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The Subaru Forester is a solid choice in the segment. It rides very comfortably, handles responsively, and it has decent fuel economy and adequate acceleration. The interior is well-put-together, but looks basic. The cargo area is square and useful, but backseat leg room is tight. The availability of electronic stability control in only one model (the Sports 2.5 XT version) is disappointing.
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 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 Subaru Forester is a solid choice in the segment. It rides very comfortably, handles responsively, and it has decent fuel economy and adequate acceleration. The interior is well-put-together, but looks basic. The cargo area is square and useful, but backseat leg room is tight. The availability of electronic stability control in only one model (the Sports 2.5 XT version) is disappointing.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 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

“Head gasket gone at 78000 miles ... Finally replaced for free after complaining to Subaru”

Bill H., NH (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blown head gasket”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cylinder head gasget started leaking 1000 miles and 1 month after extended warranty ended and nearly destroyed the engine. Subaru dealer and Subaru or America was unwilling to fix problem. I was given a $500 credit towards $1800. worth of work to rep”

Richard H., LA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both cylinder heads and associated valvs had to be nreplaced due to scoring and burnt valves”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Head gasket leak requiring major repair, timing belt and water pump also included in service”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership said oil was leaking out between the head and the block. Repairs were between $2500 and $3000. Subaru still has some problem with their cylinder heads”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“4-months after preventative maintenance 100K miles, check-engine light came on, dealership couldn't locate problem and recommended engine-pull and cylinder head rework. Cost ($6,000). PM was ($1,800), replaced water-pump 2x, and Turbo 1x”

Gordon S., MN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had cylinder head gasket replaced and about 25000-30000 miles later it started leaking oil again. That was about 25000 miles ago. I don't intend to fix it again. I just keep putting oil in it every other tank of gas”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The cylinder head will need re-machining at a cost of $3-$4000. This despite being assured that this common problem was resolved prior to this model year. Subaru have told me it is my problem - not theirs - it arose at under 80000k”

Allen S., BC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A real disappointment, an absolutely shameful motor”

Eddie D., NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“HAD TO REPLACE MOTOR , AFTER THAT HEAD GASKET ,HAD TO BE REPLACED”

Anonymous, MS (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced burnt valves and both cylinder heads. Five months later, had oil leak that could have required engine block replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The valves on the turbo model are apparently defective and not covered by warranty. It required a total engine rebuild. Checking on-line shows many others have had the same problem and Subaru is not willing to cover it with any kind of warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine was rebuilt because of a towing error by me, but subsequently the rebuild failed and was competely replaced again by Subaru at no cost”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I owned a 98 model, it needed a rebuild at 140000.Was assure by dealer that the issue was resolved, so I bought the 2008 version from a family member. Now advised by dealer, the issue still exists and I will need to do major repair. Subaru wont help”

Allen S., BC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Both head gaskets recently replaced. One leaking coolant and oil. The other leaking oil”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“An expensive repair at 105,000 miles. Unusual to need head gaskets at this mileage”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket had to be replaced in 2015. Local shop botched the job twice. Finally had it fixed by dealer. Very expensive”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking oil and top half of engine needs to be rebuilt. Will be without vehicle 2-3 weeks. Cost is ridiculous. 133,000 and this happened? Thought Subarus were more reliable than this!”

Karol H., CA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking oil and antifreeze. Estimated $3000 total repair which includes replacing timing belt, water pump, and associated parts”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking. needed to replace”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak traced to blown head gasket. Since engine had to be pulled shop recommended replacing water pump, timing belt, clutch, etc. in addition to a later style head gasket. Warranty had expired so it was an expensive repair”

John C., AK (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“overheated, needed hg replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking head gaskets at 87000 miles. Engine has been meticulously maintained, and independent garages confirmed this is a regular issue with Subarus in this age range. Cost $1800 in repairs at dealership after a $300 allowance from the dealer”

Mark T., NC (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to have replaced head gasket”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil leak was found with head gasket. Took three attempts to resolve issue”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket was leaking and had to be replaced”

Marcia B., CT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gasket had to be replaced. This was discovered during a timing belt replacement”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“reported at 59000 mi but beyond time warrantee - Subaru would not repair for free even though maintenance has be as recommended since day one”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“relatively minor leakage but too serious to ignore”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the car in the shop for an unrelated minor problem when they discovered that the head gasket needed replacement due to oil and coolant leaking”

Gail W., MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dealership said that the head gasket needed to be replaced because of oil leak”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking oil requiring replacement”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I took it in for an oil change to the dealer and they showed head gasket and oil pan leaks. I was told it would cost around 2900 dollars. I haven't repaired it yet”

Eugene K., MD (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had to have the head gaskets replaced twice during the last year. The care now uses oil at the rate of 2 quarts every other week”

Ralph B., OH (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2007 and other model years apparently had a defective head gasket design. A replacement made of a different material was made available, but owners weren't notified (at least not me). I had to pay a mechanic $1,800 for the repair”

Robert J., CA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A disaster. Started leaking at 63,000 miles well after warranty expired. Subaru declined to acknowledge defect and repair. $2300 repair. Would not buy or recommend Subaru again”

Michael K., NY (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket has been slowly leaking oil since approximately 50K miles. I have not had it repaired due to cost. I need to add approximately 1 quart of oil every 2 weeks to keep the level full”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket replaced to stop oil leak. Told by dealer this is a normal repair for this engine type at about 100k miles. Dealer performed repair in a few hours and cost of about $500”

Steve D., ID (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“blown”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“subaru makes an additive to help address this problem, which my mechanic put in. They are aware of the problem. Don't know yet if this will correct the problem of head gasket leakage”

Patricia B., NC (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine had been rebuilt by the dealer. after about 3 years, the head gasket blew out again and had to be replaced. I had been downshifting too hard so I adjusted my driving technique”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

“It seems that the water pump seized I have yet to get the engine rebuilt”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“routine scheduled repair”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Part of the rebuild provided by Sabaru”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Overheating; needed new radiator and head gasket”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Complete and sudden radiator failure at about 78000 miles”

David A., CA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“when it rains a bit of water drips into the trunk from the back hatch, but the dealer couldn't find where it was coming from”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Some air leaks from front windows, noisy”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Seals on doors and windows have started to degrade increasing wind noise at highway speeds compared to other years. Never the quietest ride it is now quite loud”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All the rubber on this vehicle from window seals to rack and pinion grommets is suffering from premature dry rot and decay. Again, this has been a problem for Subaru over several models and model years since 2005”

Richard H., LA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Throw out bearing replaced in February. Still working to diagnose noise that may be coming from clutch or transmission or the brakes (disc on front passenger side was rubbing)”

E J., AZ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Under carriage”

David N., BC (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear axel thumping mouse on sharp turns, 90 degrees or smaller, occurs mainly when in reverse but also in drive”

Anonymous, SK (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When backing up noise seems to be from rear of car, maybe brakes or wheels. Lots of little rattles that I cannot isolate”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Persistent rattle coming from near the pedals, worse when going over bumps”

Paul C., NJ (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I heard was seamed like a squeal of the breaks backing out of my driveway. I also hear a lot of wind noise in the cabin when the windows are closed”

Eugene K., MD (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“EXHAUST SYSTEM SCEW WAS LOOSE”

Kert J., CA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“at around 100K miles the dashboard started rattling in the area of the radio”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car as many squeeks and rattles in”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Problem since we bought it New in 2007 with driver window. Should have had it looked at when vehicle was under warranty”

E J., AZ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noisy, I need to turn my radio up to listen to it”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front window seals broken”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Depending upon wind velocity and direction, a loud screeching noise can occur”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“these cars are so noisy you can't hear others speaking with you in the car. You and they have to yell out what they are saying if they are trying to speak with you while you are driving on a highway”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sounds like air coming thorugh the window on one side, but there is no air leak”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Wind noise comes from the driver side window when completely closed and driving highway speeds”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very noisy car compared to Toyota Camry & to Honda CRV”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front windows allow air to blow through, which makes people conversations a bit challenging. The most forward position of the window, while the window is closed, generates all of the wind noise”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The wind noise on the highway is so loud I cannot hear my phone ring or the radio unless it's turned up to the maximum level”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)

“Due to the design of the frameless windows I assume the wind noise is common for earlier Foresters”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hear air noise even with windows closed on passenger side of front seat”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front passenger window makes noise at highway speeds. I need to lower and raise the window to stop it”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front door gaskets leak water and air. It is almost impossible to have a normal conversation at highway speeds. The water leaks into the door, rusting it along the bottom from corner”

Clayton W., VT (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front windows, both sides, excessive wind noise at speeds above 35”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to hear at higher speeds; don't like the wind noise and will probably not purchase another Subaru even though it drives well in bad weather. It's just too noisy”

Anonymous, OH (2007 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“The dealership explained that pumping gas into the tank had resulted in some overflow that had clogged some other part. I didn't fully understand it. It was a $700 repair though”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light when on, with an evpha leak”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This required dropping the gas tank and replacing a valve for over $1000.00”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine control module was busted. Too rare of an issue for our independent shop to have the right equip. Dealer took 3 visits and 5+ working days to get it fixed”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of catalytic convertor”

Ronald S., OR (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The EGR has been replaced under recall warranty and still causes problems”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tied in with previous question”

Patrick M., BC (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“catalytic converter had to be replaced”

Patricia B., NC (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“had to replace twice due to check engine light coming on and not able to use cruise control. Problem is still NOT fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The gas tank filler neck and gas cap do not seal properly, so a sensor goes off and kicks my cruise control out while I'm driving in cruise control. Very irritating”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fuel filler neck assembly has rusted through and throws a evap code. This is annoying in that it disables my cruise control, while I'm driving in it!”

Robert F., WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It wasn't the fuel cap”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Vacuum leak Emissions control”

Anonymous, OK (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“A sensor had to be replaced that required removing the fuel tank. Job was labor intensive and costly. Mechanic discovered fuel tank needed replacement too”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“as before, check engine light is on constantly and cannot use cruise control”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor indicates minor fuel line leak. But, neither dealer nor independent can isolate problem. No smell. Cruise control no longer functions. Very annoying”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light comes on and cruise control cuts out. Code indicates a pollution problem. 2 dealers made 3 attempts to find the cause (not specific form the code(s) by changing out sensors. They failed”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Check Engine light comes on regularly. The dealer and independent mechanics can find no root cause for the recurring issue”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensors indicate a problem. Dealer recommended changing fuel cap and being sure cap was on tightly. Problem not solved. Dealer has no further solution”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Check Engine Light came on - lost cruise control. Computer indicated O2 sensors”

Patrick M., BC (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Initial repair didn't work because slightly wrong part purchased by repair shop”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“There is a "small Evap Leak in he Fuel System - Used OBDII error code unit - Code: P0456”

Mary M., NY (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 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

“cruise control would stop working each time when the check engine and low voltage lights would come on each time alternator was failing”

Juan T., FL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cruise does not work when engine trouble light is on”

Anonymous, NS (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keep needing to replace the bulbs in the winter. And I'm in Southern California; it doesn't get cold here”

Karol H., CA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“driver side headlight went out. Lamp was replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keeps blowing no matter what I do”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The factory headlamps took on water after 5 years of service. Replacement was $800 each which is very expensive. The bulbs fail every other year afterward, at $75 each replacement”

Suzanne C., TX (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights start to fog over and the cost to replace is very high”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both this Forester and my wife's Outback go thru headlamps like potato chips. At least one fails on each per year, usually low beam. It costs me about $50 to replace both of mine, but due to manufacturer design on the Outback, it costs $150 per lam”

Randyl E., MN (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“driver headlight burns out at least annually”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Water is in headllights causing both to fog up from inside. Replaced one and will need to replace other”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A faulty headlight connector caused the light to go off intermittently. The connector was replaced and it solved the problem”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaked into assembly and caused bulb to fail. Had to replace the entire assembly (costly) to remedy this”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Condensation in both headlights due to seals leaking. Both headlights needed to be replaced @$350.00 @ plus labor”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They have burned out frequently - both low beams about once per year. Due to difficulty in replacing them I have they have had to be replaced at the dealer which is costly”

Richard P., MN (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“license light light blows too”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“License plate”

Barry F., MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior button for fog lights not consistently operational”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Very dim, poorly designed, borderline dangerous at night”

Joseph B., VT (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)
Warning lights

“Check engine light and cruise control malfunction lights come on in combination several times a year. Annoying, as mechanic resets it and it happens within a couple of weeks like clockwork”

Joseph B., VT (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)

“All interior and exterior lights pulsating/ flickering--replaced alternator for third time in less than a year”

Juan T., FL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Had to have the rear window wiper motor replaced at the dealer for around $400. Note: I've only had the Outback for a couple of weeks, so keep that in mind for some of my answers”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire pressure monitor comes on but tires are pressurized per specs. Does not go off when pressure is adjusted. Currently is on permanently”

Steve P., HI (2007 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

Ball joints

“Right lower ball joint had to be replaced, along with the lower table. Change both sides”

Warren T., QC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All of the Subaru owners I polled have had the same problem with ball joints. They also have a problem with Engine Seals. Over the years, I have put out over $13K in repairs for this call. I feel that Subaru should have recalled the 2006 and 2007 Forester”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“noise that went away when power steering fluid added; dealer serviced twice with repair to the line; told that may hold for a while. May require more serious rack repair in the future; a ticking time problem”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Light leaking under the reservoir”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced the belts which were worn. problem gone minimal cost/”

Ken M., BC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rack and pinion failed; had to be replaced. Was leaking oil. Very expensive”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“tire rod loose tightened and resolved”

Denise C., VA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“according to the service writer they were not properly maintained (by the same dealer as currently servicing) and cost 500 to repair”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bearing failed on vacation”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to first replace the right rear wheel bearing and a few years later the left rear wheel bearing. We contacted the manufacturer, who offered us a refund (we had to pay only $50) on the second failure. This is an issue with the Forester, as we ha”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“left rear wheel bearing was worn and noisy”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pump failure”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the tension bolt broke and caused the belt to break”

Richard C., VA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Load leveling rear shocks were very expensive to replace”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All struts needed to be replaced”

Leslie C., MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the two rear load leveling struts is leaking”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“New shocks needed too soon”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)
Springs or torsion bars

“broken stabilizing pin”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“Steering wheel shaking when turning and not working smoothly”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

“This is the same problem as the gas cap”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the same fuel filler neck problem rusting through”

Robert F., WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil spewed onto engine block creating thick smoke. Leak occurred when some guage failed”

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The problem isn't an oil leak, the engine burns 2 quarts of oil about every 3 months”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced cam seals, and timing belt(optional expense to me, but thought it might be necessary)”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed the engine caskets replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak noticed. Blown head gasket was the cause”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“at last oil change, told that there were signs of seepage. Dealer service examined it and put conditioner in the oil to avert the need for head gasket repair. Am watching and waiting”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Spark plug wire seals through valve cover leaked oil, causing oil smell and engine misfire; repaired at 92,000 miles. Head gasket on right side is currently leaking oil into engine bay”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket leak”

Jeffrey B., NH (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Several repairs, including valve cover gaskets replaced twice (independent shop used non-OEM parts the first time)”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The oil is leaking from the engine. I'm unsure about the loaction of the leak. Could be the cylinder head, but there are no other telltale signs of a blown head gasket other than the leak. I have more inspection to do before I proceed with repairs”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“144000 km service found valve cover gasket leaking oil onto H/T leads on plug holes. Replaced valve cover gaskets both sides, O rings, all spark plugs and leads. $340.00 cad Noisy left rear wheel bearing replaced. $492 cad Right rear wheel bearing w”

Daniel M., BC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gaskets had to be replaced. Dealership did it at no extra charge”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“harmonic balancer failed. This took out belts and getting home from out of state without alternator toasted the battery”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“Foresters first yr for drive by wire. The computer has always given a rough idle and in cruise control going downhill the throttle will not close so car picks up speed. Uphill it won't accel enough. Suspect program is for auto trans, not MT”

Anonymous, NC (2007 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

“compressor failed and replacement was expensive”

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner no longer cools”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It needs to be replaced...the AC works intermittently. The pressure builds up. Then it quits cooling, unwilling to spend $1000.00 on a new system in a car with 230,000 miles. Will trade in car on a newer Subaru this fall”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a weird issue. It would work below 80 degrees outside temp, then it would stop working all together. Issue was traced to compressor”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Requires replacement. Only cools intermittently. Not a leak problem”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blows cold air for 3-5 minutes, then stops cooling. If you turn off, sometimes you can get a little more cool air in 15-20 minutes. Aside from comfort, can be a problem with defrosting”

Mary O., NH (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had to have a new compressor in order for the AC to work properly”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The compressor wore out after 91092 miles on the clock”

David T., MD (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failure. 1200 repair bill”

Alonzo P., TN (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have the A/C fixed about 4 years ago to the tune of $725. Getting it checked again as it doesn't work properly (cools for a while then starts blowing warm air; have to turn it off for about 5 minutes; turn it back on; doesn't always work)”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ac doesn't work, dealersh can't figure out why”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Does not turn off heat control when car is warmed up. You have to turn off heater and turn on air conditioning to cool it off. Then it gets too cold and you have to switch to heater again. . . and so on”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)

“Air conditioner cycles on and off when it is hot. It runs for 10 minutes and blows hot air for 10 minutes”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“When you turn on heater you can't turn it off. Car gets very hot. To cool it down you have to turn heat off and turn air conditioning on. I took it to Farris Subaru snd another repair shop. Both said they could not find the problem. One recommended another shop but I haven't tried that yet. Guess I'm discouraged”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch wore out”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“jan, 2017, clutch 'exploded' damaging other parts and did not allow vehicle to run. Had to be towed for repairs”

Anonymous, NM (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“difficult shifting, had to replace clutch”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Subaru dealer replaced the transfer clutch assembly about 2 years ago to fix the "torque bind," but I'm not sure that really solved the problem of the grinding noise and feeling when driving. The problem has gotten worse and now they are saying the transfer clutch assembly has failed again, and needs to be replaced again (for another $2,000). I'm guessing the transfer clutch assembly is not the problem and they can't figure out what the problem is”

Mary Grace G., MN (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Another part of the clutch went out, which caused the clutch to be replaced. I drove a manual clutch previously for 14 years and never had a problem with the clutch--different make”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It was having trouble shifting so I had them replace the clutch and that fixed it”

Barry F., MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch burned out suddenly with no warning after about 50000 miles. Had to be towed, and the replacement was expensive”

Steve P., HI (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a pilot bearing problem. Cheaper to replace with a kit”

David T., MD (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Throw out bearing was worn - dealer said cluch needed replacing. I have owned many cars over the past 60 years, most with manual transmissions. Only one, a Volvo, required a clutch at about 125,000 miles. To have a clutch go out in these few miles”

Frank B., WA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“flywheel and throughout bearing failed”

Eric S., NJ (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Would have been stranded if this didn't happen in front of a repair shop. Suddenly it wouldn't go any more. I do downshift on hilly terrain and the shop said this was acceptable wear”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch failed, $1600 repair”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“at 80000 miles I had to replace the manual transmission system in the vehicle (with a couple of exceptions I have always had manuals and never experienced any kind of problems). Shifting became difficult, frequently got stuck in gear. Only 6000 mil”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Entire transmission replaced 6 months after having to replace clutch, pressure-plate and throw-out bearings. Dealer indicated they don't rebuild, only replace the transmission. Total cost $12,000”

Gordon S., MN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“fixed”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Only get about 10,000 miles on a set of brakes”

B L., NY (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes should not need to be replaced @ 35,000 miles”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Rotors were warped, resulting in vibration. Pads were worn, resulting in squeaking”

Paul W., CA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have only replaced the brakes twice since owning the Forester. It's been a great car! No engine issues which I'm told are common with 2007 models”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to replace the rotors on this car 3 times in the 7 years I have owned it”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Mechanic said they needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors needed replacing. Subaru covered both under the original warranty and I only had to pay about $150 total”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeak when brake”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Replaced front brakes, normal wear”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Low brake fluid and squeaking brakes due to worn pads. Pads replaced. Routine wear, but expensive”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Backing plates on rear rotors rubbing against the calipers. In order to replace you have to pull the rotors which means replacing the rear wheel bearings. The job is time consuming and winds up with a total cost of $ 1000 per axle”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“suddenly lost complete brake control”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Section of exhaust rusted out and the tail pipe was $375 to repair”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The exhaust has a chamber between the rear cat and the muffler. This has cracked at the seam and I can not purchase just this part to replace it. Must buy whole rear exhaust which is very expensive instead of replacing one part”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have been getting an emission system leak indication for several years. Apparently, it is not cost effective to fix until whatever it is completely fails”

Robert J., CA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a little hole in the exhaust pipe somewhere that we take in to have welded shut. It is not dangerous. It is just noisier”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“chronic heat shield problems”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester XT Unsure)

“Why Subaru cannot fix a chronic problem that is endemic to the brand is a mystery; nearly every Subaru [wagon] of this vintage seems to have this issue, and the noise practically defines the brand”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have not yet asked dealer to investigate”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield is integrated with exhaust system, extremely expensive to replace”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Corrosion so failed inspection and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler sounded blown out. It was. Dealer replaced it. Not covered by warranty because car was 6 years old”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“needed to replace the mid pipe extension”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

“split seam needed new muffler”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“The radiator started leaking. Had to replace it”

Eric J., CO (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small crack in the plastic body leaked under normal pressure”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The radiator tanks seal failed requiring the radiator to be replaced”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace radiator due to major crack”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Radiator was cracked and required replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

“The thermostat failed to work when we went to the mountains and it over heated I changed the thermostat and it worked fine. and two months later the radiator cracked”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A metal pipe which the coolant runs thru corroded and caused the total loss of coolant requiring the car to be towed”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The anitfreeze is slowly leaking, but I have more inspection to do before I proceed with repairs”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 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

Gear selector or linkage

“Gear selector would not come out of 'Park'. Replaced faulty brake light switch at brake pedal”

Robert B., BC (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted up and hard to shift. Fixed”

Robert B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch wore out”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission on the Subaru continues to be weak and shifts with some difficulty. No more Subaru's for me”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“This is essentially the same problem -- my local service station mechanic, whom I trust, said he thinks the problem is a computer chip that controls the wheel speed. He can't fix that, and said I need to take the car to a Subaru dealer. I really don't know if that's the same as the transmission computer”

Mary Grace G., MN (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Transmission oil pan came unglued - leaked transmission fluid. Repaired by private mechanic”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester X 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, car lost power while driving. Battery needed replacement also apparently as a result of the alternator problem”

Clement P., OH (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“would not keep battery charged”

Anonymous, RI (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“The car would not start in cold weather and the battery was replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“In damp or wet weather, the engine will misfire and fault out, triggering the "check engine" light. Still a common problem with Foresters”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“The spark plug where replaced but we still had trouble with the engine missing. Had to take it back to the dealer who then diagnosed the spark plug wires bad and replaced them. Solved the problem, but two trips to dealer”

Ralph B., OH (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 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

“Wheel bearings -- had to replace on both rear wheels”

Pamela C., NY (2007 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The problem was related to normal wear and tear, it occured spontaneously”

Andrew H., PA (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“sway bar links wear”

D G., WI (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It needed new drive belts, and it fixed the problem”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

“Viscous coupling in front differential is the problem”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“I noticed a small golf ball size circle of rust on the top of the car, near rear window. I was in a minor fender bender and needed to have 3 pieces of dented door, fender, replaced”

Debra K., CT (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Rust started around both rear wheel wells when car was 7 years old”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On the rear hatch a large rust spot has developed around the rear window. It appears to have started due to a paint defect or a problem with the rear window trim”

Richard W., NH (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 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

Steering wheel controls

“If car set in driving rain "check engine" light illuminates and steering column cruise control will not work . After car dries out the light goes out and cruise control works normally. Does not happen if driving through heavy rain. Diagnostics check results in anything from loose gas cap to faulty wiring harness to bad spark plugs. My best guess is water leak around windshield shorting out wiring harness in dashboard area”

Dennis K., NH (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio shorted out inside of it and drained my battery”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AM band usually won't work”

Anonymous, NY (2007 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

Sunroof

“Two years after service, the sunroof started to fail to close. This was under warranty however very inconvenient for obvious reasons”

Suzanne C., TX (2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Even a dealer's service department could not fix a malfunctioning, misaligned window after several visits, replacement of key parts [window, motor, and other fixtures], and expense of over $500”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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