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2014 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 131 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2014 Subaru Forester.

2014 Subaru Forester engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (8%)

< $100 (92%)

Chart based on 37 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

3000 mi Heavy soot deposits on exhaust pipe tips. 

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2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

192000 mi Head gasket replacement, also replaced timing belt. Catalytic converter replaced 
193000 mi

US $50
Vacuum leak 
Rear O2 sensor tripped, turning on check engine light. A software update seems to have eradicated the problem. 

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2015 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

4960 mi A hose in the right side between the turbo and the engine was disconnected. In two occations errors in tracktion, emision and high engine temperature systems was reported and the engine runs at higher speed than normal. No indications on computer. Battery terminal disconnected for 5 minuttes and problem solved. Emission partikelfilter light was flashing after 7500 km. No indication in computer. New software was installed and problem solved. 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

30000 mi Noticed oil seepage around spark plug cover. 
1000 mi Problem: check engine, VDC, traction control, hill start assist, cruise control lights all came on dash. Stuck in [s] mode. Dealership replaced a solenoid associated with the emissions system (returned to dealer later w/ same issue). Dash lights came back on within a couple days of first repair. Dealer replaced MAP sensor (repair unsuccessful, lights came back a couple days after). 
1000 mi Dash lights returned following 2nd repair. This time dealer replaced ECM computer. Solution is so far successful after 1 week. 
41000 mi Dealer that did Wqw57 in April failed to tighten turbo hoses, hoses cane loose and car stalled. 
49000 mi Po420 code, replaced front cat Po420 code, dealer reflashed ECU 
17980 mi Turbo engine recall Software repair spark plug mis Fire 
19220 mi Engine shake excessive vibration, cleaned carbon buildup from intake valves. Shake came back within three days. 
19620 mi Engine shake appears again -carbon buildup in cylinder 1&3. Removed air intake to perform more cleaning. Still intermittent shake. 
34000 mi Low outside temperatures caused a squeaking fan belt 
19000 mi Dealer noticed cracked exhaust hanger bracket. Replaced under warranty. 
2760 mi numerous instances of engine light coming on, Dynamic stability, eye-sight, all disabled. several trips to get sorted. reset it, but broke the next day. Reset and waited for part, charcoal canister in fuel line.broke again, replaced sensor After the garage called Subaru tech, they finally fixed the problem. Had to do with two sensors and resetting computer. Frustrating. Don't know why safety systems (Dynamic control, eyesight) go off when sensor in fuel line does. 
7440 mi Check engine light still coming on frequently. Have now replaced 2 filters, valves on both sides of engine, and most recently, after consulting with Subaru tech: wiring connectors. Very frustrating. Another trip for the engine warning system. Again it had to be reset. 
8440 mi again engine light came on. Also purge valve on tank failed, almost impossible to fill up. Had flat tire just after getting off expressway. engine light was on, so dynamic stability program off. had the tire blown on highway, cld have skid. again, engine light, also purge valve fixed, and engine light system rechecked. Apparently connectors failed. This on going problem finally cleared. NO RESPONSE from Subie customer service after twice contacting them. Not happy at all! 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 145hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

37820 mi Raucous rattle developed from engine when idling. Rattle lessened as engine speed increased. Loose turbo heatshield identifed as root cause. Heatshield tightened and problem fixed. 
24180 mi Rattle in heat shield. Still present and will return car after Christmas holiday 
23560 mi Exhaust system had split which was causing harsh noises in acceleration. Replacement of defective portion of exhaust has repaired identified problem 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

12000 mi Oil Leak 
This vehicle is currently experiencing the high oil consumption common with previous years. 
87000.0 mi

US $1317
Valve cover gasket leak. Turbo cooling oil hose leak. Changed engine oil as maintenance. Air intake hose crack.  

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

3000 mi

US $80
"Low oil level" warning light came on three times while odometer was still under 2000 miles. Took the car in for an oil change in order to more precisely monitor oil use over the next 1200 miles. 
27300 mi The car light indicating low oil levels began at 2,000 miles. It has continued intermittently since. The car (currently at the dealership). Oil use tests indicate it will need a new engine block, sensor, and have the computer re-set. Unreal 
11000 mi Excessive oil consumption, 1 qt every 1800 miles. Had the oil consumption test performed, Subaru determined consumption WAS excessive, and will try to repair. Taking the Forester in today for repairs. Will report results when I have details. 
11000 mi Subaru confirmed the "oil consumption problem". Had piston rings and stack replaced. Will go back in to check oil consumption after 1200 miles to see if problem corrected. After repair, my gas mileage IMPROVED 5mpg . 
13800 mi Power cuts to engine intermittently when fuel gauge reads 1/4 or less. Suspect bad fuel sending unit, despite there still being fuel in tank. Towed to dealership and replaced under warranty 
38000.0 mi Vehicle died while driving down the highway. Gas tank had just under 1/4 left (2 bars). Would not restart. Towed to local dealer. Vehicle started for them when they went to bring it into shop next business day. Conducted extended road tests, and diagnostic tests were inconclusive. This has happened several times now. Vehicle died again while driving down the highway. Gas tank had just under 1/4 left (2 bars). Would not restart. Towed to local dealer. Vehicle started for them when they went to bring it into shop next business day. Conducted extended road tests, and diagnostic tests were inconclusive. This has happened several times now. 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

31000 mi replace the turbo which was operating well but abnormally noisy 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

21000 mi Software reset for check engine lignt 
2014 Forester XT - Camshaft position sensor o-ring improperly installed from factory. Caused significant oil leak on drivers side of the engine. - Burning oil smell inside the cab alerted me to the problem. 
28700 mi Same camshaft position sensor was leaking oil. Saw a spot of oil. One other sensor, but I don't even remember what that was. The fix was to swap the sensor to the other side of the engine to see if the problem would follow the sensor. 
50200 mi Tossed a code... The dealer was so busy I didn't wait around for the info sheet. -Car abruptly threw a code on flat ground on criuse control. The Ecu was flashed, and I was told it wouldn't happen again. Expect it's a flaw in recall update. 
56000 mi Code: P0420. Catalytic converter replaced under warranty. Looks like it would have cost around 700 if warranty hadn't covered it. (Code had reappeared several times over the life of the car) 
3000 mi CEL thrown during a hard start. ECU was reprogrammed with a fix for the issue 
3000 mi Forester 2.0L Turbo having an extended start of 3-5 seconds every few days. Dealer has no updates for the engine computer and did not observe any problems while it was in for an oil change. 
2000 mi engine occasionally difficult to start after not being used for a day or so. 
2300 mi engine occasionally stumbles/misfires during startup. Mechanics ran diagnostic tests (first time they ran this test for 2014 vehicles), but found no problems. 
4000 mi

US $90
rubber hood boot seal between turbo intercooler housing and air ductwork is warped, fits poorly. 
4000 mi Replaced rubber boot seal between hood and intercooler, and several fasteners which broke during replacement process. 
8300 mi Reprogrammed ECU per TSB to improve engine start-up. 
15000 mi replaced hood-mounted intercooler air diverter (rubber seals had become torn). 2nd time this part has been replaced 
16000 mi Engine was intermittently missing. Technician flashed ECU with new software update that addressed the problem. 
17000 mi Subaru recall to correct engine misfiring. 
18000 mi left side valves rattle/ping due to defective rockers. Subaru TSB estimates 10 hour repair time to replace/custom machine new valve rockers. 
18200 mi left side of engine valves, cam and rockers were badly worn. Required removal of engine, all its accessories and cylinder head to do repairs. 
13000 mi Lagging throttle response. Hesitancy during acceleration (from a stop and during passing). ECU reflashed. 
55000 mi Recall notice: Ignition computer was reflashed to solve a pre-ignition problem under hard acceleration 
13020 mi Shaking at idle, intermittent. 
28000 mi Catalytic Convertor Went Bad 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

13000 mi Oil low. Dealer refilled with oil and told to monitor the oil level for the next 1,200 miles to see if the car is using oil. 
17700 mi Return for oil consumption test. Results, car not consuming any oil over a 1,200 mile test. 
24000 mi Serpentine belt came off. New belt put on 
14000 mi

US $26
Fuel cap left loose by attendant causing check engine light to come on. Would not reset after fuel cap was tightened 
32000 mi Related to prev. problem where attempted repair didn't fix noise issue. This time, I drove w/tech & he confirmed noise. He put on lift & discovered sound attenuator in central exhaust pipe had prematurely broken up. Replacing pipe solved it. 
49000 mi Has begun burning oil bet. oil changes, ~1 quart in 4000 miles. According to the manual this is acceptable, having a oil light go on between oil changes is too much for me. Note there are 2 class action suits abt this engine & oil burning. 
70000.0 mi Brought car in for an oil consumption test - the result of Subaru's settling a class-action law suit about this issue. They have extended to warranty to 100,000 miles for oil consumption. Was told there is an oil leak around the valve covers- which is not covered by oil consumption warranty. A visit to another shop confirmed the condition. That said, the dealer's service manager has opted to schedule a visit to fix it for free. Next visit at the end if next week. 
27600 mi Excessive oil consumption (1 qt every ~2k miles). Dealer performed consumption test over 1200 miles, consumption deemed within Subaru spec. Continues to consume oil. 
10000 mi Timing Belt tensioner needed adjusted. 
30400 mi 30k service at local dealer failed to reinstall oil drain plug properly, requiring emergency visit to distant dealer to diagnose and fix. 
49600 mi Car started going thru oil and the dealer installed a new engine( now thats service) 
12000 mi I was driving about 70 mph on busy highway when suddenly engine turned off! I was able to steer car off road, turned car off. When I turned on ignition car started up and I drove away. Dealer could not find any codes to indicate problem. 
26000 mi

US $50
Engine loses oil at more than 1 qt per 2000 miles. It is difficult to correctly read oil level. 
29000 mi Changed engine due to oil consumption problem. Used two quarts of oil in 2,800 miles. 
40000 mi

US $302
Replacement engine burns one quart of oil every 3,000 miles. Update 10-16: Now using 2-2.5 quarts between oil changes (every 5k). 
88000 mi

US $200
Second engine was using 2 quarts of oil between oil changes and the engine had to be replaced again 
90000 mi They claimed they found and repaired a damaged seal which the mechanic said was damaged during the first attempt to repair the oil consumption problem (when they changed the short block the first time).  
95000.0 mi Had to replace the short block for a third time (oil consumption). Now the engine consumes more gasoline (mpg went from 27 mpg highway to 21.5 mpg highway) and they refused to do the oil consumption test again.  
24000 mi Blue exhaust on start up. Car was returned later that month off lease. 
18000 mi

US $30
during a long distance driving, engine oil light on when drove at middle of nowhere. (Oil Level Gauge shows oil leaking) had to drive another 30 miles bought and added 1qt 0w20. light's off. before the engine oil leaking,found coolant lower minimum mark, sent to dealer, was told it's not a problem and refuse to add coolant. I spent 25 bucks and filled by myself. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

14880 mi

C $250
Oil consumption 
15680 mi oil consumption test 
16740 mi oil consumption test 
18000 mi Burning oil. Started oil consumption test, replaced PCV valve 
22000 mi burning oil-replaced short block 
23000 mi Oil consumption analysis. Results were 24 ounces per 1200 miles. Parts (short block plus) are being ordered. When parts arrive they will call and I will make appointment for repair. 
23300 mi Excessive oil usage. Complete short block change by dealer. No charge and rental car furnished free of charge. As of 10/14/15 oil usage seems OK. 
10000 mi

US $100
Engine burning too much oil Car hard to start, need to try several times. Check engine light and traction watning light flashes while driving 
8000 mi Burning too much oil, approx 2.5 quarts every 1500 miles. TSB, dealer began process of resolution. I did not want to deal with going back and forth to the dealer, and so early. Replaced car. 

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2013 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

12200 mi Leak on Passenger side cam-carrier. Had to drop the entire engine to get to it. 
18600 mi Engine lite, traction control and cruise light came on. Dealer cleared codes. Moisture in evap system after 45 miles in 5-inch-deep snow. Dealer never saw before. Light returned after repair. Replaced canister. 
18900 mi A few times engine took long to crank in normal weather. Dealer diagnosed low noise threshold at ignition and performed a ECU reprogramming. 
18320 mi Engine burns oil. Dealer started oil consumption test. 
32860 mi Engine short block replaced after undergoing oil consumption test. 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

72000 mi

US $60
Took car to dealer for oil consumption test. Burns 1 qt. of 0-20 every 2000 miles. Dealer over filled it with a thicker oil. No surprise, it burns less, about 1 qt. In 3000 miles. Subaru says 1 qt per 1000 miles is ok in their owners manual 
24700 mi Engine is consuming excessive oil. Dealer started oil consumption test. Consumed .5 quarts of oil in 600 miles. Dealer topped off the oil and will recheck at 1000 miles. 
26000 mi High oil consumption continues. Dealer did not accurately measure oil consumption in 1000 miles. Restarted test and will return to dealer in 1000 miles. 
27400 mi Dealer determined oil consumption of 1.25 quarts in 800 miles is excessive. Subaru replaced the short block (crank case, pistons, crankshaft) under warranty. Also given an extended warranty for 8 years, 80k miles at no cost. 
14140 mi Excessive oil consumption; 1 litre / 1200 km on one trip. Dealer recommended oil consumption test which is in progress. No repairs performed as of yet. 
11840 mi Oil Consumption Test Completed: 1 litre 0W20 synthetic oil used in 4,000km. Dealer sitting on fence as to whether this is "excessive". Looking into whether or not Subaru will allow use of 5W30 synthetic instead. 
18600 mi 5W30 Synthetic now in car. Aprox. 1000K since oil change. Oil consumption appears improved. 
27900 mi Short block replaced under warranty due to excessive oil consumption. Engine was consuming 1 litre of oil every 2000 - 3000 km despite switching to 5W30 from 0W20 synthetic oil. Dealer was very reasonable and helpful. 
75000 mi Over the last 2 oil change intervals, my Forester has started burning oil at a rate of >1 QT/3,000 miles. None prior. Brought to dealer for an oil consumption test, performed over 1200 miles. Dealer overfilled >1/2 Quart at start of test. 
82000 mi Engine continues to burn oil at a rate of ~0.5 qts/1,000 miles. 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

10080 mi Check engine light and traction light on, then off within 15second on itself. Called dealer, said not to worry because lights are off. Wo waited two weeks for service. Tech said system parameters setting wrong. Flashed system with new memory 
45000 mi Vehicle would occasionally take unusually long time to start, not related to temperature or time since last drive. Dealer said there was a bulletin for the issue and applied a software update. Am waiting to see if the update fixes the issue. 
14200 mi Check engine light. Codes read misfires in #1 and #2 cylinders. Has occurred twice when under acceleration,computer was flashed for upgrade,and told to use only premium fuel. 
16000 mi Burning oil. Dealer states normal a qt.every 1,000 miles. 
14400 mi Check engine went on, and the traction control sensor showed the system was defective, also the cruise control stopped working. It was the oxygen sensor causing the check engine to be on and other dfisplay irregularities 
13000 mi Reloaded engine software but still have intermitant starting problems. Seal for timing belt cover leaking. 
3000 mi CEL, Traction Control, and Cruise Control lights blinking on dash. Dealer tech stated that the control module recorded two engine misfires. The module was re-flashed in compliance with a TSB. 
13000 mi CEL, Cruise & Traction control lights blinking. Dealer reset ECU. 
16500 mi Engine at 18,000 miles was 2.5 quarts low on oil. It now has long cold start until key is recycled and serve piston slap. Has blown blue smoke, low coolant, blown fused, and cracked windshield. Our second Subaru to crack a windshield. 
24000 mi Motor oil consumption, misfires, coolant consumption. 
31100 mi The lower part of the engine was replaced as a courtesy. My insurance, factory warranty (under 30,000 miles) did not apply, the extended warranty did not apply(under 30,000 miles) and my insurance policy did not cover the repair. 
78000 mi

US $2500
Head gasket failure resulting in coolant leaking along with a crack in another small part. 
42000 mi

US $120
Fuel mileage at 17-18 in cold weather city drving. Dealership couldn't solve problem. Also, for the first time in life, the washer fluid lines froze though at least they didn't burst like other cars. 
20000 mi Faulty fuel cap, took 3 visits to diagnose & fix. Technician left clamp on line during 2nd visit causing 3rd visit 
13000 mi While accelerating up a large hill, cruise light, service engine light and traction control light came in making cruise and traction control inoperable. Read on net 26 pages of this issue. Needed an ECM flash. all good and better mileage 

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2011 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

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 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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 
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... 
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. 
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. 
12000 mi excessive oil burning, 2 qts every 3k, backfire when AC is on, loud vibration when traction control kicks on in snowy conditions 
49000 mi Having new small block installed to fix oil consumption. This is covered under warranty. 
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 
22320 mi Minor oil leak on right side cylinder head needed to be re-sealed. Required and overnight stay. Covered under power train warranty. 
24800 mi Engine oil leak at right side cam cradle. Requires pulling engine and replacing gaskets and or resealing. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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. 
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. 
68000 mi replaced both valve cover gaskets 
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. 
23000 mi Check engine light is on. It camplained about bank 1. Dealer said upgraded software and reset check engine light. 
27000 mi Engine light is on again. Dealer said changed both down pipes. I was told there was a leak in intake. 
3000 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. 
19000 mi

US $80
Going thru a 1/2 to 3/4 of oil every 1000 miles.... 
30000 mi oil consumption test. Dealing w /subaru of america directly on resolution of problem. 
140000 mi threw a rod and blew the engine 
3000 mi Rattle from the spare tire area of the vehicle. Oil consumption check. Developed engine knocking. It was explained to me that the knocking is typical of the boxer engine; some louder than others. 
2100 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. 
5000 mi Very rough idle; vehicle would not stay running. Smell of raw fuel, enough to cause eyes to burn. 
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! 
84000 mi

US $2100
Both cam carriers (or cages) were leaking oil and needed to be resealed. This required removing the engine, 
103000 mi Compete Engine replacement under warranty due to excessive oil consumption. 
35200 mi Car occasionally fails to start or takes extended time to turn over. 
36900 mi Gaskets were leaking. 
98000 mi Published oil consumption problem with 2011 Subaru Forester. Dealer replaced engine short block. 
14000 mi valve cover gasket leaking engine still leaking oil 
41300 mi Check engine light, ABS light, Traction control light all illuminated. 
59000 mi Timing chain tensioner was leaking down overnight. 
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. 
21000 mi Leaking Cam seals and head gaskets. leaky cam seals 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 
28200 mi cam engine seals leaking resulting in oil leak and low oil levels 
32000 mi car is still leaking oil, has to go back to shop 
34500 mi Car leaks oil. Dealer repeated major repair of cam gasket seals. Hopefully this fixes the problem once and for all 
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. 
22000 mi Started oil consumption test with dealer. Oil consumption is higher than expected, using approx. 1 qt. for every 3000 miles. 
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. 
91700 mi Check engine light on. Dealer said sensor needed replacement but estimate was ridiculously high. Will attempt repair on my own. 
94000 mi

US $110
Replaced Air/Fuel ratio sensor 
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. 
101000 mi

US $1150
Replace o-rings and seals to stop bsd oil leaks. 
102000 mi Oil consumption test found excessive consumption. Replaced short block and seals; replacement covered by Subaru under class-action agreement 
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. 
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. 
32000 mi Engine and/or transmission hesitation when turning corners and accelerating. Doesn't respond for a couple seconds, then usually... 
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. 
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. 
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. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

38260 mi Replacement of small engine due to unusual oil consumption 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

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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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

60000 mi

US $296
Drive belts dry and cracking. Discovered during course of scheduled maintenance. Belts replaced. 
21080 mi Malfunction with oil control valve. The dealer had to order the part - kept over weekend and fixed on 2nd business day. 
68000 mi

US $189
Intercooler Hose connecting to the Turbo engine 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

56600 mi Rattling heat shields. 
118500 mi

US $155
Check oil leak...currently minor. Diagnosis is a leaking head gasket. 
122000 mi Oil leak from head gasket. 
11000 mi Replacement of fuel tank pressure sensor after diagnostic for reason why check engine light came on. 
41000 mi

US $60
Gas cap was loose, tripped Check Engine Light. Cost $60 at the dealer to diagnose and reset. Next time, I'm bringing it to my local guy. Only reason I brought it to the dealer was in case it was covered by a warranty, which it wasn't. 
72540 mi

C $50
Complained about excessive oil consumption. PCV valve replaced. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

85000 mi

US $108
replace worn power steering belt replace ground straps 
46000 mi

US $40
Noise in exhaust system. Loose heat shield. Tightened. Cost $40 
43000 mi

US $40
heat shield under car vibration/rattling 
9920 mi Check engine and traction control lights on. Also cruise control light flashing. They replaced the ignition wiring to correct the problem. 
103000 mi

US $3000
Scheduled timing belt replacement, brakes,leaky head gasket seal 
33000 mi To correct warning lights on my dash from lighting up, it was determined that the Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor was faulty. It was replaced but the lights lit up again after leaving the dealer a few hours after. When the lights on the dash lit up again the car was returned to the dealer. They determined the problem to be a faulty "Fuel Tank Pressure Control Solenoid" Part had to be ordered. Returned on the third day to have it installed. 
21080 mi

C $70
recommended throttle maintenance as pedal a bit sticky - detected during inspection when in for 6 month maintenance 
27280 mi

C $80
loose heat shield 
28620 mi

C $100
cracked fan belt required replacement 
62000.0 mi

US $50
Weld on the exhaust pipe between converter and muffler failed, allowing pipe to drop away from the muffler. Shop welded it back into place. 
70000 mi

US $1000
Exhaust Cross pipe cracked needed replacement. 
85000 mi Head Gasket developed a leak. Car was traded in for a new one. 
98000 mi

US $350
Head gasket needs replacing. Front wheel bearing went bad. Right front CV Axel went bad 
131720 mi Code P0420 - Cat Efficiency Low. 
89560 mi

C $400
Engine flooded badly had to change plugs, cables and air filter. 
96940 mi

C $950
Oil leak in the timing belt cover. Had to replace timing belt before the planned replacement at 168 000 km 
112000 mi

C $1200
The typical Subaru 2.5 l engine gasket change. There were oil and coolant leaks 
123320 mi

C $1700
Head gaskets 
75000 mi Catalytic converter needed to be replaced 
102500 mi

US $120
Steering was squeaky. Belt was frayed. Replaced. 
101500 mi

US $370
Drive belt 
83000 mi

US $150
Alternator belt snapped, causing the battery to lose power. Replaced alternator belt and battery. 
38440 mi Smelled burning oil and some smoke coming from the engine after a recent trip. No oil loss noted on dipstick. Diagnosed as a leaking front crankshaft seal. Replaced under major component warranty along with oil contaminated timing belt. 
43400 mi Began to smell burning oil, similar to 4 months ago. ANOTHER oil leak, this time oil pump and gasket had to be replaced...covered under powertrain warranty. 70,000km and this lemon is just falling apart. I don't trust it for long trips. SAD! 
57040 mi

C $350
Ignition coil pack and plug wires were replaced under warranty at 52,000km. Now only 40,000km later they BOTH needed replacement again, this time at my cost. This Subaru is a POS and a lemon. I would dump it if I could afford to. Do not buy! 
83700 mi

C $1200
The entire exhaust system had rusted so badly at all weld points that everything needed to be replaced from the catalytic back. Yet more badly designed metal parts on this car. 
13000 mi Check engine light came on with flashing cruise indicator. Computer code indicated faulty fuel pressure sensor. Dealer replaced and repaired. Total shop time about 1.5 hr. Problem seems to be resolved. 
35000 mi engine light came on need to replace oil flow control valve. 
83000 mi

US $138
Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced the gas cap with a new gas cap. That fixed the problem. 

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2009 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

143220 mi Head gaskets starting to leak. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

62000 mi Capital repair of the engine. 
67580 mi

$625
Radiator replacement 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

48360 mi O2 sensor broke. $500 to replace. Some belt need to be replaced. Another $200. All brakes rusted. Need $700. 
52080 mi car won`t start without noise and electricity available. Car started without repair after 30 mins. Brought to the mechanic for check up. Recall from the dealer on the brake line. 
43000 mi

US $200
Check engine light on-replaced the EGR/came back on 
60000 mi Slight coolant leak from radiator cap. Cap was replaced. 
83000 mi

US $500
Cracked radiator. No blown heads, thankfully 
55000 mi

US $850
Turbo failure due to oil blockage in banjo bolts. Car burning oil. Required turbo replacement. 
25000 mi Gas cap broke and no longer sealed tank, causing check engine light to come on. Was replaced under warranty - no further problems with fuel system. 
30000 mi Transmission shifts had become excessively rough. Reset transmission controller to default state so it could relearn shifting. Transmission shifting reverted to what it was when car was new - relatively smooth. 
104000 mi had the head gaskets changed, also the belts and fuel filter 
5518 mi Blown engine and damaged turbo. Blown engine and damaged turbo. 
8060 mi Secondary air pump failure. Secondary air pump failure. 
45200 mi noise in engine has to be torn down to find problem dealer giving run around if it should be by the drive train warranty 
39680 mi

C $6800
Connecting Rod broken. Catastrophic engine failure. Known problem with 09 Subarus. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 145hp 2.0L H4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

66340 mi

$450
Check engine warning light was light-on. Mass air flow sensor was changed but the problem was not solved. Then a mechanic problem was discovered. A tube for air which come from the turbine was broken. Tube was replaced and problem solved 
85560 mi

$100
A rubber tube was broken. Tube was replaced 
86280 mi

$300
Check engine was light on EGR valve was cleaned Then DPF Management problem occured DPF was dismounted, manually cleaned and mounted back After driving 500 Km, EGR valve causes problems again 
86800 mi

$400
EGR valve was replaced 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

58280 mi

A $280
Replaced fuel injectors as the engine was running relatively rough and rich. Injector change reduced the severity of the roughness and made the car run less rich, but not fully rectified. No trouble codes were displayed at any time Further to changing fuel injectors to prevent engine roughness, changed air/fuel ratio sensor to rectify potential misreading of air/fuel ratio. rear oxygen sensor reading appropriately. 
77000 mi

US $1800
Exhaust , heat shield , and header repair. 
90800 mi

US $2300
3 Trips to correctly repair catalytic converter.  Also had to replace Oxygen sensors, valve gaskets and coil. 
58300 mi

US $100
Small oil leak from valve cover gasket and spark plug seals 
103000 mi New EGR valve; check engine light indicated problem 
149000 mi

US $1800
head gasket. second for the car 
12000 mi Car would turn over but would not start. Towed to dealer, where it promptly started up. Dealer checked charging system, but made no repair. Problem has not occurred since. 
60000 mi Repaired loose exhaust heat shield 
89000 mi

US $24
Valve cover gasket leak - oil leaking into spark plug well caused ignition failure. 
127000 mi

US $4000
Replace clutch 
22000 mi Dealer visit was due to ecu flash though. 
42000 mi Catalytic converter replaced - initially damaged when the engine failed in May, 2012. Repair was covered by warranty (unlike the engine repair). 
44000 mi

US $150
One thing I never reported because there was never a diagnosis was the car continually lost oil and had as long as I owned it. I was told it wasn't burning and there was no evidence of a leak, but the oil was consistently low every 3-4K miles. 
99200 mi

C $1200
Replaced oil pressure switch (leak), removed oil pump to change leaking o-ring and redo RTV gasket. 
109120 mi

C $100
Passenger side rear oil pressure sensor leaking. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

42000 mi

US $468
exhaust flex pipe connector, corroded and not flexing. 
56200 mi

US $325
Replaced warn drive belts, they were cracking and making squealing noise when attempting to exit parking spaces. 
65000 mi

US $6
Needed use 3 stainless steel worm gear clamps on exhaust heat shield. The bolts and nuts rotting off. 
28000 mi

US $400
rattling sound in the central part of the exhaust pipe 
112000 mi

US $150
exhaust heat shield bolts were loose 
150000 mi

US $2000
The head gaskets were blown and the car was leaking oil. It is a common problem with the engine that is in the 2009 Subaru 
19840 mi Engine lost power. erase memory of TCM and ECM, idle learn AT transmission learning. Runs much better now. Even better than new. 
62700 mi

US $25
repair of the rattling heat shield. 
58200 mi

US $400
running rough, flashing engine light, traction control off light was on. Found nothing. Going home from the shop the check engine, cruise control, and traction control lights on. Went back in and the catalytic converter was replaced. Replaced spark plug wires and ignition coil 
99000 mi

US $110
error code: Misfire cylinder #3. A friend/mechanic pulled #3 spark plug & found oil pooled and also on plug boot. Oil was cleaned up,code cancelled, then car driven to dealer who initially said nothing wrong,then replaced coil. 
60000 mi Catalytic converter failed. Check engine light came on which simultaneously caused VDC and cruise to shut off. repaired under extended warranty. Failed catalytic converter, replaced under extended dealer warranty for no cost. Dealer attempted to clean converter but engine warning light returned. One week later dealer replaced converter which fixed problem. 
66300 mi

US $185
Continued problem with car suddenly shutting off that was supposedly repaired in Oct 2013 with replacement of cat converter. spark plugs and wires replaced. 
43000 mi R & R Valve cover gasket 
37700 mi

C $300
Check engine light came on. Was running rough and misfiring. Injector flush, and a full service which includes plugs etc. 
47520 mi

C $900
Engine is misfiring on 2 cylinders 
68820 mi

C $2500
Stumbling, hesitating, check engine light coming on. Replaced spark plugs, wire, and ignition system. This was caused by the Subaru dealer when they did a major service and replaced these same parts. 
81700 mi

C $600
Engine was misfiring, running on 2 of 4 cylinders. Replaced coil packs and wires again. 
117800 mi

C $355
Heat Shield replaced on Exhaust system 
62200 mi Drive belt shows wear and cracks 
173000.0 mi

US $75
Plugs and wires 
90000 mi

US $1600
blown head gasket 
55000 mi tightened accessory belt for power steering / alternator; was squealing on cold starts and squeaking a bit when warm. Sound is gone, belt still looks good. 
66000 mi

US $1550
Both head gaskets were externally leaking significant oil. 
66000.0 mi

US $1500
Subaru comped half the cost of head gasket replacement, both sides. Also replaced timing belt, associated gaskets, transmission cooler line. 
121000 mi

US $275
Wire from main wiring harness to transmission speed sensor was broken. 
20500.0 mi Engine disengages when attempting to pass and then re-accelerating. Will have car in for at least 3 days to overhaul tranny and ? Engine disengages when attempting to pass and then re-accelerating. Will have car in for at least 3 days to overhaul tranny and ? 
57540 mi

C $600
Car noise. Had to replace joining racket part of exhaust system. Noise underground thé engineering due to Heat Dover basket underground thé engine 
80600 mi

C $900
Oil leaked into combustion chamber because of leaky gasket. 
92000 mi Synthetic transmission flush. Note: Car hasn't shifted right since this was done. Throttle body service Left side muffler going out Clicking in front brakes 
104000 mi Head gaskets 
76400 mi

US $3600
Head gasket leaked. Had to be replaced. During replacement, several other ~100k mile maintenance conducted, such as replacing a water pump. 
86500 mi

US $44
Heat shield on bottom of car came loose. 
111000 mi

US $1300
Head gasket replacement 
43400 mi Heat shields were lose, causing loud rattling. 
65000 mi

US $120
Head gasket is weeping on one side. Mechanic installed stop-leak fluid and told us to come back in a month or two to check to see if that fixed the problem. Head gasket is weeping on one side. Mechanic installed stop-leak fluid and told us to come back in a month or two to check to see if that fixed the problem. Update: When the car went in for its next oil change two months later the leak had stopped. 
119040 mi Both heads gaskets weeping externally, no sign of internal leaks. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

66340 mi Lambda probe in front of catalyzer needed replacement. cost was $250 approx. common problem on Forester.. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

49600 mi

$2450
I had crankshaft broken! They exchanged so called down half of a motor The fuel turbine was broken. 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

85180 mi

C $1200
Clutch 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

76000 mi

US $35
Loose belt on the power steering making loud screech noise 
83000 mi

US $500
Two warning lights came on - traction control disabled and something else, don't remember. Checked the error code suggesting emmission system problems. The dealer replaced some kind of emissions exhaust valve 
62000 mi

US $500
Secondary air valves were sticking and were causing cel codes. Check engine light, Stability control light, and Cruise control light were all illuminated in instrument cluster panel. Because of the this my Cruise control was deactivated. 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

174000 mi

US $20
AC belt broke 
36580 mi Head gasket found to be leaking, needs full replacement next 12 months. 
38000 mi

US $3300
Head gasket replacement 
215000 mi

US $275
Car had a miss on number 2 cyl. Replaced plies and wires but found the coil to be cracked and corroded causing the misfire. 
101000 mi

US $150
Check engine light with flashing cruise control light; no other symptoms. Diagnostic code for bad air/fuel ratio sensor. Replaced sensor, solving problem. 
108000 mi

US $260
Oil leaking from engine onto exhaust, producing minor smoke. Replaced valve cover gaskets and oil pressure sensor, which were both leaking. VCGs were previously replaced by dealer; suspect bad job at that time. Seems ok now. 
115000 mi

US $380
Occasional misfire under acceleration triggered check engine light. Factory spark plugs replaced at 115k miles. Oil leaking from engine onto oil filter and exhaust system, producing smoke. Suspect external head gasket leak, previously misdiagnosed. Mechanic cleaned oil residue, then added dye to oil in order to locate leak at a future repair trip. 
108200 mi

US $4000
External head gasket leak (producing worsening smoke) and damaged cylinder guide. Engine block machined/resurfaced. Other parts replaced preventatively. Runs smoothly now. Find a subaru specialist the first time -- they won''t misdiagnose it. 
96300 mi

US $300
Car shaking & stalling (stopped 3 days, fine before). CEL On, code was misfire in all 4 cyl. Shop replace valves gasket, spark plugs and wires. Also tried coil, but wasn't it. Issue was not resolved. Car still stalling and jerking. After shop was unsuccessful, owner dove into it and tried to repair it himself. Change several parts according to internet forum and was finally successful. EGR valve was the culprit. CAM & CAP also changed. 
107000 mi

US $120
Strange noise when car starts or idle. Shop found some steel plates within the emissions system were loose and soldered them. Owner was concerned was an issue with the catalytic converter. 
110400 mi

US $1600
Clutch needed replacement. 
44020 mi

C $175
Squealing on start-up. Drive belts replaced. 
50220 mi

C $691
Check engine light on solid, then flashing. Code P0302 misfire from #2 cylinder, compression good. Coil shorted and wire weak. Replaced coil and ignition wire. 
143000 mi Head gasket, repaired that, then it was the drive belt I believe 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

166000 mi Warranty repair for catalytic converter 
49000 mi Shop found two exhaust valve guides on one head had dropped a little, so since the heads were off, they did a valve job on both heads (remanufactured heads). 
75920 mi

C $125
Oil pressure switch (back order from the dealer) 
85340 mi

C $165
Cam seal pushed out 1/4. Total loss of engine oil on highway. 
45000 mi

US $2500
Head gasket needed replacement. Also changed timing belt. 
43400 mi

C $395
O2 SENSOR 
59520 mi

C $96
Oil pressure switch allowing oil to leak onto engine 
85973.0 mi

US $250
replaced valve cover gaskets and gromets flushed radiater and replaced plugs. 

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2007.5 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

55000 mi

£1100
Air pump failure 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

99700 mi

US $1000
Radiator burst 
108000 mi Fuels leaking over intake manifold. Estimate $500 
112000.0 mi

US $200
fuel injector needed to be replaced. - misfire in the cylinder 
38000 mi

US $730
Two cracked plastic "roll-over" vent valves on top of fuel tank were replaced. 
60000 mi

US $600
A rubber transmission mount was collapsed causing misalignment between the engine and transmission. 
107300 mi

US $1400
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. 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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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

150000 mi Head gasket. Coolant pulled in and out of reservoir and overheating periodically, then consistently. Attempted engine block seal. Then overheated, and traded in for Toyota Corolla. Mechanic did not think head gasket initially. 
133000 mi Check Engine light for Secondary Air Injector valve stuck closed. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

90000 mi

US $232
Valve cover gaskets replace due to oil leak. 
12000.0 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. Defective radiator cap allowed pressure to escape and caused car to drive too hot. Dealer says this is a problem w/ the new caps. 
18600.0 mi Same repair as previously. Defective radiator cap cause car to drive too hot. Again replaced cap. Car still under warranty. Same repair as previously. Defective radiator cap cause car to drive too hot. Again replaced cap. Car still under warranty. 
29000 mi Radiator cap: antifreeze accumulates under it & causes system to overheat. 3rd radiator cap on this car. 
71000 mi

US $81
Same old problem: for the 4th time the radiator cap malfunctioned, coolant was lost & the car started to heat up. 
109000 mi

US $1800
Timing belt replaced, $1200 of total. 
117000 mi Catalytic convertor needs replacing. Cost would be $1100. Did not do this repair. 
131000 mi

US $800
Catalytic convertors replaced. 
88000 mi

US $98
Oil sensor leaks and velve cover gaskets leaks 
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. Oil Change. Adjust hill holder. Complaint of jerking at light load light throttle condition. Probably just a trait of this vehicle. 
124300 mi

US $3000
Headgasket failure. 
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. 
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 
86000 mi Took car in for timing belt replacement, and mechanic reported blown head gasket 
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. 

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2007 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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. 
57020 mi

C $1000
needed higher quality engine oil< triggered sensor to show low presssure 
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. 
64000 mi

US $724
Evap emissions system fault (check engine light). Gas tank vent valve replaced. 
126500 mi

US $60
Replace leaking valve cover gaskets, adjusted valve clearance 
129000 mi

US $150
Leaking Radiator replaced 
61800 mi

C $600
misfire on 4th cylinder, replaced wires and ignition module 
66340 mi

C $380
all exhaust heat shield bolts loose. two shields had fallen off a month ago. rattle solved by removing other four shields 
87420 mi

C $450
front pipe and gaskets 
141262.0 mi

US $28
Leaking spark plug seals and valve cover gasket. Replaced affected seals 
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. 
33000 mi This trip was to shut off the engine light and reset the cruise control, which keeps tripping, for an unknown reason. 
33000 mi

US $700
Cracked roll valves. All replaced. 
69000 mi Check engine light came on. Mechanic cleared codes at no charge. Problem has not recurred. 
77100 mi

US $450
O2 sensor replaced 
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 
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 
102300 mi

US $2721
replace both cylinder head gaskets left cylinder head oil sending unit  
67000 mi Check engine light with cruise light flashing. Diagnosed as cat converter fault. Replaced under warranty. 
179000 mi Oil pressure sensors leaking 
69782.0 mi Computer / tranny 
37000 mi cracked hose on fuel vapor recovery system was cause of check engine light. Dealer had suggested replacing gas cap first. 
50000 mi replaced ecm and fuel pump 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

63000 mi

C $900
OBD error running rich and secondary injection system failed. replace MAF sensor and Smog air pump 
68700 mi

C $500
Secondary Air Valve (RH) 
122000 mi Valve cover gasket found to be leaking 
124200 mi

US $20
replaced belt for alternator/power steering pump 
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. 
154000 mi

US $1200
full reseal job - leaking everywhere. Will need new clutch in 10K. Sold. 
155700 mi

C $700
Turbo oil line leak - 8 hours of labour to change a $74.00 pipe 
183520 mi

C $6000
head gasket - rebuilt engine 
196100 mi

C $900
Secondary air pump valves crapped out 
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

89900 mi

R 4000
Replaced pistons and rebored cylinders 
135780 mi

C $550
Radiator seam cracked at top, was able to limp to shop. 
153140 mi

C $180
Misfiring on cylinder 2, bad coil pack. 
58000 mi

US $176
Secondary emission control problem . Check engine light on. 
59000 mi

US $2200
Check engine light on. Replacement of pump and associated air valves. 
91760 mi

$500
Replaced cam cover gasket 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

195000 mi

US $100
Bad MAF sensor 
30000.0 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 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 
91000 mi Continual P420 Low catalytic efficiency code. 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

157000.0 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. 
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. 
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. 
86500 mi

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. 
116000 mi

US $2000
Not sure what the exact problem was but check engine light was flashing. 
66000 mi

US $350
Air/fuel ratio sensor went bad. Replaced and reflashed ECU by dealer. Problem solved. 
103000 mi

US $100
Cam shaft cover was leakng 
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). 
69000 mi

US $150
Air/fuel ratio sensor 
73800 mi

US $103
Upper radiator hose replaced 
130300 mi

US $195
there was a leak. there was a repair at oil filter/cooler housing. + new o-ring-s and clamp-n 
68200 mi

US $500
Replaced oxygen sensor 
93400 mi

US $100
Minor vapor leak. Re-set fault. Happened again. New has cap installed in January. Still problematic. 
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. 
10000.0 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. 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. 
130000 mi

US $60
poor gas mileage. clean the fuel injectors and changed motor oil and filters. 
139300 mi

US $2200
valve job, head replaced with refurbished one 
140100 mi valves needed to be readjusted 
143000 mi

US $84
low voltage to oxygen sensor 

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2005 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

71000 mi Check Engine Light was coming on, suspected O2 sensor 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 5-speed manual AWD

105000 mi Cracked radiator was discovered during oil change. Took it to my go-to mechanic and had them make repairs and give it an overall tuneup as it had just hit 100,000 miles. (Car had been running fine,no overheating despite 90 degree weather). 
117300 mi Oil gasket leaking; gasket replaced 
125000 mi

US $3200
replaced clutch. Clutch was worn out and beginning to slip. 
130000 mi

US $115
Broken turbo intake hose cause engine stalling. Engine warning light never came on. Shop replaced hose, but due to holidays, shipping from supplier took 3 days. 
111480 mi

C $700
Radiator cracked and evap leak. 
114080 mi

C $700
Blown turbo, installed a used turbo. 
117800 mi

C $500
Pvc valve replaced, AC belt replaced 
91380 mi

C $163
Idler pulley was worn at the bearing. I was hearing a faint fluctuating squealing sound. It was replaced. 
93000 mi

US $250
Radiator cracked by top main hose outlet. Oil seal on one camshaft seeping into cam belt area. Replaced Crankshaft Seal, 3 of 4 Camshaft Seals. Both accessory belts cracking and worn, due for replacement. 
93000 mi

US $170
Misfire on one cylinder, followed fuel injector - fuel injector replacement. Not entirely fixed, need to continue investigating. Seems like just doesn't like idling at the afr that it is set to stock, or that for some reason the O2 sensor reading wrong. 
80500 mi

US $1500
Cylinder number 4 misfire and rough idle. Cylinder #4 exhaust valve was stuck open. Repair involved removing head, replacing valve bucket, lifters, seats, and readjusting valves. 
95000 mi

US $2500
Front O2 sensor and mass air flow sensor were replaced. Valve cover gaskets replaced to repair oil leak Thermostat was leaking coolant. Thermostat replaced. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

66000 mi

US $700
Radiator leaking badly--sudden onset 
45500.0 mi Turbo failing intermittently - most recent "code" was camshaft overadvanced. Following smoke streaming from tailpipe, brought to the dealer. Out of warranty - waiting for good will from Subaru of America. estimate: $2400 Turbo failing intermittently - most recent "code" was camshaft overadvanced. Following smoke streaming from tailpipe, brought to the dealer. Out of warranty - waiting for good will from Subaru of America. estimate: $2400 
47000 mi

US $1400
$1000 from Subaru of America, after I escalated it from the first offer of $750. Had to do a lot of fighting for the money. Turbo had to be completely replaced: $2400, $1400 out of pocket. Engine still burns oil. 
57000 mi

US $1000
o2 sensors on engine 
66000 mi

US $1000
Turbo failure 
87000 mi

US $500
Radiator developed a crack. 
Local dealer suggested to my wife the cleaning of the oil system with a solvent. Turbo went out. Complained to Subaru national, supplied service records and they pick up repairs and "dinged" the local shop. 
91000 mi

US $800
Radiator 
83300 mi

US $750
Replaced timing belt & idler pulleys because the bearings in the idlers were starting to make noise 
59000 mi

US $5
Engine misses while under load at highway speeds. MPG is half of normal. Drove car with service writer and mechanic. "Yes there is a problem. We dont know what it is and we cant just throw parts at a car. Drive it till the CEL comes on." I brought the car home from dealer and after consulting the internet for 3-4hrs, I pulled the ground loops and cleaned them on the wiring harness. (there are 6 grounds on this car) The ground wire for the MAF was corroded. Fixed problem.  

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

82000 mi

US $500
Engine idled extremely low and would stall during turns. Cleaned dirty throttle body and replaced battery. Engine running rough and misfiring. Tune up with spark plug replacement. 
120000 mi Temperature rose rapidly after driving 1.5 hours, coolant leak. Diagnosed as head gasket by out of town shop. Towed home, local shop unable to duplicate. Short trips ok but still overheats on long trips. Head gaskets replaced 6 months ago. 
122300 mi Independent shop replaced water pump and timing belt tensioner under warranty to correct overheating problem. Conducted 5 hour test drive to verify fix. 
107500 mi Air sensor and air intake path. 
117000 mi

US $740
Dealership cannot stop the throttle from opening unexpectedly, especially when the heat is on and the engine is warm. 
117000 mi

US $500
Accelerator pedal assembly replaced to stop unexpected throttle. 
78000 mi Now, according to a dealer, pistons two and four need to be replaced. They sound dry upon start-up. Only 75,000 miles! 
50000 mi

US $128
Coolant leak at thermostat 
91120 mi

C $300
Replaced faulty sensor 
119660 mi

C $800
Replaced fuel filler neck as it was rusted through. Replaced oil pan 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

74400 mi

C $4200
Head gasket replacement and engine overhaul 
90000 mi

US $250
Exhaust pipe leaking - welder fixed it  
85000 mi

US $20
noise from belts / pulleys / generator 
85000 mi

US $278
Could smell gas fumes coming from the rear left wheel well. Repair shop removed back seat and tested various items using 
92000 mi Coolant was being pushed out of surge tank. Suspected blown head gasket. Further investigation showed no blown head gasket and it is surmised an air bubble in coolant system might have been problem. 90,000 mile service included flush. 
172000 mi

US $200
Engine was running warmer than normal according to the temp gauge. Gauge never reached the "red" zone. Replaced thermostat and problem was solved. 
67000 mi

US $2050
Both head gaskets where leaking, car was overheating. Replaced both head gaskets, and timing belt/timing components. 
71000 mi

US $470
Driver's side spark plug tube seals and valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced spark plug tube seals and valve cover gaskets on both sides. 
156860 mi

C $320
Oxygen sensors failed, replaced both 
100534.0 mi

US $2551
Head gaskets leaked at both heads. Changed all the seals I could. Replaced with STI head gaskets to prevent future need to replace (multi-layer gasket). 
183000 mi

US $3700
Internal engine damage. Rebuild required. 
28500.0 mi Replaced spark plug wires. Car idled rough, sputtered, misfired. Check engine light illuminated Replaced spark plug wires. Car idled rough, sputtered, misfired. Check engine light illuminated 
34000.0 mi Warranty repair. Catalytic Converter. Clutch fork was damaged. Both replaced under warranty. Warranty repair. Catalytic Converter. Clutch fork was damaged. Both replaced under warranty. 
46500.0 mi

US $100
Replaced ignition coil. Car idled very rough until completely warmed up--check engine light illuminated. Replaced ignition coil. Car idled very rough until completely warmed up--check engine light illuminated. 
76000 mi

US $100
Oxygen sensor. Warranty covered. Head gasket beginning to leak. Warranty replaced. 
86000 mi

US $8000
Car engine sputtered and ran rough. The ignition coils, spark plugs, and spark plug wires were replaced.  
95300 mi

US $600
water pump seized as belt harmonizer cracked and stopped working. 
97000 mi Catalytic converter failing Exhaust shield rusted through, began to come loose, and rattle. 
50000 mi

US $250
replaced head gaskets, timing belts, water pump, spark plugs...mechanic noticed my head gaskets were failing during routine oil change...called Subaru, they got the dealer to repair under a "goodwill repair" paid only $200 for repair 
79600 mi

US $150
Rough idle when rainy. Changed the plug wires. 
37000 mi

US $485
Muffler, catalytic converter, flange and assorted parts rusted and replaced. valve covers leaking 
59000 mi Every driving rain storm now causes the "check engine" and "cruse control" lights to illuminate. Goes away by itself in a day or two. Each time the analyzer indicates a different problem. Usually a faulty ignition harness, spark plug or lose gas cap. 
97940 mi

C $2200
Head gasket had leak and was replaced. 
109120 mi

C $600
Oil was leaking and a burning smell was coming from the engine. There was a small crack in an enclosure where oil was coming from. A sealant was applied to prevent leaking. 
135780 mi The engine was still running, but the accelerator was not responding. I pulled over and turned off the car. I was able to restart it and drive to a parking lot. It was towed to a shop. Noting was found to be wrong with the accelerator. 
101060 mi

C $340
Computer detected a misfire condition. Mechanic did a tune up to replace plugs and wiring. 
140000 mi

US $75
Oil change + replacee radiator hose clamps 
152200 mi Catalytic Converter 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual 4WD

55180 mi

$50000
Car was burning too much engine oil. Engine opened to replace piston rings and cylinder damage was discovered. New oversize pistons and rings were ordered and installed. Clutch was also replaced. The timing belt was damaged by mistake during the engine rebuild. This belt had been installed only 15k kilometeres earlier in April 2009. The original belt that had been replaced then (preventive maintenance) was put back in. The thermo valve was found to be not functioning properly. It has been taken out for now and bypassed. When the part becomes available, it will be installed. 
56420 mi The exhaust system had a leak and was also rattling. 
63240 mi Error code showing one bank of air fuel sensor malfunctioning. The sensor was replaced. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

86800 mi

€330
sec. airflow pump and valves replaced. Errorcodes 2441, 1440 

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2004 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

75000 mi

US $2000
Turbo went out. 
60000 mi

US $3000
intake injector rails leaked gas, serpentine belt replaced, window howled due to poor seals, rotors replaced at only 40k 
108000 mi

US $2000
Engine rebuild. I took very good care of this car, in fact I saved all maint. records. Repaired car and sold. I didn't want to put any more $$ into car. Since the car was too good to salvage, I decided to repair and sell since it was running great. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 5-speed manual AWD

97600 mi

US $1980
blown turbo 
84600 mi

US $300
Crack in plastic radiator cap leaked coolant. Replaced with fully welded alum radiator 
86300 mi

US $350
Blown turbo was replaced with used unit 
105000 mi

US $380
Radiator leaked and was replaced. 
107000 mi High oil consumption, e.g. 2 quarts every fill up. The mechanics suspect engine cylinder problem or PVC valve problem. 
129000 mi

US $1200
Clutch replacement 
104000 mi

US $600
Turbo died, made horrible noises, very little power. Replaced turbo with another used one (from a friends WRX) 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

130800 mi

US $3000
Timing belt skipped 7 teeth within 10,000 miles of being replaced. Had to replace timing belt pullies,and get top end rebuilt due to bent rods. 
155000 mi

US $10
Mass Air Flow Sensor needed to be cleaned again. Every six months or so I get a code PO171. Cleaning the mas air flow sensor seems to fix it. 
168000 mi

US $97
Replaced idler pully Replacement of Fuel line under turbo and hoses and clamps associated with the line 1.5qts low on oil. triggered code P0021. Oil was changed and refilled. 
174500 mi Camshaft position sensor had degraded over the life of the car, causing stalls during acceleration. 
195000 mi

US $3500
Complete turbo rebuild and engine flush. 
273800 mi

US $1900
The turbo blew. 
278000 mi

US $5600
Heads and block had cracks. Replaced valves, heads, all hoses, steering fluid pump. I turned it over to the technician to keep as his own per his request. He paid the bill for me. 
89000 mi

US $270
2 of 4 cylinders suddenly misfired. Dealer diagnosed carbon-choked rods. Rebuilt engine. Did not fix problem. Replaced clogged oil control solenoid valve controlling cylinders 1, 3. Radiator leaking after return from dealer. Replaced radiator at 3rd party shop. 
121000 mi "clicking" in engine - repair shop could not locate source of "click" without dissasembling the engine block. Told me to take it to dealer for repair. Decided to purchase another car and accept trade-in loss. 
112000 mi

US $400
Turbo broke while normal driving at 65 mph. Turbo replaced, along with gaskets. New turbo worked perfectly for 950 miles, broke while normal driving at 65 mph. 
85000.0 mi

US $500
Very serious problem. In temps below 0 deg. F fuel lines start leaking. Smoke coming from under hood, initially thought it was water. Had to remove manifold and tighten fuel lines. Extended warranty denied coverage. Very serious problem. In temps below 0 deg. F fuel lines start leaking. Smoke coming from under hood, initially thought it was water. Had to remove manifold and tighten fuel lines. Extended warranty denied coverage. 
161000 mi right valve cover has slow leak of oil, drips onto exhaust and turbo exhaust piping causing smoke, just starting leaking enough for drips overnight, due to mileage and exhaust heat, expected repair after 150k miles, check "half moons" also 
162100 mi right valve cover now leaking excessively, cannot drive vehicle with that much oil leak, car taken out of service until problem is fixed, might end up fixing both sides and half moons all at once if half moons rear seal pieces are accessible 
65100 mi Catalytic converter replaced under orig warranty. 
80600 mi

C $400
breather fallen off cat converter trip cel 
114700 mi

C $50
Clogged cam oiling valve caused check engine 
121520 mi

C $165
blew the turbo after getting a p0011 code. filter in the banjo clogged, starved turbo and we lost it. sold the car as is to a kid to play with, as replacement turbo was too much for 10 years old 
100000 mi

US $50
Slow coolant leak at the fitting at the base of the radiator 
120300 mi

US $56
check engine light came on due to a piece of foam caught in camshaft angle sensor. Repair was accomplished by removing the foam. 
125000 mi

US $525
Variable Valve timing solenoid had was stuck in the fully advanced position by a small piece of something. 
86000 mi

US $100
Fuel lines leaked under the intake manifold. Gas smell was noticed inside the car when weather was very cold (30F or below). This only happened when A/C was turned on (with the Recirculate function turned Off). 
97000 mi

US $400
Radiator leaking 
134000 mi

US $108
Cam position sensor failed and caused rough idle and stalling. 
152000 mi

US $260
Original radiator sprung a leak about a mile from home. Noticed steam coming from under the hood as I pulled into driveway. Top plastic end tank split where it meets the radiator core. Replacement Koyorad ordered and installed. 
92900 mi

US $70
Car wouldn't start 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

48500 mi

US $12000
Clutch was slipping and was replaced 
162000 mi

US $500
Cracked head 
100000 mi threw code P0519 cleaned IACV  
107000 mi

US $580
Timing Belt and idler assembly replaced. Tensioner was squealing like a pig and book says to do it at 105k. Also while I had things apart did the water pump, thermostat, cam/crank seals, and accessory belts. 
147000 mi Vapor canister clogged resulting in not being able to fill with gas, did not affect driveability. Took 10 min to repair. 
106000 mi

US $830
One bad drive belt pulley. 
118000 mi

US $850
One of the timing belt pulleys failed, so had to have the entire timing belt, pulleys, water pump replaced, with Subaru parts. Previous replacement of above mentioned parts (only 6,000 miles ago) was with non-Subaru parts, but "good" parts. 
122000 mi

US $932
One of the pulleys in the timing belt assembly started to come appart after only 4,000 miles since timing bely , etc.replacement. Since I was on the road when this happened, I had the timing belt and all pulleys plus water pump replaced. 
51000 mi

US $400
reported loss of power  
108000 mi Needed a new head gasket within the next few months. Traded. 
170800 mi

US $340
Leaking Muffler 
180000 mi

US $400
Replaced Head Gaskets Machine Ship 250 dollars Parts about 150 
63240 mi

C $340
oxygen sensor 
75020 mi

C $500
leaking coolant from head gasget 
77500 mi

C $50
slight coolant leak from head gasket 
104140 mi

C $950
Replaced timing belt and water pump, cam and crank seals, re: minor oil leaks. 
116560 mi

C $2120
Valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals 
136060 mi

C $100
Oil seepage 
146940 mi

C $20
Exhaust system, bolts to manifold came loose 
148800 mi

C $400
Leaking oil, valve cover gadgets replaced 
87000 mi

US $25
Engine temp was fluctuating. Dealer replaced radiator cap, No problem seen since.  
124000 mi

US $1600
CEL lit, dealer replaced valves of evaporative emissions system. CEL lit again, so a second trip- dealer replaced charcoal canister, which had ruptured. CEL lit again, so a third visit. Dealer cleaned tank and replaced fuel pump. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

89280 mi

C $340
Muffler pipe had hole next to forward hanger & cracks on mid pipe next to hangar replaced with OEM style parts at 144000 km 
54000 mi

US $200
Both head gaskets started leaking! Discovered during routine oil/filter change at 54,000 miles. 5yr/60k factory warranty on my Forester was 2 yrs beyond time limit but 6k within miles so Subaru of America covered it, less a $200 deductible. 
109000 mi

US $102
Exhaust flange and gasket needed replacing. Part of exhaust pipe needed welding. 
120000 mi

US $230
Rusted fuel neck filler pipe and corresponding components replaced 
85000 mi

US $345
Oil was leaking. Car hooked up to computer. "O" ring replaced. We noticed sparks coming out of exhaust. Dealership replaced oxygen sensor. Still an occasional spark but not as much. We haven't told dealer this. 
132000 mi

US $585
main exhaust pipe cracked 
70060 mi

C $500
The infamous heat shield rattle. This dealership had attempted to fix it once before; I chose to have the shields removed. 
130200 mi

C $500
Coil pack damaged, had to change 
90501.0 mi

US $500
Replaced clock bulb ($6+labor). Replaced valve cover gasket for internal engine oil leak ($98 + labor). Replaced oil soaked ignition wires and coil pack due to coil burnt/rusted #1 cylinder (~$310 total). Replaced clock bulb ($6+labor). Replaced valve cover gasket for internal engine oil leak ($98 + labor). Replaced oil soaked ignition wires and coil pack due to coil burnt/rusted #1 cylinder (~$310 total). 
91000 mi

US $48
Check engine light diagnostics report a "Vent Control System Malfunction." Shop thoroughly examined each component and was unable to find a problem. 
92000 mi Return of check engine light with same diagnostic error code. Dealer service checked entire vent control system and could not find a problem. They have contacted Subaru for solution. 
65228.0 mi

US $500
Front crank seal leaking oil. Replace seal. Charge is almost all labor. Had timing belt replaced at the same time but deducted $112 cost of belt from the $500 repair figure. Total cost for visit with timing belt and oil change was $640.52. Front crank seal leaking oil. Replace seal. Charge is almost all labor. Had timing belt replaced at the same time but deducted $112 cost of belt from the $500 repair figure. Total cost for visit with timing belt and oil change was $640.52. 
90000 mi

US $400
Replace Valve Cover Gaskets and Tube Seals. Oil dripping on spark plugs. 
105000 mi Tighten exhaust heat shields which were vibrating during acceleration. 
110700 mi

US $2066
Replace head gaskets. Replace timing belt, accessory belt and A/C belt. Subaru, to their credit, have offered me a goodwill check of $500 towards the repair, offsetting some of the $2066 cost. 
107500 mi replace lower radiator hose and thermostat to stop coolant leak. this is a follow-up to the June 2013 head gasket replacement. Due to coolant loss I thought there was an issue with that repair. It took 3 trips for the dealership to fix. N/C. 
136000 mi

US $40
Replace oil cooler gasket to stop oil drip. Exhaust System heat shield vibrating. Found loose heat shield. Drilled hole and inserted screw to wedge against exhaust pipe. Fastened 3" clamp around heat shield. Noise fixed. $1.56. 
179000 mi

US $95
exhaust resonator replaced, full piece from catalytic converter to muffler. $92 shipped and $3 back gasket. 
176000 mi

US $230
idler pulley for A/C bearing failed. Replaced that, and the belts. 
60000.0 mi Head gasket replaced 
72000.0 mi head gasket replaced second time by dealer 
93000 mi

US $42
vent control solenoid malfunction. Reset CE light; tested solenoid, working ok 
98700 mi Owner observed coolant leakage and burning smell. Leak not definitively located; thermostat housing may be leaking; recommend replacement of thermostat and all hoses; waiting until timing belt replacement. Did not recur. 
102000 mi

US $10
oil leak observed front of engine, added oil stop leak 
96000 mi

US $42
Had a CEL for emission system 
85560 mi

C $2500
Replaced head gaskets Replaced fuel pump 

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2003 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

88000 mi Head gasket issue. Got an estimate 3500. 
101000 mi

US $97
slipping belts 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

118000 mi

US $500
The Dual catalytic converters were clogged, leading to low power and trouble code 0420. They were replaced, and the problems were solved. 
110000 mi

US $500
emissions problem. Won't pass smog. Mechanic is checking catalytic converter Passed smog, check engine light continues to light up. mechanic suspects catalytic converter needs replacement despite passing smog certification 
116000 mi

US $700
Unable to pass California Smog test. I had replaced the battery and it reset the computers. The shop finaally drove the car constantly to reset computers. It passed, then check engine light came on, needs catalytic converter. 
96100 mi Two pistons had to be replaced under manufacturer warranty - wrong sized ones were originally installed and causing piston knock. Two pistons had to be replaced under manufacturer warranty - wrong sized ones were originally installed and causing piston knock. 
346000 mi

US $865
exhaust pipe corrosion and failure 
171000 mi Occasional flashing check engine light, with misfiring. Light not on at visit, not likely to give a code. Dealer recommended ignition wires & coil due to crack in 3rd? coil. Will replace something in Aug. to fix. Multiple vs only 1 coil questions exist 
173000 mi

US $223
Major Misfiring - cracked engine coil, replaced coil & plug wires. still drivable because standard trans, automatic probably would have broken down. 
187000 mi

US $360
I live in emissions county. It requires new catalytic converter to pass yearly emissions since ck engine light was on. Original one much quieter then after market. 
196000 mi

US $50
idle control valve possibly not functioning properly. after using AC engine idles very high when no drag on engine. they tried cleaning several items but problem returned. 
198000 mi

US $318
Idle Air Control valve replaced. Fixed the vacuum leak that caused driving problems under a load, but not the excessive 5000rpm revving when clutch engaged after using AC. Originally thought related. 
200000 mi excessive idle speed issue back, can go up to 5000 rpms on hot days if use AC, while clutch is pushed in. upon release of clutch & putting a load on engine it goes back to normal & sometimes stays there.  
209000 mi

US $350
car seemingly lurching forward while driving, odometer and tachometer did not fluctuate, stutter on up-hills and later flat roads. testing showed 5# pressure, needs ~ 45# per garage. replaced fuel pump  
209000 mi Winter, so not running A/C and so not clear if idle speed problem remained when sold. But CEL going off and on. 
162000 mi

US $500
Head gaskets 
171000 mi

US $35
Rough idle, random misfires. Replaced ignition coil with Subaru part 
73400 mi Strong fuel odor in cold weather. 
81000 mi Catalytic converter failure detected at 80,800 miles. Federal warranty for catalytic converters is for 80,000 miles, but because of a lawsuit settlement over misleading odometer readings, Subaru has extended coverage to 84,000 miles. 
90000 mi

US $170
Check engine light came on. Code indicated fuel vapor pressure leak. Smoke test conducted, no problem found. Updated computer codes. 
103000 mi

US $500
Replaced leaking head gaskets and a bad spark plug wire. Work done at same time I had timing belt, belt tensioner and water pump replaced, all routine maintenance. 
83500 mi

US $1200
Radiator shot. Replaced. 
102300 mi

A $600
Check engine light increasingly regular. Code P0030 for front 02 (it's actually an air/fuel) sensor heater. Replaced sensor with genuine part ($600 from dealer) myself. 
125940 mi

A $150
Engine oil has for some time been leaking out from between the spark plug tubes and the rocker covers. The tube seals were replaced, along with the gaskets and washers for the rocker covers. 
137640 mi

A $160
Engine running rough under load due to failing fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump. 
146320 mi Initially a slight coolant leak from between plastic top of radiator and radiator core. Needed occasional top-up. Leak has now worsened such that car cannot be driven more than a few minutes at a time. In process of sourcing new radiator. 
146320 mi

A $400
New radiator fitted (as old one was leaking between core and plastic top). Also replaced top and bottom hoses and thermostat as a precaution. 
71000 mi

US $1000
Catalytic Converter 
104000 mi

US $800
EGR Problem 
126000 mi

US $2900
head gaskets replaced -- car leaking oil 
162000 mi

US $218
replaced A/C idler and A/C belt 
169900 mi

US $200
replaced cracked radiator 
152000.0 mi

US $220
Check Engine light back on, replaced ignition coil (old one cracked) Light came back on once after coil replaced, then went off on its own. Hoping that's the last of it! Check Engine light back on, replaced ignition coil (old one cracked) Light came back on once after coil replaced, then went off on its own. Hoping that's the last of it! 
158000 mi Oil leak: complete head gasket replacement, new clutch. 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

99600 mi

US $650
Steering pump belt needed replacement 
100000 mi

US $2500
Check engine light -- misfire, computer errors, caused flooding and car would not keep running. Eventually "fixed itself" after revving high idle for a while. 
120000 mi

US $500
fuel smell, vapor of gasoline Fuel smell was caused by the fuel tank ventilation vents and carbon canister. Changed these parts plus the fuel tank cap. This fixed the problem so far. 
128000 mi

US $90
Fuel lines leaked gas 
103540 mi

$250
The Malfunctioning Indicator Light appeared on the instrument cluster. The problem was identified by an OBD-II scan tool. Trouble code P0031 showed up. The repair manual identified the upstream oxygen sensor had low input, and was replaced. 
63000 mi

US $75
Periodic high idle, suspected to be need to clean throttle body. Problem seems to have reappeared, may need to be looked at by dealer. 
89000 mi

US $1023
Y-pipe heat shield rattling Intermittent high idle with higher ambient temperatures. Previous throttle body cleanings no help. Loosened throttle cable. 
98000 mi

US $618
Exhaust pipe broke aft of rear catalytic converter. Muffler OK, but exhaust pipe replaced. 
111300 mi

US $888
Replacement of serpentine belt 
113000 mi

US $350
O2 sensor replacement 
120000 mi

US $3284
Noticeable engine oil leaks due to worn head gaskets. Coincided with 120k major service, so all major gaskets replaced along with timing belt and tensioner, plus all filters, plugs and leads. 
124000 mi

US $580
Replaced transmission wiring harness which was worn and causing transmission warning light to come on. 
139000 mi

US $370
valve cover gaskets were leaking badly along with gasket on the oil filler line. 
142700 mi

US $120
Car overheated at the end of a 10 hour trip. We slowed & the car cooled off. The car through out 18 ounces from radiator. After filling up with fluid we s noticed some overheating above 60. I replaced radiator cap, OEM thermostat & Fluid. 
151300 mi

US $600
Replaced driver side head gasket,  
159500 mi

US $150
replacement of the belt tensioner while at shop for slignment 
185000 mi

US $150
Radiator top separated. I purchased a new one plus hoses. 
49000 mi

US $3000
Piston Slap on two cylinders 
178000 mi Head gasket leaking, sold car. I've driven Subaru's for over 30 years because of their reliability but this time I bought a Honda. 
97500 mi

US $300
Valve Cover Gasket was leaking oil, which dripped into the spark plugs and fouled them. Valve cover gaskets were replaced, along with plugs and wires. 
106000 mi Head gaskets were leaking, mild on one side, moderate on the other. 
110000 mi

US $210
engine oil cooler was leaking due to a bad o-ring 
160000 mi

US $800
air flow sensor failed 
94000 mi

US $1850
2 head gaskets leaking coolant. Had the gaskets replaced. 
96720 mi

C $4200
timing belt slipped and damaged valves, camshaft etc. Had to remachine or replace all, including new waterpump. 
99200 mi

C $593
radiator was leaking anti freeze. Radiator replaced 
99820 mi Engine making banging noise - some problem with cam shaft - bent - repaired under warranty from job done in April 2009. Shop should have caught this problem then. 
64000 mi

US $1302
Head gasket had to be replaced, also did valve adjustment. 
115000 mi

US $1500
Headgaskets leaking. This appears to be a problem with the 2003 Forester. While recalls were done for prior years, there is no recall for 2003. Subaru agreed to pay a portion of the bill. 
76000 mi

US $65
exhaust system loose 
124300 mi Needed valve seals and valve cover gasket.  Replaced exhaust manifold gasket. Also new thermostat. CHECK ENGINE light came on about 50 miles after leaving shop reading a problem with catalytic converter. Car running fine but cannot get warning light to turn off. 
143000 mi Blown head gasket. Car developed a hole in radiator and despite all precautionary efforts on my part and a new radiator, the car would overheat after 7-8 miles of driving. Heating/Cooling system. After tryng to fix head gasket with 2 additives , attempted repairs did not work and the manufacturer honored warranty & gave me my money back. Sold car to mechanic and bought a 2006 Hyundai Azera with 86545 mi. 
68000 mi

US $2000
Bent valve die to to worn exhaust guides. 
37000 mi Engine knocking. Was diagnosed as carbon build-up. Was advised to run fuel system cleaner through it and "stomp on it" occasionaly to prevent excessive carbon build-up. 
49000 mi

US $400
Front Oxygen Sensor replaced. 
173000 mi

US $96
P0030 o2 sensor and changed front and rear diff fluid and ATF drain and fill. 
150000 mi

US $1400
Exhaust manifold had crack, rust spots in exhaust pipes. Muffler, catalytic converter, and manifolds replaced. 
5000.0 mi troubleshoot - rough idle at start troubleshoot - rough idle at start 
9000.0 mi failed catalytic converter replaced failed catalytic converter replaced 
86100 mi

US $2000
Minor head gasket leak as well as a few oil leaks from around the pump. 
98000.0 mi

US $281
Bearings in idler pulley were wearing down, resulting in a whine. Idler pulley replaced. 
116000 mi

US $970
Leaky head gasket allowed antifreeze to get into cylinders. Replaced gasket. Also ground valves while engine was taken apart. 
137000 mi

US $150
Exhaust pipe corrosion caused noise 
182280 mi

C $200
We decided to trade it in rather than repair it as the cost of needed repairs was expected to exceed $3000. Leaking head gaskets. 
126000 mi

US $3200
Head gasket replacement. 
133000 mi

US $364
Cracked radiator was replace. 
78000 mi

US $159
O2 sensor 
78000 mi

US $400
Exhaust rusted out 
160200 mi

US $450
Plastic upper radiator outlet cracked causing radiator hose to pop off. Car lost all of its coolant and stranded me on interstate. 
88000 mi

US $530
Check Engine light came on due to bad O2 sensor. Sensor replaced. This was the 2nd non maintenance repair in 88K miles. Owned car since new. First issue was driver window track needed greasing at 45K miles 
90000 mi

US $500
O2 sensor caused check engine light 
91000 mi Headed for a head gasket problem in about 10K miles. Leaking a little, some coolant in the oil. My mechanic was monitoring it. 
58000 mi

US $450
engine leaking oil - various valve gaskets. 
105000 mi

US $3400
Cracked piston. Entire engine had to be replaced. Used engine with 70,000miles cost $3,400 
101500 mi

US $500
The ignition switch locked in the off position, so the key could not be rotated, and the car could not be started. We called for a tow but the driver fiddled with the key and the steering wheel and finally got it started.  
132100 mi

US $500
The radiator overheated so the air conditioner was dropped off the line. When we went to get the A/C fixed our mechanic found the radiator problem. The radiator was replaced 
135000.0 mi

US $600
In the course of performing regular maintenance, the mechanic found what appeared to be a leak in the head gasket. 
180000 mi

US $1000
O2 sensor replaced 
189100 mi

US $400
Exhaust replaced-everything but the cat converter. 
204000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets replaced because they were leaking. 
231400 mi

US $580
Timing belt tensioner broke. Puff of smoke and car died. Thought valves were goners. Remarkably, repair done and car still running! 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4-door

Engine not specified

111000 mi

US $955
Replaced timing belt, water pump at suggestion of Service Mgr. Car had over 110,000 miles. Advised that catalytic converter will need to be replaced. Chose to not undertake repair due to cost, at this time. Discovered small leak in head gasket. No need to repair at this time.  
112000 mi Catalytic converter needed to be replaced when sold. Small head gasket leak when sold. 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

52000 mi

US $2000
2 pistons replaced to solve 'piston slap' 

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2002 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

128000 mi

US $145
muffler replaced 
128000 mi

US $300
minor vacuum leak, would throw a code once every few months couldn't find it. suspected evap canister in rear under bumper. 

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2002 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

138700 mi

US $1857
CLUTCH, 1457. 
144200 mi

US $135
rear oxygen sensor needed to be replaced 
149000 mi The joint at the back of the catalytic converter was leaking, and there was a small crack in the mid-pipe. The shop welded in a new flex joint and replaced a section of the mid-pipe 
65000.0 mi Catalytic converter replaced on warrantee 
138000 mi

US $20
Cooling system 
138000 mi

US $850
replace valve cover gasket, spark plugs, wires and tune up 
143700 mi

US $300
replace failed head gasket Replaced radiator due to leaking seal at top (plastic) portion of radiator. Issue became evident after head gasket repair. 
143000 mi

US $40
Exhaust leak - welded 
165000 mi

US $496
Replace knock sensor and coil pack 
170000 mi

US $1416
Replace exhaust system (except cat) 
174000 mi Reset Check Engine Light (showed code for evap system). Code has not reoccurred after additional 600 miles. 
179000 mi

US $2150
CEL indicated leak in evap system. Replaced solenoid purge valve at rear of car 
192100 mi

US $1100
Replace converters and related sensors 
196400 mi

US $3300
Top end rebuild (valves and guides), new piston rings, 

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2002 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

124000 mi Second blown head gasket. Repaired at 68k miles, and leaking again at 120k. 
80000.0 mi

US $1400
oil leak from axle casing oil leak from axle casing 
207100 mi

US $150
Replaced upstream and downstream o2 sensors 
210500 mi

US $145
Replaced Radiator 
236000 mi Cracked head gasket. It just stopped with no warning. Donated the car to the kidney foundation. 
90000.0 mi

US $500
Replace electronic distributor Replace electronic distributor 
81000.0 mi

US $1000
Catalytic converter failure required replacement. Catalytic converter failure required replacement. 
96000.0 mi

US $2000
External headgasket leak on both sides required headgasket replacement on both sides. External headgasket leak on both sides required headgasket replacement on both sides. 
200700 mi

US $97
The downstream O2 sensor was sending a faulty code which indicated it needed to be replaced. The car was stalling when idling and ran rough at time. 
222000 mi

US $500
The engine threw a rod. Disassembled and rebuilt all new gaskets 1 rod, new timing belt, timing belt cover and about 20 hours. 
191000 mi

US $179
Head gasket 
79220 mi

$600
O2 Sensor died 
125000 mi The car had the head gasket leak that the line is infamous for. It just got to the point that it was so bad, you could barely breathe around the car even after it was stopped. It was a $2500 repair I chose not to do. 
87000 mi Evap system leak w check engine code. 
95000.0 mi

US $2800
Head gasket replacement, w machining. 
111100 mi

US $3400
leaking headgaskets 
256000 mi

US $25
Car stumbling badly; not yet due for tuneup. CEL code not thrown. Replaced plugs, wires, coil pack, upstream 02 sensor in that order. Problem solved with new upstream 02 sensor. Exhaust flanges from muffler to midpipe rusted through. Cut flanges, brazed, and clamped. 
263000 mi

US $150
Replaced 02 sensor. Exhaust badly corroded. 
265100 mi

US $250
Engine overheated. 
267700 mi

US $450
Replaced entire cooling system including radiator, hoses, thermostat, and expansion tank. 

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2001 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

175000 mi

US $200
Head gasket failure 
107880 mi

C $5000
Burning all the oil in the engine within a few months. 
108500 mi Burning oil. 
111000 mi

US $1900
Leaky Head Gasket: Replaced gaskets, machined heads, and cleaned valves. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

96000 mi

US $30
For 2 years, I have found oil creeping onto driver side spark plug boots. It's due to the spark plug seals (pips) getting hard and no long sealing oil out of the spark plug tubes. So I replaced the pips, valve cover gasket, and bolt washers/seals. 
106000 mi

US $60
Rear exhaust pipe flange of original exhaust system finally rusted out. Independent shop cut out flange, and welded in a short piece of pipe. Quick and easy. Hope will last a few years, since the rest of the pipes and muffler seem solid. 
107000 mi

US $98
Knock Sensor CEL turned on and off occasionally during past month, lately remaining on mostly. No drivability issue noticed. Replaced knock sensor myself quite easily with online instrux. CEL went off and has stayed off. 
109000 mi

US $400
Put new bolts in rattling heat shields. 
110000 mi

US $9
Wife noticed temp gauge rise and steam from under hood, she immediately pulled over and parked car. GOOD WIFE! Bottom radiator hose clamp rusted through and broke off causing coolant dump. I reattached hose and replaced all hose clamps. 
115100 mi

US $77
PO420 catalyst inefficient code had been coming on and staying on this summer. By August, an exhaust leak was audible. Inde shop replaced front exhaust pipe flange or donut gasket. I cleared CEL. No problems since. 
117100 mi PO420 CEL came on again. This is usually due to an exhaust leak. I cleared the code off after a few days and it has not come back on. So I will assume no real leak in exhaust system for now. 
120000 mi PO420 CEL on for a month before car inspection due. I pressed rag over tailpipe to check for exhaust leak, but none. So I cleared code, drove for 2 weeks and 183 miles, so the rear Oxygen sensor would reset itself, car passed inspection. 
126000 mi 10 yr old Foresters in the rust belt develop a corrosion leak in the fuel filler neck pipe. We have smelled gas during the last few months right after filling to the top. And the CEL is on. Have ordered parts and will replace it soon. 
127400 mi

US $1032
CEL P0442 has been on for months. Fuel filler neck pipe rusts out, gas leaks, CEL comes on. Inde garage replaced it. CEL off now. All fixed. New exhaust...everything rear of the cat. And new rear 02 sensor, since it was throwing P0037 code. All fixed now, and engine light off. 
132000 mi Occasional CEL P0420 will come on and stay on. For last few years. I cleared it out with my code reader about 3 weeks ago. So far it has stayed off. Probably burning oil in exhaust tickles rear 02 sensor. My best guess. 
141000 mi

US $1500
Clutch plates were slipping badly. Shop said I needed to replace plates AND flywheel. I dunno if flywheel REALLY needed to be replaced, but it is done. 
143200 mi Probably a slight head gasket leak. I now add a half cup of coolant to radiator every month. Also added a small bit of Pwr Steering fluid with stopleak since pwr steering pump was squeaking but belt was tight. CEL is always on. 
78120 mi

C $1200
oil pan changed (was rusted)  crank sensor changed (during extreme cold weather car refused to start, after a short drive) 
81220 mi

C $300
code P1443: vent valve malfunction. replace evap vent valve 
83080 mi

C $750
Rotten middle/rear exhaust pipe, plus muffler 
155000 mi

US $1100
O2 sensors and exhaust from cat back. 
169000 mi

US $25
Blown head gasket temporarily fixed with stop leak. 
180000 mi Radiator started leaking but after a few days it fixed itself due to the K-Seal that was put into the radiator in March. 
206900 mi Head gaskets leaking internally and externally, will need clutch as it's original, brakes, timing belt and struts...time to trade it in. 
212000 mi timing belt, brakes, head gaskets, 
168000 mi

US $337
Replaced spark plug tube seals and valve cover gaskets. Typical for Subaru 2.5, get oil in/on spark plugs from this leak. Only reason this was taken care of was I changed spark plugs. 
138000 mi loss of compression 
105000 mi

US $500
Secondary oxygen sensor malfunction. Replacement solved problem. 
102000 mi

US $550
Faulty head gasket replaced, along with thermostat. List price =$2,400. Subaru paid all but $550. Also got NEW loaner car! 
112000 mi

US $235
Needed an a/c pulley system. It was making noise and they replaced it. 
126000 mi Timing belt broke only 35,000 miles after replacement, ruining the engine. Also needed original clutch replaced. Total repair costs = $4,800, and it was not worth it to me to spend that much on a 13-year old car with that many miles on it 
138300 mi

US $800
wiring harness failure, causing short to fuel pump. Cam leaking oil. 
131440 mi

A $400
Leaking fuel line. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

197500 mi

US $90
Knock sensor 
148700 mi

US $75
Heat shield under car attaching screws rusted and let go, shield was dragging on the road. Heat shield was replaced between catalytic converter and muffler. 
169000 mi

US $313
Check engine light came on intermittantly. Code indicated that the catalytic converter was at or below 95% efficiency Air conditioner pulley seized, destroyed the drive belt 
181000 mi Check engine light on permanently. First converter of two was replaced. Error code cleared. Fuel purge solenoid set error code and was sticking closed. Shop blew out lines and cleaned solenoid, reset computer. Error code did not reappear. 
193000 mi Strong gasoline odor on starting cold engine when outside air temperatures below 25F. Some gasoline visible around and near fuel lines. Repair consisted of tightening the fuel line clamps around the rubber line connectors. 
215300 mi

US $2020
Exhaust crossover rotted out & leaking - loud exhaust 
216000 mi

US $1045
Valve cover gaskets leaking oil into spark plug wells and wires. Engine was running on 3 cylinders instead of 4. Oxygen sensor was fouled by unburned gasoline. Replaced gaskets, spark plugs and wires, including ignition wire. 
236000 mi

US $99
Replaced leaking radiator. Really easy. 
91000 mi

US $500
Really Loud Exhaust Noise was noticed. Exhaust system back of catalytic converter was replaced (Muffler/Pipes) 
86000 mi Head gasket repaired under warranty. Barely leaking, and at first dealer refused to replace it until I used the name of the independent mechanic who noticed the leak. They know him. 
155700 mi

US $350
Worn tube, radiator flush and coolant ref ill 
128000 mi

US $1600
head gasket seal was replaced. 
237000 mi

US $1000
Head gaskets leaking and I did not know service history on timing belt, pulled engine out myself and overhauled, machined heads, all new gaskets, seals, belt, pulleys, starter, hoses etc..... 
237200 mi

US $300
Overhauled engine, put back in car but was now getting no spark. Check various connections but not good with electrical so I towed it to a local shop. They believe the ECM "computer" is bad, awaiting a used ECM to fix. Wires broke to crank, cam and knock sensors when I removed and replaced intake. 
238200 mi

US $5
Replaced slow leaking oil cooler seal 
120000 mi

US $3900
Head gaskets, all engine seals, oil cooler gasket, oil pump gasket  cat converter was working OK, but fittings were badly rusted so after engine removal, could not be reused. 
138000 mi fuel filler pipe was badly rusted and needed to be replaced. 
145900 mi

US $160
Idler pulley on AC drive belt froze, causing belt to fail. Replaced pulley and belt. 
150000 mi

US $92
Running poorly, lacked power, especially at low speed. Replaced upstream oxygen sensor. 
169200 mi

US $95
Knock sensor needed to be replaced. 
170800 mi

US $350
Evaporative control hard lines were rusted through, causing a evaporation control system leak. 
180000 mi

US $60
Some of the original emission control tubes and valves were corroded and needed to be replaced. Valve cover gaskets leaking. I replaced them. 
203800 mi

US $1500
Timing belt water pump idlers etc repaired successfully. 
205000 mi

US $100
Transmission locked out of drive. Brake sensor replaced. 
215000 mi

US $75
Leaking head gaskets on both sides. Put gasket conditioner and new coolant in. 
211000 mi

US $46
Fuel hose near throttle body cracked. 
220000 mi

US $200
Timing belt tensioner bearing busted. Replacement of tensioner. 
138000 mi

US $555
Golden Hills Auto Center performed scan for check engine light, indicated spark plug wire and ignition coil failure (also resurfaced rotors - replaced rears after they damaged them. 
143000 mi

US $1903
Check engine light still, check oil burn smell - missfire at #4 cylinder, oil in spark plug; replaced cylinder head gaskets, timing belt(?), water pump(?). Check engine light returned after this repair. 
150000 mi

US $1110
In to and diagnose check engine light; code indicated catalyst efficiency below threshold; replaced cat converter. Check engine light off (Golden Hills fired.) 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

121000 mi

US $200
Overheating on long drives. 

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2000 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

248500 mi

US $1100
I had a new clutch put in (flywheel), the old clutch was the original from when I bought the car 15 years ago. The clutch was starting to slip. I'd say we got our money's worth out of it! :) 
115000.0 mi

US $5000
2nd Head Gasket blew. 2nd Head Gasket blew. 
124000.0 mi Found another leak under near heater. The fix for this was to epoxy the tear. Subaru dealer did this for free. Since I had just brought in for the other water leak. Found another leak under near heater. The fix for this was to epoxy the tear. Subaru dealer did this for free. Since I had just brought in for the other water leak. 

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1999.5 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

73560 mi Whet turning up engine getting stop it self. After warming works nearly well not good. Some times during a drive engine stops working it self. So I can't find a problem with the engine electronic. What should I do please let me know. .... 
137000 mi

US $25
"Check engine" light has been on intermittently for months. Probably indicates need for yet another O2 sensor, which is a known problem with this vehicle.  Repeated problems with crankshaft pulley and associated belt. Crankshaft pulley replaced twice in six months--separated the first time. Second replacement still has problems with loosening and belt slipping off. 

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1999 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

88000 mi

US $200
Engine light went on. The code related to the fuel line. We tried changing the gas cap, no luck. I would look further to repair, but the car is now having transmission issues (too expensive to fix)and I will likely sell and buy a new car 
160000 mi

US $200
Overheated and subsequently damaged turbo. Likely caused by neglected oil changes. Replaced turbo with used part from junkyard. 
128000 mi engine died. would need to be replaced. 
191000 mi

US $2900
replace oil pump seals 

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1999 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

74000 mi

US $80
Replaced failed rear oxygen sensor. 
93000 mi

US $300
Front oxygen sensor replaced. (Dealer incorrectly diagnosed problem initially and replaced rear sensor.) 
109000 mi

US $600
Repaired oil leak at the front of the motor. I had the leak for a year before repaired because dealer said it would be repaired when I replaced the timing belt. Radiator hose damaged by oil leak had to be replaced. 
123700 mi

US $300
Ignition coil bad. Replaced coil, plugs and wires. 
125000 mi check engine sensor 

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1999 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

210800 mi

C $2500
Timing belt broke, engine seized 
89000 mi

US $110
leaky head gasket 
236000 mi

US $302
Slow leak of coolant 
235000 mi

US $580
Radiator plastic-crimped top popped in Death Valley. I had it replaced, along with the old original coolant hoses. 

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1998 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

187700 mi

US $920
Replaced catalytic converters and O2 sensors. The connecting flanges had rusted through even though the cat and SS containers were still good after 15 years. They had rusted off from the exhaust pipe flange, Noise and CO danger in Winter. 
120000 mi

US $2000
Head gasket leak; decided to replace the car 
185000 mi

US $450
noticed an intermittent gasoline smell when driving the car, shop found and replaced cracking fuel lines 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

140700 mi

US $1000
Head gaskets;  radiator+hoses. 

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

97000 mi

US $400
Cracked radiator - replaced radiator, hoses, thermostat - also added "freon" and changed oil. Just completed by backyard mechanic (trained on Subarus). Still monitoring for possible damage to head gasket when car overheated. 

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