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2011 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (66%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 110 repairs.

2011 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

1000 mi 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 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

22320 mi Minor oil leak on right side cylinder head needed to be re-sealed. Required and overnight stay. Covered under power train warranty. 
24800 mi Engine oil leak at right side cam cradle. Requires pulling engine and replacing gaskets and or resealing. 
12000 mi excessive oil burning, 2 qts every 3k, backfire when AC is on, loud vibration when traction control kicks on in snowy conditions 
49000 mi Having new small block installed to fix oil consumption. This is covered under warranty. 
60000 mi Head gasket leak. Covered from small block replacement Car now, after 60000 miles finally runs great Better than ever Finally love my car 
30000 mi Leaking cam seal. Dealer replaced cam seal. 5 days in shop - at least there's no more oil leak... 
41000 mi 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 
41000 mi 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... 
44000 mi 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. 
44000 mi 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. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

43000 mi 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! 
47000 mi 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. 
35700 mi Car occasionally fails to start or takes extended time to turn over. 
37300 mi Gaskets were leaking. 
103000 mi Compete Engine replacement under warranty due to excessive oil consumption. 
103000 mi

US $100
Cam shaft cover was leakng 
84000 mi

US $2100
Both cam carriers (or cages) were leaking oil and needed to be resealed. This required removing the engine, 
21000 mi Leaking Cam seals and head gaskets. leaky cam seals 
159000 mi threw a rod and blew the engine 
16000 mi

US $300
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. 
23000 mi Check engine light is on. It camplained about bank 1. Dealer said upgraded software and reset check engine light. 
27000 mi Engine light is on again. Dealer said changed both down pipes. I was told there was a leak in intake. 
1800 mi ECM reflashed. Oil consumption test started as no sign of oil leaking/burning could be detected. 
2300 mi 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. 
3700 mi

US $40
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. 
5000 mi Very rough idle; vehicle would not stay running. Smell of raw fuel, enough to cause eyes to burn. 
19000 mi

US $80
Going thru a 1/2 to 3/4 of oil every 1000 miles.... 
30000 mi oil consumption test. Dealing w /subaru of america directly on resolution of problem. 
4000 mi 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. 
13000 mi Left side timing chain tensioner replaced with revised part per TSB. Caused a loud knocking sound on cold start up since new. Issue resolved. 
16000 mi 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.  
32000 mi Engine and/or transmission hesitation when turning corners and accelerating. Doesn't respond for a couple seconds, then usually... 
45000 mi 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. 
56700 mi 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. 
61300 mi 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. 
22000 mi Started oil consumption test with dealer. Oil consumption is higher than expected, using approx. 1 qt. for every 3000 miles. 
68700 mi 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. 
92500 mi Check engine light on. Dealer said sensor needed replacement but estimate was ridiculously high. Will attempt repair on my own. 
94000 mi

US $110
Replaced Air/Fuel ratio sensor 
99000 mi Took car in to start Subaru-sanctioned oil consumption test, but was not eligible to start due to oil leaks from o-rings. 
101000 mi

US $1150
Replace o-rings and seals to stop bsd oil leaks. 
45500 mi Check engine light, ABS light, Traction control light all illuminated. 
59000 mi Timing chain tensioner was leaking down overnight. 
12700 mi oil leaking from valve cover gasket. 
13000 mi valve cover gasket replaced (warranty) 
14000 mi 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 
38000 mi 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. 
39000 mi 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. 
68000 mi replaced both valve cover gaskets 
28500 mi cam engine seals leaking resulting in oil leak and low oil levels 
32700 mi car is still leaking oil, has to go back to shop 
35000 mi Car leaks oil. Dealer repeated major repair of cam gasket seals. Hopefully this fixes the problem once and for all 
45000 mi 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. 
1860 mi 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. 
19840 mi Engine sometimes made noise on cold-starts; determined was covered by TSB for timing chain tensioner. Replaced tensioner, does not make noise anymore. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

39260 mi Replacement of small engine due to unusual oil consumption 

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