2009 Subaru Forester Subaru Forester 2009

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2009 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (4%)

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2009 Subaru Forester transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (17%)

< $100 (50%)

Chart based on 24 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

55800 mi

Replace the viscous center differential 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

29000 mi Rough shifting transmission. Was told Forester transmissions often become rough with wear and that the shifting fell within factory specifications. 
77000 mi Diff was squeeling. 
33260 mi drive shaft noise due to loose part 
66000 mi

US $30
Went to dealer to have differential oil changed. They would only do rear diff as the front diff dipstick was stuck in filler tube and would not come out. I bought a new one and with much effort removed the stuck one. The original was corroded. 
118000 mi

US $265
Took my Forester in to have differential axle seals replaced. 4 days after I noticed a strong smell of diff fluid. Took it back to dealer after Christmas and they found that tech had not tightend seal cover properly. Found loose axle nut 
124500 mi Previously replaced right axle seal leaking,when removed found it had been torn on install.Replaced under warrenty. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

62000 mi

Center differential was broken. It was not replaced but repaired 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

127000 mi

US $4000
Replace Transmission 
78300 mi

US $250
Torn Driver's side CV boot. Replaced. Shop did alignment as well. 
28000 mi The stick shift frequently sticks and refuses to go into reverse. Dealership says that it's just the nature of the transmission and there's nothing they can do. 
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. 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

48000 mi

US $750
Slipping in transmission. Transmission flushed. 
92000 mi Car shifts really rough going into 3ed gear (automatic). Transmission can't seem to find correct ratio and shifts up too soon. 
53000 mi Vehicle had a whine from about 5 to 50mph or so, after which it was drowned out by wind/road noise. The noise changed pitch with speed. The dealer dx the problem as faulty transfer gear and tailshaft bearings and replaced under warranty. 
150000 mi

US $1300
transmission stopped working. Installed a used transmission. 
24000 mi New axles. 
94700 mi

US $350
Lines to transmission were leaking, had to be replaced. 
22000 mi Leaking seal on front axle at transmission - seal ordered. Transmission seal on front axle replaced and leak was eliminated. 
66000 mi

US $1550
2 transmission lines between tranny and cooler behind radiator were corroded and leaking, both were replaced. 
69000 mi

US $40
Replaced propeller shaft (driveshaft) due to worn center carrier bearing. 
91500 mi

US $600
Replacement of sensor system 
12000 mi Pin point hole in cv boot. Boot replaced. 
108900 mi

C $250
Crankshaft boot leaking so was replaced 

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2009 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems

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