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2018 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (22%)

Other (22%)

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2018 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

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Chart based on 7 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2018 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

4340 mi
The Harmon Kardon amplifier blew out after only a few months. It took about 4 weeks to get a replacement. Only one speaker was working 
May 2018

8060 mi

C $259
regular service for 10000km, also tires changed, and looking into the steering system pulling side to side.  And had stereo amp changed out. Original one blew out after a month, then took a while to get the part. 

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2018 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Indiana, United States
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

2000 mi
I have had to add air to one of the tires approx. every 300 miles since I got the car; the "honeymoon" is over. 
Subaru Forester in Arkansas, United States
Dec 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

2700 mi

US $165
Nail in sidewall of rear tire. Replaced tire. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Mar 2018 - Sep 2018
Jul 2018

5000 mi
Hood misaligned 

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2018 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2017 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

3100 mi
rattle coming from centre of dash, corrected this but still another rattle coming from dash closer to driver side 

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2018 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Sep 2017 - Nov 2017
Nov 2017

3200 mi
From new car consumed 1 quart every 600 miles. The dealer started an oil consumption test and am waiting to see the rate of burn for the next 1000 miles. If it consumes the same, dealer already stated that they will replace the engine under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

1400 mi
Over one quart of engine oil consumed over first 1400 miles; oil and filter were changed and I am to monitor oil level going forward. 

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2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Aug 2016 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

12020 mi
Keyfob quit working, Battery was found to be okay, had to replace keyfob and reprogram to vehicle. Car makes popping noise in middle during driving (usually in deceleration, but not hard braking). Noise seems to come from left rear door. Dealer has been unable to reproduce. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

7000 mi
Transmission pan leaking. Dealer made adjustment under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Missouri, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

14000 mi
Trim under the passenger window replaced 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Jul 2016 - Sep 2018
Dec 2016

3000 mi
Heavy soot deposits on exhaust pipe tips. 
Mar 2017

4000 mi
S# transmission mode kept engine revs well below torque peak, which made no sense given S# mode is "performance mode". 
Jun 2017

5500 mi
engine runs roughly on mild inclines. excessive soot on tailpipes. Technician did basic ECU check, claimed there was no problem but that there was pending ECU reprogramming, not currently available. 
Sep 2017

7000 mi
engine runs roughly under light acceleration up hills. Technician added program update for proper high temperature operation, also corrected overfilled oil level (too much oil can raise havoc with valve timing adjusters). Repair did not correct rough engine performance up hills. 
Dec 2017

8000 mi

US $73
Engine continues to stumble when vehicle is traveling up long hills. Service tech has seen problem before but had no new programming or other assistance from Subaru to attempt adjustments or actual repair. 
Jun 2018

12000 mi
rear hatch control no longer working as expected (hatch no longer opens automatically when hatch button pressed). Technician claimed hatch was working properly. No parts replaced. 
Sep 2018

14000 mi

US $60
Engine stumbles/runs rough when vehicle is climbing moderate hills. technician applied carbon cleaner to valve system (direct injection engine) but found no problem. Problem has been occurring repeatedly and was present in '14 XT forester with same engine. Technician is now contacting factory field support for more info. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

22000 mi
Power lift gate making squeaking noise. Dealer claimed to lubricate it. Lift gate still makes noise and needs to be corrected yet again on the next service visit. Driver seat belt buckle squeaking noise. Dealer could not reproduce. Buckle still makes noise and needs to be corrected on the next service visit. Holding buckle stops the noise. Found reports online of others with same problem. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

26000 mi
Leak was noticed from transmission pan during normal oil change maintenance. Persisted between changes so they scheduled a time and replaced the gasket under warranty 
Jun 2018

31000 mi

US $7
Leak coming from oil pan identified shortly after oil change. Discovered washer had been bent during reinstallation. Changed part and replaced oil (again). No leaks since 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2016 - Sep 2018
Aug 2018

6200 mi
Misfire on #1 cylinder when started. Computer was fed an update and problem fixed 

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2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 237hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Trinidad and Tobago
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

868 mi

$1
Rattle in passenger sun visor extension. Fixed by removing extension from visor and adding felt strip to tighten up space when retracted. 
Mar 2018

4960 mi
Engine felt a bit lethargic under 2500 rpm, and the power would suddenly kick in and surge forward around 2700 rpm. This made the acceleration and downshifting very jerky when the engine was between 2000-3000 rpm. After reading some info the 'net, I decided to tighten the hose clamps on the intercooler inlet, outlet, and turbo bypass valve. After doing this, the engine is smooth in acceleration again, like new. Update: problem returned a month later. 
Jun 2018

6820 mi

$25
Replaced factory Tridon brand hose clamps for Turbo intercooler, throttle body and turbo bypass valve with aftermarket Breeze brand liner hose clamps. Car drives like new again and no more uneven acceleration. 

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2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

17500 mi
Passenger Window wouldn't go all the way down - was told it was a computer programming error that was fixed 
Subaru Forester in Rhode Island, United States
Jul 2017 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

6000 mi
The AC stopped cooling and the dealership checked it and said that the AC condenser needed to be replaced, repair took 2 hours and this included washing the vehicle before it was returned. This is a problem with faulty AC Condensers on 2017 model Subaru Foresters. 
Subaru Forester in Maine, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

7000 mi
Passenger side front door guard trim peeling away. Replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2017

11000 mi

US $120
After sitting four days, the car had no power whatsoever. AAA tested it and zero voltage was seen. No lights were left on. The OEM battery was replaced by AAA with a higher CCA battery. 
Dec 2017

11000 mi
This car costing 35K, has the worst heat in cold weather out of 7 Subarus I have owned, very disappointed. Also the CVT when it is cold out causes the engine to stay at high revolutions for a long time, resulting in a huge MPG loss. 
Subaru Forester in Vermont, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

400 mi
dealer installed remote start was not functional at time of delivery, took it back the following week and they discovered someone had cut a wire when reassembling the dash at the time of install, repaired the wire, and system is now functional 
May 2017

3000 mi
navigation head unit was locking up randomly, dealer replaced head unit under warranty 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2017 Factory initiated TSB effort to confirm CVT filled with fluid to proper level. 0.5L added according to repair report. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2016 - Mar 2018
Dec 2016

6820 mi
"Enter" key for middle console is dimmer on one side of the key. Internal LED so nothing I could fix. 
Sep 2017

16740 mi
AC compressor leaked, no cold air blowing. Took 3 weeks to get a new compressor in. Under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016 Rear O2 sensor tripped, turning on check engine light. A software update seems to have eradicated the problem. 
May 2018

9000 mi
Passenger air bag sensor replaced. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

42000 mi
A/C condenser leak 
Subaru Forester in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016 Shudder in car a certain speeds. Dealer checked fluid level in trans.Level was good. 
Nov 2017

12400 mi

C $150
CVT transmission was re-programmed. Happy to report the shudder I experienced has completely gone from the car. 
May 2018

16120 mi

C $150
brakes, lights etc 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

6000 mi
Integrated electronics unit was not activating windshield wiper de-icers. Replaced BIU. Had to take car back because fog lights quit working. Technician was not aware he needed to explicitly enable the feature in the new BIU's configuration. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Feb 2018 - Jul 2018
Mar 2018

25200 mi
Blue tooth was virtually disfunctional. Could hardly hear other party and other party couldn't hear driver. Dealer said they "downloaded an upgrade" for the system. It helped very slightly, but it is still not acceptable. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2016 - Mar 2018
Oct 2017

9000 mi
Reprogram ECM for engine hesitation and jerking. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

13640 mi
Hydraulics on rear gate lift still squeaking 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2017 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

19 mi

C $290
Rock got caught in heat shield. 1 hr labor to repair. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

22100 mi
sideview mirrors did not heat to remove frost as part of winter package 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

14000 mi
AC was blowing hot air. Condenser replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Peru
Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

5580 mi
Air conditioner stop working. It was checked and repair under guarantee. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

15000 mi
pax seat airbag sensor needed replacement 
Subaru Forester in Oklahoma, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

36000 mi
battery was leaking acid!!! 

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2017 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2017 - Jul 2017
Jun 2017

5303 mi
Vehicle is consuming oil. Oil level low by 34 oz. Started oil consumption test with new oil/filter change. 

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2016.5 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in New South Wales, Australia
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

2480 mi
Incorrect panel fit due to overtightening during assembly. 

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2016 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Oct 2015 - Mar 2018
Feb 2018

22000 mi
transmission was leaking, replaced seal 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Aug 2018
Jan 2017

10700 mi
12 volt outlet repaired at dealership. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

24000 mi
Replaced leaking transmission gasket 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

1860 mi
Voice entry on address entry for nav system didn't work. Doesn't reconcile any address I speak to it. 
Jun 2017

9920 mi
Fuel pumped failed. Car stalled. It could run, but idled and ran rough. Rpm shoots up for no reason. Dealer replaced the fuel pump and car runs fine now. I do wonder what damage was caused since the dealer told me that the car was running extremely lean. 

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2016 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

14000 mi

US $82
After getting my car washed at the car wash the day before, I noticed the rear wiper/arm totally gone 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

16000 mi
Battery needed replaced 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Nov 2015 - Sep 2018
Jan 2018

22000 mi
Replaced display and electronics displaying backup camera and sound system.. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Nov 2015 - Jul 2017
Jul 2016

6300 mi
Bad rattle at back lift gate. Taken to dealer twice. 1st trip didn't fix it. Brought back several days later left for 3 days still not fixed. Each time said it was but the rattle is still there! 
Aug 2016

7000 mi
Rattle has not been fixed. Dealer was notified of the problem and said they would schedule is a repair and provide a loaner while they had it, since last time they had the car for 3 days. They have not called or emailed me. BAD dealer 
Sep 2016

8000 mi
Returned trip about the rattles in the back Lift gate , had for 5 days -still have rattle. Dealer can not fix problem. Having had a Toyota 4-Runner and Honda Pilot, we never had these problems. Tech removed passenger side trunk cover& seatbelt assembly. Also removed & reinstalled brake system parts + flashing around gas intake tube. Found no issues. Fixed loose rear view mirror. Rattle better but still persists 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

3000 mi
Software update required on the BCM. 
Jan 2018

17000 mi
Car was parked for 2 hours, battery was dead. Jump stated and car ran fine. Unsure if we need a new battry or what caused it, will be investigating further.e 
Subaru Forester in New Mexico, United States
Aug 2015 - Mar 2018
Jul 2016

8300 mi
Rear hatch opening problems. 
Oct 2016

11200 mi
Rear hatch locks up sometimes. 
Feb 2017

17000 mi
Rear Hatch jams, sticks, fails to work at times. Nothing was done to fix it--It is a design defect of this car. 
Mar 2017

17000 mi
Rear hatch still not working reliably (same as since day #1 new). Also cruise control & eyesight have quit both at the same time randomly. 
Apr 2017

18000 mi
Rear Hatch does not function at times. Still they are unable to fix. THIS IOSM A DESIGN ISSUE WITH THIS CAR AND WILL NEVER BE FIXED. 
Mar 2018

27000 mi

US $82
Even though the car was under 36 month 36 thousand mIle warranty, I replaced the battery myself. Subaru would have required the car being towed in to a dealer, and the car being left over the weekend util they could work on it the following week. We needed the car to go to work. Real shame they would not replace the battery over the counter-I TRIED. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

13000 mi

US $40
Battery went dead. Power lift gate Information system update 
May 2016

15000 mi
Power lift gate kept jamming and programming gets locked up. 
Jan 2017 Car would not start. Interior lights came on but would not start. Car towed to dealer. Replaced battery. 
Jul 2017

33000 mi
Dashboard warning lights for Eyesight, lift assist, and check engine came on. Code check resulted in technical bulletin issue previously issued in August/2016. Alternator needed to be ordered. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

23000 mi
Squeaks under the dash, around the EyeSight camera, and in the tailgate 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

39000 mi

US $944
TPMS module damaged by water which overflowed from a clogged sunroof drain line. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

19000 mi
Replaced TPMS sensor under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

19840 mi
The November 2017 32,000 service included front brake pads, which seemed a bit early to me as we are not heavy drivers. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
Feb 2018

36000 mi

US $80
Alignment Ghost walked 
Subaru Forester in Louisiana, United States
Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

8000 mi
Problem with rear car gate auto mechanism, caused short, ran down battery, called AAA who replaced battery. Went to dealer to check out car after failing to understand how rear gate system worked. 
Jun 2018

16000 mi

US $135
oil change at dealer 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jan 2017 - Sep 2018
Apr 2017

20000 mi
Alternator Replaced 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2016 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

26000 mi
Blower fan resistor 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

16740 mi
Noise of rotating parts when the vehicle was moving. The dealer had to order the tranmission parts and replace them. ABS, traction control and hill start assist warning lights turning on either at engine start (preventing from switching to drive mode) or when driving. Deficient brake pedal turned out to be the cause. 

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2016 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

9000 mi
blower resistor failed so no air from a/c vents on 1,2,3 but air on 4 which supplies a full 12v to blower motor 
Jun 2016

24000 mi
blower resistor failed again so no air from a/c vents. settings 1 through 4 did not work 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Oct 2014 - Feb 2017
Nov 2016

24700 mi
Brake switch malfunction - would not illuminate rear brake lights and caused difficulty starting. Brake switch was replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Dec 2017
Feb 2015

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. 
Jun 2015

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. 
Jul 2015

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! 
Apr 2017

37820 mi

C $10
Burned out tail lights. The dealership I took it to changed it in about 15 minutes and didn't charge me for it. They said they could do it under warranty. 
Oct 2017

44640 mi

C $750
70k service, but they also said I needed totally new brakes (pads and rotors). Since car comes off lease in month and a half, I just did pads. they said I was down to 2mm. I changed pads. 
Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2018
Feb 2016

23300 mi
transmission torque converter seal leak 
Mar 2016

25000 mi
Axle seal leak 
Jun 2016

30000 mi
Noticed oil seepage around spark plug cover. 
Feb 2018

51000 mi
Transmission was leaking, replaced entire transmission with a new one 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Nov 2014 - Feb 2017
Sep 2016

41000 mi
Dealer that did Wqw57 in April failed to tighten turbo hoses, hoses cane loose and car stalled. 
Feb 2017

49000 mi
Po420 code, replaced front cat Po420 code, dealer reflashed ECU 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jun 2014 - Oct 2015
Jul 2015

9500 mi
2 spots of dirt found trapped in between the front windshield glass. 
Oct 2015

12000 mi
Had the windshield replaced then had to return for horrible dash rattle. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2017
May 2015

2000 mi
The left rear view mirror came from the factory with a distortion resulting in an unclear image. The reflection in the mirror looked like a camera out of focus. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

17980 mi
Turbo engine recall Software repair spark plug mis Fire 
Jun 2016

19220 mi
Engine shake excessive vibration, cleaned carbon buildup from intake valves. Shake came back within three days. 
Jul 2016

19620 mi
Engine shake appears again -carbon buildup in cylinder 1&3. Removed air intake to perform more cleaning. Still intermittent shake. 
Jan 2018

34100 mi
Excessive roadway noise into cabin Leak in crank case which leaked onto the exhaust and into cabin Also leak from transmission pan plug 
Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

34000 mi
Infotainment Bluetooth issues. Performed 16 software updates. Low outside temperatures caused a squeaking fan belt 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2018
Oct 2015

19000 mi
Dealer noticed cracked exhaust hanger bracket. Replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

17000 mi
Fan would only operate on highest setting (4). On setting 1-3, fan did not blow at all. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2017
Nov 2017

49000 mi
wheel hub replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

22940 mi

C $100
Reset engine light 
Jun 2018

27900 mi
Alternator Abnormal output 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2014 - Feb 2017
Jan 2017

18300 mi
Audio system failure and battery died. Both replaced. Audio would freeze and then crash when pairing Bluetooth device 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

29760 mi

C $287
Low battery charge caused the computer/electronics to turn on the 'Check Engine' and 'Hill Assist' lights. Prior to that I had the battery/car jump started, because I had left the interior map light on for 2 weeks causing the battery to drain. I had the battery replaced - out of warranty, so I paid for it myself. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

6200 mi
Sometimes power liftgate cannot be opened by the button at the liftgate. Power reset was done. 
Jan 2018

8680 mi
Oxygen Sensor failing. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

18000 mi
Head unit displayed a service error and lost bluetooth connection intermittently. Dealer replaced head unit under warranty. 
Jun 2017

25000 mi
Bluetooth unit died for the second time. Dealer replaced unit for the second time. Known issue. 
Sep 2017

29000 mi
Bluetooth connection drops multiple times each day. Known issue. Dealer unable to repair. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Nov 2015
Oct 2015

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). 
Nov 2015

1000 mi
Dash lights returned following 2nd repair. This time dealer replaced ECM computer. Solution is so far successful after 1 week. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

18000 mi
rear hatch auto open was not working properly 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

19220 mi
Engine issue resulted in limp mode where all driving assist systems were disabled (eye sight, traction, abs etc). Dealer could not detect issue because car computer does not keep a record of symptoms. 
Oct 2016

21080 mi
Traction control, ABC, EyeSight all disabled at once. Car went into limp mode. Intermittent, and codes aren't stored, so shop can't diagnose. 
Jun 2017

30380 mi
Traction control, ABC, EyeSight all disabled at once. Car went into limp mode. Intermittent, and codes aren't stored, so shop can't diagnose. 
Aug 2017

31620 mi
The brake has a sensor that detects when the pedal is pressed so that for push-button start versions of the Forester, it will let you start the car. This sensor failed and checking the forums, it has failed on almost ever push-button start 2014-2015 Forester in the world. 
Dec 2017

37820 mi
Radio and amplifier died. Took 3 trips to sort and fix. Battery died after just 2 years and 9 months. Subaru tried to say it was a custom turn signal relay I had installed, but no. It was just a crap OEM battery. Replaced the glass (hit by a rock) with OEM but not from Subaru dealership. Subaru refused to recalibrate the EyeSight because I didn't purchase it from them. 
May 2018

42160 mi

C $200
Needed new brake pads 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

18000 mi
Radio failed. Dealer replaced "audio module".One trip for diagnosis and one trip for repair. Took about 10 days to get parts.No $$ amounts on service order. 
Dec 2016

29000 mi
Pan was leaking CVT fluid around seal.A fresh silicone seal was implemented and leak is gone for now. 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 237hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

26040 mi
When the oil change was done at 40,000KM a small oil leak was found on the transmission cover and housing at the gasket joint. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2015 - Jul 2018
May 2017

10731 mi
pinging at times - may have gotten bad gas 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

9300 mi
Very slight oil seepage. 
Nov 2016

16000 mi
Rear gate opener switch 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Queensland, Australia
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

16120 mi
Rear door malfunction 
Dec 2016

24180 mi
Rattle in heat shield. Still present and will return car after Christmas holiday 
Feb 2017

24180 mi
Exhaust system had split which was causing harsh noises in acceleration. Replacement of defective portion of exhaust has repaired identified problem 
Subaru Forester in Ireland
Mar 2014 - Jul 2016
Nov 2014

9540 mi
Rattle from area of B Pillar when turning. Dealer found loose screw inside plastic trim and refitted. Problem persists and return trip will be required. 
Jul 2015

21160 mi
Loose fitting (screw) found inside B Post and removed.  Also Driver's side head restraint would not tilt. Found to be a problem with leather fitting too tightly. Dealer fixed. 
Feb 2016

32060 mi
Front doors continually moving against seals when shut, causing alot of noise. Requested investigation and adjustment to rectify. 
Jun 2016

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. 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Indiana, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

12000 mi
Oil Leak 
Apr 2016

17000 mi
Faulty Brake Switch essentially shut down the computer system. Had to use a screwdriver to override the interlock. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

52000 mi
Air bag sensor light came on. Dealer checked system, no problem found. Reset light 
Mar 2017

69000 mi
Lug bolt replaced 
Sep 2017

88000 mi
Bluetooth quit working. Radio unit was replaced 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

7000 mi
Defective battery replaced under warranty 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Jul 2015 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

8700 mi
Battery died within 18 months of purchase. Replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

17000 mi
Bluetooth sync problems. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

7000 mi
There's a loud chirp sound from the front of car when transmission goes into reverse and brakes still applied. Dealer far away. I will visit Dealer when more things go wrong to make that trip more worthwhile. 
Jun 2016

9000 mi
USB port in center storage comartment does not work. 
Nov 2017

21000 mi
ABS, Traction and Stability Control lights illuminated on dash after starting. Drove home, shut engine off. Engine wouldn't start with normal brake pedal pressure for green light on starter button to illuminate. Had to press extremely hard on brake pedal to allow starting. Warnings lights stayed off. No reoccurrence. Front Drive-line still chirps when put into reverse on first start on the day using OEM tires. Does not do this when winter studded tires are installed on a seasonal basis. Go back to OEM tires in spring, chirp returns. 
Feb 2018

22000 mi
No start condition. Had to put system in 'acc' mode (press start button once with foot off brake). Once in 'acc' status, foot on brake, press/hold start button for up to 15 seconds and engine finally started per owners manual. This no start condition happens randomly. 
Jun 2018

25484 mi
Brake Switch was bad causing ABS, Traction Control and Hill Assist lights to be on. Also caused no start situations with start button and could not shift trans out of Park. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
May 2016 - Jul 2018
Jun 2016

23000 mi

US $120
Radio ordered, needs to be replaced, Bluetooth does not work 
Apr 2017

34775 mi

US $250
Brake rotor(s) resurfaced Brakes checked Rear brakes replaced 
Sep 2017

39985 mi

US $80
Battery Replaced 
Subaru Forester in Denmark
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

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. 
Subaru Forester in Delaware, United States
Jan 2015 - Jul 2018
Jan 2017 This vehicle is currently experiencing the high oil consumption common with previous years. 
Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2018
Mar 2016

17000 mi
Cover over center info screen rattles like crazy. They heard it on a test drive but couldn't find the cause. They finally ordered a new cover to see if that is the cause. At present, it is still not corrected. 
Sep 2016

22000 mi
Vibration rattle coming from the info message area of the dash. Dealer replaced part, but rattle still continues. Goes away in warm weather. 
Nov 2016

27000 mi
rattle in dash. still not fixed. only happens when it is cold outside 
Oct 2017

40000 mi
Apple did an update to the iPhone and now the bluetooth is working! 
Feb 2018

44000 mi
Very loud vibrating noise when moving. It stopped when I got to the dealership. 
Mar 2018

44000 mi
Rear deck would not open with touch pad. Dealership reprogrammed the lift gate 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - May 2015
Apr 2015

7000 mi
Air coming from vents smelled like manure, and A/C eventually stopped blowing cold air. Dealer sprayed cleaner, manure smell has faded a week later. Waited several days for compressor to come in. Compressor replaced, so far so good. 
May 2015

7000 mi
Smell returned, air was still not cold. Tech used cleaning kit for A/C, checked charge in system--needed O-rings not installed when compressor installed. Put in aftermarket rings, which seem to have failed. Taking it back soon. 
Subaru Forester in Alabama, United States
Nov 2014 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

46000 mi

US $125
Rear brake pads worn down to metal. Replaced pads and rotors. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

23000 mi
Diode for heater/AC fan went out. Repaired under warranty. 
Feb 2018

62000 mi

US $1400
Front strut tops worn or damaged. New struts installed. 
Apr 2018

64000 mi

US $1400
Rt front axle, CV joint clicking 
May 2018

68000 mi

US $800
New brakes 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2018
Oct 2016

16500 mi
TPMS light wouldn't go out. Bad sensor 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

27 mi

C $272
Went in for scheduled service. Was tod less than 1mm left on rear pads. Decided to replace both. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

5000 mi

US $135
Replaced the battery. 
Jul 2017

17000 mi
Replaced alternator and tensioner; under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2018
Jan 2018

24000 mi
Some electrical malfunction that was causing brake lights to turn on intermittently when the brake was pressed. This caused the eyesight system to disable while driving. It was something like a capacitor or a fuse that needed to be replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

34000 mi

US $20
Brake light switch under pedal was intermittently failing. This caused ABS, stability control, and hill assist lights to come on. More insidiously, the car would not shift out of park while these lights were on. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

19000 mi
Key fob to open door was working intermittently. Dealer replaced core of key fob. After I left the dealer, the fob was still only working intermittently. Subsequent to that, I needed to replace my battery. That's a whole other story, because I would think a battery on a 2015 model that was put on the road in December 2014 should last past 2017. Nevertheless, I replaced the battery and it seems that the key fob performance is a little more consistent. Perhaps the key fob problem was related to a poor flow of power to the receiver unit. But I can't say that the fob works 100 percent of the time. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Jan 2017 - Feb 2018
Feb 2017

25000 mi
Warning lights would come on even though nothing triggered it (ie aggressive driving, etc). Bad [wheel speed] sensors. Replaced under warranty 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

22500 mi
At 35,000km- factory battery failed load test. Subaru honoured warranty & replaced battery.  
Subaru Forester in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

71000 mi

US $65
Routine battery replacement 
Subaru Forester in Georgia, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

82000 mi

US $300
Left rear wheel bearing worn and making noise. It was replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

30000 mi
Squeak - tailgate latch - greased 
Subaru Forester in Montana, United States
Oct 2014 - Jul 2018
Oct 2017

18000 mi
A pillar trim loose and rattles, display cowl rattle, instrument panel trim rattle 
Nov 2017

19000 mi
Bluetooth intermittent failures required replacement of audio system 
Subaru Forester in Idaho, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2017

36000 mi
oil/water sensor defective, leading to CEL. Replaced. 
Subaru Forester in District of Columbia, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

32000 mi
Entire transmission replaced under warranty due to a failing bearing. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017
Sep 2016

20000 mi
brake light replacement 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

17000 mi

US $150
Brake sensor malfunction locking the transmission in Park. Dealer replaced the Brake sensor under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2016 - Sep 2018
Jun 2017

76260 mi

C $900
All brake pad and rotors replaced due to wear 
Sep 2017

83080 mi

C $65
Replace rear wiper arm 
Sep 2018

103540 mi

C $570
Changed left rear wheel bearing 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

31000 mi
Brake light switch replaced. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2018
Jun 2017

24000 mi
Suspected leak of the sun roof was investigated. Nothing was found but the water channels were cleaned 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

119000 mi
Transmission fluid was overheating at speeds as 77MPH. Had been going on for some time. One day a lot of lights came on. Fix was to replace a valve body on the transmission. Apparently the torque converter wasn't getting enough fluid to fully lock which caused overheating. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2017

41500 mi

US $550
Both rear wheel bearings replaced Replaced rear brake pads and rotors 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2018
Nov 2015

16400 mi
ABS, Traction Control and Stability Control warning lights on dash. 
Subaru Forester in Virginia, United States
Jun 2014 - Aug 2018
Jan 2016

33200 mi
Had the radio head unit replaced due to ongoing issues related to bluetooth and phone performance. The system frequently dropped calls, no incoming or outgoing voice during the call and locked up occasionally. 
Aug 2018

70000 mi

US $95
HID low beam bulb replacement 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Aug 2014 - Feb 2017
Jan 2016

16800 mi
Replaced brake fluid due to sponginess on brake pedal. Loose rear view mirror causing squeaky noise. Dealer tightened screws to fix. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

24000 mi
Hatch release not working - hatch couldn't be opened 
Aug 2017

41000 mi
Alternator mounting bracket caused alternator to briefly run backwards when starting engine causing traction control to turn off and warning light to stay on. Dealer immediately replaced the entire assembly including the alternator under extended warranty. 
Oct 2017

42000 mi
Rear wheel bearing failing - dealer replaced under warranty 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

45000 mi
The last time the dealer rotated my tires the kid doing the rotation cross threaded three lugs on one rotor. When I bought new tires, the tire dealer couldn't get the lugs off without breaking the studs. Dealer had to replace studs & lugs. 
Jan 2017

59000 mi

US $135
The battery would discharge when I sat listening to the radio for less than 30 minutes on the ACC mode. It also would discharge when we parked it in an air port storage lost for a two week trip. My service provider thought it might be the battery or a "vampire draw" on the electrical system. He checked the battery, it had a bad cell. I had him order a deep cycle battery for this car. It cost $135 and the shop's policy is that maintenance items are installed for free! If you live in the Holland Michigan Area go to the Christian Brothers Shop for great service. 
Subaru Forester in Utah, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

41000 mi
Fuel sensor read as having 70 miles left but vehicle ran out of gas with no low fuel warning. Subaru roadside service determined tank was completely empty. Dealer was unable to find a repairable problem with the sensor or fuel system. 
Mar 2017

61000 mi

US $55
Brake sensor malfunctioned and would not reliably allow the vehicle to be shifted out of park because it didn't detect your foot pushing on the pedal. Replaced by dealer, cost partially covered under warranty. 
Sep 2017

71000 mi

US $50
A/C selector switch failed to route air through dash vents and required replacement. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

36500 mi
Rips on side of leather seat (driver side) 
Subaru Forester in Virginia, United States
May 2014 - May 2017
Jun 2016

19000 mi
Car developed intermittent starting issues. Diagnosis was faulty brake light switch, which prohibited the keyless start button from receiving the "brakes on" signal it needed to engage and allow the car to be started. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

6000 mi
No audio, amp was blown. Dealer ordered new amp and installed. 
May 2017

26000 mi
Vehicle wouldn't start (would go into accessory mode only). Replaced Faulty Brake Light Sensor and battery. 
Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

12000 mi
rattling/fluttering noise coming from dash. Related to speed of car. Suggested to dealer that it may be related to speedometer cable. They could not reproduce the noise. We still have it. 
Jun 2017

36000 mi
Struts for rear hatch were replaced under warranty. They were becoming very noisy and were about to fail. 
Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2016

15700 mi
bluetooth disconnects repeadly 
Sep 2016

20000 mi
Bluetooth disconnection problem. 
Subaru Forester in Kansas, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2018
Sep 2016

37000 mi
Trans went into "neutral" while on hwy. Coasted to stop, engine wouldn't start. Shop foreman said, "probably a leaf got into intake and messed with mas flow sensor. They have seen this happen before."!!! Unbelievable. 
Feb 2018

59000 mi

US $69
Suddenly started using oil. Dealer replaced PCV valve, problem cured. 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Sep 2014 - Oct 2017
Nov 2016

23400 mi
ABS, traction control, and hill descent control lights were on. Dealer pulled codes and replaced bare light switch under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2015

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. 
Jun 2015

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 . 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

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. 
Jan 2016

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 
Sep 2017

38500 mi

US $125
Replaced dysfunctional brake light switch. It didn’t effect the drivability of the car at all. I only knew there was a problem because it tripped three different warning lights. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2017
Sep 2016

27000 mi
Bluetooth connectivity trouble. BT would intermittently disconnect from my phone during the middle of a phone call, and say BT Not Available on screen. Dealer replaced radio under warranty 
Oct 2016

28200 mi
SRS Sensor. Passenger Airbag would be off when sensor came on, despite adult in seat. At first was intermittent, and code was not stored. Drove to dealership with it on, and they diagnosed it as faulty sensor in seat. Replacing seat/sensor 
Jan 2017

34800 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 
Mar 2017

38000 mi
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. 
Subaru Forester in Indiana, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

19700 mi
Driver side window regulator 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Luxembourg
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

31000 mi
replace the turbo which was operating well but abnormally noisy 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

40300 mi
C Service destroyed fuel/air (F/A) sensor. Has been on backorder from Japan for over a month. Waiting... 

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2015 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

33000 mi

US $1
Blower replaced Window motor replaced 

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2014 Subaru Forester

Engine not specified

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

12000 mi
Right front tire wearing badly - dealer said rt front strut was bad - took two days - had to order pat - now I have to replace all 4 tires because of the wear on that one due to the strut being bad. AT 13500 miles. Not good. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

84000 mi

US $100
Bolt holding shock on right front was rattling and was replaced 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

10000 mi
a clip was broken in the dashboard 
Subaru Forester in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2013 - May 2017
Feb 2014 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. Had to take car back after this because appeared to be leaking oil again. Found nothing, apparently they just didn't clean up after fixing the leak well enough earlier. 
Jan 2015

22288 mi
Same camshaft position sensor was leaking oil. Saw a spot of oil.  
Mar 2015

27000 mi
P000B VVT oil control Valve LT. Side R&R Camshaft position slow to respond bank 1 exhaust. Swapped sensor bank 1 to bank 2. (They do this to see if the problem follows the sensor) 
May 2015

30000 mi
There is a ripple in the panel above the rear passenger door frame. It's obvious that the panel was incorrectly attached to the car causing a stress field that warped the panel over time. -Its basically impossible to fix. The claimed it was external and did nothing. The regional service manager for Subau was involved in the decision. There is no official record of subaru having my car for this period of time (I was unaware that they did not create a warranty ticket for the trip until much later. I had left the car with them while I went on vacation.) 
Aug 2015

37000 mi
Rear passenger speaker had an internal problem. Replaced under warranty. (less than 36k at the time) Also, right turn signal made intermittent chirp or squeal. Observed and noted by dealer. Seems to have gone away for now. 
Jul 2016

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. 
Oct 2016

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) 
Feb 2017

59157 mi
P0420 - O2 Sensors replaced (Front and Rear). Noticed the oil consistency is off and smells like gas around this time. Also reported to Subaru before the car went out of warranty. 
Mar 2017

60265 mi
P0420 - Center Exhaust pipe replaced. (I think is is between the manifold and turbo - also has some kind of inbuilt cat) 
Apr 2017

60731 mi
P0420 - Replaced 02 Sensor and they reran the Recall test wqw58 - Car was data logged info sent to Japan. They had my car for ~17 days for this one. 
May 2017

61000 mi
In total this car has been into the shop at least 15 times. Most trips have been for P0420. The car has an underlying problem, but I was not able to determine the root cause. My last oil change the oil smelled like gas. The dealer was told and has notes on it. I traded the car back to the original dealer today. As of Friday I should be the owner of a new Crosstrek. I will post a final summary with the VIN when the title on the new car is clear and free of the Subaru dealer. I would stay away from used Forester XTs 2014 to current . Go look in the forums "gas in oil" Some of the cars are also starting to have transmission issues "CVT Control Valve". Overall, the dependability of my 2014 forester XT touring was the worst car I have ever owned. Subaru has around 4k into warranty work on mine and I don't think they are even close to done yet. If you need to track me down I run Kizashi Club. I can provide input on the car. My dealer knows about the problems I expect they will try to dealer trade it. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Oct 2013 - Aug 2014
Jun 2014

13000 mi
Lagging throttle response. Hesitancy during acceleration (from a stop and during passing). ECU reflashed. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

85560 mi

C $1000
Drive axle replaced Ball joint replaced 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
May 2016 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

27280 mi
oil leakage 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

55000 mi
Recall notice: Ignition computer was reflashed to solve a pre-ignition problem under hard acceleration 
Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Nov 2013
Sep 2013

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. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014 scratch on leather seat and steering column cover. swirl mark all over the paint. 
Subaru Forester in Tennessee, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

21000 mi
Software reset for check engine lignt 
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

28000 mi
Catalytic Convertor Went Bad 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Nov 2013 - Apr 2017
Mar 2014

3000 mi
CEL thrown during a hard start. ECU was reprogrammed with a fix for the issue 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2016

20700 mi
Car started beeping erratically after being locked with remote, along with interior/exterior lights flickering and relays clicking rapidly all over car. Would not start/remain running. Dealer replaced Body Integrated Unit. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2014 - Jul 2015
Oct 2014

13020 mi
Shaking at idle, intermittent. Many functions do not work. Rattle dashboard 
Feb 2015

16060 mi
Wrong info on screen, false signal. 
Jul 2015

20460 mi
Infotainment system : many functions do not work, unreliable, often too complicated to be used 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

44000 mi

US $60
Multiple Dashboard lights on. ABS, AT oil temp, Hill descent, and Eye Sight on. Had Brake Lever Switch replaced because of information obtained on Web. After one week the lights came back on. Still researching issue. Not fixed. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Jan 2016

23000 mi
Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) fluid leaking. Found during routine maintenance. Replaced seal on pan. 
Subaru Forester in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Mar 2017
Jan 2014

15700 mi
navigation recall for problems. sd card replacement and software update. 
Jul 2016

37000 mi

US $100
Censer on brake pedal failed that tells the car the brake is depressed so it will start with push button starter 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

36300 mi

US $20
Stop light switch 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Feb 2013 - Aug 2016
Apr 2013

2000 mi
left rear seat belt guide broken. engine occasionally difficult to start after not being used for a day or so. 
May 2013

2300 mi
rear seatbelt trim replaced. engine occasionally stumbles/misfires during startup. Mechanics ran diagnostic tests (first time they ran this test for 2014 vehicles), but found no problems. 
Aug 2013

4000 mi

US $90
rubber hood boot seal between turbo intercooler housing and air ductwork is warped, fits poorly. 
Sep 2013

4000 mi
Replaced rubber boot seal between hood and intercooler, and several fasteners which broke during replacement process. 
Mar 2014

7000 mi
interior right rear weatherstrip proved to be bubbled/deformed. right rear door had defective inner weatherstrip (bubbled/misshapen). 
Aug 2014

8300 mi
Reprogrammed ECU per TSB to improve engine start-up. 
May 2015

12000 mi
trim on rear hatch misaligned. dealer realigned trim. 
Sep 2015

15000 mi
replaced hood-mounted intercooler air diverter (rubber seals had become torn). 2nd time this part has been replaced 
Dec 2015

16000 mi
Engine was intermittently missing. Technician flashed ECU with new software update that addressed the problem. 
Feb 2016

17000 mi
Subaru recall to correct engine misfiring. driver seat cushion beginning to collapse. was replaced. 
Mar 2016

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. 
Apr 2016

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. 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

20000 mi
Battery was suddenly dead at 20k miles. Dealer replaced for free saying it was a defective part. Was given a loaner for the duration of repair (one day) 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Aug 2016 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017 Backup camera and tail light bulb outage. 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

35000 mi
AC compressor clutch was bad. Replaced ax compressor 
Subaru Forester in Virginia, United States
Aug 2016 - Apr 2017
Dec 2016

63000 mi

US $385
Headlights continually going out even after new build. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 237hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Taiwan
Mar 2013 - Dec 2014
Apr 2014

7020 mi
Some light on the panel turned on. The dealer connected their computer to the car and cleared the code. Everything is good since then. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 CVT AWD

Subaru Forester in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2013 - Nov 2017
Apr 2015

35000 mi
Radio face display loose. Still worked satisfactory. 
Subaru Forester in Georgia, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2017
May 2015

14400 mi
hand brake needed tightening 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2014

1860 mi
Driver door rubber edge seal attached by friction in a channel around the door. Easily dislodged by putting a hand on the top edge of the door. Takes about 30 minutes to get it back in, must entirely remove then start at one end. 
Jan 2018

16120 mi

C $100
Rear Windshield wiper blade broke. Wiper blade assembly had to be replaced with Subaru brand part. Battery failed stress test, replaced battery 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2017
May 2016

42000 mi

US $420
Radio died, dealer put in remanufactured oem radio 
Sep 2016

48000 mi

US $270
Lost high beam and running lights, bulbs replaced at dealership. 
Subaru Forester in Utah, United States
Mar 2013 - Feb 2015
Jun 2014

14000 mi
Courtesy update for navigation system offered to forester owners who purchased before a certain date. 
Subaru Forester in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2015

14000 mi
Power lift gate stopped working. Dealer did a"capacitor discharge" (removed the battery cable), left the terminal cover on top of the motor and didn't reset the clock. The lift gate worked for a short time but has sense quit working. 
Oct 2015

19500 mi
Motor was shaking at idle when AC was on and car was in gear. Problem was diagnosed as a bad compressor and it was ordered. Two weeks later it finally came in. It was installed and the problem seems to be fixed. Lift gate quit working again. Was told parts were replaced, but they didn't show up on the ticket. It works again for now. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Feb 2013 - Feb 2016
Feb 2015

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. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

3000 mi
Moon roof rattle. Gentle, but pretty persistent, right near my head as I drive. Other than that, the car seems very solid. Dealer is working with Subaru to find solution. 
Sep 2014

31000 mi
Previously reported (last year) sunroof rattle. Car is making a distinct rapping noise from outs the tail of the vehicle. Best heard at 15mph to 40mph, with foot off the gas. Sounds like a jackhammer off in the distance. Replaced rear, outer seatbelt mech. (in roof of car.) Didn't fix. 
Oct 2014

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. 
Jul 2015

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. 
Jan 2016

40200 mi
Interior: Driver's seat had hole forming along the stitching. Contacted Subaru who instructed me to bring to dealer. Dealer replaced lower seat cover (Car is out of warranty - but Subaru covered it - no pun intended.) 
Apr 2017

71000 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. Oil leak found in Forward Cam Shaft Gasket - required pulling the engine out, disassembling it to get to leaking gasket, replacing it and putting engine back in. 
May 2017

72500 mi
This was the conclusion of the oil consumption test after ~1,200 miles. The dealer reported no major oil consumption and closed the oil consumption case. (I forget to check the oil myself before it was brought in.) 
Sep 2017

75000 mi
Cam carrier shafts were found to be leaking again. The same repair had been done back in the spring - but a re-do of the repair was necessary. Requires pulling the engine out again. 
Oct 2017

75000 mi

US $400
Wheel bearings making droning noise - passenger side rear assembly replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2014 - Sep 2015
Jun 2015

10000 mi
Timing Belt tensioner needed adjusted. 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

4000 mi
Very jerky acceleration from a stop to cruising speed esp. if acceleration was light. This would occur always with cold engine and intermittent w/ warm engine. The dealer re-set the CVT and put it in re-learn mode. Not sure if prob is fixed. 
Mar 2014

9000 mi
Navigation system SD Card update. Two visible circular white blemishes under the gelcoat of the car hood. Hood was re-painted, very nice job. Dealer provided loaner vehicle. 
Sep 2017

36000 mi

US $125
Battery end of life. Replaced battery. 
Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2015

26500 mi
Tire pressure sensor failed,left rear tire. Replaced sensor, reset system all ok 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

8000 mi
Faulty bluetooth module 
Nov 2017

36000 mi
Low oil light came on. Car is currently conducting an oil consumption test. 
Mar 2018

39000 mi
Oil level checked for oil consumption check. Oil loss deemed acceptable for now, test still in progress. 
Subaru Forester in Montana, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

15000 mi
Key fob would not function when cold (below about 35). Dealer replaced fob internals and reprogrammed car to work with new fob. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Oct 2013 - Aug 2018
Jan 2016

32000 mi
Starting issues occured 5 different times. This was the second trip to dealer. After 2 years and 2.months, the replaced the battery under warranty as the serial number was in a service bulletin. 
Jul 2017

55000 mi

US $400
Also flushing brake fluid since it is near 60k miles 
Sep 2017

57000 mi
Replaced right rear wheel bearing. Was making a humming noise. Was covered by warranty. 
Jun 2018

63000 mi

US $140
With days into the 90's in June, A/C woukd be ice cold, then pumping out warm air (cycling). Son states he added 1 pound of freon. Issue persisted, took it to shop where they said that with Subaru's, one needs to drain system, then refill to precise amount, ottherwise cying occurs. After refilling, it cycled one more time and now works fine. Wife had it set to Auto, max A/C and lowest temp without rolling down windows and driving a few yards to clear the cabin of hot air. Now we set manually down to 70F MAX. Then if we want it colder, we set it lower after the inside has cooled off some. No more issues encoutered. 
Aug 2018

68000 mi

US $100
Replaced compressor (tested electrical issue) and clutch assembly. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
Jun 2014

17000 mi
During my second scheduled oil change at the Dealership the service rep said that the right front axle had to be replaced because the car had been in a flood. I went to see the dealer principle to take the vehicle back. He denied it had been flooded. 
Oct 2014

29000 mi
Changed engine due to oil consumption problem. Used two quarts of oil in 2,800 miles. 
Jun 2015

40000 mi

US $302
A large piece of the floor pan deadner came off and wrapped around the drive shaft. The car had to be towed to dealer.Dealer did not have parts. Claimed this was a first time problem; but when they found out that it had happened so often... 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). 
Oct 2016

85000 mi

US $500
Both front Rotors and pads and one RF caliper 
Dec 2016

88000 mi

US $200
Second engine was using 2 quarts of oil between oil changes and the engine had to be replaced again 
Feb 2017

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).  
Mar 2017

95000 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.  
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
May 2016

30400 mi
30k service at local dealer failed to reinstall oil drain plug properly, requiring emergency visit to distant dealer to diagnose and fix. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

15900 mi
Rattle coming from roof area when sunroof open. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013

8000 mi
Persistent chemical odor > 6 months owned. Eyes irrit'd. Per dealer: No problem found: Door gaskets? Some coolant vapor escaping into cabin intake air vent, as designed? (Coolant tank opens/closes regularly, releasing chemical vapor.) 
Dec 2015

32000 mi

US $50
Defective lamp switch under brake pedal triggering ABS, Hill, & Traction error lamps, also m/b causing intermittent brake light failure. Subaru refused to pay unless it happened during inspection. Paid out of pocket for this safety repair. 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2014

16000 mi
Wheel bearing replaced 
Dec 2017

44000 mi

US $150
The head unit can't delete the blue tooth devices. They asked me to replace the head unit but it's like 1000$ so I declined. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
May 2013 - Jan 2018
Dec 2016

17360 mi
Amplifier shorted out due to moisture; radio inoperative 
Jun 2017

19492 mi
replace pads and rotors 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

5000 mi
A/V/Nav unit could not turn on. Replaced A/V/Nav unit. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2013 - Mar 2017
Oct 2013

1020 mi
Center console display dead, needed replacement. 
Nov 2013

2220 mi
Rear hatch no longer opened, ECU was reflashed. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

14000 mi

US $26
Front passenger door seal came out of groove Fuel cap left loose by attendant causing check engine light to come on. Would not reset after fuel cap was tightened 
Subaru Forester in Florida, United States
Nov 2013 - Sep 2015
Oct 2014

9500 mi
Rear hatch auto open/close mechanism stopped working. System had to be reset by dealer. 
Apr 2015

14300 mi
Noticed dash lights were not lit at night. Turns out neither were the tail lights and others along that circuit. Since no tail lights is a safety issue, dealer insisted on keeping the car until corrected. Culprit was A/C connector switch. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2018
Jun 2015

34000 mi

US $32
Drain for heater / air conditioner clogged. Dealer cleaned the drain. 
Oct 2016

57500 mi

US $1400
Bad air conditioner clutch. Dealer replaced compressor and clutch mechanism. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2017
Mar 2016

31000 mi
Strong vibration and shutter @ low rpm and low speed. Caused by ice build up inside wheel rims. Went away. 
Subaru Forester in Beijing, China
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

27900 mi

$600
leftback spring shock absorber oil leak 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

51000 mi

US $1100
replaced rotors and pads 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

59700 mi
Replace right rear wheel bearing. 
Subaru Forester in Maryland, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

17000 mi
All dynamic warning lights came on and stayed on. Part was ordered and replaced 
Jun 2016

20000 mi
All warning lights came on: check engine, hill start, traction control, eye sight. Took it in to be checked and got ambiguous reading. Dealer checked with Subaru and determined the problem was failing alternator beatings. replaced alternator 
Jan 2018

27000 mi
Brake warning light came on for low fluid. Took it to dealer and they determined that there was a rusted screw that was allowing fluid to leak. They didn't have either the screw or the caliper in stock so had to order it. They gave me a ride home and the car was fixed the following day. No charge. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
May 2017 - Jul 2018
Feb 2018

80000 mi

US $50
Accelerator pedal becomes sporadically non-responsive. Mechanic believes its related to a known issue in similar year Outbacks. He thinks the sensor is sensitive to condensation. He blasted it with some kind of protective spray to keep condensation from forming and advised not to put the floor warmer on full blast until the car has warmed up. Has not reoccurred since this servicing / behavior change. 
Jun 2018

88000 mi

US $300
rear CV repaired 
Subaru Forester in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2018
May 2018

69000 mi
Horn stopped working. 
Aug 2018

72000 mi
CVT went out. This has apparently been a problem for Subaru in the last few years. The dealer replaced it under the Subaru warranty, which the company extended to 100,000 mi for this issue. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Nov 2014 - Jan 2018
Dec 2017

38000 mi
Faulty brake light switch that caused Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) lights to come on intermittently. Would also prevent gear selector from being moved out of Parking (P). Was repaired outside of warranty for free by dealership. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

11800 mi

US $180
Battery would not hold a charge overnight. Battery was 14 months old and warranty on vehicle had expired. They did an electrical system check and did not find any other problems. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2018
Feb 2017

105000 mi

US $75
Brake pad on rear drivers side was worn to metal. Replaced pad and refurbished caliper due to caliper sticking. 
Nov 2017

118000 mi

US $900
Front control arm bushings were worn out so these were replaced and an alignment was done 
Feb 2018

125000 mi

US $1300
Transmission Solenoid was replaced under warranty by dealer 
Aug 2018

137000 mi

US $1000
Replaced rear wheel bearings 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jun 2016 - Sep 2018
Jun 2017

53000 mi

US $350
Rear brakes replaced 
Sep 2018

82000 mi

US $500
Right rear wheel bearing replaced 
Subaru Forester in Peru
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

17360 mi

$250
Car stopped during two months. After one week with some problems related to battery, I had to change it. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

56000 mi

US $288
1 st brake job. Not bad 
Subaru Forester in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
May 2017

70000 mi

US $500
Wheel bearing replaced Replaced wheel bearing 
Subaru Forester in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

11000 mi
Noise from left rear, strut ordered and replaced under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

41000 mi

US $350
Had the injection system cleaned & top throttle body cleaned . $350.00 it took 2 hours, would need to do every 10.000 miles? ? 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Feb 2018 - Sep 2018
Jun 2018

61000 mi
Replace two TPMS sensors. 
Aug 2018

62000 mi
An event happened whereby the key could not be turned to the lock position even though the shifter was in the Park position. There is a TSB for this. The dealer replaced the park switch and the shift solenoid. 
Subaru Forester in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2013 - Jun 2016
Oct 2014

23440 mi
my check oil light came on saying low oil but it was fine 
Nov 2014

26040 mi
heated passenger seat wouldn't get very warm 
Jun 2016

49600 mi
Car started going thru oil and the dealer installed a new engine( now thats service) 
Subaru Forester in Louisiana, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

54000 mi
Whirring or humming noise from car noted. Traced to faulty bearing in rear left wheel, which was replaced free of charge under the powertrain warranty. The car had always had a clicking noise, kind of like a grasshopper chirp, that I could hear when coasting with the window rolled down. Now it no longer has this, so apparently this bearing was faulty from brand new. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Feb 2015 - Jan 2017
Sep 2015

22000 mi
Faulty sensor caused the ABS, Hill Control and Stability Control lights to come on. 
Mar 2016

25000 mi
Tire Pressure sensor was faulty. 
Jan 2017 Blue exhaust on start up. Car was returned later that month off lease. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

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. 
May 2015

17700 mi
Return for oil consumption test. Results, car not consuming any oil over a 1,200 mile test. 
Nov 2015

24000 mi
Serpentine belt came off. New belt put on 
Subaru Forester in Utah, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2014
Feb 2014

17900 mi
wind defector for sun roof wasn't poping up. Replaced a few clips and sent me on my way 
Subaru Forester in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - May 2014
May 2014

6000 mi
Rear reflector cracked. Replaced under warranty 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jun 2014 - Nov 2014
Jul 2014

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. The clock in my care loses time. 
Subaru Forester in Nebraska, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

32000 mi
Cruise control sensor went bad 
Subaru Forester in Washington, United States
Nov 2014 - Jan 2015
Nov 2014

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. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

59000 mi

US $50
Rear-Driver Side Strut needed to be replaced as it was creeking. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2017

48500 mi
Rear brake pads replaced due to wear 
Mar 2018

53000 mi

US $60
Battery died fully. Replaced with new. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

43000 mi

US $235
Microphone for Bluetooth was making a loud buzzing sound during phone calls, Head unit replaced. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

26000 mi

US $50
Engine loses oil at more than 1 qt per 2000 miles. It is difficult to correctly read oil level. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

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. 
May 2018

77300 mi

US $200
strut on rear hatch broke due to corrosion - replaced both struts 
Jun 2018

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. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 6-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2013 - Feb 2016
May 2015

18900 mi
The AC condenser drain tube was plugged and causing water to spill over on the passenger side inside the car. Compressed air blown into the tube where it exits under the car fixed the problem. 
Subaru Forester in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2014 - Sep 2018
Jun 2017

39680 mi
Mass air flow meter failed causing check engine light. Repair was covered under extended warranty. 
Mar 2018

48980 mi
Oil consumption test started again. Third time I have done this. New standard is one litre of oil or more per 6000 kms can indicate possible short block replacement. 
Jul 2018

51460 mi
Vehicle failed oil consumption test, now waiting on new short block. Not really a repair to report but I thought that I would update the consumption test. 
Subaru Forester in British Columbia, Canada
May 2013 - Sep 2018
Apr 2015

14880 mi

C $250
Oil consumption Replace tie rod 
May 2015

15680 mi
oil consumption test 
Jun 2015

16740 mi
oil consumption test 
May 2017

36580 mi

C $105
Stuck lugnuts 
Dec 2017

39680 mi

C $130
Stuck lugnut bolts 
Apr 2018

43400 mi
Rattling noise over bumps unless brakes are applied. Retorqued caliper bolts and serviced brake pads, but problem still persists. 
Sep 2018

45725 mi
Replace short block due to oil consumption. After shortblock replacement, car made loud rattling noise. Diagnosed dirty manifolds; cleaned, machined heads replace head gaskets. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

56000 mi

US $85
Battery was getting weak, replaced with Interstate Battery 
Jun 2018

67000 mi
A/C not generating sufficient cold air, dealer performed TSB, replacing the A/C compressor/clutch assembly. Car was out of warranty, but was work covered by dealer or SOA (unclear which) as a good will gesture. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
May 2013 - Jul 2017
Sep 2014

18000 mi
Burning oil. Started oil consumption test, replaced PCV valve 
Dec 2014

22000 mi
burning oil-replaced short block 
Subaru Forester in Montana, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

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. 
Jul 2015

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. 
Jun 2018

60000 mi
Took vehicle in for normal scheduled maintenance. Noise in rear. Mechanic found rear wheel bearings failing. Replaced both bearings at no cost. Comment concerning previous oil consumption problem, oil usage is excellent. No adding of oil between changes, just like previous Subarus that we owned. Subaru/dealer did good job fixing oil problem. 
Subaru Forester in Virginia, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

34000 mi

US $180
Original battery died at 4 years old. Jumped car, drove to AutoZone, and installed new battery. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Philippines
May 2013 - Jun 2018
May 2015

9400 mi
knocking sound on each side during steering turn ( U-turn malice ball bearing replaced; shock mounting replaced 
Subaru Forester in Finland
May 2017 - Mar 2018
Sep 2017

69440 mi
Brakepad had diseapeared, only the metal was left, so on the warranty was the disk and pads changed 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

108500 mi
Excessive oil consumption. I noticed adding 1 L oil between changes and they measured 1.3 L in 6,000 KMs. They installed a new "short block" which I think is the cylinder head and cylinders. 

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2014 Subaru Forester 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2013 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

14880 mi
Radio problem - bluetooth system malfunction 
Nov 2014

21260 mi
Shifting was from park to reverse to forwards was slow. Computer needed to get reprogrammed. 

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