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The Forester rides and handles like a good sedan. It also provides decent acceleration and good fuel economy for this class. The controls are well laid out and the interior is nicely finished. Access is easy and seat comfort is very good. Impressive crash-test results are another plus.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Forester rides and handles like a good sedan. It also provides decent acceleration and good fuel economy for this class. The controls are well laid out and the interior is nicely finished. Access is easy and seat comfort is very good. Impressive crash-test results are another plus.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (165 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Replaced cylinder head gasket (a common need with older Subarus), oil cooler seal, & timing belt idler bearing; resurfaced cylinder heads”

Donald D., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This model and year Subaru has had a historical problem with overheating and blown head gaskets. Subaru denies it, but it you look on the Subaru chat sites you will finds hundreds of people like me if suffered through this. Years of small cracks an”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cylinder heads were machined and cleaned during head gasket repairs”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“timing belt went”

Main B., NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burnt valve required replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“car still runs fine, but check engine light permanently on for cylinder 4 misfire. Thus won't pass Bernallilo county emissions test. Independent Subaru shop indicated that engine must be pulled to fix cylinder 4 (can't say for certain until taking engine apart but believe is cracked piston ring land, could also be head/valve problem). Cost of engine rebuild is close to value of vehicle thus did not get work done. Car had a head rebuild while still under warranty for similar cylinder 4 issue,”

Gary H., NM (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine suddenly quit and needed to be replaced with a rebuilt one. Replacement cost: $5000. When I took the car in for its fiirst oil change afterward, my dealership mechanic (who has provided routine maintenance since I bought the car, and who wants to buy it if I ever want a new one--I don't) discovered the rebuilt engine was leaking fluid and would not allow me to drive the car until it was replaced. The engine was 3 days past warranty, and the manufacturer would not give leeway on the wa”

Barbara C., MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bad cylinder shortly after purchase. Shop replaced the engine with one that had 25000km on it free of charge. Great shop”

Anonymous, NB (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“leaking antifreeze at rear of engine”

Kenneth W., VA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket failed, causes antifreeze slow leak, changed spark plugs, water pump since head had to be removed”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket required replacement which proved expensive because the engine had to be removed from the car to do the repair”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Leaky head gasket, as well as bent valve guides”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket failed at about 90,000 and again at 140,000”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket blew”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“started leaking oil slowly”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Although I followed all instructions, I didn't have any problems until after 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine began making a tapping noise. Dealer service said head gasket needed replacement - $4500 major engine work at 65000 miles. Local independent garage found no problems”

Brian H., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Head gasket leaked oil into engine. Head gaskets needed to be replaced. It made sense to have other engine work done at the same time like timing belt, water pump, wires, plugs, tuneup etc. So ended up being an expensive job”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket was bad and had to have the engine removed for it to be replaced. This is apparently a well known problem at subaru that Subaru refused to cover. The replacement totaled $3500. "Feel The Love"”

Karen L., MD (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Significant oil drip and smell through poorly designed multi-metal head gasket. Cost $2000 to fix. Subaru should have covered expense”

Nicole F., WA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It just needed to be replaced because it was worn out”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both head gaskets leaked led to high engine oil consumption”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Previous service identified minor head gasket leak, 60,000-mile service dealer suggested replacing half the head gasket, and timing belt = big bill”

Julie C., WA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer, independent mechanics tell me that this is a consistent problem with Subaru horizontal "boxer" engines”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was supposed to be the model year that the head gasket problems were solved but ours went after relatively low mileage”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket has been leaking oil for months now. This is not a problem I anticipated having to fix ever. I'm very upset with Subaru for having such a grave and consistent problem with their cars”

Patrick C., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to head gaskets replaced and Engine heads milled because they were warped and that the engine was leaking oil. I had this work done buy Subaru dealership and they did not perform the service properly. I am now having it redone a second time cos”

Edwin M., PA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head Gasket had to be replaced. oil was leaking”

Richard M., NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

“Engine would not propel car”

J C., ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Turbo failed due to bearings. It still had the factory filter installed in the oil supply line”

John M., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“All problems were actually due to a 5-star Subaru Dealer/Repair shop. I had Timing belt, Water Pump, accessory belts, and spark plugs replaced. after ~$1600 in preventative maintenance the dealer: 1) stripped the bolts on the rock shield and zip tied it back on 2) broke the radiator mount and zip tied it back on 3) charged me for an AC belt that was not installed. 4) didn't change the (very small) oil filter About a month later I threw a check engine light. My ODBII indicated two issues, they o”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace the turbocharger for the second time. They seem to be a problem for this model; they keep them in stock at the local dealership!”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I have gone through three Turbos. I realize now that the problem may be that my son (his first car) didn't change the oil every 3000 miles (which is what my mechanic said is necessary) but no expensive part should be THAT easy to break”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“2 bent fins in turbo requiring total replacement”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“turbo went out because small oil filters were clogged”

John M., UT (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“No problem. Just an inconvenient expense”

Nicole F., WA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing belt was OK but a ball bearing had dropped out of one of the cams. Difficult to diagnose and expensive”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This was replaced with the head gasket problem”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“a pulley broke which caused the timing belt to scratch, which in turn caused the cylinder to bust”

Main B., NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“car has had weather stripping air leaks for years around windows. Makes car extremely loud on the highway. New window seals are very expensive”

Gary H., NM (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The seals/weather stripping cause the wind noise in the previous answer”

Bryan E., CO (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seal around driver side door/window is poor. Resulting noise is annoying. Condition has existed for 2 years. No leaks of water”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The windows do not go into a door frame. They go up and into rubber seals. The fit is no longer tight. They do not leak water, just air. It was a poor design. Our Impreza has a full door frame”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“door air leaks at highway speed is excessive”

Anonymous, NB (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaks around the sunroof during heavy rain”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“It is 12 years old and this reflexes it age”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a worsening sound emitted from the front passenger side of the engine compartment that I have been able to hear for at least two years. I have complained about it to both the dealer and independent garage. Until a month ago, neither would make any comment about it. At that time the Ind. Mech. Said that it was the differential that controls the all wheel drive grinding, but that it was not dangerous. I hate that sound! When I have some money to burn, I will probably have it fixed”

Stephen H., CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is hard to determine the source may be in the suspension system”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler has a buzz, rattle”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“shield plates under car break loose and rattle”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Under the hood, the exhaust pipe made noise. The holding bolt was welded initially>>then required rewelding in a year again. Then the bolt was removed and was told to leave the exahust pipe alone or replace a new one. I have left it alone and it make”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pretty much just old age rattles. Has always had extreme road noise, now with added wind and rattle, squeaking”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sounds like something is loose in the exhaust suspension system. Subaru dealer failed to find and fix it assuming it was something else that he had fixed”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“general noises and rattles. doesn't feel particularly safe. my husband drives it, I won't. Steering is stiff”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Poor seal around front windows. Used weatherstripping to improve seal”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've owned 2 Subaru's and my mother owned one. ALL of them made lots of wind noise at highway speeds. The front windows do not seal at the front edge”

Louis M., PA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a rushing wind noise when I reach speeds of over 50 mph. The service tech told me it is most likely a matter of adjusting the door hinge. This is an old car in very good condition so I will have this done this spring”

Jackie K., CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hearing increased air/wind noise. including some from the ventilating system”

Kenneth W., VA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We shouldn't have problems with catalytic converters. A previously owned 2007 had to have the catalytic converter at great expense. There is wind noise between the outside mirror and rest of body of car. Probably turbalence which was engineered out of the previously owned Subaru 2017”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front of Drivers and passengers windows have wind noise at speed”

Scott O., CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The wind noise is due to a below standard windshield replacement in Ukiah, CA”

Diana B., CA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side door has wind noise above 35 MPH”

Bryan E., CO (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Experience a lot of wind noise near door mirrors”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise from leaky gusset seals at front windows”

Kenneth C., AL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise around the left driver window, maybe caused by the side mirror”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seals around driver's door noisy at high speeds”

Ben W., AZ (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“wind leak noise coming from front windshield and both front windows”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise from side view mirror”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I just changing both head gaskets,timing belt.water pump and timing belt idlers”

Mike S., AB (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“As the windows on the doors do not have frames there is a lot of wind noise”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air comes in to the car because the doors and windows seal poorly and this creates excessive wind noise”

Joe H., MO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All subarus seem to have wind noise on the driver and passenger windows. It's annoying”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is noisy when on the highway at speed. Noise is focused mostly around the windows. Noise persists even when windows are obviously closed and doors are shut tight”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The window gussets in my forester are not designed properly and cause excessive wind noise because they don't seal close enough to the door frame”

Edwin M., PA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise when driving on freeway”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“No water leaks. Just air leaks and wind noise”

Joe H., MO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“started hearing noises, maechanic looked,converter and exhaust were eroding”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to replace entire exhaust system including catalytic converter”

Marsha F., NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed and had to be replaced. Very costly”

Jimmy B., OH (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“failed. had to be replaced to pass state inspection”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car running real bad and needed a new catalytic converter”

Michael P., NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine code indicates the converter is operating "inefficient". This could be one or more O2 sensors, the converter or both. Will likely need all those things replaced, not repaired yet”

Alan C., MA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced sensors more than once”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Inlet pipe of the rear catalytic converter rusted out. CAT had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I had the catalytic converter replaced twice with after market products. Both of these failed. The third time I took it back to the dealership and had it replaced with original Subaru parts and so far the repair is holding up”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Exhaust leaks

“Had to have intermediate pipe between catalytic converter and muffler replaced, due to leak”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“hole in pipe by hanger”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We're hearing an elevated level or noise. Not loud, but indicative of a lead in the exhaust system”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“exhaust system broke and fell off about 65000 miles”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Crack near weld at inlet pipe of rearmost CAT was causing a bad leak in the exhaust system”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Exhaust need replacement”

Rex E., NB (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Multiple parts replaced to track down the problem. Engine light would continually go off, an exhaust part replaced, then within weeks something else would fail. Most of system finally replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“easily repaired”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“noisy, was re-welded before it required replacement”

Judith F., ME (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed emissions test”

Judy S., VA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to have the muffler, exhaust pipe, and resonators replaced twice within a four year time period”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the muffler(s) and a few related pipes. However, this is the 1st time I have had to do this since I have owned this vehicle (and I have had the Forester for 10 years) so I don't view it as problematic or unusual”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced by Monro Muffler and failed after 2 years It was replaced by Monro under their warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replacement needed”

Kpatrick L., MN (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Repeatedly rusted out - have replaced three times now”

Elizabeth M., ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“Exhaust pipe rusted through. Had to replace pipe and muffler”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Deteriorating; were re-welded”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“mechanic tried to cement leaks, but cement didn't hold. Had to install new pipes”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“ABS warning light comes on frequently. All wheel sensors have been checked and cleaned. There seems to be no way an owner of this year Forester can read out the error codes. Going to the dealer is expected to be very expensive”

Larry A., MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“As described above I replaced the calipers to get hte brake warning to go off. Afterward the ABS light came on for no apparent reason. It went off after a few driving cycles”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace the calipers becouse they were sezed and had the rotars turned”

J P., BC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This may have been more a problem with the replacement part than the vehicle itself. After only approximately 12,000 miles of having the front brakes done, a front caliper started sticking intermittently”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers were rusted/frozen from exposure to road salt, etc. during our years in Alaska”

Nicholas L., CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One caliper was sticking. It caused the "brake" warning to come on and eventually the ABS warning. I replaced both front calipers and eventually the warnings went away”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced at 70,000 miles”

Herbert G., MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Adjust”

J C., ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Calipers froze... needed to be replaced along with rotors & pads”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has had above average repair costs and this was just another case of needed repair much quicker then my Honda”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced front brakes and rotors four (4) times in 80,000 miles”

Herbert G., MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“even after repair brakes 'grab' when I come apply brakes at higher speeds”

Steven L., AK (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“could hear rubbing when applying the brakes”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All rotors needed replacement due to warping - probably caused by impact gun use at tire shop”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“even when dry brakes were squeaking upon putting my foot on the brakes”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The title says it all: I needed new brake pads”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes had to be replaced due to age and mileage on car. Parking brake out of adjustment. Squeaking and grabbing”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car needed new brake pads - normal for the mileage it had”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake shoes stick”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced brake pads and resurfaced rotors at 90,000. this was the first pad replacement on this vehicle”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“New front brake pads, new rotors, resurface rotors”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake fluid was leaking”

E C., NB (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rear brake cylinders were leaking”

George W., NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not sure why the parking brake got so out of adjustment. It required being pulled up to its limit and then sometimes even then it would not catch”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal brake wear and repair”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Replaced right front ball joint at 90,000 mile checkup”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced twice. Original ball joints failed after 7 years.second set failed after 3 years”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“wore out... associated repair was pricy ~$500”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have steering rack replaced”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was leaking a fluid, but resolved once the power steering pump was replaced. I think”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was difficult to steer”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The power steering pump make a loud and diturbing noise and appears to be related to the time belt change”

Richard M., NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts have reached the end of their lifespan and required replacement. The new struts greatly improved the handling of the vehicle”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear self-leveling strut leaking...Replace both sides”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“LL Bean version has very expensive struts ($400 apiece) & dealer said they were leaking”

Robert C., ME (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rough ridding over bumps”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had tom replace shocks and struts”

J C., ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Self leveling struts failed - no aftermarket parts available - repair estimated > $1500”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rack and pinion leaked”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was making a clanking noise, so I went to my mechanic who replaced "links." It no longer clanks, so I guess that was the problem. I'm not sure if they were steering links. I'd had no problems with steering”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Don't recall the exact diagnosis, but whenever the steering wheel was turned sharply, the car would make loud, groaning noises. Took the mechanic quite a while, but he fixed the problem. Cost about $400”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“steering rack replaced by independent shop. AAA shop found leak in same area -replaced rack”

H R., CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering "block" leaked and then the pump caveated during trip to dealer”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front stabilizer links broken and need replacement”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission needs to be overhauled”

William S., NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Complained about having very strong vibration when turning the steering wheel. Took to dealership numerous times and was told nothing was wrong. Finally went to an independent dealer and it was diagnosed as a belt problem and they fixed for free (p”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud noise; took it in; they replaced the right front wheel bearing. Pretty simple”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear bearing needed replacement. We were warned of the problem several years earlier due to noise heard by mechanic. We couldn't hear the noise so continued to drive it for maybe 1.5 years and then had it fixed once we heard the noise”

Anonymous, IA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“both rear bearings failed at about 60000 miles poor design on bearings have never had this type of failure on any other car”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C compressor replaced”

Frank L., NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Quit working. Replaced”

Anonymous, KS (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On hot days, the A/C would intermittently cease to function”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“clutch failure after 12 years”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Design of compressor is such that it does not engage, especially in hot weather, and needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've owned many cars for over 100K miles and this is the first compressor I've replaced. Yet another example of higher then average repairs and therefore repair cost. in the last 4 years I've spent $6100 in repairs. $1525 per year -- high to me”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced due to age, and to use by previous owner. Purchased this 2005 model in 2014 with a replacement engine and harness”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have it looked at and worked on three times. The first time in an independent shop and the last two at the dealership. They replaced the compressor”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC compressor stopped working. Recharging did not help. Our mechanic says it needs to be replaced. Total cost would be $1,500. We are trying to decide if we want to spend that much”

Barb K., MI (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working. It made noises and then gave out”

Christian S., CA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Works intermittently when turned on; seems to stop working and blow hot air if car is stopped in traffic; once car is moving again, in a few minutes resumes working”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On very hot days, the AC does not work well at all. It pushes hot air and cannot make it cold”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C compressor was diagnosed as having to be replaced - found a quick fix online that just called for removing shims which has fixed the problem for now”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The coolant leaks and was fixed once, but did not last. I need to take it in again for a more thorough investigation of the leak”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Blower (fan) motor

“Makes weird chirping noise, intermittently”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittently chirps loudly whenever fan is on”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ambient Air Temp sensor went bad. This was in winter time. This caused heating system, set to fully manual control, to go haywire.I had either HOT air, or COLD air. Nothing in between until I had the sensor replaced. Weird!”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Replaced the AC compressor ~2 years ago and each spring there seems to be no refrigerant left; my mechanic noticed the refrigerant appears to get vented due to something getting triggered in the AC system. As the work is still under warranty we're continuing to track it down. The original compressor was in "really bad shape" by the time my mechanic replaced it”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Antifreeze would be depleted after/during trip. Finally added leak stop to radiator and has held thus far”

Diana B., CA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic radiator and fuel pump housing cracked”

Brian H., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A/C went out”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

“A small circuit board failed within the fan/ac electronic control pod. Naturally, we had to pay about 800 dollars to replace the electronic control pod. I miss my 64 ford”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small leak. Waiting to repair it”

R G., FL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“check engine light is always on, so is the cruise control light. Can't be adjusted. Apparently I need to get 3 catalytic converters installed before my next required inspection”

Judith S., NY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“check engine light came on several times due to catalytic converter”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had to replace four O2 sensors (3 front, 1 back?), once when the catalytic converter needed replacing”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“For a number of years, I'd be in cruise control and it would stop working and flash, as would the engine light. I would have someone look at it and they said it was an emissions problem. It was finally fixed this past year”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“additional problem with fuel system”

Russ C., OR (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gas intake sensor and filter”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The check engine light kept coming on. Had it reset several times and it kept coming on. Finally had to replace a sensor”

Ellen W., MD (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace the fuel pressure sensor at a cost of $402.83”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“o2 sensors - rusty fuel system - computer - catalytic converter - $3,000 later”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“converter”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CAM sensor replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car "bucked" check engine light came on, quickly fixed low coast”

Daniel O., MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“have been replaced 4 times”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter and oxygen sensor failed and were replaced”

Lynda P., GA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Upstream and downstream O2 sensors both failed within the past 12 months. Relatively inexpensive to fix and didn't appear to be related to the catalytic converter”

Jason T., NC (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“REPLACED SENSOR”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Small hole in the fuel line near the fuel cap caused check engine light to come on and disengage cruise control”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Warning light on and MPG worse”

Russ C., OR (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Timing belt replaced at 105000 miles according to service recommendations”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced A/C drive belt idler & belt after loud chronic screech from that part of engine. Occurred on long road trip where sudden failure would have been disastrous”

Donald D., CO (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Camshaft pulley (harmonic balancer) separated at rubber”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Since about 4000 miles on the odometer, there is frequent engine 'rattling' - not sure if it is ping or not. Also seems to happen at particular speeds (around 35-40 and 60-70)”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car was not running smoothly”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“Seal went bad”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil pan failure”

J C., ON (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The head gasket needed replacing. I replaced other gaskets and belts at the same time because they had to pull apart the engine to do this and the car was over 12 years old at the time”

Jackie K., CT (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal oil leak in old car”

William S., NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket was leaking”

J P., BC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket has a small crack. Would be $2500 to fix so I am just living with it”

Elizabeth P., CT (2005 Subaru Forester X Unsure)

“Leaks from the oil pan and needed replacement in catalytic converter twice in past three years”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“have minor oil leak that requires adding about 2 quarts between oil changes. Due to age of the car, planning on getting a new car instead of repairing”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a big oil leak when I went for most recent repair. Needed to replace some engine parts, which costs me around 400 $”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ongoing oil leaks require top-off between oil changes, even after replacing the head gasket which was expected to be the biggest source”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“continuous oil leaks for many years”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil leaks around spark plugs and off bottom of engine , good car, happy with it but did not expect as much leaks at 100K mi, also a rattle everything rattles on under carriaige even after fixing sway bars would buy another though for best AWD perf”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Bearings failed on drive shaft. As it rotated it pounded against the floor making a terrible racket”

Louis M., PA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driveshaft U-Joint failed. Driveshaft is one piece and does not allow replacement of u-joints only, resulting in expensive replacement of entire unit”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Drive shaft/front u-joint partially seized and coming apart. Replaced the propeller shaft”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The driveshaft needed replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“rear fluid coupling locks up on sharp turns”

C L., ME (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Significant vibration/shuttering in tight turns and reverse”

Richard S., WA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All wheel drive failed and needed to be repaired”

Jimmy B., OH (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transfer clutches in AWD system needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“4 wheel drive transmission components failed. Expensive to fix si disconnected 4 wheel drive”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It seemed premature to have this problem with a car that had so few miles”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“There were 2 problems: 1) Whenever it rained, the car would shake and then the engine would die. Turns out the coil was bad and needed to be replaced. 2)The air conditioning wouldn't get cold. Turns out an electrical part needed to be swapped out (”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“Clutches. in rear end Chudder badly when turning. Feels like bad cv joints back there. Have disconnected rather than repair. = 2 wheel drive”

Fred R., GA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

“BOTH PROBLEMS WERE INTER-RELATED AND WERE REPAIRED TOGETHER”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Based on diagnostics after check engine light came on, was told two spark plugs became "displaced" and cylinder head needed replaced. We took to 2nd dealer and they replaced plugs and wires and used a top cylinder cleaner. Car works fine now”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine hesitation”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bad wire causing cylinder misfire in damp weather. Expected at this mileage”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Once the spark plugs was replaced along with the fuel injectors the problem was fixed”

Anonymous, ID (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery cables

“Cables had to be replaced, as they were causing the battery to discharge while the car was not being driven”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“coil not sparking properly”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

“Unstable engine rpm”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“a LOT of leaks -- water, antifreeze and brake fluid”

Steven L., AK (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is loss of coolant particularly with long highway driving. There are seeps at head gaskets, but not major loss with normal driving. Tests for head gaskets negative, and hard to diagnose after fix of other leaks and sporadic nature. Mechanics”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine runs hot on the Hwy when ambient temp is 20C or higher”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

“The thermostat was not properly working correctly. We had it replaced and all has been fine since then”

David M., FL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The coolant line for the oil broke”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the rubber mount for the fan and the radiator both had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radiator developed a leak through a weld at the top, front”

Lynd B., AL (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car overheats going up a grade. Time for a flush”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“It became nearly impossible to start the engine or shift gears. The clutch pedal required excessive pressure and was fully extended to the floor”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a hard time finding a mechanic to tackle the problem. The hydraulics associated with the 'hill holder' seized and the tires would lock up. I had it towed 3 times before I found a mechanic that would repair it. The first time it was to a Subaru dealer and they would not touch it because the tires would unlock when the tow truck picked it up, and they basically told me that it was my imagination. I have never been back to that dealership. Then next time it happened, on the way home from”

Stephen H., CA (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“no problem with the replacement; just needed replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch needed replaced as it was slipping”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch stopped working on freeway, had to be replaced. 3rd one since new”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Don't believe I really needed this replaced..Dealer Mechanic couldn't find what was wrong. My symptoms were: Lost pwr going up a hill, black smoke from tailpipe. I've since found out this could have been dirty fuel filter”

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Forester)

“Transmission has hammered into 4th in the winter since purchased at 26K miles!”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“cannot access the bulb to replace”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fog lights have burned out more than once”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Check engine light is always on. Cruise control light is always blinking”

Richard A., ME (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Body control module

“Front driver side window failed. $450 quote to fix - it remains broken”

Jason T., NC (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

“Cruise light flickered, tho the cruise control mechanism was not working; i could not engage the cruise control”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“At night, none of the gauges, including but not limited to the speedometer & gas gauges”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The paint has been peeling on the roof since 2006 or 07.. I took it to the dealer, and they said it wasn't their problem. It was mine.Called the Cherry Hill, NJ phone # and they said the same thing.My daughter has a 2005 Outback and her paint in intact. Very poor customer service”

Kiyo I., CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Needed repair to pass inspection - had a small hole on the driver's side rear rocker panel. Had to go to a body shop for welding repair”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust along rear wheel arches”

Rex E., NB (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust has developed under gas filler on back quarter panel. It is now starting on other side in same area”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“interior door moldings and window moldings are dry rotting. door moldings have seoerted from inside door”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“The gear alignment on the gear indicator control was misaligned & the cruise control would not work”

John B., FL (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

“needed adjustment and replacement of one part”

Virginia B., NY (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Car thumps into gear when cold. If starting in 2nd or 3rd until warm, shifting problem doesn't occur”

Linda W., BC (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission fluid lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. We noted a recall for the same problem on newer models, but not the 2005”

Christopher B., NJ (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“Only works on FM stations”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Completely dead”

Kenneth C., AL (2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Trunk latch does not work unless pushed down by hand first before closing. Lubrication works only for a short time. The hatch came open while driving when not pushed down, so has to be checked now every time”

Kay B., MI (2005 Subaru Forester XS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

“Windshield wail at high speeds (80+)”

Edward B., CA (2005 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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