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2007 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 107 repairs.
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2007 Subaru Forester engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (15%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 26 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

100300 mi

US $1000
Radiator burst 
108000 mi Fuels leaking over intake manifold. Estimate $500 
38000 mi

US $730
Two cracked plastic "roll-over" vent valves on top of fuel tank were replaced. 
60000 mi

US $600
A rubber transmission mount was collapsed causing misalignment between the engine and transmission. 
107700 mi

US $1400
Engine misfiring caused by valves out of adjustment. Dealer recommends valve job (valves require parts replacement to adjust, not simple mechanical screw adjustment) at cost of $4700. Engine misfiring. Dealer did fuel injection and throttle body cleaning and replaced spark plugs to correct. Help some, but still some misfire. Said valves needed adjustment or valve job. 
108300 mi

US $500
Check Engine light on/reset by owner/Check Engine light again activated 200 miles later. OBDII indicated "Bank 1 Lean". Dealer wanted to adjust valves at cost of $4500.00. Declined. 
110000 mi

US $111
I replaced Mass Airflow Sensor yesterday (7/6/2016) after researching problem on internet. Replacement took two minutes. Initial drive OK. Have 600 mile trip this weekend to verify if problem corrected. 
112000 mi

US $350
Replace radiator due to leak between plastic tank and aluminum core. Also replaced both cooling system pressure caps and upper and lower radiator hoses. 
114000 mi

US $350
Check Engine lite came on. OBDII kept setting Misfire cyl #4 code. Car would randomly have mild to severe misfire and then return to normal after setting code. Replaced coil and spark plug for cyl #4. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

133000 mi Check Engine light for Secondary Air Injector valve stuck closed. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

87000 mi Took car in for timing belt replacement, and mechanic reported blown head gasket 
82000 mi Replaced the variable valve lift oil pressure switch on the right bank of the engine. When the part failed it triggered the check engine light and caused an oil leak. 
12000 mi Defective radiator cap allowed pressure to escape and caused car to drive too hot. Dealer says this is a problem w/ the new caps. 
18600 mi Same repair as previously. Defective radiator cap cause car to drive too hot. Again replaced cap. Car still under warranty. 
29000 mi Radiator cap: antifreeze accumulates under it & causes system to overheat. 3rd radiator cap on this car. 
71000 mi

US $81
Same old problem: for the 4th time the radiator cap malfunctioned, coolant was lost & the car started to heat up. 
109000 mi

US $1800
Timing belt replaced, $1200 of total. 
117000 mi Catalytic convertor needs replacing. Cost would be $1100. Did not do this repair. 
131000 mi

US $800
Catalytic convertors replaced. 
88000 mi

US $98
Oil sensor leaks and velve cover gaskets leaks 
124500 mi

US $3000
Headgasket failure. 
102920 mi originally, #2 cylinder misfiring - diagnosis - spark plugs and leads replaced. timing belt badly cracked and replaced. After this we took it to a Subaru dealer for a 168,000 Km checkover - head gasket replaced,$2,500.00 rear wheel brgs. 
21700 mi

C $14
Oil Change. Adjust hill holder. Complaint of jerking at light load light throttle condition. Probably just a trait of this vehicle. 
90000 mi

US $232
Valve cover gaskets replace due to oil leak. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

127000 mi

US $4000
crack in head and broken valve guide all in area of cylinder #4. Car broke down on highway with no warning. Car never overheated and never run without oil changes and scheduled maintenance etc. 
37000 mi cracked hose on fuel vapor recovery system was cause of check engine light. Dealer had suggested replacing gas cap first. 
69782 mi Computer / tranny 
179000 mi Oil pressure sensors leaking 
66000 mi

US $477
Catalytic converter failed and car begin throwing codes. Subaru wants TWELVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for a replacement catalytic converter! On recommendation of mechanic went with 3rd party cat and car just not driving well now. F'in great. 
42960 mi

C $600
misfire on 4th cylinder, replaced wires and ignition module 
66340 mi

C $380
all exhaust heat shield bolts loose. two shields had fallen off a month ago. rattle solved by removing other four shields 
87420 mi

C $450
front pipe and gaskets 
69000 mi Check engine light came on. Mechanic cleared codes at no charge. Problem has not recurred. 
77300 mi

US $450
O2 sensor replaced 
67000 mi Check engine light with cruise light flashing. Diagnosed as cat converter fault. Replaced under warranty. 
76000 mi

US $400
wife's car. Complained about muffler noise and smell of something heating up. Local shop found braces attached to muffler system worn out and small oil leak causing the smell of overheating 
91300 mi

US $458
check engine lite on; car shaking when driven; ignition coil misfired and damaged; replaced; wires replaced; valve cover gasket leaking; soaked ignition wires; replace wires and change plugs and valve cover gaskets 
103000 mi

US $2720
replace both cylinder head gaskets left cylinder head oil sending unit  
64000 mi

US $724
Evap emissions system fault (check engine light). Gas tank vent valve replaced. 
50000 mi replaced ecm and fuel pump 
126700 mi

US $60
Replace leaking valve cover gaskets, adjusted valve clearance 
129000 mi

US $150
Leaking Radiator replaced 
29000 mi

US $705
Check engine light came on and cruise control light flashed at same time while driving.Replaced Evaporative Emissions Canister. BG fuel induction service. Smoke Test found crack in canister. Adaptive relearn procedure. 
33000 mi This trip was to shut off the engine light and reset the cruise control, which keeps tripping, for an unknown reason. 
33000 mi

US $700
Cracked roll valves. All replaced. 

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