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Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your Subaru Forester

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The national average repair and maintenance cost for a Subaru Forester is between $487 and $595 per year. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and service provider.

Subaru Repair Estimates
Car
Service
Price
1998 Subaru Forester
Head Gasket Replacement
$1900 - $2478
1998 Subaru Forester
Timing Belt Replacement
$354 - $487
1998 Subaru Forester Location: Front
Brake Pad Replacement
$159 - $245
1998 Subaru Forester
Ball Joint Replacement - Lower
$0 - $0
1998 Subaru Forester
Clutch Replacement
$722 - $1050
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Subaru Forester
$
1,184
to $
2,794
Subaru Forester
$
268
to $
587
Subaru Forester
$
91
to $
271
Subaru Forester
$
78
to $
544
Subaru Forester
$
764
to $
1,598

Subaru Forester Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Catalytic Converter

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of low catalytic converter efficiency. This same issue may cause the car to fail the State Smog Test if one is required.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Front O2 Sensor

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

 

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

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Subaru Forester Questions

overheating (1 answer)

car overheating and no heat has new water pump and thermostat. Turn car off for a bit restart have heat and temp. ok

I was rear ended having just made a left turn & starting to accelerate. What (1 answer)

would the approximate speed be of the vehicle that hit me (an older Volvo sedan} that would make my water tumbler fly out of the cup holder?

The passenger side air bag indicators shows it is off. How do I turn it on? (1 answer)

I just bought a 2012 Forester. Nowhere in the manual does it explain how to turn the passenger side air bag on.
Does this mean the car is not equipped with a passenger-side air bag?

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Subaru Forester Recalls

Passenger Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Deployment Spraying Metal Fragments

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Passenger Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Deployment Spraying Metal Fragments

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Air Injection Pump Overheats

The air injection pump may continually operate due to a faulty relay. This can cause it to overheat and possibly melt. Dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Subaru Forester Reviews

Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles with NO ISSUES WHATSOEVER. Added roof rack for hauling long items. Added hitch for small trailer and bike rack. All day comfort, good handling, and descent acceleration even without the turbo. I highly ...
2007 Subaru never gave me problems until the check engine light came on and cruise control light was flashing. I have 120,000 miles and now was told to replace timing belt, head gasket and fuel tank and straps which cost me over $4,000. I don't understand why everything is failing and I don't think I am done yet. Always brought into dealership for maintenance and none of this was identified p...
This is our 2nd Subaru that we bought new, (1995+2005). I think an above average car. Still, I think all of us would like to think that our cars would be exceptional (In the car reviews we only see a few that stand out with low maintenance.) Leather seats... Low quality leather seats, and driver seat didn't wear well. Not the best support either. This is my wife's car, (I wouldn't buy a S...

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