Subaru Forester Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Subaru Forester Problems and Repairs

The Subaru Forester has been around since 1998, so there is a lot of available data about its common problems and issues, though they do not affect all Forester models. If you're considering a used Subaru Forester, you can schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure it's in the best possible condition before you buy it. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Subaru Forester, which is a used Forester that undergoes an inspection by Subaru and comes with extra warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Forester as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Subaru Forester Common Problems

Each year, the NHTSA receives dozens of complaints about the engine in the Subaru Forester; however, none of those complaints have resulted in a recall. Common complaints related to the Subaru Forester's engine revolve around excessive oil consumption. The worst model year seems to be 2014, which gets the most complaints about excessive oil consumption.

The Subaru Forester doesn't garner as many complaints from owners as some other compact SUVs do. Some owners complain that the transmission bucks and surges while accelerating, but most complaints center on the Forester's interior accessories, including issues with the Bluetooth not working and the power seats losing adjustability over time.

Subaru Forester Recalls

Here's a summary of key Subaru Forester recalls over the past 10 years.

  • The 2007 and 2008 Subaru Foresters have one recall for their lower control arms.
  • The 2009 Forester has 10 recalls, most of which relate to the front passenger airbag. These recalls are separate from the Takata airbag recall, which does not include the Forester. Other 2009 Forester recalls involve corrosion on the brake lines and a possible short circuit in the puddle lights.
  • The 2010 and 2011 Foresters have seven recalls each, many of which are the same as the 2009 model's, while the 2012 model has six recalls, most of which overlap with the 2010 and 2011 model years.
  • The 2013 Subaru Forester has three recalls, two of which deal with brake line corrosion, while the third relates to the air pump.
  • The 2014 model has one recall for its floor mats.
  • The 2015 and 2016 models have one recall for their turbochargers.

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