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2006 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (49%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 93 repairs.
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2006 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (34%)

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Chart based on 86 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru Forester in India
Feb 2010 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

80600 mi
Suspension, noise, power windows 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Apr 2011 - Jul 2018
May 2011

89000 mi
Throwout bearing failure 
Jul 2018

161000 mi

US $1600
Head gasket 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Oct 2015
Nov 2012

63000 mi

C $900
OBD error running rich and secondary injection system failed. replace MAF sensor and Smog air pump 
May 2015

80600 mi
replace front calipers. Replace all rotors and pad 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
Dec 2012

122000 mi
Valve cover gasket found to be leaking Extension housing of transmission is leaking slightly. 
Feb 2013

124200 mi

US $20
replaced belt for alternator/power steering pump 
Mar 2014

133000 mi

US $800
radiator leaking at the seams, overheating. required immediate replacement, although I got it to the shop using a couple of tricks. 
Oct 2014

138800 mi

US $20
wheel well plastic guard came off and the tires rubbed through it. required replacement - about $20 part online and 30 minute self-repair 
Nov 2015

151100 mi

US $35
Cv joint boot torn, joint about to fail 
Mar 2016

154000 mi

US $1200
full reseal job - leaking everywhere. Will need new clutch in 10K. Sold. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2010 - Aug 2015
Jan 2011

48980 mi

C $250
Driver-side HID Headlight ballast no longer. Repaired under extended Manufacturer's Warranty. The HID light on the other is not flickering. 
Dec 2011

57660 mi

C $1937
Overhaul / Replace Clutch, Pressure Plate, Throw-out bearing, flush clutch hydrologics and Gear box 
Feb 2013

68700 mi

C $500
Secondary Air Valve (RH) 
Aug 2013

71920 mi

C $130
The HID bulb on the Driver side failed 
Feb 2014

75020 mi

C $645
Suspension: Left Front End Link seized. Engine: Fan belts. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2009 - May 2016
May 2010

98580 mi
Heated seat repaired. 
Jan 2012

164300 mi

C $700
Turbo oil line leak - 8 hours of labour to change a $74.00 pipe 
Sep 2013

183520 mi

C $6000
head gasket - rebuilt engine 
Jul 2014

196100 mi

C $900
Secondary air pump valves crapped out 
Jun 2015

213900 mi

C $500
AC pulley bearing seized, damaged timing belt cover 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in California, United States
May 2014 - Jan 2015
May 2014

58000 mi

US $176
Secondary emission control problem . Check engine light on. 
Jun 2014

59000 mi

US $2200
Check engine light on. Replacement of pump and associated air valves. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
Feb 2016

135780 mi

C $550
Radiator seam cracked at top, was able to limp to shop. 
Dec 2016

153140 mi

C $180
Misfiring on cylinder 2, bad coil pack. 
Mar 2018

172360 mi

C $350
Alternator replaced 
Subaru Forester in South Africa
Apr 2011 - Jan 2014
Jan 2013

89900 mi

R 4000
Replaced pistons and rebored cylinders 
Subaru Forester in Singapore
Mar 2016 - Sep 2017
Sep 2016

91760 mi

Replaced cam cover gasket 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2014
Mar 2013

98000 mi

US $1550
Throw out bearing wore out. Grinding noise and gripping problem, no evident problem the day before. Repair shop recommended new clutch as well as bearing due to mileage. 
Jun 2013

102000 mi

US $180
Nice cold air when turned on but cooling decreases over 20 minutes until only warm air. Required AC recharge with dye so future leaks (if there are any) can be located. Poor cooling continues and car is on its way back to repair shop. 
Sep 2013

106000 mi

US $25
We need a new headlight every few months. No one can figure out why. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

91000 mi
Continual P420 Low catalytic efficiency code. 
Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2007

30000 mi
Engine goes in 'safe mode' (results in loss of power) apparently due to a disagreement of the throttle and gas pedal encoders in the drive-by-wire system. Same exact symptoms as 2 years ago; back then the CPU board was changed but apparently did not reso 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

65000 mi

US $2500
transmission had to be replaced 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jun 2011 - May 2012
May 2012

195000 mi

US $100
Bad MAF sensor 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

25000 mi
Flush & replace transmission fluid. Car was making a noise such as riding on a rumble strip when it shifted into 3rd & 4th gear. Seems to have stopped. 
Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

86000 mi

US $1200
Worn power steering pump and rack and pinion. Fixed issue. 
May 2015

93400 mi

US $100
Minor vapor leak. Re-set fault. Happened again. New has cap installed in January. Still problematic. 
Oct 2015

97000 mi

US $1477
105 month timing belt change and small oil leak from head gasket repaired. Price is misleading as it is a 10 hr job for the oil leak and timing belt change was preventative/scheduled maintenance and comes off for the repair anyway. 
Jan 2017

114000 mi

US $520
New tires from misalignment, adjusted alignment, and brake adjustment. 
Mar 2017

118000 mi

US $150
Brake adjustment required after faulty maintenance at previous repair visit. 
Jun 2017

122000 mi

US $975
The car has had a minor vapor leak for some time and finally got it diagnosed and repaired - required dropping the fuel tank to access the part that was bad (I don't recall what it was). Radiator replaced because of crack found during pressure check after replacing part for vapor leak. 
Subaru Forester in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2017

154000 mi
Diagnosed oil leak from engine to be leaking oil drain plug. Replaced with Fumoto F-105N Engine Oil Drain Valve which has resolved that leak. Additional oil leak from the valve covers not resolved due to amount of work needed to repair that on this type of engine. 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

71000 mi

US $3500
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
- Jul 2007
Jan 2007

10000 mi
Faulty fuel pump replaced under warranty. The pump was making excessive whine. Dealer determined pump should be replaced. I still think the new pump is a little noisy. 
Jul 2007

15000 mi
Stock radio (single-CD player) replaced after it completely died. Replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Sep 2016 - Nov 2017
Nov 2016

135700 mi

US $1500
Head gasket replacement 9/2016, didn't tighten screw for timing belt. Belt came loose and had to replace valves with new ones. 
Sep 2017

147000 mi

US $130
New thermostat, probably unnecessary. Need a new head gasket just over a year after replacing it. 
Subaru Forester in Rhode Island, United States
Mar 2017 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

157000 mi

US $1000
Check engine light with Cylinder 4misfire. Could be rings or head gasket (again). Mechanic suggested new engine or sell it. I have already put 2 head gaskets in it. Decided to sell it currently shopping for a new vehicle. 
Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2013 - Oct 2015
Jul 2014

98800 mi

US $155
rear wheel bearing 
Jul 2015

117800 mi
OIL LEAK! This car has used inordinate amounts of oil from the beginning of my ownership. I have spent many hundreds of dollars having it checked and tuned up, at two different dealers (Napleton in Rockford IL and Dahl's in La Crosse WI). 
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

66000 mi

US $350
Air/fuel ratio sensor went bad. Replaced and reflashed ECU by dealer. Problem solved. 
Oct 2010

78000 mi

US $100
Outside temperature sensor not reading correctly 
Subaru Forester in New Zealand
Aug 2009 - Jun 2018
Sep 2009

65720 mi
LR Wheel bearing went noisy - rusty at investigation 
Mar 2010

71300 mi

exterior air temp sensor reading low 
Nov 2014

125280 mi

Drivers winder motor died. 
Mar 2018

171740 mi

Rocker cover gaskets 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2017
Dec 2014

56000 mi

US $600
Replaced failing power steering pump. 
Sep 2015

57000 mi
Completed repair of an earlier power steering pump failure. Multiple flushings of fluid and second replacement of pump. 
May 2017

61000 mi
Not exactly a repair, more like a diagnosis + wait and see. Slight leakage of oil AND coolant from one cylinder head. Engine has leaked coolant from new. Amount varies with season. Subaru dealer(s) always denied any problem. My independent guy says it's quite common with (older?) Subarus. Keep an eye on it! 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Jun 2018
May 2012

53700 mi
Droning sound from passenger side, peaking at 30 mph and again at 50 mph. Dealer replaced right-rear wheel bearing. 
Feb 2013

61660 mi
Hard 3-4 shifts in cold weather immediately after first start after overnight cold soak. Dealer diagnosed leaking seal in transmission and replaced unit under extended warranty. 
Nov 2017

102300 mi

C $300
rear pads & rotors; Strong Automotive broke the ABS sensor ring on RR wheel & replaced it @ no charge 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Aug 2010 - May 2013
Oct 2010

98000 mi

US $25
Check engine light and flashing cruise control light 
Mar 2012

130000 mi

US $60
poor gas mileage. clean the fuel injectors and changed motor oil and filters. 
Nov 2012

143100 mi
New Battery 
Subaru Forester in Kansas, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Apr 2012

68200 mi

US $500
Replaced oxygen sensor 
May 2018

101000 mi

US $40
A weld on the exhaust system had separated. Car was loud. A new weld was made and car sounds normal again. No functional issues with the repair. I also don't believe it was damage from driving, just from rust. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Mar 2015
Aug 2014

82120 mi

C $100
Replace worn sway bar end links . 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jan 2010 - Mar 2016
Feb 2010

56000 mi

US $250
I noticed no problems with the car myself, but the check engine light came on. The shop diagnosed a problem with the air intake temperature sensor. 
Aug 2011

70000 mi

US $650
A/C system developed a leak and lost all coolant. Put in a leak detector to isolate the source, repaired leaky seals, recharged. 
Jan 2013

US $2650
Smelled burning oil, turned out the gasket was leaking. The dealer replaced the timing belt, too, as it was getting worn and it has to be removed for the gasket job anyhow. 
Oct 2015

113500 mi
Car was overheating, turned out to require major transmission work. 
Dec 2015

116000 mi

US $2000
Not sure what the exact problem was but check engine light was flashing. 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

139300 mi

US $2200
valve job, head replaced with refurbished one cold air not lasting; recharging did not fix it hard to steer after valve job done; caused by need to move the power steering lines for the valve job; they haven't fixed it yet (probably will have to bleed it) 
Aug 2014

140100 mi
valves needed to be readjusted needed replacement steering pump (for the one they had just put in) 
Sep 2014

141000 mi

US $300
pump was overheating; still not very cold replaced AC compressor 
Sep 2015

143000 mi

US $84
battery died low voltage to oxygen sensor 
Subaru Forester in New South Wales, Australia
Dec 2011 - Jun 2016
Nov 2014

103200 mi

A $650
Drivers side window failure, window motor and switch assembly was replaced. 
Nov 2015

109600 mi

A $500
Rear shock absorber leaking, needed replacement. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Nov 2018
Dec 2013

69000 mi

US $150
Air/fuel ratio sensor 
Apr 2014

73800 mi

US $103
Upper radiator hose replaced 
Jun 2014

78000 mi

US $20
My rear hatch wouldn't unlock. First mechanic said needed a new hatch assembly, $350. Took it to the dealer, which found something loose that was jamming it. Unjammed it for $20. 
Aug 2016

107700 mi
I needed a new alternator. 
Nov 2016

130300 mi

US $195
there was a leak. there was a repair at oil filter/cooler housing. + new o-ring-s and clamp-n 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

Subaru Forester in Spain
Feb 2010 - Mar 2018
Dec 2010

43400 mi

The speedometer pinion crashed and I had to change it 

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