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2011 Subaru Forester Engine Problems and Repair Histories

71 TrueDelta members own a 2011 Subaru Forester. 19 of these members (26.8%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 52 engine repairs to 2011 Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2011 Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2011 Subaru Forester problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2011 Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2011 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

65% of the 2011 Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 1% to the transmission, 19% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 80 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2011 Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 1000    
1000 0 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 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2012 38000    
45500 0 Check engine light, ABS light, Traction control light all illuminated. 
59000 0 Timing chain tensioner was leaking down overnight. 
74000  
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 0    
28500 0 cam engine seals leaking resulting in oil leak and low oil levels 
32700 0 car is still leaking oil, has to go back to shop 
35000 0 Car leaks oil. Dealer repeated major repair of cam gasket seals. Hopefully this fixes the problem once and for all 
45000 0 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. 
51000  
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 oil leaking from valve cover gasket. 
0 valve cover gasket replaced (warranty) 
0 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 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 3000    
22000 0 Started oil consumption test with dealer. Oil consumption is higher than expected, using approx. 1 qt. for every 3000 miles. 
68000 0 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. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2011 18000    
19000 80 Going thru a 1/2 to 3/4 of oil every 1000 miles.... 
30000 0 oil consumption test. Dealing w /subaru of america directly on resolution of problem. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 0    
14300 0 Left side timing chain tensioner replaced with revised part per TSB. Caused a loud knocking sound on cold start up since new. Issue resolved. 
15700 0 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 0 Engine and/or transmission hesitation when turning corners and accelerating. Doesn't respond for a couple seconds, then usually... 
45000 0 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. 
54000  
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 2000    
4000 0 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. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 620    
1860 0 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 0 Engine sometimes made noise on cold-starts; determined was covered by TSB for timing chain tensioner. Replaced tensioner, does not make noise anymore. 
32240  
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 ECM reflashed. Oil consumption test started as no sign of oil leaking/burning could be detected. 
2300 0 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 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 0 Very rough idle; vehicle would not stay running. Smell of raw fuel, enough to cause eyes to burn. 

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