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2014 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 88 repairs.

2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

21000 mi Software reset for check engine lignt 
13020 mi Shaking at idle, intermittent. 
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. 
28000 mi Catalytic Convertor Went Bad 
13000 mi Lagging throttle response. Hesitancy during acceleration (from a stop and during passing). ECU reflashed. 
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. 
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. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

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. 
10000 mi Timing Belt tensioner needed adjusted. 
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 
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. 
29000 mi Changed engine due to oil consumption problem. Used two quarts of oil in 2,800 miles. 
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 
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. 
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. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

18000 mi Burning oil. Started oil consumption test, replaced PCV valve 
22000 mi burning oil-replaced short block 
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. 
14880 mi

C $250
Oil consumption 

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2014 Subaru Forester Engine Problems

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