2005 Subaru Forester • 11,850 miles

I have a 2005 Subaru Forester 5 speed in seemingly great condition. I bought it in May and have had an exhaust leak so far. I drive 25 miles one way highway to and from work and frequently use my cruise control.

I've never had an issue with it until today, when I was cruising along in the fast lane, trying to pass a car and get back over to exit. The car decided to speed up while I was passing. In order to not miss my exit, I simply hit the clutch and brake ( without turning off the cruise) so as to slow down and get over. I've done this many times and have never had a problem. The cruise usually stays on, ready to re-initiate once I'm back to normal driving. This time, however, after I turned it off officially, the cruise light started blinking and the check engine light came on, much to my dismay.

I pulled off to a gas station and turned it off, thinking perhaps this would reset the glitch. This did not work. Only being five minutes from home, I decided to start her back up and get moving again with the intention of turning it off, pulling the key, and letting it sit for a while, hoping the key extraction would reset said glitch.

So I did. Again, it has not worked.

As I've browsed the Internet, looking for any quick answer, I noticed a whole thread within another forum of Subaru Forester owners saying this has happened multiple times, dealer repairs are not seeming to work, this doesn't throw a code, and that *sometimes* it goes back to normal after a week or so.

As I have recently moved to another city with a change of occupation, I dont have an exorbitant amount of money to spend for repairs.

I guess I want to know is what the problem is and how to fix it. Do you think a manual reset of the computer chip will work, or will it be something much more labor-intensive and costly?

Please and thank you very much for your help ahead of time.

August 8, 2012.

What is the code for the light? We need this to further help you

I don't have the code, as I am at home. Going by autozone tomorrow to get code.

Aug 8, 2012.
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