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My 2003 Subaru Forrester with 89,000 miles was periodically shaking a lot the other day and I opened the hood and there was a spark coming from the coil pack. The repair place said I need a new one installed. Is this true? I need an idea of the cost and labor time that should be required.

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  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2009

    No luck with local dealer. They say that it isn't a warranty issue and TSB's are only for mechanics to be used for trouble shooting. He gave me the number of Subaru Customer assistance. I doubt they will give me a different answer. Oh well, live and learn. Next time - a Toyota Rav4. I have never had a major problem like this with any Toyota or Honda we have owned.



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It's likely the coil. Subaru issued a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) on this issue. This is not a recall but you may want to show this to your Subaru mechanic or call Subaru after your repair to try to at least defray some or all of the cost for the repair. The link is below:

Subaru Forester Ignition TSB

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Testimonial: "Thank. I wish I had known that. I would have taken it to the dealer. But I will do as you say and call them to see if they will do something for me."

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    You're welcome and kindly supply a rating for the answer supplied and best of luck to you!



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Also, if you replace the plug wires - DO NOT get anything other than Subaru OEM-type.

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