Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester Problems

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.

Subaru Front O2 Sensor Recall

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.

 

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.

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Subaru Forester Questions

Car is running fine. Check engine light on. Checked code#-PO453. (1 answer)

I usually get occasional check engine lights for po442SMALL LEAK and po443SMALL LEAK(pending) No leaks in exhaust-clear codes-no problem. NOW, I'm getting code PO453-Evap.Emiss.ControlSystemPressureSensorHigh. Clear code- light pops back on after 10 miles. Can't get ahold of my mechanic, ...

Estimate for a new radiator and thermostat and 2 hoses (2 answers)

Radiator blew up and has a hole in it

how many sensors are in 2002 Subaru Forester and how much to repair? (1 answer)

how many sensors and much to replace o2 sensor

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Subaru Forester Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

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.

Turbocharger Air Intake Duct Crack Stalls Engine

The turbocharger air intake duct may crack, which could result in the engine stalling. Dealers will inspect the turbocharger air intake duct and replace it as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Poor Braking Performance

In certain states, where salt is used to de-ice the roads, corrosion can occur at the four-way joint connector of the hydraulic braking system leading to a brake fluid leak. This fluid loss can result in longer than expected stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area to correct this concern. Some vehicles previously recalled of this concern may not have been repaired correctly. In addition, owners of vehicles outside of the affected states may request this recall be performed. Please contact your dealer to determine exactly how this recall affects your vehicle.

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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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