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Subaru Forester Suspension Problems

1307 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Subaru Forester. 111 of these members (8.5%) have reported suspension repairs for their car. A total of 149 suspension repairs to Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1300 repairs.

Subaru Forester suspension repair cost distribution

Chart based on 165 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   Replaced stabilizer bars, old ones worn, causing suspension to make a knocking noise when going over bumps.  
149000 US $200 Front Tie rods replaced, 1 broke, 1 worn 
171000   REAR driver shock leaking & no longer any bounce. Rear passenger side replaced as well.  
207000   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   Sway bar linkage replaced 
112300   Rack beginning to fail; needs replacement 
127000   Replacement of steering rack 
129300   Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing and hub 
100000 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   I tightened power steering belt since it was squealing in cold weather. Easily done yourself in driveway. 
114000   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   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   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   wheel bearings worn out within a year of being replaced. rear control arm bushings worn out 
158300   Let rear tie rod end bushing failed and needed to be replaced. 
128000 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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