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2004 Subaru Forester Repair Histories

123 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Subaru Forester. 56 of these members (45.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 163 repairs to 2004 Subaru Foresters--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2004 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Chart based on 163 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

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Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
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
56000 mi US $200 Front sway bar bushing was bad. 
59000   small ac coolant leak.  
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2015
134000 mi US $108 Cam position sensor failed and caused rough idle and stalling. 
144000   Rear wheel bearings started getting noisy around 141k miles. Both rear bearings were replaced. 
152000   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. 
185000   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 - Mar 2015
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 
100000   Slow coolant leak at the fitting at the base of the radiator 
120500   check engine light came on due to a piece of foam caught in camshaft angle sensor. Repair was accomplished by removing the foam. 
125000   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
65100 mi   Catalytic converter replaced under orig warranty. 
73160   clips holding front/rear fascia rotted out, replaced 
80600 C $400 breather fallen off cat converter trip cel 
91100   redo rear brakes, worn 
93000   a/c interrmittant 
108500   clutch problem, new compressor needed 
110100   compressor dead. re and re 
114700   Clogged cam oiling valve caused check engine 
118800   drivers window motor replacement 
121520   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
121000 mi US $180 Worn suspension link. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2009 - Apr 2015
63240 mi C $340 oxygen sensor 
75020   leaking coolant from head gasget 
77500   slight coolant leak from head gasket 
79980   Air Bag light on 
80600   rear wheel bearing 
86160   Driver's power window motor was seized, therefore replaced 
88040   Air bag light on. Faulty wiring detected under driver's seat. 
105440   Replaced timing belt and water pump, cam and crank seals, re: minor oil leaks. 
116560   Valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals 
127100   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
87000 mi US $25 Engine temp was fluctuating. Dealer replaced radiator cap, No problem seen since.  
124000   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 - Mar 2015
59936 mi US $300 Transmission pan leaking transmission fluid. Re-seal pan. 
65228   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. 
67000   Heat shields vibrating under car. Still not right. Will return for re-repair at next oil change. 
70000   Heat shields around catalytic converter refastened 
90000   Replace Valve Cover Gaskets and Tube Seals. Oil dripping on spark plugs. 
105000   Tighten exhaust heat shields which were vibrating during acceleration. 
107000   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. 
110500   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. 
118000   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. 
136000   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. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2009 - Mar 2015
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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