Need advice about specific Subaru Forester problems?
Chart based on 105 repairs.
2011 Subaru Forester
Engine not specified
Check Engine Light on, Cruise control light flashing, traction control light on. Started at 1201 miles. Dealer flashed the ecu and reset the codes. Problem came back 2 times since then. Car is back in the shop for 2 days now. no updates
Minor oil leak on right side cylinder head needed to be re-sealed. Required and overnight stay. Covered under power train warranty.
Engine oil leak at right side cam cradle. Requires pulling engine and replacing gaskets and or resealing.
Leaking cam seal. Dealer replaced cam seal. 5 days in shop - at least there's no more oil leak...
High oil consumption - finished oil consumption test, clocked around 1200 miles/quart. Also in for loud engine noises, which were put off until after oil consumption test completed. Repairs to start next week
Engine block was replaced to fix the oil consumption issues. Timing chain tensioner was replaced to fix the startup noises. After letting the car warm up, it is still very loud at 3K RPM, so that has not been fixed. Back to dealer...
Oil leaking from passenger side cam carrier again. Also oil seepage from timing chain cover. Dealer replaced the driver's side cam intake sprocket to fix startup noise. Noise overall improved, oil leaks appear to be fixed.
After 500 miles, the engine is leaking oil from the cam carrier again. Subaru has agreed to repurchase due to car continuing to have problems and having been in shop for more than 30 business days in the last year.
excessive oil burning, 2 qts every 3k, backfire when AC is on, loud vibration when traction control kicks on in snowy conditions
Having new small block installed to fix oil consumption. This is covered under warranty.
Head gasket leak. Covered from small block replacement
Car now, after 60000 miles finally runs great
Better than ever
Finally love my car
Early on it started having oil consumption issues; engine replaced at 32,000 miles; 10,000 miles later same problems again. Received $3,500 customer loyalty incentive, traded the car.
Engine was making noise like a sewing machine. The vehicle was admitted for TSB 02-117-11 Left side cylinder head, intake camshaft, intake valves and rocker arm pivots needed to be replaced. Vehicle replaced, due to manufacture defect.
Leaking Cam seals and head gaskets. leaky cam seals
Left side timing chain tensioner replaced with revised part per TSB. Caused a loud knocking sound on cold start up since new. Issue resolved.
Previous replacement of timing chain tensioner. Dealer did not seal timing cover properly so it was leaking oil on to the exhaust. Brought back to dealer and they removed and resealed the timing cover. Seems to be fixed for now.
Engine and/or transmission hesitation when turning corners and accelerating. Doesn't respond for a couple seconds, then usually...
Oil leak on driver side cylinder head area. Dealer found leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced gasket. They found there was still an oil leak. Found cam "cap" was was cracked. Replaced cam cap. Brought car home and found it still leaking. Returned car to dealer due to continuing oil leak. Dealer took apart valve cover and cam cap and resealed everything. Seems to be fixed now.
Oil leak from timing cover. Removed timing cover and installed a new one. Car still leaking oil from left cylinder head area. Also repaired previously. Has been to the dealer for both leaks multiple times.
Back for oil leak. Pulled motor out of vehicle and removed cam cap/cover, timing cover again, reseal everything. A few months later, still no leaks. Seems to finally be repaired.
Vehicle started making a horrendous clapping noise. Upon towing to dealer it was determined that the engine block failed. Suspect oil consumption problem that has been reported. They never did tell me why it happened. Yay extended warranty!
Car occasionally fails to start or takes extended time to turn over.
Gaskets were leaking.
threw a rod and blew the engine
Going thru a 1/2 to 3/4 of oil every 1000 miles....
oil consumption test. Dealing w /subaru of america directly on resolution of problem.
Check engine light on. Dealer tightened cap. Light came on again. Replaced canister vent valve. Check engine light back on. Found evap hose not seated properly. Dealer had car until 9/16/13. Dealer repaired evap hose.
Check engine light on. Found purge hose not properly connected. check engine light on. Found evap canister leaking. Dealer replaced evap canister. Check engine light on. Found vaccum line leaking and gas cap not sealing properly. Dealer replaced line and gas cap. After six trips, light finally stayed off.
replaced both valve cover gaskets
Check engine light, ABS light, Traction control light all illuminated.
Timing chain tensioner was leaking down overnight.
Started oil consumption test with dealer. Oil consumption is higher than expected, using approx. 1 qt. for every 3000 miles.
Start test to determine how much oil is leaking at valve covers. Oil is dripping on exhaust, burning and creating smoke. When car is stopped it enters the cab through a/c. Have to keep a/c on recirc.
Check engine light on. Dealer said sensor needed replacement but estimate was ridiculously high. Will attempt repair on my own.
Replaced Air/Fuel ratio sensor
Took car in to start Subaru-sanctioned oil consumption test, but was not eligible to start due to oil leaks from o-rings.
cam engine seals leaking resulting in oil leak and low oil levels
car is still leaking oil, has to go back to shop
Car leaks oil. Dealer repeated major repair of cam gasket seals. Hopefully this fixes the problem once and for all
Oil level read below minimum level, suspecting oil is burning off. Dealer has started an oil consumption test. Vehicle seems to burn off all oil in between oil changes.
Engine started tapping sound and then lost power while driving on highway. Was towed to a dealer. It took 5 days for them to get it fixed. Have not pick it up yet since the dealer is 2 hours drive away from my home.
Check engine light is on. It camplained about bank 1. Dealer said upgraded software and reset check engine light.
Engine light is on again. Dealer said changed both down pipes. I was told there was a leak in intake.
CEL on, same as last visit. Dealer discovered condensate in the fuel vapour recovery line from the gas tank - dealer thinks either faulty installation or bad design as there is a low spot in line before the drain. Dried out, CEL off now.
Engine sometimes made noise on cold-starts; determined was covered by TSB for timing chain tensioner. Replaced tensioner, does not make noise anymore.
oil leaking from valve cover gasket.
valve cover gasket replaced (warranty)
4th Trip to Dealer for the same oil leak. Dealer unable to correct problem. After last trip to Dealer on 12/07 I found RTV sealant glopped over valve cover gasket to attemopt sealing the leak. Improper repair, returned to Dealer for repair
ECM reflashed. Oil consumption test started as no sign of oil leaking/burning could be detected.
Rattle from the spare tire area of the vehicle. Oil consumption check. Developed engine knocking. It was explained to me that the knocking is typical of the boxer engine; some louder than others.
Oil consumption check plus oil change. Dealer says the fresh oil change should resolve the oil consumption now that the engine has been broken in. No start. Towed to dealer. Very rough idling at start up after the no-start repair. Smell of raw fuel. Occasional stall. Oil consumption issue not resolved. Dealership says contact Subaru of America as they cannot fix the issue.
Very rough idle; vehicle would not stay running. Smell of raw fuel, enough to cause eyes to burn.