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2004 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Chart based on 164 repairs.

2004 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

Chart based on 90 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2004 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

75000 mi

US $2000
Turbo went out. Air bag sensors in the front seats malfunctioned. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Georgia, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Feb 2009

56000 mi

US $200
Front sway bar bushing was bad. 
Jun 2009

59000 mi

US $330
small ac coolant leak.  
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2015
Sep 2009

134000 mi

US $108
Cam position sensor failed and caused rough idle and stalling. 
Apr 2010

144000 mi

US $630
Rear wheel bearings started getting noisy around 141k miles. Both rear bearings were replaced. 
Oct 2010

152000 mi

US $260
Original radiator sprung a leak about a mile from home. Noticed steam coming from under the hood as I pulled into driveway. Top plastic end tank split where it meets the radiator core. Replacement Koyorad ordered and installed. 
Jan 2014

185000 mi

US $484
Left rear wheel bearing was beginning to make noise. Shop installed new wheel bearing, bearing seals, and axle nut. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2015
May 2008

58000 mi

US $210
Air bag warning light. Problem is in the passenger side impact air bag. There's a TSB on the problem. The recommended solution is to replace a connector in the air bag wiring Replaced connector as recommended in the TSB. Repair did not solve the problem 
Nov 2011

100000 mi

US $50
Slow coolant leak at the fitting at the base of the radiator 
Apr 2014

120500 mi

US $56
check engine light came on due to a piece of foam caught in camshaft angle sensor. Repair was accomplished by removing the foam. 
Nov 2014

125000 mi

US $525
Variable Valve timing solenoid had was stuck in the fully advanced position by a small piece of something. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2007 - Mar 2014
Feb 2009

65100 mi
Catalytic converter replaced under orig warranty. 
Jun 2009

73160 mi
clips holding front/rear fascia rotted out, replaced 
Sep 2010

80600 mi

C $400
breather fallen off cat converter trip cel 
May 2011

91100 mi

C $400
redo rear brakes, worn 
Aug 2011

93000 mi

C $300
a/c interrmittant 
Jul 2012

108500 mi
clutch problem, new compressor needed 
Aug 2012

110100 mi

C $1200
compressor dead. re and re 
Mar 2013

114700 mi

C $50
Clogged cam oiling valve caused check engine 
Jul 2013

118800 mi

C $500
drivers window motor replacement 
Mar 2014

121520 mi

C $165
blew the turbo after getting a p0011 code. filter in the banjo clogged, starved turbo and we lost it. sold the car as is to a kid to play with, as replacement turbo was too much for 10 years old 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

121000 mi

US $180
Worn suspension link. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2009 - Apr 2015
Sep 2009

63240 mi

C $340
oxygen sensor 
Dec 2009

75020 mi

C $500
leaking coolant from head gasget 
Mar 2010

77500 mi

C $50
slight coolant leak from head gasket 
Jun 2010

79980 mi
Air Bag light on 
Jul 2010

80600 mi

C $300
rear wheel bearing 
Feb 2012

86160 mi

C $450
Driver's power window motor was seized, therefore replaced 
Apr 2012

88040 mi

C $160
Air bag light on. Faulty wiring detected under driver's seat. 
Jul 2013

105440 mi

C $950
Replaced timing belt and water pump, cam and crank seals, re: minor oil leaks. 
May 2014

116560 mi

C $2120
Valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals 
Apr 2015

127100 mi

C $700
Left front brake calliper seized. Replaces calliper plus rotors and pads. 80k since last serviced for front brakes. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Aug 2008 - Aug 2012
Sep 2008

87000 mi

US $25
Engine temp was fluctuating. Dealer replaced radiator cap, No problem seen since.  
Jul 2012

124000 mi

US $1600
CEL lit, dealer replaced valves of evaporative emissions system. CEL lit again, so a second trip- dealer replaced charcoal canister, which had ruptured. CEL lit again, so a third visit. Dealer cleaned tank and replaced fuel pump. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2015
Jun 2009

59936 mi

US $300
Transmission pan leaking transmission fluid. Re-seal pan. 
Oct 2009

65228 mi

US $500
Front crank seal leaking oil. Replace seal. Charge is almost all labor. Had timing belt replaced at the same time but deducted $112 cost of belt from the $500 repair figure. Total cost for visit with timing belt and oil change was $640.52. 
Dec 2009

67000 mi

US $107
Heat shields vibrating under car. Still not right. Will return for re-repair at next oil change. 
Apr 2010

70000 mi
Heat shields around catalytic converter refastened 
Oct 2011

90000 mi

US $400
Replace Valve Cover Gaskets and Tube Seals. Oil dripping on spark plugs. 
Dec 2012

105000 mi
Tighten exhaust heat shields which were vibrating during acceleration. 
Jan 2013

107000 mi

US $387
Replaced bushings and end links on front sway bar to eliminate clunking over bumps. Tech noted on invoice that he recommends drivers side and passenger side head gaskets. Not happy. Keeping an eye on oil and anti-freeze levels. 
May 2013

110500 mi

US $2291
Replace head gaskets. Replace timing belt, accessory belt and A/C belt. Subaru, to their credit, have offered me a goodwill check of $500 towards the repair, offsetting some of the $2066 cost. Rear wheel cylinders leaking. Would not pass inspection. Replace cylinders, new shoes and cut drums. Replace pads up front and cut rotors. Flush brake fluid. Total was $500. Estimated $225 for wheel cylinders. 
Jan 2014

118000 mi
replace lower radiator hose and thermostat to stop coolant leak. this is a follow-up to the June 2013 head gasket replacement. Due to coolant loss I thought there was an issue with that repair. It took 3 trips for the dealership to fix. N/C. 
Mar 2015

136000 mi

US $40
Replace oil cooler gasket to stop oil drip. Exhaust System heat shield vibrating. Found loose heat shield. Drilled hole and inserted screw to wedge against exhaust pipe. Fastened 3" clamp around heat shield. Noise fixed. $1.56. 
Jun 2015

140000 mi

US $360
Replaced evaporator core and expansion valve behind dashboard.Core had leak. Added compressor oil and dye. Ran vacuum pump for one hour. Waited one hour to be sure vacuum held. Recharged system. Price includes gauges, pump and tools. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2009 - Jun 2015
Oct 2009

38440 mi

C $550
Rear brake pads worn out and machined rear rotors. Front still at 40%. Rear less than 10% 

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2004 Subaru Forester Repair Histories

125 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Subaru Forester. 56 of these members (44.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 164 repairs to 2004 Subaru Foresters--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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