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2011 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (61%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (1%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

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

Other (5%)

Chart based on 150 repairs.
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2011 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (4%)

$100 - $499 (11%)

< $100 (81%)

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Chart based on 102 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Sep 2011

1000 mi
Check Engine Light on, Cruise control light flashing, traction control light on. Started at 1201 miles. Dealer flashed the ecu and reset the codes. Problem came back 2 times since then. Car is back in the shop for 2 days now. no updates 2nd time in the shop. dealer could not determine cause and reset the codes. 
Oct 2011

1000 mi
Car is still in the shop without an update. Been 5 days nows. Dealer is calling Subaru engineers to assist. They gave the car back to me. Apparently a fix is out now, but it is not signed off by the government. 
Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2017
Jun 2016

103000 mi

US $100
Cam shaft cover was leakng 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2013
Aug 2011

4700 mi
A/C button on control panel popped out and would not fully re-seat. System actually worked okay, just a bad button Exterior window trim on passenger's side front of rear cargo compartment window - horizontal cracks. Entire piece of glass to be replaced. Known issue - learned about it on forums. Paint damaged by fix, small area repainted by paint shop 
Aug 2012

16800 mi
TSB for rerouting wiring harness in area of rear seats. 
Jan 2013

10500 mi
Drivers side visor return spring failed. Dealer ordered and replaced visor. 
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

7000 mi
Back of power driver's seat does not hold its position, seat back declines on own when car is powered off. No issues while vehicle is running. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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

30000 mi
Leaking cam seal. Dealer replaced cam seal. 5 days in shop - at least there's no more oil leak... 
Dec 2013

41000 mi
High oil consumption - finished oil consumption test, clocked around 1200 miles/quart. Also in for loud engine noises, which were put off until after oil consumption test completed. Repairs to start next week 
Feb 2014

41000 mi
Engine block was replaced to fix the oil consumption issues. Still consumes oil (just not as much). Timing chain tensioner was replaced to fix the startup noises. After letting the car warm up, it is still very loud at 3K RPM, so that has not been fixed. Back to dealer... Engine block was replaced to fix the oil consumption issues. Timing chain tensioner was replaced to fix the startup noises. After letting the car warm up, it is still very loud at 3K RPM, so that has not been fixed. Back to dealer... 
Mar 2014

41000 mi
Oil leaking from passenger side cam carrier again. Also oil seepage from timing chain cover. Dealer replaced the driver's side cam intake sprocket to fix startup noise. Noise overall improved, oil leaks appear to be fixed. 
Apr 2014

41000 mi
After 500 miles, the engine is leaking oil from the cam carrier again. Subaru has agreed to repurchase due to car continuing to have problems and having been in shop for more than 30 business days in the last year. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2015
Dec 2012

12000 mi
excessive oil burning, 2 qts every 3k, backfire when AC is on, loud vibration when traction control kicks on in snowy conditions 
Apr 2014

49000 mi
Having new small block installed to fix oil consumption. This is covered under warranty. 
Dec 2014

60000 mi
Head gasket leak. Covered from small block replacement Car now, after 60000 miles finally runs great Better than ever Finally love my car 
Feb 2015

62000 mi

US $900
Clutch needed replacing after throw-out bearing failed. Subaru did discount the job 500.00 as I had other car issues in the past. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Sep 2014

22320 mi
Minor oil leak on right side cylinder head needed to be re-sealed. Required and overnight stay. Covered under power train warranty. 
May 2015

24800 mi
Engine oil leak at right side cam cradle. Requires pulling engine and replacing gaskets and or resealing. 
Subaru Forester in New Brunswick, Canada
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

86800 mi
Short block replacement due to high oil consumption. Cost totally covered by Subaru. 
Jun 2018

95480 mi

C $950
new A/C compressor and dryer 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Feb 2013

15700 mi
Fuel gauge reads incorrectly. Fuel gauge shows 3/4 tank after filling. A restart or 2 will correct this. But then gauge drop very quickly,dropping from full to 3/4 of a tank after 20 miles 
Jul 2013

19700 mi
fuel tank sending unit replaced fuel level sensor replaced 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

45000 mi
Early on it started having oil consumption issues; engine replaced at 32,000 miles; 10,000 miles later same problems again. Received $3,500 customer loyalty incentive, traded the car. 
Subaru Forester in Maine, United States
Jun 2014 - Oct 2014
Jun 2014

43000 mi
Vehicle started making a horrendous clapping noise. Upon towing to dealer it was determined that the engine block failed. Suspect oil consumption problem that has been reported. They never did tell me why it happened. Yay extended warranty! 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

52000 mi
The sunroof malfunctioned and was repaired under warranty. The glass part somehow hopped over the cloth part (underside) and thereafter was unable to close.  
Feb 2016

79000 mi

US $65
One of the wheel stud bolts was stripped so the tire nut would not come off, which prevented having the tires on the driver's from being rotated. 
May 2016

84000 mi

US $2100
Both cam carriers (or cages) were leaking oil and needed to be resealed. This required removing the engine, 
Sep 2016

85000 mi

US $60
This was the 3rd time that a wheel stud (where lug nuts screw on) failed, requiring replacement. Either I have a really bad dealer service (AutoNation) or Discount Tire shop or the metal in the studs is poor quality. Wish I knew which. 
Oct 2017

105000 mi

US $75
Replace rear view mirror mounting kit. Apparently, one of the screws got stripped somehow, possibly when the windshield was replaced. Don’t know that I can say this was caused by normal use. But what really made me angry is for the lack of the screw, the whole mount had to be replaced. Really, Subaru didn’t have a replacement screw?!? 
Jun 2018

108000 mi

US $470
Once again one of the wheel studs broke off in the lug nut when my tires were rotated at Discount Tire. Then when Subaru mechanic was taking that wheel off, another one broke! This is at least the 5th stud to break. Subaru aluminum alloy wheels from 2011 are junk. Front break rotors were resurfaced. The idle pulleys and belt tensioner needed replacement. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

140000 mi
threw a rod and blew the engine 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2015
Sep 2014

41000 mi

US $94
radio stopped playing ipod connected via USB port. It recognized the ipod, but would not play... 
Jan 2015 Replaced transmission with remanufactured transmission 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016
Sep 2016

98000 mi
Published oil consumption problem with 2011 Subaru Forester. Dealer replaced engine short block. 
Subaru Forester in Manitoba, Canada
Apr 2015 - Apr 2018
Jan 2018

C $45
Rear lift supports both crashed same day at -40 in Jan 2018. Bought replacements online for $45/ instead of $179 at dealer. 
Feb 2018

96100 mi

C $1300
Engine seal and oil sensor. Starting position required to commence official oil use monitoring process. Subaru had sent letter advising that some excessive oil consumption noticed in years including my car. Anything over 1 litre per 6000 km. My car's engine related warranty to be extended to 160k from 100k!!! My number came at about 2.4 ltr/6000 km I have a loaner 2018 Forester today while Subaru installs a new (rebuilt) short block, for free.  I have a rt. tie rod with alignment being done at same time $400.  
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Jan 2016 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

78000 mi

US $470
fuel/induction service power steering service 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Dec 2010 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

49000 mi

US $600
replace faulty oxygen sensor 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2017 - Mar 2018
Sep 2017

125000 mi

US $3500
replaced short block due to oil consumption 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

91000 mi

US $135
flushed brake fluid.. also oil and filter ghange 
Jul 2017

91000 mi

US $65
replaced rear pads 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

12700 mi
oil leaking from valve cover gasket. 
Nov 2012

13000 mi
valve cover gasket replaced (warranty) 
Dec 2012

13000 mi
valve cover gasket leaking engine still leaking oil 
Subaru Forester in Alabama, United States
Apr 2016 - May 2017
Jun 2016

46500 mi
short block replaced due to oil consumption problem 
Jan 2017

52600 mi
engine front cover leaking. replaced all necessary o rings and seals. replaced dipstick tube seal 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

123000 mi

US $17
Blown low beam headlamp bulb 
May 2018

151000 mi

US $150
AC not cooling. Recharged system Check engine light, O2 sensor 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Jan 2013

16000 mi

US $300
Engine started tapping sound and then lost power while driving on highway. Was towed to a dealer. It took 5 days for them to get it fixed. Have not pick it up yet since the dealer is 2 hours drive away from my home. 
Feb 2013

23000 mi
Check engine light is on. It camplained about bank 1. Dealer said upgraded software and reset check engine light. 
Mar 2013

27000 mi
Engine light is on again. Dealer said changed both down pipes. I was told there was a leak in intake. 
Subaru Forester in Arkansas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jan 2018
Nov 2011

4000 mi
Rattles and squeaks from the cargo hold. Dealer shop removed right trim and headliner. Two of the noises were lessened. One rattle still needs to be chased down. 
Jan 2012

15500 mi
Rattle in cargo hold. The technician took down passenger side trim and installed wedges between parts of the roof metal. I think that it worked this time. 
May 2012

9700 mi
Rear side drivers window working intermittently. 
Sep 2012

14000 mi
Rear drivers side window not working. Dealership lubricated track and pronounced it repaired. We shall see. 
Apr 2013

18800 mi
Rear power window out again. Fourth time in shop. Window motor to be replaced this time. Of course the part has to be ordered so a fifth time will be needed. 
May 2013

20000 mi
Replaced drivers side rear window motor. Fifth time in shop. We will see. 
Sep 2013

24000 mi
Rear driver's side window working intermittently. Now the front passenger window not working from the driver's door switch. Sixth time in shop for this problem. As normal' part must be ordered resulting in seventh trip. Power window master switch replaced. 
Apr 2014

28700 mi
Top windshield gasket came loose and flapped in wind. Re-attached. I will reglue with silicone if it comes loose again. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Jul 2011 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

31000 mi
Reprogrammed transmission to correct rough shifting during extreme cold. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Jul 2015
Dec 2013

35340 mi
Replaced battery under warrenty 
Feb 2015

49580 mi

C $350
horn alarm would not shut off had to replace some connection in steering column which had shorted out. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2014
Jun 2012

22000 mi

US $1
Needed a new bolt for the rear view mirror assembly. The mirror assembly kept on getting lose when driving over bumps. Had to replace the hex socket bolt.  
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Apr 2011 - Nov 2014
Nov 2013

21000 mi
Leaking Cam seals and head gaskets. leaky cam seals 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2015
Oct 2011

13700 mi
Left side timing chain tensioner replaced with revised part per TSB. Caused a loud knocking sound on cold start up since new. Issue resolved. 
Nov 2011

16000 mi
Previous replacement of timing chain tensioner. Dealer did not seal timing cover properly so it was leaking oil on to the exhaust. Brought back to dealer and they removed and resealed the timing cover. Seems to be fixed for now. 
Sep 2012

32000 mi
Engine and/or transmission hesitation when turning corners and accelerating. Doesn't respond for a couple seconds, then usually... 
Aug 2013

45000 mi
Oil leak on driver side cylinder head area. Dealer found leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced gasket. They found there was still an oil leak. Found cam "cap" was was cracked. Replaced cam cap. Brought car home and found it still leaking. Returned car to dealer due to continuing oil leak. Dealer took apart valve cover and cam cap and resealed everything. Seems to be fixed now. 
May 2014

55700 mi
Oil leak from timing cover. Removed timing cover and installed a new one. Car still leaking oil from left cylinder head area. Also repaired previously. Has been to the dealer for both leaks multiple times. 
Oct 2014

60700 mi
Back for oil leak. Pulled motor out of vehicle and removed cam cap/cover, timing cover again, reseal everything. A few months later, still no leaks. Seems to finally be repaired. 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
Apr 2011

5000 mi
Rear seat recliner button came off, plastic component damaged, had to be replaced 
Oct 2011

16700 mi
Evaporator core developed a leak and had to be replaced. It took a recharge with leak detector and 2 trips to the dealer to find the problem. 
Mar 2012

22000 mi
Started oil consumption test with dealer. Oil consumption is higher than expected, using approx. 1 qt. for every 3000 miles. 
Aug 2012

37000 mi
A/C has been leaking inside vehicle since replacement of evaporator. They found pinched seal in evap housing - parts not assembled correctly in previous repair. 
Apr 2014

68500 mi
Start test to determine how much oil is leaking at valve covers. Oil is dripping on exhaust, burning and creating smoke. When car is stopped it enters the cab through a/c. Have to keep a/c on recirc. 
Oct 2015

91700 mi
Check engine light on. Dealer said sensor needed replacement but estimate was ridiculously high. Will attempt repair on my own. 
Nov 2015

94000 mi

US $110
Replaced Air/Fuel ratio sensor 
Apr 2016

99000 mi
Took car in to start Subaru-sanctioned oil consumption test, but was not eligible to start due to oil leaks from o-rings. 
Jun 2016

101000 mi

US $1150
Replace o-rings and seals to stop bsd oil leaks. 
Jul 2016

102000 mi
Problem with a/c, cooling sporadically; works fine some times, other times not at all; dealer suspected low freon - added freon and dye Oil consumption test found excessive consumption. Replaced short block and seals; replacement covered by Subaru under class-action agreement 
Aug 2016

102700 mi
A/C still not functioning properly; works intermittantly; dealer could not find freon leak, suggests replacing expansion valve and evaporator 
Oct 2016

107000 mi
Replace evaporator and expansion valve in effort to fix intermittent cooling 
Nov 2016

107000 mi
Replace evaporator temp sensor. Finally found the problem behind the intermittent cooling. Previous replacement of evaporator and expansion valve probably not necessary. 
Apr 2017

114311 mi
Replace cam seals and O-rings again. Warranty work from short block replacement (Jul 2016). 
May 2017

116419 mi
After short block replacement, A/C compressor was very noisy. Turns out the mechanic failed to add oil back into the A/C system when reassembling. Oil was added and noise was reduced significantly, but still there (compressor undoubtedly damaged at this point). 
Jul 2017

118595 mi
Returned for noisy air compressor - dealer said, despite the noise, system working as designed. In order to prove the compressor is damaged, they say we will have to just wait to see if it fails. 
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2018
Aug 2011

6000 mi
Electric moonroof would not close. Moonroof stuck open. Had to be realigned in order to close fully. 
Nov 2012

28200 mi
cam engine seals leaking resulting in oil leak and low oil levels 
Feb 2013

32000 mi
car is still leaking oil, has to go back to shop 
Apr 2013

34500 mi
Car leaks oil. Dealer repeated major repair of cam gasket seals. Hopefully this fixes the problem once and for all 
Aug 2013

39600 mi
Moonroof would not close. Dealer had to reset moonroof control in order to allow it to close 
Nov 2013

45000 mi
Oil level read below minimum level, suspecting oil is burning off. Dealer has started an oil consumption test. Vehicle seems to burn off all oil in between oil changes. 
Jun 2017

103400 mi

US $700
drive belts wore out and needed to be replaced 
Jan 2018

112000 mi

US $2000
Engine leaking oil again, cam gaskets leaking. This is the third time the engine had to be pulled for this vehicle. Repair cost aprox $2000 and I had to work very hard to get subaru to pay for this. Fortunately, subaru stood behind their defective engine 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2016
Jun 2012

28000 mi
Faulty tire sensor, replaced under warranty 
Sep 2016

103000 mi
Compete Engine replacement under warranty due to excessive oil consumption. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2016
Sep 2013

38000 mi
Check engine light on. Dealer tightened cap. Light came on again. Replaced canister vent valve. Check engine light back on. Found evap hose not seated properly. Dealer had car until 9/16/13. Dealer repaired evap hose. 
Oct 2013

38800 mi
Check engine light on. Found purge hose not properly connected. check engine light on. Found evap canister leaking. Dealer replaced evap canister. Check engine light on. Found vaccum line leaking and gas cap not sealing properly. Dealer replaced line and gas cap. After six trips, light finally stayed off. 
Jun 2015

68000 mi
replaced both valve cover gaskets 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Nov 2011

1800 mi
ECM reflashed. Oil consumption test started as no sign of oil leaking/burning could be detected. 
Dec 2011

3500 mi
Replaced relay. Oil consumption check + oil change. 
Jan 2012 Rattle from the spare tire area of the vehicle. Moon roof (and driver side door) leaks. Oil consumption check. Developed engine knocking. It was explained to me that the knocking is typical of the boxer engine; some louder than others. 
Feb 2012

3900 mi
Oil consumption check plus oil change. Dealer says the fresh oil change should resolve the oil consumption now that the engine has been broken in. No start. Towed to dealer. Very rough idling at start up after the no-start repair. Smell of raw fuel. Occasional stall. Oil consumption issue not resolved. Dealership says contact Subaru of America as they cannot fix the issue. 
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Very rough idle; vehicle would not stay running. Smell of raw fuel, enough to cause eyes to burn. 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2016
May 2015

42500 mi
During routine maintenance, the rear differential was not properly filled. Failed several thousand miles later and was replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
Sep 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

35200 mi
Car occasionally fails to start or takes extended time to turn over. Slight clunking noise when car is put into reverse then driven forward. 
Nov 2015

36900 mi
Gaskets were leaking. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2011

620 mi
CEL on, took to dealer, code said fuel recovery system. Dealer discovered condensation froze in the fuel vapour recovery line from the gas tank-figured it happened while sitting on lot through freeze-thaw weather-dried out line, now fixed. 
Mar 2011

1860 mi
CEL on, same as last visit. Dealer discovered condensate in the fuel vapour recovery line from the gas tank - dealer thinks either faulty installation or bad design as there is a low spot in line before the drain. Dried out, CEL off now. 
Dec 2012

19840 mi
Engine sometimes made noise on cold-starts; determined was covered by TSB for timing chain tensioner. Replaced tensioner, does not make noise anymore. 
Sep 2013

29140 mi
Car smelled mildly of burning fluid after op'n of >20 minutes - had been happening since replacement of timing chain idler pulley in May. Found minor weep of oil from bottom of oil dipstick, landing on exhaust system. Replaced seal 
Jun 2017

56420 mi

C $20
Rattling sound from muffler area below passenger cabin. Shop said common issue with Subaru's and it comes from the heat shield getting loose. No real way to tighten it, so we had them remove it. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

19000 mi

US $80
Going thru a 1/2 to 3/4 of oil every 1000 miles.... 
Mar 2013

30000 mi
oil consumption test. Dealing w /subaru of america directly on resolution of problem. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Nov 2014
May 2012

10700 mi

US $25
I tried to change the oil myself. I could not get the oil drain plug off. It was on very tight. Since I was afraid of destroying the plug I took it to my normal mechanic who was able to get the plug off using an impact driver. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

4000 mi
Engine was making noise like a sewing machine. The vehicle was admitted for TSB 02-117-11 Left side cylinder head, intake camshaft, intake valves and rocker arm pivots needed to be replaced. Vehicle replaced, due to manufacture defect. 
Subaru Forester in Kentucky, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2017
Nov 2012

41300 mi
Check engine light, ABS light, Traction control light all illuminated. 
May 2013

59000 mi
Timing chain tensioner was leaking down overnight. 
Jun 2017

134000 mi

US $400
Factory replacement short block for oil consumption issue. Also had routine maintenance to rest of car. New hoses plugs differential fluid change. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Victoria, Australia
Jan 2014 - Jun 2017
May 2014

38260 mi
Replacement of small engine due to unusual oil consumption 
Sep 2015

54560 mi
Loose tweeter on door 
Mar 2017

79360 mi

A $900
Worn components covered under extended warranty 
Jun 2017

83080 mi

A $6
Front low beam light 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in New Brunswick, Canada
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

71572 mi

C $396
Motor vehicle inspection identified worn brake pads that did not pass. 
Apr 2018

75700 mi

C $65
check engine light on. Code P0456, evap small leak. Cleared code, cleaned around rim of gas tank filler neck 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Botswana
Nov 2014 - Jan 2017
Nov 2016

46580 mi
Blown head gaskets. Replaced radiator, water pump, all hoses and timing belt with this repair at my own cost. 

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