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2014 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 129 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2014 Subaru Forester.

2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

2000 mi engine occasionally difficult to start after not being used for a day or so. 
2500 mi engine occasionally stumbles/misfires during startup. Mechanics ran diagnostic tests (first time they ran this test for 2014 vehicles), but found no problems. 
4000 mi

US $90
rubber hood boot seal between turbo intercooler housing and air ductwork is warped, fits poorly. 
4000 mi Replaced rubber boot seal between hood and intercooler, and several fasteners which broke during replacement process. 
7500 mi Reprogrammed ECU per TSB to improve engine start-up. 
15000 mi replaced hood-mounted intercooler air diverter (rubber seals had become torn). 2nd time this part has been replaced 
16000 mi Engine was intermittently missing. Technician flashed ECU with new software update that addressed the problem. 
17000 mi Subaru recall to correct engine misfiring. 
18000 mi left side valves rattle/ping due to defective rockers. Subaru TSB estimates 10 hour repair time to replace/custom machine new valve rockers. 
18300 mi left side of engine valves, cam and rockers were badly worn. Required removal of engine, all its accessories and cylinder head to do repairs. 
55000 mi Recall notice: Ignition computer was reflashed to solve a pre-ignition problem under hard acceleration 
13020 mi Shaking at idle, intermittent. 
13000 mi Lagging throttle response. Hesitancy during acceleration (from a stop and during passing). ECU reflashed. 
21000 mi Software reset for check engine lignt 
3000 mi Forester 2.0L Turbo having an extended start of 3-5 seconds every few days. Dealer has no updates for the engine computer and did not observe any problems while it was in for an oil change. 
3000 mi CEL thrown during a hard start. ECU was reprogrammed with a fix for the issue 
2014 Forester XT - Camshaft position sensor o-ring improperly installed from factory. Caused significant oil leak on drivers side of the engine. - Burning oil smell inside the cab alerted me to the problem. 
28500 mi Same camshaft position sensor was leaking oil. Saw a spot of oil. One other sensor, but I don't even remember what that was. The fix was to swap the sensor to the other side of the engine to see if the problem would follow the sensor. 
50700 mi Tossed a code... The dealer was so busy I didn't wait around for the info sheet. -Car abruptly threw a code on flat ground on criuse control. The Ecu was flashed, and I was told it wouldn't happen again. Expect it's a flaw in recall update. 
56000 mi Code: P0420. Catalytic converter replaced under warranty. Looks like it would have cost around 700 if warranty hadn't covered it. (Code had reappeared several times over the life of the car) 
28000 mi Catalytic Convertor Went Bad 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

49600 mi Car started going thru oil and the dealer installed a new engine( now thats service) 
37000 mi Blue exhaust on start up. Car was returned later that month off lease. 
10000 mi Timing Belt tensioner needed adjusted. 
26000 mi

US $50
Engine loses oil at more than 1 qt per 2000 miles. It is difficult to correctly read oil level. 
13000 mi Oil low. Dealer refilled with oil and told to monitor the oil level for the next 1,200 miles to see if the car is using oil. 
18700 mi Return for oil consumption test. Results, car not consuming any oil over a 1,200 mile test. 
24000 mi Serpentine belt came off. New belt put on 
29000 mi Changed engine due to oil consumption problem. Used two quarts of oil in 2,800 miles. 
40000 mi

US $302
Replacement engine burns one quart of oil every 3,000 miles. Update 10-16: Now using 2-2.5 quarts between oil changes (every 5k). 
88000 mi

US $200
Second engine was using 2 quarts of oil between oil changes and the engine had to be replaced again 
12000 mi I was driving about 70 mph on busy highway when suddenly engine turned off! I was able to steer car off road, turned car off. When I turned on ignition car started up and I drove away. Dealer could not find any codes to indicate problem. 
32500 mi Related to prev. problem where attempted repair didn't fix noise issue. This time, I drove w/tech & he confirmed noise. He put on lift & discovered sound attenuator in central exhaust pipe had prematurely broken up. Replacing pipe solved it. 
49000 mi Has begun burning oil bet. oil changes, ~1 quart in 4000 miles. According to the manual this is acceptable, having a oil light go on between oil changes is too much for me. Note there are 2 class action suits abt this engine & oil burning. 
18000 mi

US $30
during a long distance driving, engine oil light on when drove at middle of nowhere. (Oil Level Gauge shows oil leaking) had to drive another 30 miles bought and added 1qt 0w20. light's off. before the engine oil leaking,found coolant lower minimum mark, sent to dealer, was told it's not a problem and refuse to add coolant. I spent 25 bucks and filled by myself. 
14000 mi

US $26
Fuel cap left loose by attendant causing check engine light to come on. Would not reset after fuel cap was tightened 
27700 mi Excessive oil consumption (1 qt every ~2k miles). Dealer performed consumption test over 1200 miles, consumption deemed within Subaru spec. Continues to consume oil. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

23000 mi Oil consumption analysis. Results were 24 ounces per 1200 miles. Parts (short block plus) are being ordered. When parts arrive they will call and I will make appointment for repair. 
23700 mi Excessive oil usage. Complete short block change by dealer. No charge and rental car furnished free of charge. As of 10/14/15 oil usage seems OK. 
18000 mi Burning oil. Started oil consumption test, replaced PCV valve 
22000 mi burning oil-replaced short block 
14880 mi

C $250
Oil consumption 
15780 mi oil consumption test 
16740 mi oil consumption test 

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