9 1 9 0 1

Follow TrueDelta

TrueDelta at Facebook TrueDelta at Google+ TrueDelta at Twitter

Subaru Forester Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

1202 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Subaru Forester. 171 of these members (14.2%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 129 suspension and steering repairs to Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Subaru Forester problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

41% of the Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1073 repairs.

Subaru Forester suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the Subaru Forester suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 144 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Subaru Forester Suspension and Steering problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 119000    
121000 180 Worn suspension link. 
 

Return to top

2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 53000    
56000 200 Front sway bar bushing was bad. 
 

Return to top

2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 143000    
145000 1600 replaced both rear wheel bearings, rear struts and strut mounts 
173000 450 Replaced stabilizer bars, old ones worn, causing suspension to make a knocking noise when going over bumps.  
 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
200 Front Tie rods replaced, 1 broke, 1 worn 
171000 300 REAR driver shock leaking & no longer any bounce. Rear passenger side replaced as well.  
207000 284 rear driver wheel bearing bad, making very loud noise. replacement 7 hrs long.  
 

Return to top

2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 59000    
73000 63 Power steering belt loose Stabilizer linkage loose 
74800 245 Sway bar linkage replaced 
112300 350 Rack beginning to fail; needs replacement 
127000 940 Replacement of steering rack 
219000 498 Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing and hub 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 93000    
100000 2500 Leaking struts replaced 
 

Return to top

2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 91000    
92000 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 0 I tightened power steering belt since it was squealing in cold weather. Easily done yourself in driveway. 
114000 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 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! 
126000  

Return to top

2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 114000    
115000 420 Left rear wheel bearing replacement. The same bearing had been replaced at 35K miles. 
120000 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 0 wheel bearings worn out within a year of being replaced. rear control arm bushings worn out 
158300 15 Let rear tie rod end bushing failed and needed to be replaced. 
180000  
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 126000    
128000 400 Rear wheel bearings. 
 

Return to top

2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 129000    
133000 950 wheel bearing right passenger side rear needed replacement. 
 

Return to top