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2007 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 141 repairs.
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2007 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (39%)

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Chart based on 117 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2007 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru Forester in Indiana, United States
Mar 2017 - Jul 2018
Dec 2017

145000 mi

US $400
Solunoid Oil Leak 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2012
Jul 2010

36500 mi
Dashboard noise. It is intermittant and when I bring it to the dealer they can't hear it. I have been trying to fix it myself. It's better but not completely gone. Fixed dashboard squeak and replaced a headlight bulb 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2018
Apr 2016

99700 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump needs to be replaced Radiator burst 
Sep 2016

106000 mi

US $500
All 4 links had to be replaced. Front struts were replaced 
Dec 2016

108000 mi
Fuels leaking over intake manifold. Estimate $500 
Mar 2017

112000 mi

US $200
fuel injector needed to be replaced. - misfire in the cylinder Shifter bushing were replaced 
May 2017

113000 mi

US $1500
Working on Heads. Replaced valves Clutch seized Timing belt wore off. Original repair done by Northeast Motors in New Hampshire. They replaced timing belt and overtightened a guide. It chew through the belt. 
Jul 2017

113000 mi

US $400
Rear sway bar rusted through 
Dec 2017

117000 mi
Fuel is leaking under the intake manifold 
Feb 2018

118000 mi

US $550
Replaced all the fuel hoses. They were still leaking 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2017
Dec 2010

38000 mi

US $730
Two cracked plastic "roll-over" vent valves on top of fuel tank were replaced. 
Jul 2012

60000 mi

US $600
A rubber transmission mount was collapsed causing misalignment between the engine and transmission. 
Feb 2014

79000 mi

US $65
The auto dimming mirror was very wobbly/loose on its mount to windshield. Dealer said mirror mount was stripped and replaced the mount that attaches the mirror to the base glued to the windshield. 
Sep 2015

99000 mi

US $113
A washer limiting the motion of the parking brake was improperly seated after having rear brakes replaced 3 months ago. Washer shifted causing parking brake to engage and I was unable to release with lever. 
Apr 2016

107300 mi

US $250
Engine misfiring caused by valves out of adjustment. Dealer recommends valve job (valves require parts replacement to adjust, not simple mechanical screw adjustment) at cost of $4700. Car has manual transmission with Hill Holder feature on clutch. Intermittent unable to move car, forward or backward. Dealer said e-brake too tight and loosened brake cable. Repair unsuccessful. Car back in shop in April, bad master cyl? Engine misfiring. Dealer did fuel injection and throttle body cleaning and replaced spark plugs to correct. Help some, but still some misfire. Said valves needed adjustment or valve job. Hill holder valve intermittent sticking causing brakes to lock up after stopping. Hill holder valve replaced. Credit was given for e-brake adjustment charge on previous visit. E-brake also PROPERLY adjusted. 
May 2016

108400 mi

US $500
Check Engine light on/reset by owner/Check Engine light again activated 200 miles later. OBDII indicated "Bank 1 Lean". Dealer wanted to adjust valves at cost of $4500.00. Declined. 
Jul 2016

109700 mi

US $111
I replaced Mass Airflow Sensor yesterday (7/6/2016) after researching problem on internet. Replacement took two minutes. Initial drive OK. Have 600 mile trip this weekend to verify if problem corrected. 
Sep 2016

112000 mi

US $350
Replace radiator due to leak between plastic tank and aluminum core. Also replaced both cooling system pressure caps and upper and lower radiator hoses. 
Nov 2016

113700 mi

US $350
Check Engine lite came on. OBDII kept setting Misfire cyl #4 code. Car would randomly have mild to severe misfire and then return to normal after setting code. Replaced coil and spark plug for cyl #4. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Great Britain
May 2017 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

66000 mi

Rear self levelling shock absorbers sagging and leaking oil (MOT advisory). Replaced with Pedders EZ fit kit. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2013
Feb 2013

133000 mi
Bad wheel bearing. Replaced front struts. Check Engine light for Secondary Air Injector valve stuck closed. Front CV joint noise. 
Jun 2013

143000 mi

US $580
Bad alternator and battery. Battery would not hold charge and alternator was not providing current. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

88000 mi

US $98
Oil sensor leaks and velve cover gaskets leaks 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2016
Jul 2009

30944 mi

C $326
burning smell in car -burnt and melted blower fan motor connector. Connector replaced, melted again and required new motor and wiring. Subaru Canada refused any compensation or aid. totally PO'D with them. Right front strut was leaking - replaced. also, good deal on new tires. no cost- warrenty. 
May 2014

102920 mi
originally, #2 cylinder misfiring - diagnosis - spark plugs and leads replaced. timing belt badly cracked and replaced. After this we took it to a Subaru dealer for a 168,000 Km checkover - head gasket replaced,$2,500.00 rear wheel brgs. 
Oct 2014

107660 mi

C $1138
regular 6000Km service,plus all 4 brake pads/rotors,2 front brake discs, rear cylinder leaking, brake fluid flush. 10% off parts and labour. 
Jan 2015

110440 mi

C $1160
Clutch seized - throw bearing fried, clutch totally worn (first clutch replacement @176Km) 
May 2015

114080 mi

C $180
first warm day, a/c not working - discharged coolant, couldn't find leak- recharged coolant with a dye. Next time they will know where the leak is. 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Nov 2017
Dec 2011

90000 mi

US $232
Valve cover gaskets replace due to oil leak. 
Dec 2013

104000 mi
Front sway bar end links replaced 
Subaru Forester in Maine, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2015
Jun 2011

73000 mi

US $61
Rear stabilizer bushings are going to be replaced 
Jul 2011

73000 mi

US $65
Rear stabilizer bushing were worn and were replaced. Two exhaust hangers were also repaired at the same time. 
Dec 2012

82000 mi
Replaced the variable valve lift oil pressure switch on the right bank of the engine. When the part failed it triggered the check engine light and caused an oil leak. Replaced the left front ball joint. 
Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Mar 2011 - Oct 2015
Feb 2014

124300 mi

US $3000
Headgasket failure. 
May 2015

167000 mi

US $65
Driver window switch became balky. 
Oct 2015

177000 mi

US $2100
The high beams would not shut off when switched from the stalk while moving. Required a shut down of the car to turn them off. Replaced high beam relay. Catastrophic transmission failure. Required replacement in full. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
- Sep 2007
Sep 2007

21700 mi

C $14
Oil Change. Adjust hill holder. Complaint of jerking at light load light throttle condition. Probably just a trait of this vehicle. 
Subaru Forester in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2014
Oct 2007

12000 mi
Defective radiator cap allowed pressure to escape and caused car to drive too hot. Dealer says this is a problem w/ the new caps. 
May 2008

18600 mi
Same repair as previously. Defective radiator cap cause car to drive too hot. Again replaced cap. Car still under warranty. 
Jan 2009

29000 mi
Radiator cap: antifreeze accumulates under it & causes system to overheat. 3rd radiator cap on this car. 
Jun 2009

35000 mi
Window screech while being put up or down. Dealer says problem is stabilizer bars. Parts ordered. 
Aug 2009

36000 mi
Windows screeched going up or down. Dealer replaced stabilizer bars under warranty. 
Feb 2011

71000 mi

US $81
Same old problem: for the 4th time the radiator cap malfunctioned, coolant was lost & the car started to heat up. 
Sep 2012

109000 mi

US $1800
Master bearing of clutch went out; clutch replaced. Timing belt replaced, $1200 of total. Battery replaced. 
Mar 2013

117000 mi
Catalytic convertor needs replacing. Cost would be $1100. Did not do this repair. 
Nov 2013

131000 mi

US $800
Replaced left wheel bearing, did brakes & re-aligned. Catalytic convertors replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Dec 2008 - Nov 2015
Jun 2009

30000 mi

US $50
oil leak, missing crush ring, owner changed oil and did not replace. noticed leak and smoke at a rest stop. little oil actually lost 
Nov 2015

86000 mi
Took car in for timing belt replacement, and mechanic reported blown head gasket 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

212000 mi

US $250
muffler and tail pipe replaced 
Dec 2017

213000 mi

US $100
Replace drivers side window gusset 
Jun 2018

225000 mi

US $900
left front axle Drive shaft replaced because of worn universal joint 
Subaru Forester in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2016 - Dec 2017
Nov 2017

115000 mi

US $650
Small evaporative leak - diagnosed but would not be able to access leak without removing fuel tank. Declined repair. Fell victim to the dreaded Subaru Head Gasket Leak! Estimate for repair plus timing belt and water pump came to ~$3100. Coupled with other high labor cost repairs that I would need to make within the year, I decided to trade the car in and get a newer vehicle. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2018
Apr 2014

90000 mi
Cadalydic converter 
Jun 2014

90000 mi
Cadalydic converter 
Jan 2015

200000 mi

US $1400
The over head cam was repaired. At that time we also replaced all belts, water pump, spark plugs because it seamed like a good idea . Wheel bearing and a ball joint. Both front control arms 
May 2016

256000 mi

US $150
Exhaust , muffler 
Oct 2016

140000 mi
Cadalydic converter 
Jun 2017

230000 mi

US $600
I’m not sure 
May 2018

256000 mi

US $1000
Cadalydic converter 
Jul 2018

260000 mi

US $175
Pulsing in the steering wheel. Vibration in the pedal. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
- May 2011
May 2011

69782 mi
Computer / tranny 
Subaru Forester in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

89900 mi
Front struts and rear shocks had to be replaced. All four tires replaced due to cupping from worn shocks. 
Aug 2016

99100 mi

C $400
Driver's side rear fender rust repair and paint. 
Jul 2017

120900 mi

C $586
Replaced both front cv boots, oil change, filter and inspection of brakes. Rotate tires 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2017 - Jul 2018
Sep 2017

121520 mi

C $200
Fuel pump and filter 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Feb 2014 - Aug 2017
Nov 2014

45000 mi

US $300
The muffler and pipe are replaced 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

129000 mi

US $119
Hard starting lead to death of battery. Replaced with larger capacity NAPA Legend. Lots of CCAs. 
Sep 2016

136000 mi

US $809
Pass. side caliper stuck, causing brake pad to wear out quickly. Both calipers, rotors and pads replaced in the front. 
Apr 2017

141262 mi

US $28
Leaking spark plug seals and valve cover gasket. Replaced affected seals 
Feb 2018

148500 mi

US $685
Leaking front camshaft seals, seals were replaced, timing belt and associated parts + neighboring seals inspected. 
Subaru Forester in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

161000 mi
Transmission cooling line failed 
Jun 2016

179000 mi
Oil pressure sensors leaking 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2018
Feb 2014

29200 mi

US $705
Check engine light came on and cruise control light flashed at same time while driving.Replaced Evaporative Emissions Canister. BG fuel induction service. Smoke Test found crack in canister. Adaptive relearn procedure. 
Apr 2016

33000 mi
This trip was to shut off the engine light and reset the cruise control, which keeps tripping, for an unknown reason. 
Jun 2016

33000 mi

US $700
Cracked roll valves. All replaced. 
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2016

64900 mi
RF outer axle boot damaged/leaking at pre-purchase inspection. Dealer replaced ABS light on. No codes found. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2012
Jun 2011

61000 mi

US $300
Two rear self-leveling struts needed replacement. Replaced with Monroe regular struts. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2012
Dec 2009

37000 mi
cracked hose on fuel vapor recovery system was cause of check engine light. Dealer had suggested replacing gas cap first. 
Subaru Forester in Nevada, United States
Apr 2009 - Jul 2010
Sep 2009

30000 mi
Moonroof not closing properly. Had to order more parts. 
Oct 2009

31000 mi
Moonroof malfunction 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2011
Dec 2010

67000 mi
Check engine light with cruise light flashing. Diagnosed as cat converter fault. Replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2008 - Jun 2009
Jan 2009

38440 mi
Transmission replaced in August. This was for a trans oil leak from the job. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2015
Apr 2011

60000 mi

US $214
automatic transmission shift cable replaced 
Sep 2012

76000 mi

US $400
wife's car. Complained about muffler noise and smell of something heating up. Local shop found braces attached to muffler system worn out and small oil leak causing the smell of overheating 
May 2013

88000 mi

US $325
replace front wheel bearing; loud grinding noise from front end identified problem 
Jul 2013

90700 mi

US $458
check engine lite on; car shaking when driven; ignition coil misfired and damaged; replaced; wires replaced; valve cover gasket leaking; soaked ignition wires; replace wires and change plugs and valve cover gaskets 
Apr 2014

102300 mi

US $2721
replace both cylinder head gaskets left cylinder head oil sending unit  plus new battery, replace read window wiper motor, front window switch assorted parts 
Jan 2015

101000 mi

US $400
front caliper seized up; front pads down to nothing; dangerous to drive; fix problem, new pads etc. rear pads OK 
Jun 2015

106000 mi

US $200
car being given to step-daughter who is moving to Arizona; car was basically checked out to insure safety etc for trip across country; nothing significant in the way of repairs; tires are almost new; brake pads replaced; signs of rust note. 
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2014
Apr 2012

31000 mi

US $80
Replaced leaking rear brake cylinder. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2013
Jul 2009

38000 mi
Lock on driver's door stopped responding to remote. It could be locked manually. Actuator was replaced in driver's door. 
Sep 2011

73000 mi

US $100
Car would not shift out of park. Brake light sensor was replaced. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jul 2018
Mar 2013

120000 mi

US $55
Break light switch went intermittent, which prevented transmission from shifting out of park. 
Oct 2013

126500 mi

US $60
Replace leaking valve cover gaskets, adjusted valve clearance 
Jan 2014

129000 mi

US $150
Replaced leaking steering rack with new unit Leaking Radiator replaced 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2018
Jun 2012

59000 mi

US $100
Three rattles were repaired. One was in the moonroof track, the second was a loose suspension bracket, and the other was in the rear folding seat latch. 
Sep 2012

64000 mi

US $724
Evap emissions system fault (check engine light). Gas tank vent valve replaced. 
Dec 2014

81000 mi

US $840
Both rear wheel bearings were beginning to make noise and were replaced prior to failure as preventive maintenance. 
Subaru Forester in Victoria, Australia
Feb 2016 - Sep 2018
Feb 2017

93000 mi

A $280
Broken driveshaft replaced 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2013
Oct 2013

66000 mi

US $477
Catalytic converter failed and car begin throwing codes. Subaru wants TWELVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for a replacement catalytic converter! On recommendation of mechanic went with 3rd party cat and car just not driving well now. F'in great. 
Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2017
Jan 2012

66000 mi

US $15
Both low beams failed one after the other. We keep low beams on at all times so this factors in. Both high beams usable till low beams repaired. Repaired withing two days. 
Sep 2015

127000 mi

US $4000
crack in head and broken valve guide all in area of cylinder #4. Car broke down on highway with no warning. Car never overheated and never run without oil changes and scheduled maintenance etc. 
Subaru Forester in Nebraska, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2013
Oct 2011

69000 mi
Check engine light came on. Mechanic cleared codes at no charge. Problem has not recurred. 
Feb 2013

77100 mi

US $450
O2 sensor replaced 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Sep 2013
Nov 2010

48360 mi
head light bulb and front light on the left side 
Aug 2011

57020 mi

C $1000
needed higher quality engine oil< triggered sensor to show low presssure 
Sep 2013

70060 mi

C $759
Alternator failed to charge, replaced Battery too 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

50000 mi
replaced ecm and fuel pump 
Subaru Forester in Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 2011 - Nov 2018
Jan 2012

C $600
misfire on 4th cylinder, replaced wires and ignition module 
Feb 2014

66340 mi

C $380
replaced driver window motor. dirty/seized. all exhaust heat shield bolts loose. two shields had fallen off a month ago. rattle solved by removing other four shields 
Mar 2016

87420 mi

C $450
front pipe and gaskets 
Dec 2017

108871 mi

C $4179
head gaskets leaking coolant into engine and onto ground also front brake pads and rotors 
Jan 2018

109740 mi

C $260
new muffler 
Jun 2018

114700 mi

C $380
Right rear wheel bearing changed without removing hub from vehicle 

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