:18 AM   #16
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Just so I'll know... what symptoms does the car show when the O2 sensor goes out???
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Old 02-17-2001, 01:22 AM   #17
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I had three O2 sensers go on my 2000 RS. They went bad the first two months or so I had the car. My dealer called SOA and they said Subaru made a bad batch of O2 sensers. I guess we're Subaru's quality control.
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