NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Emission Control: Catalytic Convertor Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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1998 Subaru Forester exhaust system problems

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1998 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 242004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Please note!..... my 1998 Forester L-model with only 54400 miles has been diagnosed as having a leaky oil pump....thus causing oil to be dripping from the engine, front area, on to a plastic splash pan....where it lies until it has built-up enough of a puddle that it now seeks to be blown rearward along the inside of the pan...(between the splash-pan and the engine) until finally it is blown on to the hot exhaust pipes located under the body of the car...adjacent to the catalytic converter (which is extremely hot)....it appears that Subaru is totally aware that this problem exists....in fact they have a repair kit, which cost $ 30.00...and the labor cost $ $293, this condition is 1. an environmental hazard, 2, a safety hazard (possible fire), and 3, a rip-off to all consumers who own a Subaru Forester, a oil-pump should not fail at 54,000 miles for two-bolts coming loose, especially since the bolts are located inside the engine, housing, and protected by not one, but two-separate covers.....and a splash pan.....there is a severe problem....in any engine where parts are failing at 54,000 miles in-today's technical-knowledge drive society...the mechanic knew exactly where to go to locate the problem....after I told him I smelt burning oil!

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 201998


  • miles
Vehicle dripping oil/grease onto the catalytic coverter, causing a burning smell. Dealer notified.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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