2002 Subaru Forester S from North America
Love it but am disappointed with it so far
I bought a 2002 Subaru Forester two weeks ago. My brother loves the cars and will own nothing else and so I was sold. I test drove them and loved them.
Day two of ownership the check engine light came on. I returned it to the dealer who serviced it and said that it was a gasket on the catalytic converter. Simple.
Two days later the check engine comes on again. This time they tell me that they can't really figure it out but that they think a cylinder is misfiring and give it a total tune up. I picked it up on Thursday. Saturday the check engine light comes on. Geesh!
I am feeling pretty stupid about buying this car and yet it was impeccably maintained. I know it's history and felt confident about purchasing it. So far all repairs are covered under warranty but that isn't the point. What a nuisance to keep taking it back and I have only owned it two weeks!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th December, 2008
22nd Nov 2009, 13:29
Ethanol in the gas!!! Mine has the same problem and the dealer wanted to replace the cat convertor, so I took it to a muffler place and they said it was fine, and it's probably just the ethanol that is in the gas now that was making that light come on. 10,000 miles later, still no problems other than a check engine light.
14th Jul 2015, 10:41
Often times it's a malfunctioning forward oxygen sensor. But unless you have a mechanic that knows Subaru's, they will end up doing a lot of unnecessary work (tune-ups, etc) to solve the problem.