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Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (3%)

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Subaru Forester suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 189 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

12000 mi Right front tire wearing badly - dealer said rt front strut was bad - took two days - had to order pat - now I have to replace all 4 tires because of the wear on that one due to the strut being bad. AT 13500 miles. Not good. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

16000 mi Wheel bearing replaced 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

14880 mi

C $250
Replace tie rod 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

9300 mi knocking sound on each side during steering turn ( U-turn malice ball bearing replaced; shock mounting replaced 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

65000 mi

US $262
Worn right front wheel bearing, starting to make noise and vibrate during left turns. Replaced wheel bearing and hub. 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

US $400 Wheels were shaking whole car at speeds over 60mphand car is extremely swaying on curves at freeway speeds. (swaying has not been fixed - waiting for suggestion from Subaru of America - they don't care to much if you crash or kill someone) 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

45600 mi Noticed buzz from right side. Turned out to be a bad right wheel bearing. replaced under warranty 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

54000 mi Creaking coming from front of vehicle, especially at low speeds. Only seemed to occur warm, sunny days. Front sway bar bushings were dried out and rubbing. A little silicon grease in the bushings fixed the problem. 
120500 mi

US $640
Clunking sound when going over small bumps. Sway bars bad. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

23560 mi Coolant leak detected. Dealer found the power steering return line was leaking fluid. It was replaced under warrantee. 
53000 mi

US $250
Replaced tie rods 
40640 mi

C $60
Front linkage and bushing repaired under warranty. Blown fuse for center console power socket. 
40000 mi

US $500
bad tie rod end and alignment. 
94240 mi

C $650
Had to replace the thing that attaches the rear sway bar. 
25000 mi Power steering rack was leaking and was replaced. 
114700 mi

C $1000
Both rear control arms were noisy, the ball joints were wearing out. 
33480 mi

C $60
Front wheel bearing started making noise at 50,000km. This is the second time this has happened with this vehicle. 
52700 mi Clunking coming from front passenger side. Diagnosed as worn stabilizer bushings (at 85,000km?? I just did them on my 1996 BMW with 400,000km on it!). Repaired under major component 5yr/100k warranty. 
61380 mi Clunking began in Late August. In the dealer shop mid Sep. Estimate front and rear passenger sway link will require replacement soon. 
62380 mi

C $300
Driver front wheel bearing making loud hum. Diagnosed and replaced with OEM. Also fixed sway bar links. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

50820 mi

$330
All silent blocks (front and rear) were replaced. 
63240 mi Replace the bumpers (shock absorbers) front and rear 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

24180 mi Stabilizer bar was replaced. 
53100 mi

C $500
Appliance bushing 
64000 mi Second time problem with rotors; suspension bars and other suspension-related issues that I didn't understand. 
78500 mi

US $700
Lower control arms were cracked and replaced. 
26000 mi

US $250
Front sway bar end links rusted out and replaced 
131000 mi

US $350
Bushing on lower control arms worn badly. I replaced both control arms and had a alignment performed. 
142000 mi

US $300
INNER TIE ROD REPLACED 
108000 mi had front shocks changed 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

68000 mi Worn bushings and end-links replaced. 
67000 mi

US $28
Sway bar links were worn, replaced. 
78000 mi

US $200
F/R End links worn, replaced. 
95000 mi

US $200
Ball joints shot. R&R. 4-wheel Alignment by Goodyear. 
52700 mi

C $100
sway bar links broken 
33480 mi Sway bar bushings. 
29000 mi Power steering hose replaced. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72000 mi

US $177
Replaced front sway bar bushings and fixed rattle in heat shield. 
144460 mi

C $1400
Wheel bearings 
106640 mi

C $200
Front end-link was broken. Both Front links were replaced. 
24000 mi New ball joints. Extreme loud clunking when the car was making turns and when driving over uneven pavement. The Subaru Dealership Service Department drove the car for 5 minutes and confirmed the ball joints were completely shot. 
26660 mi

$500
Changed both rear shock absorbers 
27280 mi

$200
Shock absorbers failed again 
39060 mi

$500
Replaced failing rear shock absorbers 
38840 mi

$200
replaced front shock absorbers 
111300 mi

US $50
Replaced the front sway bar bushings with the new improved OEM bushings from Subaru. Also replaced both front sway bar end links due to one visibly damaged. 
76000 mi

US $160
Sway bar linkage was squeaking and was replaced. 
11000 mi Noise heard accelerating and turning wheel; power steering fluid leaked into bellows from pinched seal during assembly 
62300 mi Problem found at 60k service checkup Lower control arm bushings are worn 
55300 mi

US $150
Replace wheel hub unit include wheel bearing. Significant corrosion required removing knuckle from vehicle to press out wheel hub. Had to replace ball joint as well. 
98000 mi

US $60
replaced AC compressor clutch spring 
56300 mi

US $325
Replaced both sway bar links. 
65000 mi

US $779
Front Control arm bushings needed replacement. 
42780 mi Bushing stabilizor bars (warranty TSB), crack in the windshield, crack in the fog light,  

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

108500 mi

C $500
Link broke 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

73000 mi

US $150
The wheel bearing on the rear drivers side. 
57700 mi

US $600
The Trailing arm link bushings were worn and replaced. Same for the Crossmember bushings. 
64000 mi

US $1279
Replaced oem struts with a new set. 
69000 mi

US $75
Replaced Rear Cross-Member Bushings. 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

39060 mi

C $533
Install sway bar bushings, front control arm bushing, right front link kit, right rear link kit. 
211000 mi

US $189
Replaced both rear strut assemblies with used assemblies from a auto recycler. 
38740 mi

C $437
Anti Sway Bar Link broken, replaced 
47420 mi

C $197
Right sway bar link broken, left had play 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

65600 mi

US $68
replaced idler arm right 
88269 mi

US $76
Replaced idler arm left  
46000 mi

US $300
Stabilizer links 
83700 mi

US $260
rear wheel bearing 
177000 mi

US $400
Wheel hub replacement 
107000 mi

US $1500
Rack and Pinion seal went bad. Replaced entire system. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

99000 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump needs to be replaced 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

133000 mi Bad wheel bearing. Replaced front struts. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

73000 mi

US $61
Rear stabilizer bushings are going to be replaced 
73000 mi

US $65
Rear stabilizer bushing were worn and were replaced. Two exhaust hangers were also repaired at the same time. 
82000 mi Replaced the left front ball joint. 
30944 mi

C $326
Right front strut was leaking - replaced. also, good deal on new tires. no cost- warrenty. 
131000 mi

US $770
Replaced left wheel bearing, did brakes & re-aligned. 
104000 mi Front sway bar end links replaced 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

88000 mi

US $325
replace front wheel bearing; loud grinding noise from front end identified problem 
129000 mi

US $700
Replaced leaking steering rack with new unit 
61000 mi

US $300
Two rear self-leveling struts needed replacement. Replaced with Monroe regular struts. 
89900 mi Front struts and rear shocks had to be replaced. All four tires replaced due to cupping from worn shocks. 
81000 mi

US $840
Both rear wheel bearings were beginning to make noise and were replaced prior to failure as preventive maintenance. 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

75020 mi

C $645
Suspension: Left Front End Link seized. Engine: Fan belts. 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

56000 mi

US $600
Replaced failing power steering pump. 
57000 mi Completed repair of an earlier power steering pump failure. Multiple flushings of fluid and second replacement of pump. 
81620 mi

C $100
Replace worn sway bar end links . 
65720 mi LR Wheel bearing went noisy - rusty at investigation 
86000 mi

US $1200
Worn power steering pump and rack and pinion. Fixed issue. 
151000 mi

US $1725
needs steering boots 
99700 mi

US $155
rear wheel bearing 
109700 mi

A $500
Rear shock absorber leaking, needed replacement. 
54300 mi Droning sound from passenger side, peaking at 30 mph and again at 50 mph. Dealer replaced right-rear wheel bearing. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 5-speed manual AWD

45260 mi

C $400
Ball joint was found to be damaged due to wear during a brake replacement job. This was replaced during the brake service 
71300 mi

C $4000
End link failure. Upgraded parts as replacement. 
125000 mi

US $3200
replaced front and rear struts as front struts were shot and rear had enough wear to need replacing in future. 
73000 mi

US $1000
Replaced springs and struts, struts still functional but showing signs of looming failure, springs replaced to improve handling. 
100000 mi

US $70
Sway Bar Endlink was clunking. replaced both with MOOG joints. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

66000 mi

US $700
Deteriorated handling over last 5000 miles. Went to aftermarket upgraded struts and mounts 
79700 mi

US $189
Slight rattle in front suspension so had the sway bar link ends replaced, problem solved. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

190500 mi

US $790
Strut was broken and others weak. Replaced all struts. 
126300 mi

US $289
Suspension noise, front stabilizer links were bad 
185000 mi

US $450
replaced 2 rear sway bar links 
197000 mi

US $1100
steering rack replaced with remanufactured had all four shocks/struts replaced 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

67000 mi

US $606
Replaced driver's side rear wheel bearing. 
132000 mi

US $100
Both end links broken. Replaced with no name brand. 
73500 mi

US $435
Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
88000 mi

US $3700
both rear struts replaced 
67000 mi

US $550
Wheel Bearings on Driver rear side failed 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

61780 mi

$1800
Front wheel bearings replaced 
62000 mi Front ball joints replaced 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4-door

2-cylinder automatic AWD

85000 mi

US $500
Suspension was off and the stabilizer sway bar link was broken on the right side. Suspension still a little off - seems to drag something when I go over a speed bump or small incline. Mechanic said its likely due to suspension - pot holes 

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2004 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

121000 mi

US $180
Worn suspension link. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 5-speed manual AWD

90000 mi Driver's side rear wheel bearing failed. Sourced entire replacement hub from local salvage and performed the repair myself. Dealer quoted $375 to replace the bearing. 
87300 mi

US $150
Ball joints and one tie rod replaced 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

56000 mi

US $200
Front sway bar bushing was bad. 
63800 mi Front left wheel bearing, covered by extended warranty. 
144300 mi

US $200
inner front tires are wearing out faster than proper, likely worn out suspension part problem? need to investigate fully, will report situation investigation results next quarter, not bad for vehicle with 130k+ miles 
161000 mi replaced both front sway bar links, for ease of replacement buy units with wrench flats or use a thin vice grip wrench to hold shaft from turning while tightening the fastener nuts, steering felt tighter after replacement 
97000 mi

US $370
Rear wheel bearing was noisy. Replaced wheel bearing. 
144000 mi

US $630
Rear wheel bearings started getting noisy around 141k miles. Both rear bearings were replaced. 
185000 mi

US $484
Left rear wheel bearing was beginning to make noise. Shop installed new wheel bearing, bearing seals, and axle nut. 
194700 mi

US $393
Steering feel became loose and wobbly over time. Took vehicle to Subaru specialist for replacement of worn inner and outer tie rods, boots and ball joints. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

118420 mi

C $550
Suspension bushing rear stabilizer Rear Right bearing Suspension end links 
80600 mi

C $300
rear wheel bearing 
99000 mi

US $900
Wheel bearing wore out 
151000 mi rear strut, rear brake pad set, rear rotor, rear sway bar links, air filter, trans/dif. gear oil. 
107000 mi

US $580
Rear Wheel Bearing replaced. was grinding pretty badly 
137000 mi

US $50
Front ball joint replacement 
135500 mi

US $80
Replace rear wheel bearing 
158700 mi Ball Joint replacement 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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. 
69020 mi

C $500
Passenger side front sway bar link broken; sway bar links on both sides replaced. The steering had been feeling heavy, and I was told this was due to 'binding' of the transfer clutches. The transmission system was drained, flushed, refilled, and an additive used to prevent further binding. 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

144000 mi

US $1600
replaced both rear wheel bearings, rear struts and strut mounts 
173000 mi

US $450
Replaced stabilizer bars, old ones worn, causing suspension to make a knocking noise when going over bumps.  
120280 mi

A $15
Grinding noise from power steering pump. Drained and replaced power steering fluid. 
122760 mi

A $900
Steering rack was leaking fluid. Rack was replaced with a reconditioned one. 
146320 mi Left-rear wheel bearing had been noisy for some time. Shop replaced it with a new one, but since the driveshaft had seized into the old one, a replacement driveshaft (second hand) was required also. 
148180 mi

A $1700
Left rear wheel bearing that was replaced in August had become noisy again. Shop determined that it, as well as the (original) right bearing had failed and the hubs were also heat damaged. Bearings, hub as well as seals etc were replaced. 
313500 mi

US $930
rear wheel bearings + belt tensioner 
316000 mi

US $1100
Rear struts replaced 
154000 mi

US $250
Replaced front struts and mounts 
121000 mi

US $1000
Replaced failing rear bearings. Also got new front brakes. 
152000 mi

US $1000
replace both front-end sway bar end links, replace ball joint cylinder 
58000 mi Left rear wheel bearing replacement. Covered under warranty. 
149000 mi

US $200
Front Tie rods replaced, 1 broke, 1 worn 
171000 mi

US $300
REAR driver shock leaking & no longer any bounce. Rear passenger side replaced as well.  
207000 mi

US $284
rear driver wheel bearing bad, making very loud noise. replacement 7 hrs long.  

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

100000 mi

US $2500
Leaking struts replaced 
160300 mi

US $450
Rear strut has developed thumps and rattle. Strut piston rod is binding inside strut body. This is a common Subaru problem with no permanent resolution. 
161000 mi

US $630
Noticed steering rack was leaking fluid when car went in for state inspection. Entire steering rack and tie-rod assembly had to be replaced. 
180000 mi

US $1000
Ball joint in front axle replaced. 
173300 mi

US $100
Leaking front drivers strut. Failed inspection. Brought it home, ordered the strut, fixed it 04/04. 
174000 mi

US $35
removed used rear struts from a junkyard, replaced both rears but only one was leaky. Now I have one spare (inspector said both were wet but passable- trusted his word - only one was wet) 
99000 mi

US $650
Needed new Power steering pump 
62000 mi

US $180
Suspension issue. I don't recall what the part that was replaced is called. 
73000 mi

US $63
Power steering belt loose Stabilizer linkage loose 
75000 mi

US $245
Sway bar linkage replaced 
112300 mi

US $350
Rack beginning to fail; needs replacement 
127000 mi

US $940
Replacement of steering rack 
129300 mi

US $498
Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing and hub 
58400 mi

US $3000
Suspension arm broken 
68000 mi

US $2000
Passenger side drive link and frame rusted through. 
160000 mi

US $700
Replaced all struts & then paid for a 4 wheel alignment 

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2002 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

96100 mi

$200
Replaced RHS front strut linkage due to clunking noise over bumps and some 'looseness' in steering (LHS replaced about 10,000km earlier). 

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2002 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

144300 mi

US $75
left rear strut spring perch had partially collapsed, apparently in part due to rust. I replaced the strut. I also replace other parts that had not failed, but only listed the cost for the strut, which was the only failed part. 
155000 mi

US $420
Replaced right front wheel bearing 
173300 mi

US $500
Right front wheel bearing needed replacement 
138000 mi

US $20
Rubber bushing became old & brittle and broke off. Replaced rubber rubber bushing and bolt. $30. 
179000 mi

US $2150
Replace rear wheel bearings, rear ABS sensors, also rotors and pads Rear suspension link replaced 

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2002 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

108000 mi

US $600
Front driver side leaking clear odorless grease, needs replacement. The tech at the dealership suggested that I leave it alone for now.  
111000 mi Front driver side leaking clear odorless grease. Almost certainly a control arm bushing. Forum thread suggests it's a common problem: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2247387 
226700 mi

US $125
Rear Wheel bearings replaced 

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2001 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

108500 mi All 4 struts were leaked out. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

92000 mi

US $120
Forester orig rear wheel bearings are weak. Inde shop replaced them 11 months and 4900 miles ago, now howling again. Shop would not replace for free, so I will do it myself. Halted work to buy more parts/tools due to frozen lat link bolt to bushing. 
92000 mi I tightened power steering belt since it was squealing in cold weather. Easily done yourself in driveway. 
114000 mi

US $90
Driver's side rear wheel bearing was growling again for the last 6 months, so I replaced it. Since this same bearing was replaced 3 years ago, I now wonder if maybe the knuckle is damaged and that caused the bearing to fail. We will see. 
121000 mi

US $275
A year and 7k miles later, my driver side rear wheel bearing failed again. Maybe a warped bearing housing knuckle? Mechanic said no, let him try a better bearing with good grease. We will see in a year if he is right! 
188200 mi

US $600
Replaced left rear wheel bearing  
213000 mi Needs front suspension parts, struts and shocks,  

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

117000 mi

US $267
Repair inner tie rod end and boot 
154700 mi

US $172
During a routine inspection, it was discovered that the tie-rod end was loose and need to be replace. Repair was done. 
185000 mi

US $880
Right rear wheel bearing worn and replaced. 
60000 mi

US $300
Rear wheel bearings replaced. 
184000 mi

US $300
Replaced struts 
222000 mi

US $450
Right rear wheel bearing went bad. Hub/Bearing,  
115000 mi

US $420
Left rear wheel bearing replacement. The same bearing had been replaced at 35K miles. 
120000 mi

US $3900
left rear wheel bearing was faulty fix from 9 months ago, right rear wheel bearing was new problem. Backing plates for rear brakes were completely rusted away. 
138000 mi wheel bearings worn out within a year of being replaced. rear control arm bushings worn out 
158300 mi

US $15
Let rear tie rod end bushing failed and needed to be replaced. 
211000 mi

US $680
Both rear wheel bearings were replaced. The last set lasted about 60k miles. 
128000 mi

US $400
Rear wheel bearings. 
159000 mi

US $595
Loud grinding noise when driving with drop in gas mileage. Right front wheel bearing failed and was replaced. Changed oil while in in shop for the repair 
181000 mi

US $2795
Both rear wheel bearings were making noise and were replaced. Four wheel alignment performed as rear links were cut. 
215500 mi

US $2020
Lower ball joint right casusing vibration & shaking excessive play. Replaced right & left lower ball joints 
96000 mi

US $200
Wheel was severely out of alignment, a bolt in the suspension was missing, replaced. 
194500 mi

US $600
Replaced tie rod end and 4 struts. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

52700 mi

$12000
Changed shocks 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

133000 mi

US $950
wheel bearing right passenger side rear needed replacement. 

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1999 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

155000 mi

US $100
replaced rear strut. 

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1999 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

214000 mi

US $658
The rear wheel bearing went out. I had it replaced, which ended up being quite a job, apparently. 
173700 mi

US $250
New front stabilizer 

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1998 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

112220 mi

€450
and right rear wheel bearing 
125000 mi

US $250
rear wheel bearings noise, replace with new L/R side 
232300 mi

US $88
Lose inner tie-rod replaced, plus both steering boots 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

140300 mi

US $1000
steering rack boots 

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