2006 Forester - Check Engine light on and Cruise Control light blinks

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Driver

Arlington, VA

#1 Jan 16, 2007
A Forester with less than 12,000 miles and it was just at the dealer because the Check Engine light came on at the same time the cruise control light started to blink. The dealer replaced an oxygen sensor and the car was fine for three days. Then, the Check Engine light came on and the cruise control light started flashing.

While the car is under warranty, the aggravation factor of taking the car to the dealer is significant. Hopefully this isn't the sign of a computer defect.
PA driver

Erie, PA

#2 Jan 19, 2007
My 2006 Forester started doing the same thing two days ago. I already had an appointment at the dealer to resolve water leaking into the passenger compartment near the passenger side door. Hopefully they can resolve both these issues for me permanently. A co-worker who owns the same car had the sensor problem the first week she drove it. Dealer replaced the part and there were no further problems.
Lloyd

Greenville, NC

#3 Apr 11, 2007
Driver wrote:
A Forester with less than 12,000 miles and it was just at the dealer because the Check Engine light came on at the same time the cruise control light started to blink. The dealer replaced an oxygen sensor and the car was fine for three days. Then, the Check Engine light came on and the cruise control light started flashing.
While the car is under warranty, the aggravation factor of taking the car to the dealer is significant. Hopefully this isn't the sign of a computer defect.
I've had the same problem now for the fourth time. Last time they wiped the computer memory clean and loaded it all again. However, that was only 4 weeks ago and it's happened again. Have you figured out what it is yet?
PA Driver II- USC

El Segundo, CA

#4 Sep 26, 2007
At 29,000 miles, my 2006 Subaru Outback "Check Engine" light came on and the "Cruise" started to flash. IN ADDITION, this will be the THIRD trip to the dealer to "repair" the weatherstripping around the driver rear door. It keeps coming off!
SA driver

Houston, TX

#5 Oct 2, 2007
This same thing just started in my '05 Subaru Outback today. So what should I tell the dealership when I take the car in?
PA Driver II- USC wrote:
At 29,000 miles, my 2006 Subaru Outback "Check Engine" light came on and the "Cruise" started to flash. IN ADDITION, this will be the THIRD trip to the dealer to "repair" the weatherstripping around the driver rear door. It keeps coming off!
Bob

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Oct 7, 2007
I don't drive a Subaru but had similar trouble with my Ford Explorer. The check engine light came on. It was a MAF sensor being contaminated by a after market Air cleaner assembly. I replaced the MAF myself. It was around $200-300 but that was an Explorer. I also went back to factory air intake assembly and cleared the ECM computer by disconnecting the battery for around 30 minutes. The CEL usually means the computer is geting errors from the pollution control systems. The car will drive but the CEL is disconcerting and you can't get your car smogged. Hope that helps
FL Driver

United States

#7 Mar 31, 2008
Driver wrote:
A Forester with less than 12,000 miles and it was just at the dealer because the Check Engine light came on at the same time the cruise control light started to blink. The dealer replaced an oxygen sensor and the car was fine for three days. Then, the Check Engine light came on and the cruise control light started flashing.
While the car is under warranty, the aggravation factor of taking the car to the dealer is significant. Hopefully this isn't the sign of a computer defect.
SAME PROBLEM! I have the cruise control light flashing with the check engine light on my 2004 Subaru Forester. I took it to a dealer and had it cleared and as soon as I left the place the same thing started to happen. They ran all possible codes and said that the only thing showing was to change my oil. I think this is definitely not the case and a bigger problem at hand.
bila71

Fortuna, CA

#8 Jun 4, 2008
Today, a similar situation occurred with my '06 Subaru Forester. Only an addition to my issue is that the spedometer went to zero. My car was just serviced in Febuary and this is a little worrisome. The engine idle sounds a little higher than normal, and I guess this would make sense if it had to do with the oxygen sensors. Well, I am about to make a 25 mile drive home, hopefully I make it.
Thanks for your valuable information based on your experience. Hopefully I can avoid multiple trips to the mechanics.
Gina

Australia

#9 Jun 14, 2008
I have a 2004 Forester XS. In Jan 07, the engine light came on and was diagnosed by the Subaru dealer as an oxygen sensor. As the car was under warranty, it was replaced at no charge. Since then, the engine light has come back on at least 6 times and the oxygen sensor replaced numerous times, the computer chip has been replaced alog with the cataylic converter (which took the dealer 2 weeks to diagnose and when I picked the car up, they hoped it was the problem). The light is back on and the Subaru dealer will no longer cover the work. I can't be bothered getting them to check the car as if they can't figure out what the problem is over an 18 mth period, then they never will!! Any other suggestions will be appreciated
Tammyindiana

Brazil, IN

#10 Jun 24, 2008
Sounds like a glitch that even Subaru cannot diagnose correctly.
I bought a Subaru Forrester new in O5, the Check engine comes on flashing along with the Cruise and does not work. lasts for a week and goes off. This has occurred about 10 times now.
I have never taken it to be repaired as it seems there is none....
If anyone finds one out, let me know!!
tlf2125@yahoo.com
Forester_Driver _PR

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#12 Jul 28, 2008
I have a 2005 Subaru and, also have the same problem... It happened right after the battery was replaced. Right now every time I stop the revolutions of the motor go way low and most of the time the motor stops. I was told by the mechanics that the revolution problem would go away with time... but what about the checkengine and the cruise blinking... my cruise control stopped working :(
05 Forester_GR

Woodstock, Canada

#13 Aug 2, 2008
2005 Subaru Forester - 5-speed Manual. A few months ago in late winter/early spring after a night long of heavy rain my car kept choking and chugging the next morning when driving kids to school. The check engine light came on and off irregularly. The car would not go past 20 km/hr no matter how much gas I gave it. Seemed like it did not want to leave 1st gear - and then it cut out completely. Got it started again but still chugging below 20 km. After being parked about 5-10 minutes, it worked fine when started up again.

Took it to dealer. They hooked it up to diagnostics and found nothing wrong.
Just last week, it happened again after a long heavy rainfall.
Still no explanation as to why.

Only a few hours ago the check engine light came on and stayed on and the cruise light is flashing but the car is running fine but a little noisy. Again this is after a long heavy rainfall. Just yesterday had the oil changed and the air filter was changed as well (not through dealer shop this time).
Of course this happens when I have a 3 hour vacation trip planned for the next day and when there are no car repair shops open now or for the next two days (aaaargh!!!). I had promised the kids this trip for a very long time - as the car is still running I am still thinking of taking the trip but am afraid we might end up stranded with a dead car.
Jeff

Denver, CO

#14 Aug 8, 2008
It seems that a few of us had this happen in connection with water incidents (leak, heavy rain, etc.). It happened to me this week while on vacation driving through very heavy rains and one place with standing water several inches deep (where the water gets thrown up as high as the car as you go through it). We just had the oil changed before the trip and I checked it again -- it's full. The car continued to run normally, though. A few days later the lights went off. I wonder if there's a certain sensor, electrical connection, etc. that has a problem with water getting into it.

2004 Forester, manual.
Jeff

Scarborough, ME

#15 Aug 18, 2008
So I have a 2005 forrester xs. 42k miles. sat unusedfor 1 week in heavy rains and now I have a check engine light and flashing cruise control. It had NO power and wouldn't leave 1st gear either!!!! Now its running okay but the light is still on.
So what do you guys think are they going to try to replace the coils, the catalytic converter, or some other random part and 'reset' the computer onboard.... I was about to have it towed 1 hr to the nearest dealership but after reading this I don't know who is going to solve the problem....

help!
-jeff21gp@yahoo.com
Jack

Chevy Chase, MD

#16 Aug 21, 2008
This is my fourth Outback and all of them have had the same problem with the engine check light. Today my 2008 with 7200 miles has the engine check light on and the cruise light is flashing. By the time I make an appointment with my dealership it will be ok and the they will tell me that they can't do anything until they can see the problem. I think Subaru really needs to look into this since it seems to be a wide spread issue. Maybe some kind of recall.
Ralph

Saratoga Springs, NY

#17 Sep 7, 2008
Well I just had the same thing happen. Yesterday it rained hard all day. When I went to take the wife, kid, and grandparents out for ice cream, after a family golf outing, the check engine light came on and the cruse control light started flashing. I drove to the end of the street and found the car would not go more than 20 MPH.

So my wife followed me as we drove the POS FXT to the Subaru dealer to get it fixed. Needless to say I am not happy with Subaru at this point because I have 52,000 miles on my car and I am sure that they will give me the “your out of warranty at 50,000 smirk”.

This was all I needed to happen to push me to the Ford Escape Hybrid. We were going to replace the FXT in March once the loan is paid off. I used to love my Forester XT but after reading all your post I am unwilling to put up with this BS happening again. I will have the car repaired and trade in for an Escape Hybrid next week. We only have 6 payments left so it should not loose to much money. For the record I have a 05 Forester XT with the Premium package.
SubaruSux

York, PA

#18 Sep 11, 2008
ADD ME To the 2006 Subaru Outback list of Cruise Control light flashing and Check Engine Light(CEL) ON. WITH NO HELP FROM THE DEALER....C'MON SUBARU EXECUATIVES..... HELP US.... WE AREN'T MAKING THIS STUFF UP....!
Tiffany

Whittier, CA

#19 Sep 20, 2008
Wow.

I didn't realize so many people had this problem. First, I bought a 2005 Forester XT. I had the cruise light flash/check engine light problem within 14000 miles. After months and months of going back there, I filed a lemon law case and got a NEW 2006 Forester instead!!!

And, guess what? It took this one 30,000 miles to do it, but it did it. Now I've been back to the dealer 4 times in 3 months!! And, it's always reset and some little part is changed, and it does it again, sometimes within a day!! DON'T YOU CHECK THIS STUFF?? They told me last time, "uh, the only thing we could trace it back to was, uh, a loose fuel cap. So, we tightened it and you're all set to go. We drove it 17 miles."

Hmm. Now, I know I'm not a mechanic, and I am a woman, but I'm not an idiot. I know a good deal about cars and I know these things aren't happening because people refuse to tighten their gas caps after fueling. I'm livid right now. Has anyone had any solutions?
04 Subaru Forester XT

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Sep 23, 2008
It's just the MAF sensor. I changed out my air filter today in my 04 Forester XT and forgot to plug in the MAF sensor. Cruise light flashing with the check engine light on. Had computer reset at Autozone.......no problems since.
kristin

Liverpool, NY

#21 Sep 30, 2008
I never thought I would find so many other examples of this problem. I just gave away a Forester, which I loved, and bought an '04 Outback with 46,000 miles. When cruise control light is blinking, it, of course, does not function. If, as last post indicates, it's the "MAF sensor" I'm hoping to hear that all of you have had luck with this remedy.

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