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Expensive Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (54%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (8%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 323 repairs.
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Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (34%)

$1000 - $2499 (66%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 207 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

90000 mi

US $1400
throw out bearing went, installed new throw out bearing and clutch, cv axle was seized so repaired that as well 
120000 mi

US $800
Bushing for front lower control arms needed to be replaced. bushings were gone due to ordinary wear and tear 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

59970 mi

US $1200
Replaced rear pads and rotors 
62000 mi

US $1400
Front strut tops worn or damaged. New struts installed. 
64000 mi

US $1400
Rt front axle, CV joint clicking 
68000 mi

US $800
New brakes 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

85560 mi

C $1000
Drive axle replaced Ball joint replaced 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

57000 mi

US $500
New front brakes and rotors 
62000 mi

US $2300
Worn front brakes and damaged rotors. My fault!! 
76000 mi

US $450
rear brakes and rotors replaced 
56000 mi

US $640
Blower defaulted to high - replaced blower motor resistor pack - only worked on 2 and 4(high). Inspected wiring to in-dash HVAC controller, found burned/melted connector on back. Replaced in-dash HVAC controller, problem solved. 
77300 mi

US $200
strut on rear hatch broke due to corrosion - replaced both struts 
77750 mi

US $1000
bad rear wheel bearing - replaced both rear wheel bearings and installed new pads & rotors as there would be no additional charge for the labor. 
57500 mi

US $1400
Bad air conditioner clutch. Dealer replaced compressor and clutch mechanism. 
118000 mi

US $900
Front control arm bushings were worn out so these were replaced and an alignment was done 
137000 mi

US $1000
Replaced rear wheel bearings 
51000 mi

US $1100
replaced rotors and pads 

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2013 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

26660 mi

C $1000
Had to replace rotors and brake pads on all wheels as they had been stuck (calipers were not moving freely) and worn out the rotors. 
40920 mi

C $187
AC compressor had failed and it was replaced. 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

79700 mi

US $262
Worn right front wheel bearing, starting to make noise and vibrate during left turns. Replaced wheel bearing and hub. 
68000 mi

US $1200
A/C Compressor seized over the winter. Replaced. 

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2012 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

42780 mi

C $1000
Replaced LF AND RF wheel bearings. RR was done 3000km ago. 
54000 mi

US $1200
Struts reached end of life and damaged tie rods. 
78000 mi

US $2500
Head gasket failure resulting in coolant leaking along with a crack in another small part. 
26000 mi

US $2200
AC would get very warm after 1/2 hour of operation. After AC shut down for 15 minutes, it would cool down again for another 1/2 hour. 

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2011 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

125000 mi

US $3500
replaced short block due to oil consumption 
84000 mi

US $2100
Both cam carriers (or cages) were leaking oil and needed to be resealed. This required removing the engine, 
108000 mi

US $470
Once again one of the wheel studs broke off in the lug nut when my tires were rotated at Discount Tire. Then when Subaru mechanic was taking that wheel off, another one broke! This is at least the 5th stud to break. Subaru aluminum alloy wheels from 2011 are junk. Front break rotors were resurfaced. The idle pulleys and belt tensioner needed replacement. 
96100 mi

C $1300
Engine seal and oil sensor. Starting position required to commence official oil use monitoring process. Subaru had sent letter advising that some excessive oil consumption noticed in years including my car. Anything over 1 litre per 6000 km. My car's engine related warranty to be extended to 160k from 100k!!! My number came at about 2.4 ltr/6000 km I have a loaner 2018 Forester today while Subaru installs a new (rebuilt) short block, for free.  I have a rt. tie rod with alignment being done at same time $400.  
94000 mi

US $110
Replaced Air/Fuel ratio sensor 
101000 mi

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

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

98000 mi

US $400
Wheel bearing was making whining noise, only left front, easy replacement. 
105000 mi

US $1400
Sway bar links and bushings were bad, replaced. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

89800 mi

US $175
Had car in to get all four brake pads and rotors replaced, also needed one brake caliper replaced. Brake stuck on the ride home, so I had to bring it back. 
113000 mi

US $1500
Replaced clutch bearing, pressure plate, and flywheel. 
120300 mi

US $640
Clunking sound when going over small bumps. Sway bars bad. 
134000 mi

US $698
Replaced right front caliper, old one was sticking. Cost about $220, parts and labor. 
151000 mi

US $500
Stuck caliper, replaced that, plus pads and rotors. 
175000 mi

US $450
Stuck right front caliper, replaced that, plus discs and pads 
117000 mi

US $1000
Clutch Pressure plate and release bearing worn out. 
116200 mi

US $1300
Clutch replacement, high pitched whine, likely throw out bearing. 
119500 mi

US $155
Check oil leak...currently minor. Diagnosis is a leaking head gasket. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

92000 mi

US $200
Gasket failed around rear hatch. The new gasket was installed incorrectly the first time. On the second trip to the shop, the gasket was installed correctly. Failure of multiple Schraeder valves in the A/C system. The repair has yet to be successful. I will take the car to another shop after winter. 
103000 mi

US $2900
Brakes replaced Condenser replaced Tie-rods replaced 
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! 
58900 mi

C $350
After requiring new rear calipers last year, dealer service found that the front calipers were seized and now also needed replacing. These crappy factory parts corrode immediately, and regular brake service and lubrication does not help! 
76880 mi

C $1100
Dealer completely missed TWO sticking calipers when we had it inspected by them in early October. My local mechanic found the problem in minutes, sticking calipers ate pads and rotors, needed full brake parts all around. 
83700 mi

C $1200
Second time the same wheel bearing has required replacement. 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. 
91140 mi

C $300
Car started to make a ticking sound when making sharp right turns at low speed. This become worse and vibration at highway speeds started under acceleration. My mechanic diagnosed this a bad inner CV. Cost to repair and reboot the front half-shaft is more money than the difference in parts cost to replace the entire half-shaft so I went that route. Mechanic suggested an aftermarket half-shaft which are known to cause vibration issues. This one was no different and I am now waiting on the Subaru OEM part which is on back order. Not impressed that Subaru Canada does not keep a known failure part like this in stock at all times. It's common to many different models and years of Subaru! 
99200 mi

C $135
Heat shield rattle repaired with clamps. Vibration diagnosis revealed possible issue with recently replace front half-shaft. 
103000 mi

US $3000
Scheduled timing belt replacement, brakes,leaky head gasket seal 
123000 mi

US $1400
Catalytic converter rusting out, creating loud exhaust noise and causing fumes to enter car. Catalytic converter replaced. 
127000 mi

US $300
Bent tie rod replaced 
164000 mi

US $360
Front-left wheel bearing replacement. 
44641 mi

C $200
Head lights had to be replaced 
47120 mi

C $1500
Rotors, drums, pads. Jan/17 had reg. maint. done & Subaru (Edm.)said brakes, etc.were good. Jun/17 after problems with having new summer tires put on (at a local company), bolts kept loosening & front tire was almost falling off - extreme vibrating. The local tire company had to torque the bolts 3 times! There was loud screeching sound after all this & tire co. said its because of aluminum rims and its brakes, etc. 
48980 mi

C $1023
rear pads, discs, rotors (nearly metal on metal) told about in June replaced in September. 
70000 mi

US $1000
Exhaust Cross pipe cracked needed replacement. 
61300 mi

US $4200
Replaced with rebuilt transmission 
62000 mi

US $395
Replaced sway bar on front axle. Dealer that sold me the car did not take care of it. 
63000 mi

US $1340
AC Air Compressor had a seal leak and had to replace entire compressor to make AC functional again. May have been results of collission car was in as this was purchased salvage title. 
44640 mi

C $950
Driver seat front edge would not raise evenly. Dealer reports the seat frame needs replacement - $720 part. Not under warranty. 
114700 mi

C $1000
Both rear control arms were noisy, the ball joints were wearing out. 
89560 mi

C $400
Engine flooded badly had to change plugs, cables and air filter. 
94240 mi

C $650
Had to replace the thing that attaches the rear sway bar. 
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 
115280 mi

C $760
Driveshaft bearing was grinding whole driveshaft replaced 
123320 mi

C $1700
Head gaskets 
83000 mi

US $138
Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced the gas cap with a new gas cap. That fixed the problem. 
110000 mi

US $2100
Blown head gasket 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

148-horsepower 2.0L H4 5-speed manual AWD

105280 mi

C $3800
Heard a slight knocking noise on front passenger side for 6+ mo. Noise got slightly louder. Took it to Subaru dealership out of town; estimated replacing front CV or U joint. Home dealer recommended replacing entire transmission-so did it 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

42560 mi

$600
Front left brake caliper replaced (one piston blocked). 
42300 mi

$330
All silent blocks (front and rear) were replaced. 
55800 mi

$1500
Replace the viscous center differential 
67580 mi

$625
Radiator replacement 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

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

43400 mi

$400
A/C radiator had a small hole and was replaced and the installation was recharced 
62000 mi

$650
Center differential was broken. It was not replaced but repaired 
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 
86800 mi

$3000
Short block was dismounted, examined. Because it was cracked the short block was replaced with a second hand short block. Unfortunately my mechanic cheated me and replaced the short block with a defect short block. I had to take the car and I went to a Subaru service finally where they discovered that the short block replaced was damaged too. I don't want to spend any other money for this car anymore. I sold it finally. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

90800 mi

US $2300
3 Trips to correctly repair catalytic converter.  Also had to replace Oxygen sensors, valve gaskets and coil. 
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. 
47000 mi

US $500
A/C Compressor clutch failed, as in disintegrated. Dealer replaced compressor, belts, recharged system, a couple o-rings, etc. Manufacturer (SOA) offered $300 in "goodwill" on an $800 repair bill. Disappointing repair on a 3-year-old car 
58300 mi

US $300
Small oil leak from valve cover gasket and spark plug seals Driver's-side caliper sticking, causing abnormal pad wear. Replaced caliper, front brake rotors, front brake pads. Replaced brake fluid & bled system. 
78000 mi

US $200
F/R End links worn, replaced. 
78300 mi

US $250
Torn Driver's side CV boot. Replaced. Shop did alignment as well. 
89000 mi

US $150
Car would intermittently not start--no cranking, no sound whatsoever. No ECM codes. Diagnosed (guessed) that I had a bad solenoid. Replaced starter/solenoid with reman unit from NAPA. Car starts every time. 
95000 mi

US $200
Ball joints shot. R&R. 4-wheel Alignment by Goodyear. 
100000 mi

US $2000
Cardone remanufactured steering pump leaked all over front of engine & exhaust. Less than one year old. Mechanic replaced it with OEM Subaru pump. Lower control arm bushings replaced. 
79800 mi

US $3000
Clutch R&R. The lining wore out. My replacement may have been somewhat premature, it probably would have lasted another 5,000 miles or so. New struts/shocks Front & rear 
110000 mi

US $700
R&R 2 motor mounts and transmission mount. Valve Cover gaskets R&R 
28000 mi

US $1980
Engine stopped without warning (engine light came on as it shuddered to a stop); towed to nearest dealer; diagnosed 1 & 2 misfire (no explanation) - replaced engine coil and spark plugs. Engine stopped without warning (engine light came on as it shuddered to a stop); towed to nearest dealer; diagnosed 1 & 2 misfire (no explanation) - replaced engine coil and spark plugs. Had to apply for warranty reimbursement - not granted. 
37000 mi

US $5250
Discovered transmission case was cracked after brakes were replaced, apparently due to getting a flat tire on the highway a couple of weeks earlier. Covered by warranty. 
44000 mi

US $150
Fuse for heated seats, power mirrors 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. 
127000 mi

US $4000
Replace Transmission Replace clutch 
160000 mi

US $500
Front break pads, rotors, calipers replaced. 
77000 mi

US $1800
Exhaust , heat shield , and header repair. 
88000 mi

US $1750
Worn shocks; replaced with KYB aftermarket performance shocks and at same time installed aftermarket Swift springs. 
91000 mi

US $740
Replaced spark plugs due to misfire.(and.check engine light).  Also replaced leaking driveshaft seal. Total includes.other fluid and filter annual maintenance. 
94000 mi

US $1700
Replaced clutch due to wear 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

115000 mi

US $3000
Head gasket leak. Needed full replacement plus water pump, heads resurfaced. 
55700 mi

US $150
Replace wheel hub unit include wheel bearing. Significant corrosion required removing knuckle from vehicle to press out wheel hub. Had to replace ball joint as well. 
66000 mi

US $1550
Both head gaskets were externally leaking significant oil. 2 transmission lines between tranny and cooler behind radiator were corroded and leaking, both were replaced. 
66000 mi

US $1500
Subaru comped half the cost of head gasket replacement, both sides. Also replaced timing belt, associated gaskets, transmission cooler line. 
157000 mi

US $1500
Engine issues related to car losing power and stalling. Full clutch replacement. 
185000 mi

US $1200
The rack needed to be replaced. 
37700 mi

C $300
Check engine light came on. Was running rough and misfiring. Injector flush, and a full service which includes plugs etc. Fan stopped working in speeds 1, 2, and 3. Worked in 4 
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. 
58000 mi

US $150
battery up and died 
82000 mi

US $1500
AC CLUTCH AND COMPRESSOR TOTALLY BURNT OUT, COMPLETE REPLACEMENT REQ'D 
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 $1300
transmission stopped working. Installed a used transmission. 
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 
172000 mi

US $460
replace two wheel bearings 
94700 mi

US $350
Lines to transmission were leaking, had to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $1300
Head gasket replacement 
114000 mi

US $800
Front control arms replaced 
114500 mi

US $583
Hoses failed. Thermostat replaced 
52000 mi

US $500
A small hole was found in the condenser which had to be replaced, after that a worn out connector/gasket had to be replaced. 
79000 mi

US $600
Rear brakes were stuck on and completely worn down, had to replace brake pads and shoes, re-work and lubricate the joint that applies the brakes. 
93000 mi

US $250
brake calipers on front wheel was stuck on, had to be removed, cleaned and oiled and new brakes and rotors put on. 
100000 mi

US $2000
Warped head gaskets Sway bar links broken Timing belt 
108000 mi

US $800
brake calipers were stuck on, had to replace as well as new brake pads, rotors etc. 
108000 mi

US $1100
brake line leak tire pressure sensors needed to be replaced due to low battery, 3/4 sensors low gas mileage noted, needed new spark plugs and a fuel system cleaning 
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. 
107000 mi

US $325
Replace HVAC fan motor. 
108300 mi

US $1200
A/C compressor went out. 
42000 mi

US $468
exhaust flex pipe connector, corroded and not flexing. 
68700 mi

US $325
Replaced both sway bar links. Replaced warn drive belts, they were cracking and making squealing noise when attempting to exit parking spaces. 
65900 mi

US $779
Front Control arm bushings needed replacement. 
79000 mi

US $1104
pads & rotors front, pads rear and right front caliper. replaced coil, spark plugs and wires 
84000 mi

US $650
Exhaust pipe broke off cat converter. They replaced the catalytic converter and twin exhausts with non-oem parts. 
84500 mi

US $509
Replaced 4 tires and front and rear alignment. 

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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

Engine not specified

65720 mi

$333
CV Joint 
86800 mi

$1000
Outer CV joint 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

85180 mi

C $1200
Clutch 
108500 mi

C $500
Link broke 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

57900 mi

US $600
The Trailing arm link bushings were worn and replaced. Same for the Crossmember bushings. 
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. 
64000 mi

US $1279
Replaced oem struts with a new set. 
81000 mi

US $1115
Noise coming from the rear of car turned out to be a wheel bearing on the driver side. I had both driver and passenger side done. Two front swayer end links were rusted and replaced. Upper radiator hose was worn. Worn A/C and alternator belt. 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 
113200 mi

US $350
Tie end boot needed replacement. Leaking motor oil. Shop did it, but it failed soon after. Shop was out of business by then. 
150000 mi

US $850
Steering fluid leaking. Rack needed replacement. 
158000 mi

US $200
TPS light on. Sensor was replaced on 2 of the tires Airbag light is on in dashboard. Not code has been found. Car is being driven with light on. 
95000 mi

US $3300
Head gasket replacement 
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. 
108700 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. 
121000 mi

US $300
Dead in the driveway, 4K miles after head gasket repair. Could have seized due to increased oil consumption after engine block remachining. Starter made noise but car wouldn't start. Local mechanic removed timing cover for diagnosis and suspected broken camshaft due to timing slip. Subaru dealership mechanic also suspected timing issues. Quoted $7-9k for engine repair, or $6-7k to buy and install a remanufactured engine. I scrapped the car. 

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2008 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

111290 mi

C $2500
Leaking head gasket - observed during routine maintenance and not yet repaired - the price reported (in CAD) is an estimate based on not needing to machine the heads, if this is added, could be as high as 4000. We're shopping around to see what our options are. We hope to drive this Forester for another 100k-150k and do intend to make the repair. 
45000 mi

US $2500
Head gasket needed replacement. Also changed timing belt. 
163500 mi

US $1500
Rack and Pinion seal went bad. Replaced entire system. 
160300 mi

US $3500
Master cylinder leaking 
53000 mi

US $3500
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). 
55000 mi

US $100
Replace one faulty tire pressure sensor. 
56000 mi

US $1200
Engine suddenly running badly. Replaced coil pack, spark plugs, spark plug wires. Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
58280 mi

C $1900
Major parts: Machined engine block Changed valve/guide Changed spark plugs/wires Changed drive belt 
66620 mi

C $250
Changed both link kit - front 
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. 
94240 mi

C $335
Replace rear wiper motor Replaced front sway bar links 

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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
Power steering pump needs to be replaced Radiator burst 
106000 mi

US $500
All 4 links had to be replaced. Front struts were replaced 
112000 mi

US $200
fuel injector needed to be replaced. - misfire in the cylinder Shifter bushing were replaced 
113000 mi

US $1500
Working on Heads. Replaced valves Clutch seized Timing belt wore off. Original repair done by Northeast Motors in New Hampshire. They replaced timing belt and overtightened a guide. It chew through the belt. 
113000 mi

US $400
Rear sway bar rusted through 
118000 mi

US $550
Replaced all the fuel hoses. They were still leaking 
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. 
99000 mi

US $113
A washer limiting the motion of the parking brake was improperly seated after having rear brakes replaced 3 months ago. Washer shifted causing parking brake to engage and I was unable to release with lever. 
107300 mi

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

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

109000 mi

US $1800
Master bearing of clutch went out; clutch replaced. Timing belt replaced, $1200 of total. Battery replaced. 
131000 mi

US $800
Replaced left wheel bearing, did brakes & re-aligned. Catalytic convertors replaced. 
124300 mi

US $3000
Headgasket failure. 
177000 mi

US $2100
Catastrophic transmission failure. Required replacement in full. 
30944 mi

C $326
burning smell in car -burnt and melted blower fan motor connector. Connector replaced, melted again and required new motor and wiring. Subaru Canada refused any compensation or aid. totally PO'D with them. Right front strut was leaking - replaced. also, good deal on new tires. no cost- warrenty. 
107660 mi

C $1138
regular 6000Km service,plus all 4 brake pads/rotors,2 front brake discs, rear cylinder leaking, brake fluid flush. 10% off parts and labour. 
110440 mi

C $1160
Clutch seized - throw bearing fried, clutch totally worn (first clutch replacement @176Km) 
114080 mi

C $180
first warm day, a/c not working - discharged coolant, couldn't find leak- recharged coolant with a dye. Next time they will know where the leak is. 

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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 
70060 mi

C $759
Alternator failed to charge, replaced Battery too 
200000 mi

US $1400
The over head cam was repaired. At that time we also replaced all belts, water pump, spark plugs because it seamed like a good idea . Wheel bearing and a ball joint. Both front control arms 
256000 mi

US $150
Exhaust , muffler 
230000 mi

US $600
I’m not sure 
256000 mi

US $1000
Cadalydic converter 
260000 mi

US $175
Pulsing in the steering wheel. Vibration in the pedal. 
60000 mi

US $214
automatic transmission shift cable 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 
88000 mi

US $325
replace front wheel bearing; loud grinding noise from front end identified problem 
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
left cylinder head oil sending unit  plus new battery, replace read window wiper motor, front window switch assorted parts 
101000 mi

US $400
front caliper seized up; front pads down to nothing; dangerous to drive; fix problem, new pads etc. rear pads OK 
106000 mi

US $200
car being given to step-daughter who is moving to Arizona; car was basically checked out to insure safety etc for trip across country; nothing significant in the way of repairs; tires are almost new; brake pads replaced; signs of rust note. 

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2006 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

71000 mi

US $3500
headgaskets. 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

48980 mi

C $250
Driver-side HID Headlight ballast no longer. Repaired under extended Manufacturer's Warranty. The HID light on the other is not flickering. 
57660 mi

C $1937
Overhaul / Replace Clutch, Pressure Plate, Throw-out bearing, flush clutch hydrologics and Gear box 
68700 mi

C $500
Secondary Air Valve (RH) 
71920 mi

C $130
The HID bulb on the Driver side failed 
75020 mi

C $645
Suspension: Left Front End Link seized. Engine: Fan belts. 
161000 mi

US $1600
Head gasket 
164300 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 
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. 

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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 
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. 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

98000 mi

US $1550
Throw out bearing wore out. Grinding noise and gripping problem, no evident problem the day before. Repair shop recommended new clutch as well as bearing due to mileage. 
102000 mi

US $180
Nice cold air when turned on but cooling decreases over 20 minutes until only warm air. Required AC recharge with dye so future leaks (if there are any) can be located. Poor cooling continues and car is on its way back to repair shop. 
65000 mi

US $2500
transmission had to be replaced 

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2006 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

139300 mi

US $2200
valve job, head replaced with refurbished one cold air not lasting; recharging did not fix it hard to steer after valve job done; caused by need to move the power steering lines for the valve job; they haven't fixed it yet (probably will have to bleed it) 
141000 mi

US $300
pump was overheating; still not very cold replaced AC compressor 
157000 mi

US $1000
Check engine light with Cylinder 4misfire. Could be rings or head gasket (again). Mechanic suggested new engine or sell it. I have already put 2 head gaskets in it. Decided to sell it currently shopping for a new vehicle. 
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. 
70000 mi

US $650
A/C system developed a leak and lost all coolant. Put in a leak detector to isolate the source, repaired leaky seals, recharged. 
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. 
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. 
147000 mi

US $130
New thermostat, probably unnecessary. Need a new head gasket just over a year after replacing it. 
86000 mi

US $1200
Worn power steering pump and rack and pinion. Fixed issue. 
93400 mi

US $100
Minor vapor leak. Re-set fault. Happened again. New has cap installed in January. Still problematic. 
104200 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. 
114000 mi

US $520
New tires from misalignment, adjusted alignment, and brake adjustment. 
118000 mi

US $150
Brake adjustment required after faulty maintenance at previous repair visit. 
122000 mi

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

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 5-speed manual AWD

73000 mi

US $1000
Replaced springs and struts, struts still functional but showing signs of looming failure, springs replaced to improve handling. 
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. 
45260 mi

C $400
Ball joint was found to be damaged due to wear during a brake replacement job. This was replaced during the brake service 
71300 mi

C $4000
End link failure. Upgraded parts as replacement. 
69120 mi

C $163
Idler pulley was worn at the bearing. I was hearing a faint fluctuating squealing sound. It was replaced. 
122760 mi

C $900
leaking rear strut. had to replace both rear struts 
125000 mi

US $3200
replaced front and rear struts as front struts were shot and rear had enough wear to need replacing in future. difficult to find first and reverse gears. Flywheel was removed and retooled as it was damaged. 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. 
131000 mi

US $1500
Front left brake pad locked down. Shop said it was rusty calipers and replaced front calipers, rotors, lines, pads, everything. Said it wasn't related to prior repair nor hillholder. Wrong. 3 days after complete front brake system replacement, back right rear brake locked down. I took it to diff. repair shop.replaced entire back brake system but brakes remained locked. They suspected ABS but I towed it back to Subaru to complan Dealer shop finally found faulty hill holder was problem-it was locking down the brakes.That was it the whole time. Had to fight dealer to make them cover repairs. They had it on record that I had thought it the hill holder in DEC. 
136000 mi

US $400
Cracked boot replaced and another boot that was about to go replaced 
144000 mi

US $900
A/C not cooling. Recharging revealed a leak in a/c compressor which was replaced, freon added There was a squeak while running. It was a drive belt that needed replacing. It was replaced 
147000 mi

US $100
I could smell a strong coolant odor and a/c didn't seem as cool. Even on max, fan seemed weak. Shop said that O rings that had been previously replaced were loose. The clamps were tightened and system recharged. I shouldn't have been charged for this as the shop warranties its work for a year but the owner was on vacation and acting manager didn't pass info on to front counter. I'm going to return to shop to get payment back and show them the problem hasn't been resolved completely as I still smell coolant but now only sporadically and fan power is still reduced by half when I turn on a/c. 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

38984 mi

US $1691
Replaced failed turbocharger (2nd time @ only 38K miles) 
66000 mi

US $1000
Turbo failure 
87000 mi

US $500
Radiator developed a crack. 
95000 mi

US $800
Turbo failure. The 4th turbo failed on the car! 
97500 mi

US $100
Valve leak which caused engine light to come ON. 
106500 mi

US $1300
Turbo replacement. Gasket valve. Timing belt 
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 

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2005 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

114000 mi

US $110
Replace transmission cooling tube because of a pinhole leak. 
155000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket repair 
74400 mi

C $4200
Head gasket replacement and engine overhaul 
17000 mi

US $24000
sunroof 
46500 mi

US $100
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. 
80800 mi

US $450
Freon leak. Repaired, parts replaced, system recharged. 
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
A/C did not blow cold air. No leak discovered, recharge of a/c suggested. water pump seized as belt harmonizer cracked and stopped working. 
70000 mi

US $100
Sunroof would not close. It was due to the inside screen being off of the track. 
75000 mi

US $400
CD changer in radio unit would not eject CDs. Unit required replacement for CD function to continue to work. 
88000 mi

US $3700
both rear struts replaced 
115000 mi

US $129
Refrigerant recharge. 
116500 mi

US $475
Starter motor failed and was replaced. 
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. 
115300 mi

C $550
Replaced brake pads. Machined rotors. Replaced leaking cylinders. 
112220 mi

C $340
Computer detected a misfire condition. Mechanic did a tune up to replace plugs and wiring. 
73500 mi

US $435
Right rear wheel bearing replaced.  Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
100534 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). 
153075 mi

US $3887
Solenoids in the transmission went bad during high speed freeway travel. Resulted in CEL and lack of gears at operating temperature. As a result, had to replace the solenoids, the torque converter, and all the fluid. 3rd transmission now... Solenoids in the transmission went bad during high speed freeway travel. Resulted in CEL and lack of gears at operating temperature. As a result, had to replace the solenoids, the torque converter, and all the fluid. 3rd transmission now... 
67000 mi

US $2050
Replaced driver's side rear wheel bearing. Both head gaskets where leaking, car was overheating. Replaced both head gaskets, and timing belt/timing components. 
96200 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. 
183000 mi

US $3700
Internal engine damage. Rebuild required. 

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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. Clutch disc was found slightly damaged when the car was in the repair shop for new pistons and rings. It was 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. 
61880 mi

$1800
Front wheel bearings replaced 

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2004 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

60000 mi

US $3000
intake injector rails leaked gas, serpentine belt replaced, window howled due to poor seals, rotors replaced at only 40k 
75000 mi

US $2000
Turbo went out. Air bag sensors in the front seats malfunctioned. 
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

86000 mi

US $150
Rear brakes and rotors 
97600 mi

US $1980
blown turbo 
103000 mi

US $150
Bad alternator and belt 
129000 mi

US $1200
Clutch replacement 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

80600 mi

C $400
breather fallen off cat converter trip cel 
93000 mi

C $300
a/c interrmittant 
109500 mi

C $1200
compressor dead. re and re 
118300 mi

C $500
drivers window motor replacement 
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 
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. 
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. 
273000 mi

US $500
Replaced front boots and axel. 
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. 
145000 mi

US $850
A/C Compressor Replace, A/C evacuate and recharge 
146000 mi

US $202
Engine Sludge caused CEL. Full engine flush and detergent cleaning followed by dealer oil change 
152000 mi

US $1323
Turbo Rebuild and replacement. Replacement of gaskets and banjo joints. Antifreeze leak also fixed. 
152500 mi

US $611
RH Oil Control Valve, Hoses, and Gaskets Replacement 
154000 mi

US $413
All engine coil packs and spark plugs replaced due to dead cylinders. 
168000 mi

US $389
Replaced idler pully Replacement of Fuel line under turbo and hoses and clamps associated with the line Seized caliper and new pads all around. New rotors on the front axle 
195000 mi

US $3500
Complete turbo rebuild and engine flush. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

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. 
35700 mi

US $12000
Clutch was slipping and was replaced 
84000 mi

US $100
Stuttering/hesitating when gas given, esp. going up hills. Spark plugs and cables replaced 
84000 mi

US $250
Right rear bearing was noisy, normal repair 
63240 mi

C $340
oxygen sensor 
75020 mi

C $500
leaking coolant from head gasget 
80600 mi

C $300
rear wheel bearing 
86160 mi

C $450
Driver's power window motor was seized, therefore replaced 
88040 mi

C $160
Air bag light on. Faulty wiring detected under driver's seat. 
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 
128100 mi

C $700
Left front brake calliper seized. Replaces calliper plus rotors and pads. 80k since last serviced for front brakes. 
136060 mi

C $100
Oil seepage 
138960 mi

C $300
Left front brake caliper seized 
141740 mi

C $430
Rear wheel bearing 
148800 mi

C $400
Leaking oil, valve cover gadgets replaced 
90000 mi

US $1600
blown head gasket 
124000 mi

US $1612
Center Differential replaced 
170800 mi

US $340
Leaking Muffler 
180000 mi

US $400
Replaced Head Gaskets Machine Ship 250 dollars Parts about 150 
195000 mi

US $270
leaking rear wheel brake cylinders 
83500 mi

US $1120
Throwout bearing failed. Replace clutch and throwout bearing. Refill with synthetic fluid. Throwout bearing failed and buzzing loudly. Clutch shuddering. Replace clutch and throwout bearing. Refill with synthetic fluid. 
115000 mi

US $311
Replace transmission neutral switch to correct severe shuddering while driving. Remove buzzing heat shield. Remove rust from rear rotor to prevent parking brake from grinding on rotor when making turns. 
118000 mi

US $587
Engine surging/stumbling. Starved for fuel. Replaced faulty idle air control valve and, as precaution, evap canister purge valve. 
126000 mi

US $160
Replaced clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, and hydraulic hose. Clutch master cylinder was leaking and not holding pressure. 

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2004 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

59936 mi

US $300
Transmission pan leaking transmission fluid. Re-seal pan. 
65228 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. 
67000 mi

US $107
Heat shields vibrating under car. Still not right. Will return for re-repair at next oil change. 
90000 mi

US $400
Replace Valve Cover Gaskets and Tube Seals. Oil dripping on spark plugs. 
107000 mi

US $387
Replaced bushings and end links on front sway bar to eliminate clunking over bumps. Tech noted on invoice that he recommends drivers side and passenger side head gaskets. Not happy. Keeping an eye on oil and anti-freeze levels. 
110700 mi

US $225
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. Rear wheel cylinders leaking. Would not pass inspection. Replace cylinders, new shoes and cut drums. Replace pads up front and cut rotors. Flush brake fluid. Total was $500. Estimated $225 for wheel cylinders. 
140000 mi

US $360
Replaced evaporator core and expansion valve behind dashboard.Core had leak. Added compressor oil and dye. Ran vacuum pump for one hour. Waited one hour to be sure vacuum held. Recharged system. Price includes gauges, pump and tools. 
166000 mi

US $136
Wire, plug and blower fan receptacle damaged due to overheating at one contact. Remove contact from plug, cleanup and use epoxy glue to hold in place along with new wire. Resolder wires to main harness wiring. Install new blower fan. 
80600 mi

C $400
Replace door lock actuator. Replaced head light wiring harness. The drivers side headlight was burnt out. Upon inspection the wiring harness was melted. 
85560 mi

C $2500
Replaced head gaskets Replaced fuel pump 
88660 mi

C $400
Rear hatch lock replaced 

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2003 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

149000 mi

US $1800
head gasket. second for the car 
87000 mi

£3000
Rear diff disintegrating 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

144000 mi

US $1600
replaced both rear wheel bearings, rear struts and strut mounts 
152000 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! 
173000 mi

US $450
Replaced stabilizer bars, old ones worn, causing suspension to make a knocking noise when going over bumps.  Replaced fog lamp. 
185000 mi

US $450
replaced 2 rear sway bar links noticed an intermittent gasoline smell when driving the car, shop found and replaced cracking fuel lines 
197000 mi

US $1100
steering rack replaced with remanufactured had all four shocks/struts replaced 
73800 mi

US $1100
Transmission seal damaged during head gasket repair that occurred just before I bought the car. Seller paid half. Total was $1,100. 
84000 mi

US $280
Rear break cylinder seals leaking. Were replaced. Replaced bulb in clock light, which had not operated for several years. Cost $5 -- previous shop had quoted $150. 
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. 
121000 mi

US $1000
Replaced failing rear bearings. Also got new front brakes. Replaced worn-out shifter knuckle 
137000 mi

US $237
Windshield wiper transmission needed replacement. Wiper motor was unaffected. 
109700 mi

US $1200
Radiator shot. Replaced. Steering rack worn out. Replaced. 
143000 mi

US $320
Leaking AC line replaced. AC recharged. 
313300 mi

US $930
rear wheel bearings + belt tensioner 
316000 mi

US $1100
Rear struts replaced Drive shaft replaced 
346000 mi

US $865
exhaust pipe corrosion and failure 
83700 mi

A $650
Starter motor intermittently failed to engage on ring gear. Starter motor replaced by workshop. 
84320 mi

A $2200
Clutch pressure plate broke into 3 pieces while driving resulting in partial loss of drive. New clutch kit fitted. Original dual-mass flywheel also replaced with a solid flywheel. New clutch and flywheel kit from Exedy (not Subaru). 
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. 
122760 mi

A $900
Steering rack was leaking fluid. Rack was replaced with a reconditioned one. 
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

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. 
148180 mi

A $1700
Left rear wheel bearing that was replaced in August had become noisy again. Shop determined that it, as well as the (original) right bearing had failed and the hubs were also heat damaged. Bearings, hub as well as seals etc were replaced. 
71000 mi

US $1000
Catalytic Converter 
104000 mi

US $800
EGR Problem 
126000 mi

US $2900
head gaskets replaced -- car leaking oil 
152000 mi

US $1000
replace both front-end sway bar end links, replace ball joint cylinder 
162000 mi

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

US $200
replaced cracked radiator 

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2003 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

110360 mi

$3000
Not only suspension. Several faults. Nothing repaired. Former owner have to give proper information about the car during sales process. Former owner has been accused of holding back information - which is illegal to do in this country. 
160200 mi

US $450
A/C Compressor failed. A/C system had various leaks. Plastic upper radiator outlet cracked causing radiator hose to pop off. Car lost all of its coolant and stranded me on interstate. Rear strut has developed thumps and rattle. Strut piston rod is binding inside strut body. This is a common Subaru problem with no permanent resolution. 
161000 mi

US $630
Noticed steering rack was leaking fluid when car went in for state inspection. Entire steering rack and tie-rod assembly had to be replaced. 
177000 mi

US $100
Gear selector froze in Park while I was in line at a fast food outlet. I was able to force the shifter into drive after exerting a tremendous amount of force. The car was repaired by replacing the entire shifter mechanism with a used one. The problem ended up being a failed solenoid on the old shifter. We were not able to simply replace that part because I partially destroyed the shifter when forcing into gear. 
177500 mi

US $480
Drivers side Rear wheel bearing was replaced. 
62000 mi

US $180
Suspension issue. I don't recall what the part that was replaced is called. 
64000 mi

US $1302
Head gasket had to be replaced, also did valve adjustment. 
150000 mi

US $1400
Exhaust manifold had crack, rust spots in exhaust pipes. Muffler, catalytic converter, and manifolds replaced. 
136500 mi

US $350
Front right brake caliper in stuck position 
149000 mi

US $1600
The car was making a strange almost-scraping noise from the front end. Both front wheel bearings were replaced, however, the noise still remained. 
49000 mi

US $3000
Suspension arm broken Piston Slap on two cylinders 
144460 mi

C $1400
Wheel bearings 
86100 mi

US $2000
Minor head gasket leak as well as a few oil leaks from around the pump. 
98000 mi

US $281
Bearings in idler pulley were wearing down, resulting in a whine. Idler pulley replaced. 
106000 mi

US $253
Replaced pads, which were thinning. Warped rotors were found at the time of inspection. 
108000 mi

US $250
Original radiator developed a leak. Radiator was replaced with aftermarket unit. The original upper and lower radiator hoses were felt to be a bit soft and were prophylactically replaced as well. 
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. 
114742 mi

US $617
Replace transmission pressure line solenoid. Replace transmission pressure line solenoid 
180000 mi

US $1000
Long overdue repairs to AC system. Ball joint in front axle replaced. O2 sensor replaced 
189100 mi

US $400
Exhaust replaced-everything but the cat converter. 
199400 mi

US $600
AC belts and fan needed to be replaced. 
204000 mi

US $1500
Head gaskets replaced because they were leaking. Alternator replaced. 
210000 mi

US $500
Replace gaskets 
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! 
245000 mi

US $1600
front axle seal replacement 
247000 mi

US $1700
Engine overheating so coolant system maintenance, hoses replaced, engine block and heads cleaned because of oil burn-off. 
250000 mi

US $2197
Engine replacement 
75000 mi

US $245
Sway bar linkage replaced Sway bar linkage replaced 
75900 mi

US $822
Grinding/chirping/singing noise from rear of car. Diagnosed by dealership as "parking brake mechanism broken during aftermarket brake install." Replaced PB, rear rotors and pads. Dealership repaired parking brake hardware along with rear rotors and pads. Damage to parking brake mechanism alleged to be the result of third-party brake job. 
89000 mi

US $1023
Driver's window switch and motor failed 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. 
133000 mi

US $888
Replacement of serpentine belt 
113000 mi

US $350
O2 sensor replacement Rack beginning to fail; needs replacement 
127000 mi

US $940
Replacement of steering rack 
129200 mi

US $498
Replaced rear passenger wheel bearing and hub 
137800 mi

US $968
Head gaskets replaced($1900), replaced intake and exhaust valves, and springs, seals and guides ($800), as well as oil change and coolant flush. Reason for new valve job was low compression in 2 cylinders. both rear wheel bearings ($900) Radiator replaced, radiator cap, thermostat, fan clutch and hoses  
138700 mi

US $200
Rear differential replaced 
139100 mi

US $983
Front subframes replaced. One of the sub frames had a small rust bubble which turned out to be the whole bottom rusted out after some poking with a screw driver. The other one was mostly rust free but was going to need replacement soon so I did them as a pair. 
142000 mi

US $564
Rear differential cradle replaced. The rear differential mount was literally cracked almost in half and this may have caused some damage to the differential from the excess moving under acceleration and deceleration.  
142000 mi

US $406
exhaust manifold replaced, oxygen sensors, gaskets/ hardware 
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. 
116000 mi

US $650
replace lightbulbs etc... 
98000 mi

US $212
Both headlights failed within a week. Tried to repair headlight myself, unable to do so. Dealer took 1.5 hours. 
105000 mi

US $3400
Cracked piston. Entire engine had to be replaced. Used engine with 70,000miles cost $3,400 
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 
126000 mi

US $3200
Head gasket replacement. 
127000 mi

US $300
Replace one front caliper; required doing both plus pads. 
130000 mi

US $225
Security system malfunctioned, draining and depleting battery. Engine would not start due to security system. Dealer diagnosed it, replaced battery, and reset security system. 
133000 mi

US $364
Cracked radiator was replace. 
94000 mi

US $1850
2 head gaskets leaking coolant. Had the gaskets replaced. 
68000 mi

US $2000
Bent valve die to to worn exhaust guides. Passenger side drive link and frame rusted through. 
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. Leaking struts replaced 
42500 mi

US $1817
Replaced pinion bearing support. Replaced pinion bearing support. 

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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 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

165000 mi

US $496
Replace knock sensor and coil pack 
170000 mi

US $1416
Replace clutch, throwout bearing, etc. Replace exhaust system (except cat) 
179000 mi

US $175
Replace rear wheel bearings, rear ABS sensors, also rotors and pads Rear suspension link replaced CEL indicated leak in evap system. Replaced solenoid purge valve at rear of car Previously replaced rear ABS sensor failed. Resulted in additional damage to tone ring. Also had to replace springs for brakes as a result 
192100 mi

US $1100
Replace converters and related sensors 
196400 mi

US $3300
Top end rebuild (valves and guides), new piston rings, 
138000 mi

US $850
replace valve cover gasket, spark plugs, wires and tune up replace brake pads and calipers 
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. 
155000 mi

US $420
Replaced right front wheel bearing 
172600 mi

US $500
Right front wheel bearing needed replacement 
138700 mi

US $1857
CLUTCH, 1457. Replaced Starter, 300. Replaced CV boot, 100. 
210000 mi

US $1200
Replaced non-charging Alternator Repaced 1 cv boot that was cracked 
144200 mi

US $135
rear oxygen sensor needed to be replaced 
149000 mi

US $350
Front CV joints were noisy, sounding worn out - making clunking noises on startup and on sharp turns. Replaced front axles with reman units prior to failure as a precaution. 
149600 mi

US $2600
Problems with propshaft bearing and rear differential. Was cheaper to put in whole replacement(used)transmission, propshaft, and rear differential than just replace the bad parts. 

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2002 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

81000 mi

US $1000
Catalytic converter failure required replacement. 
96000 mi

US $2000
External headgasket leak on both sides required headgasket replacement on both sides. 
90000 mi

US $500
Replace electronic distributor 
110000 mi

US $1000
Replace air conditioner condenser - corroded out. 
125000 mi

US $400
Replace both front axles; boots/CV joints went out. 
90500 mi

US $200
Replaced passenger rear wheel bearing 
95000 mi

US $2800
Head gasket replacement, w machining. Both sides had been seeping, common for this generation of 2.2 engines. Passenger front cv axle replaced 
111100 mi

US $3400
leaking headgaskets 
236000 mi

US $1210
Replaced steering gear. 
119000 mi

US $4500
center differential 
80000 mi

US $1400
oil leak from axle casing 

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2001 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

111000 mi

US $1900
Leaky Head Gasket: Replaced gaskets, machined heads, and cleaned valves. 
107880 mi

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

C $150
Stitching on leather seat split open. No cuts or tears just sewing up stitching that came loose. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

99000 mi

US $200
CV joint boot. 
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! 
108000 mi

US $187
Sunroof motor burned out in August (in closed position). Problem diagnosed in October. Decided to repair in the spring. 
110000 mi

US $1100
Sunroof motor failed in October 2010, and was replaced in April 2011. Auto-dimming mirror stopped auto-dimming in summer 2009. Replaced in April 2011. 
112000 mi

US $235
Needed an a/c pulley system. It was making noise and they replaced it. 
121000 mi

US $225
replaced 10 instrument panel bulbs - 1 had burned out, and it is cheaper to do them all at once. 
138300 mi

US $800
wiring harness failure, causing short to fuel pump. Cam leaking oil. Window wiper in rear needed fluid tubing replaced. Had all done at dealer 800.00. 
139200 mi

US $358
Slave cylinder in clutch died, dealer said had some kind of service recall(TSB) on that part. The part is replaced and you are left with the labor charge to pay. So out of the shop for less then 400.00. 
157500 mi

US $200
Ac pulley no longer working , belt shredded . Repaired all at dealer . 
189000 mi

US $2800
Check engine evap code, Sticking solenoid valve. Changed out clutch, water pump, and replaced pulleys.  Two oil leaks. Head gaskets changed. 
155000 mi

US $1100
O2 sensors and exhaust from cat back. 
78120 mi

C $1200
oil pan changed (was rusted)  wiper linkage changed (were slack) clock changed (didn't work) 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 rear window windshield "wash" not working; tube cut and reinstalled 
83080 mi

C $750
Rotten middle/rear exhaust pipe, plus muffler 
84940 mi

C $580
dead battery and dead alternator 
213000 mi

US $1671
Replaced manual transmission with used one 
92000 mi

US $120
Forester orig rear wheel bearings are weak. Inde shop replaced them 11 months and 4900 miles ago, now howling again. Shop would not replace for free, so I will do it myself. Halted work to buy more parts/tools due to frozen lat link bolt to bushing. 
93000 mi

US $140
County Auto of Somerville MA did not replace, or did not use the upgrade roller bearings in repair of my car. When I dug into the knuckle to do it right myself, out came original BALL bearings--one was cracked in half! Small claims court, here we come! 
100000 mi

US $514
Subaru A/C system is very thinly built. Shop detected leak in discharge line(from compressor to condensor). Replaced and recharged system. Said no need to replace original receiver/dryer. Blowing nice cold air now. 
109000 mi

US $400
Replaced driver's side front axle since boot was torn. Replaced front pads, driver's side rotor, slide pin boots. Spent time to grind down pins and brackets so pad movement improved.  Put new bolts in rattling heat shields. 
121000 mi

US $275
A year and 7k miles later, my driver side rear wheel bearing failed again. Maybe a warped bearing housing knuckle? Mechanic said no, let him try a better bearing with good grease. We will see in a year if he is right! 
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. 
139000 mi

US $100
Both the clutch master cylinder(inner seals worn, so clutch pedal soft, does not spring up from floor) and the rubber clutch hose failed, pinhole leak (so clutch pedal went to floor, no return). So I bot replacement parts at Advance Auto. 
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. Original starter (solenoid really) finally died. Shop replaced it for about $314. 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

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. 
115000 mi

US $420
Left rear wheel bearing replacement. The same bearing had been replaced at 35K miles. 
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. left rear wheel bearing was faulty fix from 9 months ago, right rear wheel bearing was new problem. Backing plates for rear brakes were completely rusted away. AC receiver dryer was leaking 
145900 mi

US $160
Idler pulley on AC drive belt froze, causing belt to fail. Replaced pulley and belt. 
170800 mi

US $350
Evaporative control hard lines were rusted through, causing a evaporation control system leak. 
177000 mi

US $285
inner axle boot on passenger side was torn. 
180000 mi

US $420
Some of the original emission control tubes and valves were corroded and needed to be replaced. 
180000 mi

US $400
cruise control actuator had stopped working. 
184000 mi

US $700
Alternator bearings were starting to make noise, and I needed more amperage due some audio system upgrades, so decided to install a bigger alternator. Not really a breakdown, but I think the original alternator was on its way out. Headlight housings were getting pretty cloudy and cracked, and I had already done the refinishing approach, so decided to replace the headlight housings. 
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.) Replaced C/V boot driver side  
153100 mi

US $172
During a routine inspection, it was discovered that the tie-rod end was loose and need to be replace. Repair was done. 
254000 mi

US $500
Bent Front wheel axel 
159000 mi

US $595
Loud grinding noise when driving with drop in gas mileage. Right front wheel bearing failed and was replaced. Changed oil while in in shop for the repair 
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

US $2795
Both rear wheel bearings were making noise and were replaced. Four wheel alignment performed as rear links were cut. Check engine light on permanently. First converter of two was replaced. Error code cleared. 
215300 mi

US $2020
Seized right caliper destroyed the rotor. Cleaned both calipers, replaced pad and both rotors Lower ball joint right casusing vibration & shaking excessive play. Replaced right & left lower ball joints 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. 
239500 mi

US $99
Replaced leaking radiator. Really easy. 
112500 mi

US $800
Drive side Axle needed replacement. 
128000 mi

US $1600
head gasket seal was replaced. 
203800 mi

US $1500
Timing belt water pump idlers etc repaired successfully. Rear end whine, replaced wheel bearing and axle, still whining. 
205000 mi

US $100
Transmission locked out of drive. Brake sensor replaced. 
222000 mi

US $450
Right rear wheel bearing went bad. Hub/Bearing,  and Brake Line were replaced 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

52700 mi

$12000
Changed shocks 

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2001 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

151000 mi

US $1725
needs steering boots replace dipstick tube o ring 

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2000 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

165-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

115000 mi

US $5000
2nd Head Gasket blew. 
120000 mi

US $1600
Replaced clutch and bushings. 
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! :) 

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1999 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

190700 mi

US $790
Strut was broken and others weak. Replaced all struts. 
191000 mi

US $2900
replace oil pump seals 

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1999 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

210800 mi

C $2500
Timing belt broke, engine seized 

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1998 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

120000 mi

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

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1998 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder manual AWD

140700 mi

US $1000
Head gaskets;  radiator+hoses. CV boots; steering rack boots AC high side hose 

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