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Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

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

Other (4%)

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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.
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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 4-speed automatic AWD

56000 mi

US $200
Front sway bar bushing was bad. 

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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.  
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

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 
100000 mi

US $2500
Leaking struts replaced 

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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! 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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. 
128000 mi

US $400
Rear wheel bearings. 

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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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Subaru Forester Suspension Problems

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