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Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 2788 repairs.
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Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (31%)

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Chart based on 1623 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Subaru Forester problems by year

before 2000 (3%)

2001 - 2002 (9%)

2003 - 2004 (17%)

2005 - 2005 (7%)

2006 - 2006 (4%)

2007 - 2008 (9%)

2009 - 2010 (19%)

2011 - 2013 (10%)

2014 - 2018 (22%)

2019 - 2021 (1%)

Chart based on 2813 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Personal Experiences: Pros
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicle. Gets you to where you want to go in any weather conditions. full 2010 Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Interior space, cargo capacity and flexibility, good dealership, confident handling and comfortable ride on (mostly) bad road, all-wheel drive a very important feature when you get more than 10 feet of snow during winter full 2009 Subaru Forester review
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I gave my 2006 base-engine Forester to my daughter for a college graduation present and she loves it. full 2007 Subaru Forester review
2007 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Car works well for my needs. full 2007 Subaru Forester review
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 230hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
We used to have an 07 Forester X Premium and I loved it, but always regretted not having gotten the turbo. We had that car for 2 years and had ZERO maintenance problems. When it came time to buy a car in 2011, I wanted to go back to that generation of Foresters that I liked more. My father in law has had a Forester since 1998 and had very little problems with it as well. This was a big personal endorsement towards buying Subaru. We've bought two used Foresters in less than a year. full 2006 Subaru Forester review
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
We liked our first one so much we bought another. full 2004 Subaru Forester review
2003 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Had a Subaru Outback Sport and a Saab 9-2X (basically a Subaru WRX) and both were equally as reliable as the Forester has been. full 2003 Subaru Forester review
2002 4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Had another one before this one. I enjoy the quality of workmanship, the responsive ride and power, the well thought out interior design. It is just a comfortable, functional, nice to drive, practical small SUV. full 2002 Subaru Forester review

Subaru Forester Problems and Repair Histories

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