2009 Subaru Forester Reliability - Consumer Reports
The Forester is among the best of the small SUVs. Its cabin is quiet with very good fit and finish and a roomy backseat. Safety equipment includes standard curtain airbags and stability control. Crash-test results are excellent. Forester also has the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, yet it is agile and handles securely.
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There are 17 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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We expect the 2022 Forester will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

Cylinder head

"Minor oil leaks in the cylinder head at around 70,000 miles. Auto tech said this was a chronic problem with these engines. Repair, which included replacement of the timing belt and other 90K service for economy (since head would need to be re-opened to do this at 90K) was about $3200"

Timothy D., WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burnt valves"

Timm W., WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bad head gasket, a known problem"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket delaminate and leak oil and antifreeze. Has been a problem since 1999 and for some reason they do not appear to think it is important enough to fix."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine has been leaking oil and antifreeze very badly. Mechanic suggests rebuild"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cylinders had to be removed, heads shaved because of leaking gaskets. Well known problem. In all the Subaru blogs, this problem figures predominantly. Cost of repairs...over $2000.00 CAD"

Kevin G., ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"I bought this Forester new and since the day I bought it I had all scheduled maintenance completed by the Subaru dealer. At approximately 89,000 I took it to the dealer when the check engine light and traction control lights came on. It was discovered that there was metal particles in the oil which not only required an engine replacement but it also ruined the turocharger. Instead of giving Subaru another penny I sold it as is. I'll never buy another Subaru"

Erik R., GA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine check light came on - in two miles engine was smoking. When pulled over - car caught fire and burned up! This happened May 28th at 5 pm"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine had to be rebuilt because excessive oil consumption caused failure of the rod bearings. No indication of oil issues were reported by the vehicle's internal diagnostics or warning indicators. Low oil pressure warning never activated"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine ran out of oil but there was no sensor light warning"

D M., CA (2009 Subaru Forester)

"The engine had to be rebuilt and they swapped out the lower engine block. I submitted all oil change records to Subaru of America and due to the fact that I took such good care in maintaining the car they paid $2,500 towards the rebuild cost"

Kathleen M., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2009 engine needed replacement with a 2011 engine after the 2009 engine threw a rod"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ran the Forester out of oil. Check engine light came on and oil pressure light barely flickered. Put 2 L of oil in and mechanic only got 0.5 L out. No visible oil leaks. Apparently this is a common problem with the boxer engines, there is oil blow by into the cylinders and gets burnt up. Subaru dealership said we must check the oil at least every other pick up. After many thousands of dollars for an engine rebuild, we check the oil every fill up now"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was rebuilt, but because I purchased an extended warranty when I bought the car it was fully covered and i only paid a $50 deductible."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several years of Subaru Foresters had problems with oil leaks, pistons, and engines seizing. I didn't know about these. On the way back from Colo Spgs, going 65 mph, there was suddenly a loud noise and the car stalled out. It turned out an oil leak resulted in such a major loss of oil that a piston blew. I had to have the car towed and got a remanufactured engine installed for over $5,000. If I had known about the problem I never would have bought the car."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"two turbos, two motors."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine needed complete rebuild. Had less than 100000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine started skipping at idle. Check engine light came on. Ended up being 2 bent valves and had to have engine rebuilt. Dealership could not find cause of bent valves only that it was caused by the skipping but not what caused the skipping"

Margaret M., CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine has been replaced twice in this vehicle, under original warranty the first time, under extended warranty the second time"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a worn bearing in engine. Mechanic had to take apart the engine to repair the bearing at a far lower cost than the dealer's suggestion to replace the engine/transmission"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Main bearing failed. Subaru paid for engine but refused to pay for labour despite the fact that the engine was still under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 59000 miles the engine developed a LOUD banging noise (throwing a rod). Only 2 months after time ran out on warranty! and 1000 miles before the mileage part ran out although the time preceded that. Subaru was of no help at all! Unless I had money!"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Belt tensioner failed, causing the timing belt to fail and the resulting engine failure. Replaced with used engine"

Christopher E., NB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine seized one day when I was driving. Heard a big bang, luckily was able to pull over. The power train warranty had not expired the engine was replaced at no cost to me"

Liz H., AB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We started losing oil during a long drive, so we stopped and filled the oil. About 2 hours later the engine bucked and we lost power and limped into service station. It was towed to nearest dealer where we had to take Uber home. After several days of working on it they found head gasket blown, cam shaft snapped along with numerous other issues that apparently all happened at once. Dealer said they had never seen this type of combined failure. It took them about a week more to locate all parts, some used, to rebuild engine. It has run fine since with the exception of out clutch going out several months later, which was the original and had to be replaced. It was a VERY expensive 12 months of repairs, but it is running very well again.This is first time since we bought new in 2009 that we had any major problems."

Ed C., SC (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light was on, oil leak also and engine overheating. I was without my car for 10 days. All work was covered by an extended warranty i had purchased form CarMax and also covered a rental car."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Please note that the engine replacement occurred approximately 2.5 years ago and not within the last 12 months. We were told we threw a rod (at approximately 102K miles) and we had a rebuilt engine installed."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Had head gasket replaced because of leak"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to notice drops of oil on floor. Took a look and could see it was head gasket. Also took it in to have Subaru diagnose while doing a recall and they confirmed it"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil dripping onto garage floor starting at about 85000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I didn't think I would have this problem with a Subaru. This happened right after I replaced the timing belt. A major expense"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I should have known better and stay away from Subaru. Thankfully the repair was partially covered"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed more spots on the garage floor. The dealer had identified the leak but it worsened more quickly than expected. Cost was expensive but it has been fine since repair"

Greg R., AK (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I previously owned a 2002 Forester. At 150,000km I had to replace the head gasket at a costs of $2,200. I am now advised that at 125,000km/78,000miles I have to replace the head gasket on the 2009 Forester. When I mentioned it to Subaru Service Rep, He said" It's quite common" . I really like the Subarus I have owned but it is becoming increaing ly costly to continue owning"

Mary K., BC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting to leak oil. Had to be replaced which was done by removing engine and replacing. Subaru techs told us this was a common problem with higher mileage Subaru Foresters. They told us that this could lead to engine failure if not corrected. This was told to us at more than one Dealership"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace head gasket at 98000 miles"

James O., ME (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious leak. Mechanic said this is extremely common with high mileage Subarus"

Brooke K., CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement at 99,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"at 100,000 I had to replace the head gaskets and gasket for the oil pan. cost $1900. I was very unhappy at I never had any head gasket problem with the 2000 Subaru Forester I had previously and it had 224,000 miles on it when it died"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gaskets leaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of head gaskets and excessive oil consumption"

F K., MI (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressue warning always comes on with our pressure changes with change of season , $ 200 apiece usually one on each car a year - stupid"

Timothy C., FL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was seeping for approx. two years. I regularly take it to the dealer, where I bought the new car, for service and oil/filter changes at the suggested intervals. I regularly complained about the seepage and told them it was not air conditioner condesate as it has color and a film when it dripped on the pavement. After a long, hot, run, for vacation to another state, we ran low on fluids and got stuck in a small town, on a weekend morning, and had to wait hours for the one store to open to g"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil leaking"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both left and right head gasket leaked oil. Both side replaced."

D R., IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After researching possible causes for small oil leaks, it was confirmed that this is a symptom of head gasket failure. The cost to replace was over $2,500. This cost is almost entirely labor, since the engine has to be removed from the vehicle to do the job. It seems they need a more robust gasket design that will last longer than 120,000 miles."

Stuart L., CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I owned a 2002 Forester that required head gasket replacement at 150,000 kilometers. Subaru's service updates state that they have fixed this problem. I am now advised by the Subaru dealership that my 2009 Forester requires head gasket replacement at 137,00 kms. And advised by Subaru that this is quite common ."

Mary K., BC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic said this is a common problem in Subaru's because of engine design. Everyone I talked to who had an older Subaru had the same problem. This is a $2k repair item and I am extremely disappointed that Subaru has not address this problem before. Maybe they have in the newer models but they have lost my business as a result."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Why does this head gaskets issue keep popping up? I've had 8 Subarus and for the most part am very satisfied with them but I have replaced head gaskets on three (2000, 2005, 2009), all with the same 2.5 four cylinder engine. Why can't they get this one fixed when they do so well on most other things?"

John K., WI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Foresters have a known issue with head gaskets. Subaru refused to address it because I didn't get my maintenance done through their service center, even though maintenance was performed elsewhere (no receipts). Their service center also informed me it was a HUGE problem that would cost me $2500 for them to fix and it had to be done immediately,, but two other unaffiliated mechanics told me it was relatively minor and I could get away with leaving it for quite some time if I checked oil regularly."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket started leaking oil. Mechanic explained this was a weakness in this year gasket set."

Anonymous, AK (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The automobile leaked oil so we replaced the head gasket two months ago."

Catherine C., MT (2009 Subaru Forester)

"it leaks...a common well known problem."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"$4500 to repair!!!"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket had a slow coolant leak. Replacing it required $3,000 of labor. Timing belt was replaced while they were at it. Took 5 days but dealer provided a free loaner."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During a recent oil/filter change at the dealership where I purchased the vehicle, I was advised that the left-side head gasket was leaking, and that the estimated repair cost is approximately $2000. I wasn't able to observe any leaks, and there is no spotting on my garage floor. Looking online, it appears that leaking head gaskets are a frequent problem with this 2.5L engine. From what I read, Subaru made changes to the engine in 2011 in an attempt to alleviate the issue. I haven't had the head gaskets replaced yet. Some other things that the dealership told me cause me to question their diagnoses. I'm considering taking the vehicle to an independent mechanic in order to confirm these alleged problems."

Anonymous, AK (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket on passenger side of engine began leaking oil."

Donald R., WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer says head gasket leaking. Recommends repair, $3,500. Have not done so."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets needed to be replaced at 100,000 miles..but was advised that if done so other parts would eventually need to be replaced as well so they recommended the engine be replaced completely to lessen the cost on labor."

Richard I., PA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed the coolant was leaking. Had a pressure test done (X2) and was told the head gasket was bad. One mechanic said "welcome to Subaru!" We have had several models of Subaru and this is the first head gasket leak we've had."

Anonymous, AK (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I expected to have the problem since I did my research. I will still buy the car again because no other vehicle in the market at the time I purchased it satisfied my needs. Manual, offroad-able, plenty of utility to carry cargo and passengers. Manual."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed to be replaced. It cost $2,600 to do so."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low mileage, but always short distance driving. Had to replace head gaskets when changing timing belt due to oil seepage."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I operated the vehicle for about 2 years with a leaking head gasket on the passenger side. Last February (2019) the driver's side head gasket began leaking. The vehicle had less than 97000 miles on it at this time. I knew that the head gaskets for the non-turbo engines were problematic and mentioned this to the dealer when I took it in to get repaired. The service writer suggested I call Subaru to inquire about providing some financial relief, which I did. The local dealer had quoted about $4000 to rebuild the heads and install new head gaskets as per my request. This included new timing belt, water & oil pump, belt tensioner, fluids, etc. I thought the estimate was a bit high and did get another estimate from an independent shop for $3500. I knew the dealer would also provid a brand new Forester loaner car for the estimated week that the repairs would take, so I went with the dealer. During this time I was contacted by Subaru Customer Care and they offered to re-imburse me for $750, which I felt was quite generous considering the mileage and age of the car. They also sent me a nice pair of Subaru-branded wireless headphones (Jabra) and a Subaru-branded Camelback water bottle. Needless to say, I was impressed with how the dealer and Subaru handled my repair and the effort they took to retain my loyalty. The dealer did a first-class job on the repair, too."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket began leaking oil, probably at around 95,000 miles. I had it repaired at about 105,000 miles, at the same time I I replaced the timing belt."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both cylinder head gaskets were discovered leaking at 120,000 miles. This seems to be an ongoing Subaru problem, my 1999 Subaru also had leaking head gaskets at 100,000 miles."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is a repairable issue, and as the value of the car is worth more than the repair cost, we will get it repaired. It will cost us approximately 900.00"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has been diagnosed with significant head gasket leak/leaks which require repairs."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I could smell antifreeze often after driving. Eventually I noticed a leak and took it in to get checked. The cost to repair was over $5k. If it wasn't for the fact that we like the car and haven't had any other problems with it, we wouldn't have put the money into getting it repaired."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru boxer engine is known design issues. They do not last."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to repair before engine became inoperable to avoid more extensive damage. This was a common known problem with Subaru ,they should have issued recalls and discounted repairs but they have done neither."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it start to leak oil. I had the gasket replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed a few oil drips on our garage floor. Car had 69,000 miles. Dealer said both head gaskets were leaking. Dealer never warned us at earlier oil changes that the gaskets were seeping and would leak later. No over heating"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Thankfully, I made sure to get this car certified. The certification drive train warrant ran out just after I had the head gasket fixed. Otherwise, I would have been a very upset consumer to pay thoUSnds of dollars for a rumored "consistent Subaru p"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Experience major oil leakage requiring immediate new head gasket installation"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Required replacement of both head gaskets which was covered under my extended warranty (7 yrs. , 100M miles) at no charge. also replaced both valve cover gaskets to stop a small oil leak"

F C., PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"LEAKING HEAD GASKET"

J W., PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks in both head gaskets. $3K repair bill"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After only 80,000 miles, I was told that the head gasket is starting to leak - $ 2,000 + fix. Dealer admitted this is a common problem with this engine"

Douglas C., MI (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was found when we took it in for routine maintenance"

Alicia S., PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket had to be replaced at 102,000 miles"

Rick N., CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive repair for a very minor leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak from head gasket"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket needed to be replaced - was leaking oil"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"failure of the sparkplug gasket rings on the spark plug tubes. Leaking oil into the tubes. $500 repair"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noticed an oil leak and took it to the dealer for diagnosis. Tech determined the head gasket (driver side) was leaking. Subaru of America covered the head gasket repair (both sides) and I paid for timing belt - parts only"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket started leaking oil at 64,000 miles, just out of warranty, and needed to have it replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it developed a leak"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had an oil leak but they fully did the head gaskets under warranty ..suburban Subaru is an excellent dealer and I'll always buy from them"

Nancy S., CT (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Major oil leak, will have to have the head gaskets replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had developed serious leak at 80000 km. Repaired under extended warranty"

Anonymous, NL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Left head gasket discovered to be leaking oil, needed new seals/gaskets"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the head gasket as it failed and caused oil to leak in the car. Thought that was something that a 'new' car shouldn't experience"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seem to be usual with this model"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"$2600 to machine the heads and replaced the head gasket. Selling car"

Scott J., MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil and coolant leak due to Head gasket failure"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told the head gasket(s) were leaking during routine maintenance. Upon calling various, garages, I now understand this is very common with Subaru vehicles. It cost me $2500 to fix, and that was the lower end of quotes"

Teresa L., AB (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boxer engines are less forgiving with faulty seals due to laying on their sides. When the head gasket seal failing it caused oil to leak out at alarming rates. It cost $1,200 roughly to repair"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During recent visit to dealership to make sure a brake line recall was finished properly we were told we would need to replace the head gaskets"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking gasket replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure damaged head. Cost to repair $4,000. Had same issue with 2004 Subaru Forester. Subaru didn't learn, and apparently I didn't either."

Martin P., OR (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gaskets leaked starting about 100,000 miles, it was reported to me that this is a chronic problem in Subaru engines, had the head gaskets replaces, heads rebuilt, & have had no problems since."

George B., MO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a $2,000 plus repair bill. The engine was leaking oil into the engine. There really was no option regarding fixing it. I wouldn't have been able to sell it without fixing it. Putting that much into it I needed to keep driving it."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"mechanic noticed oil leak...recommended service"

Pam W., ME (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently head gasket failure is a common problem with this model and engine type. Very expensive: approximately $2250 (plus tax). There was never any detectable oil leakage on my garage floor, but I observed oil in the coolant overflow tank."

Anonymous, AK (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was leaking.subaru coverd coverd half the cost"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"No real problems with timing belt replacement, but this is how the blown head gasket was discovered"

Rick N., CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"scheduled timing belt replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"routine maintenance too expensive, too often"

G S., MO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Valves bent"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue was part of routine maintenance. Had it inspected and found that it was going bad"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The major complaint is that the timing belt and the water pump need to be replaced and it is extremely costly to do so"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"As I commented on the major engine rebuild section the Turbo was ruined by the same metal particles that were found in the oil at approximately 89,000 miles even though I had all the schedules maintenance done by the Subaru dealership. This car turned out to be a major failure. I'll never give Subaru another penny"

Erik R., GA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo had an intermittent loud shreaking noise since the car was new. The dealer tried several times over the years to address this with no luck. Finally they replaced the turbo in 2018 and the car has run perfectly ever since. They felt guilty about their failure to address this and gave me a 50% discount on the work. After 10 years I finally can enjoy the performance of my car fully."

Larry S., NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo Tube leak, replaced for $199"

James S., MO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo fan blades loosened and disintegrated into the manifold requiring replacement of both"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Metal pieces wete coming off the turbo charger."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Total bearing failure left me stranded $2200 to fix"

David P., CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo failure was so unexpected because it wasn't engaged all that much before it needed to be replaced at approximately 82K miles. The Forester is used to go back in forth to work (~23 miles each way) on non-highway roads, although it has been used on vacation (highways) and round-about town errands. There are no teenagers or others who may abuse a turbo, so it's failure was a surprise--an expensive one."

Anonymous, CO (2009 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

Calipers

"The left rear caliper freezes up every winter"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to have brake calipers replaced three times since owning this vehicle. Twice I was advised that I do not drive it enough to keep the calipers from rusting and seizing up. When I checked with other Subaru owners they advise the same thing. But several owners have also advised these calipers require annual servicing at Subaru to prevent rusting and seize up from happening. When I asked about this at the Subaru dealership they confirmed this is true. Had I known this I would have requested annual servicing of the calipers and saved myself a lot of money."

Mary K., BC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust caused calipers to freeze and drag on rotors"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"keep seizing up"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front caliber froze at 50000miles. needed new front calibers, rotors and pads"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The calipers have been a real problem on this vehicle. This past year was the 4th caliper I have had to replace because they have become frozen. I have replaced 3 on the rear and now 1 on the front"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper locked into the 'on' position and destroyed the new brakes I had put on a few months previously. The caliper was not replaced during the original replacement. This was on one rear wheel only"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front caliper siezed"

Peter B., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the brake unit had a flaw and were under warranty so they were replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"This is not normal brake wear but I had to have the breaklines replaced. The '09 has less than 60,000 miles."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes lasted a long time. These repairs are to be expected"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repair guy says it's due for brake pads, and is scheduled for that. I'm getting a strange noise too but it sounds more like the engine, don't think it's the brakes."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"repairman noticed brake wear at annual inspection and replaced them"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was a recall from the factory and then a second recall because they didn't train the mechanics to install the first recall correctly. I still need to take my car in for the second recall. This is annoying"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Maintenance seemed fa bit pricey"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear on brakes. Still had 10,000 miles left to go before I changed them"

Alan K., WI (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Only the rear brake rotors and shoes needed to be replaced"

Jonathan B., MI (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front rotors and brake pads replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on possible winter corrosion of brake linnings. None found. just receiveed another Recall for same....taking it in to get checked next week"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was result of a recall by Suburu"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No handling issues. Routine maintenance check determined wear that meant replacing rear brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No real problem - simply normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 6 years have never had a mechanical problem,until several months ago. Brake linings and shocks replaced due to normal wear and tear. Never had such reliability in auto in past 75 years"

Francis K., CA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"repair person directed me to replace the brakes and so I did"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Mechanic is flushing out something with the brakes, today. i did not notice any problem except a hot, metallic smell."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal Blake replacement"

Gabriel T., QC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Changing rotors and brake pads is expensive"

Vernon S., AK (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"we have over 175000 miles , the brakes will wear out"

Raymond P., OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced original brake pads. problem with warped front rotors covered by extended warranty I purchase for this car."

Ron R., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to have parts replaced on rear brakes. Car has over 100,000 miles, routine brake work needed."

Stephen P., IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just normal brake maintenance."

Rex W., NV (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"not pulling hard enough on the parking brake handle, it disengaged something from the system and dropped something down with a large bang"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"went out of adjustment. Proctor Subaru fixed at no charge"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Bought car used in 2011. Have replaced the brakes multiple times. Seems like every year/2 years we are being told they are worn out and the rotors need replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had brakes replaced three times, rotors and pads , so far"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes wore out after 17,000 miles"

Jim L., WI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front discs had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brakes required replacement at 34000 miles. We then replaced all 4 brakes at 60000 miles. Have not needed to replace drums."

Gary A., WI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All driving is in short-term, small distances - in heavy traffic that causes idiots to pull directly in front of you - then I need to slam on the brakes."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes wear out quickly, with little to no warning. When squeaking starts the pads are metal-on-metal and the rotors are ruined"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Shop blamed cause on "gentle braking"-computer put more force on rear brakes than on front brakes"

Joel S., NY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replacement because of rust damage"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester)

"Replaced both rear brake pads & rotors due to excessive wear. Odometer reading was37562. Front brakes are ok"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace all 4 brakes on the car due to excessive wear"

Laure W., NJ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"low brake pedal,continuity tapping brake pedal for reassurance"

Robert K., MA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake line at caliper failed due to corrosion wrecking one rear caliper and rotor"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After noticing squeaking/moaning when backing, dealer replaced all rotors and calipers; full brake overhaul. I don't remember the exact mileage, but it was well under 50,000"

Anonymous, AK (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads and rotors were completely worn in 17,000 miles"

Ronald C., ME (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors,pads front and back"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall due to rust in brake lines"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fast where due to anti-skid"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had rear brakes replaced/changed and 3 months later right side locked up and had to be replaced again with additional repairs due to the issue"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seemed much too soon to have to replace brakes given past repair history"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I just feel that repairing brakes because of wear is too soon with only 70,000 miles. They had to repair front and rear at he same time. Really?"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A local dealership tried to convince me there was a different serious problem when a second mechanic found that the rear brake had frozen and the pad had worn off and ruined the rotor - third time this has happened with different brakes on this car"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Only got 43,000 miles before major barke repair to front brakes"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two sets of pads in 20000k - but the odd thing is the rear wears out faster than front - perhaps because they are so much smaller"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"i had to redo the brakes every single year i owned the subaru"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer's usual incompetence meant that *anything* that went wrong with the car was improperly repaired: brakes were the only thing that went wrong"

Elliott L., NL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"First set of replacement brakes installed less than two years ago. Had to replace again this spring due to overheating/misshapen rotors and pads that had exceeded safe levels of wear"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For a small vehicle this car is extremely hard on brakes and rotors. It is not abused and is regularly checked for status of brakes and fluids"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front brakes were worn out at 48000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake had to be replaced since it locked up"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The parts do not stand up as expected. We have had many more major brake jobs (ie. the whole set of brakes) than we would expect."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Mechanic said that the rotors were defective. There was a pulsation when the brakes were applied at speeds greater than about 50 mph."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering vibrates when brake are applied"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Both front & rear brakes had to replace."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost fluid and therefore lost braking"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"just ware out after 100000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basic rotor wear to around 125,000 miles and then overnight they went from good to barely driveable. Glad we were going in for service that day or it could have been disasterous"

Richard B., CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front and back rotors need to be replaced"

Elizabeth C., NY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors and brakes congealed during winter and period of disuse"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All four rotors prematurely needed to be replaced due to extreme wear. Subaru dealership stated this was unusual"

Charles P., MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake wear, required new rotors and pads"

Joel S., NY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors rust easily resulting in only a small part of the brake pad actually contracting the rotor. must turn rotors frequently. also had caliber seize on front brake"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"caused by premature brake wear"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes on the passenger rear rusted and froze more than once. The car does not sit for more than 1-2 days so it should not rust and freeze like this. The brake pads were not even wore down completely. Rotor replace because of rust and grooves"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to replace all 4 rotors this year"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting rear brake rotors attributed to infrequent use"

Karl S., ME (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic said that they were defective"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm told the rotors need replacment. $500, front & $500 back."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front rotors were replaced as well as the break pads from normal wear. I'm delighted with the improved since repair."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the cost of replacement and the number of miles since previous brake work was done."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"50,000 miles on brakes. time for new brakes"

Allen F., CT (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It squeaks every time you apply the brake. It's going in the shop next week to get fixed."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks and ratles in the cargo area"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Corrosion on rear brake pad causing intermittent squeaking"

Eddie S., CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes were squealing for almost a year. Every time I had the car serviced, the dealer said it wasn't time to replace the brakes. Finally yesterday, they said it time to replace the brakes and the squeal is finally gone"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Took to dealer because check engine, stability, & cruise control lights came on. Diagnosed as catalytic converter failure. Dealer fixed for $1487"

Kim F., MD (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Total failure. Was replaced by Subaru at no cost to me"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter is failure. It may be due to the excessive oil consumption on this vehicle. 1 quart in 8-00 miles"

F K., MI (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad, but with a 150000, understandable"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have it replaced to make the engine run right"

Ron W., WA (2009 Subaru Forester)

"check engine light, from cat Converter, as early as 60000 miles, duets short trips, cold weather and my old age !"

Robert F., MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lost of power"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Catalytic converter completely disintegrated inside and had to be replaced. It was also affecting the performance of the car."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to get cheap k e g Started to get check engine light. It would come and go. Checked with an obd2 tester. Converter inefficient. Checking online revealed that OEM was best. Had it done locally"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the problem started the ABS light also came on. Told by mechanic this was done by manufacturer to make you come in to have service performed."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came requiring replacement of converter"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light, indicates problem on converter when interrogated seemed early at 60000 miles, dealer 100 miles away, insists it can be fixed only at their facility. !!"

Robert F., MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car SUCKS! Replaced cat 3 times in 6 months. Said failure was first because of valve cover leaks. 2nd because of coil. 3rd: 02 sensors. Transmission had to be rebuild for 2500.00 at 80K miles. Never again"

Ayn S., CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"went out 80000 miles is this normal timing?"

Ronald R., MO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on frequently"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The catalytic converter went bad at 87,000 miles and cost $900 to replace"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control won't work without the catalytic converter working."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The converter is shot, but at over 160,000 miles what can you expect. The first converter was replaced at 100,000 miles on a recall."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was making noise and had to be replaed"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Fumes leaking into the car. Multiple leaks around the manifold. Dealership said that it would require full exhaust replacement. At a cost of $3500. Local garage fixed it for $300."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I smelled exhaust at X and after a few trips to the repair guy, who said that exhaust did need to be replaced soon but not yet, he finally found that somehow exhaust was leaking into the cabin of the car. Apparently a hole?"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Second oxygen sensor out of spec caused an intermittent emission fault eventually traced to a pinhole leak in a flexible connection just before the catalytic converter, requiring replacement of the converter. It took roughly a year to identify the problem and $1075 to fix it."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new converter due to connections to other exhaust pipe. Previous year had new pipe and muffler put in."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"10 year old system operating in the North East (Quebec) which uses more salt than anyone else in North America it finally corrodes out the joints and pipes. It lasted this long and I can't complain."

Harry F., QC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Most likely this is my daughter's fault who NEVER washes the car. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where there has been a lot of snow and salt is spread on the roads during the winter. Thankfully the major catalytic converter was not affected, but the two smaller ones were and the cost was about $1700 to replace most of the exhaust system."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"We have had the heat shield welded at least six times. This is really the only problem we have with the car"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A bolt on a heatshield clamp corrodedd and failed. Later it loosened up and has been clamped with wire wrapping"

John S., NJ (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rattling is annoying, but I don't feel like paying to fix the problem yet"

Kim F., MD (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The exhaust system is solid and useable, but the heat shield being made of such thin material has had to be modified numerous times by the dealer so it doesn't rattle"

Richard B., CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust rotted out"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shielding became loose, causing a loud rattle while idle and while accelerating while the engine is cold. Subaru dealership recommended replacing entire exhaust system to fix the issue, with an estimated repair cost of $1200. $5 steel hose clamps placed in the right areas worked just fine."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it makes a heck of a noise when running"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the past 3 years, every time I take the car in I have them fix the heat shield rattle. The fix lasts about 3 weeks and then begins to rattle again."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started at 115,000 miles and getting worse since."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bolts holding the heat shield need to be tightened or replaced and tightened annually after a few years to stop the rattling."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shields could be attached better. Need to be tightened or add clamps about every 18 months."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the heat shield also makes a creaking noise and when i go to the dealership they tighten the screws but after a while the sound comes back"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This didn't happen in the last 12 months, but it's has been an annoying sound that disturbs my peace, that has had to be fixed several times since I got the car."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shields rattle very loudly. Advised cost to replace about $800. Particularly annoying at initial start"

Andrew R., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started rattling and I must replace it"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had heat shield remove by dealer"

Robert K., MA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose. Fixed w clamp"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the car at the dealer twice a year to tighten the heat shields. Was told removing them would void any warranty"

Elizabeth B., MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been an off an on issue since the time I passed 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeat problem at least once a year."

Richard F., NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Entire exhaust system had to be replaced due to a broken flange on the left muffler. The exhaust system costed $830. Mavis installed an after market system. The new mufflers are loud and make a drone"

Kenneth M., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks, needed new system"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacing after ten years"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a fairly normal issue considering the age of the vehicle"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new muffler. two years ago we had to have the catalytic converter replaced and I think the muffler was replaced too."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the whole exhaust system. Twin pipes."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler and pipes were rusted. Had to replace everything"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler and tail pipes went on car and cost about 700$ to replace"

Paul S., NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a hole, made a lot of noise"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Inlet to muffler rusted out, and in order to replace, had to replace pipe from cat converter to muffler because the connection was also rusted out and could not be salvaged."

Richard F., NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"recall"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Takata airbag issue. No one allowed to sit in passenger front until bags replaced. Wait time was up to a year to do the work. When Takata first came out with the problem/defect, Subaru stated the Forester did not have any problems. I asked the dealer twice and they stated it was not a problem. Two years later it was a problem."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Takata airbag recall"

Jim L., WI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall for passenger side airbag"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No real problem just a factory recall on passenger side airbag"

William G., NC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"airbag recall"

James O., ME (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag warning light came on from a bad sensor in the seat belt. Had to replace the complete belt assembly to clear warning. Bad sensor could have resulted in airbag not deploying for front passenger during crash."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure what is causing the light to go on. Will find out when next inspected"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air bags recalled"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Broken pipe. Required replacing everything and cost about 1300 Canadian"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 115,000 the muffler pipe rusted and broke so we had to patch it with a "rap around" metal plate, but the entire system is now ready to go at 187,000 and the car is worth less then the system cost to replace."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a fairly expected issue considering the age of the vehicle."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All pipes are standard metal. Most card today use stainless steel, which lasts significantly longer."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Well the pipe to the muffler rusted out and to replace the part would have cost $2200 from the dealership but midas put a slip on the pipe and welded it and thus didn't need to replace the part"

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe broke off hanger near rear of vehicle and had to be welded. Another part of this pipe leaked and was repaired by dealer (replacement exhaust)."

Kenneth M., NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear, but they had to build the pipes from scratch."

Allen F., CT (2009 Subaru Forester XT 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

"had to have this replaced $1000"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had consistent problems with this for about 3-4 years. Numerous repairs"

Tom F., MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor required replacement at 9 years. Further work required this year on system."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system failure compressor replaced"

H T., NJ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My compressor stopped working 4 years ago. Replacing it will cost $900. I'm disappointed that the A/C failed after just 4 years. I live in the midwest, so only use the A/C several months out of the year."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C had virtually stopped working (slightly cool air still was emitted). I had it diagnosed at the start of the winter, but the dealer failed to record the diagnosis. I had it repaired last spring; the dealer guessed what was probably wrong. The dealer was wrong - by summer's end, the A/C wasn't working again. It was repaired again last fall, but I won't know if the repair lasts until I've driven it in the upcoming warm weather."

Steve J., MI (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner intermittently stopped working, and it took two attempts and expensive repair to troubleshoot and fix it. We only had to pay for the successful repair,however."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2019-10-22 After 11 years the A/C compressor started making noise and it was the clutch and bearing. Living in Montreal we don't need A/C in the winter so I cut the fan belt to the compressor and disconnected the electric plug to the compressor. This summer I'll drive with the windows down and save $500.00+"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace a/c at low mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor seized and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It worked fine when we bought it, then after several months just quit. We haven't had it fixed and aren't sure what's wrong."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If it doesn't work then I can't use the defrost system and that hinders visibility, and it's sweltering in the heat."

Anonymous, (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a part on the compressor broke causing a total fail of the air conditioner system. it cost 1600 to fix"

Janet F., CO (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC started working erratically - took to dealer, they replaced compressor"

Bruce G., CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just stoped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mouse damage to wiring to compressor so not Subaru's fault!"

Marshall J., VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"does not cool air"

George M., CT (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor bearings went bad"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete failure of the a/c and heating system in January. It is now April and the a/c just went out again"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My entire AC system failed - Evaporator, Condenser and Compressor at a cost of more than $5500 - more than the car was worth in retrospect"

Scott J., MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed. I think it was premature but it was out of warranty"

Larry R., FL (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. Independent shop couldn't really figure it out but replaced the alternator which didn't fix it. Had to take it to the dealer, who fixed it"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"New compressor and major other repairs were done to the system. Bill, with tax, was about $1,400. This from the only garage we trust to do the work, so we know repair cost was reasonable for this major service. System frustrated the guys significantly in that it would run intermittently and was hard to identify. This happens again, I'll sell it. Concerned will fail again."

Carolyn M., WA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the compressor replaced because there was no airconditioning. It cost $1200 with parts and labor"

M A., PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The a/c compressor seized up and the system stopped working."

David H., NC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The 2009 Forester HVAC system is poorly designed. You actually have to spend more time raising and lowering the temperature setting than you would with a manual control. There is a large thermal lag between the thermal sensor and the cabin temperature resulting in the HVAC cooking you during cold weather and freezing you during warm weather."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C no longer cools"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Expansion valve, pressure switch, sun-sensor all required replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When set to Automatic Climate Control it blows hot air when the dial is at the lowest setting and very cold air conditioned air at any setting above that regardless of temperature in or outside"

Robert L., WY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"The vehicle was at the dealer from 2016-12-23 to 2017-01-09. in fairness, Christmas & new year holidays were an issue. The wrong part arrived at the dealership, too. When they finished replacing the dash the heat dial was very stiff"

David H., NB (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to have this replaced at the same time as the compressor"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"BEARING GOING OUT"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the blower worked on several times, and a couple of new ones, off warranty. Once was with a maximum temperature of 2F"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A short in the relay caused the circuit breakers to keep blowing out"

A F., MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Choose not to repair"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"evaporator failed due to leak"

Joseph C., FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My air conditioner started blowing hot air; I took the car in and they thought it just needed to be recharged with coolant, but a week or so later it started blowing hot again. They recharged it again, but the problem still recurred. They then replaced the condenser. That still did not fix the problem. Finally, the dealership ran a more comprehensive test for leaks and found that the evaporator was leaking; they removed and replaced it and also replaced the o-rings and recharged the A/C system a"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Evaporator was leaking and AC was no longer cooling. Required removal of dashboard for repair. I was able to save some money by having the repair done at the same time as replacement of the passengers air bag during a recall. The recall also required removal of the dashboard. because air bag recall also required removal of dashboard."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Evaporator failure caused cooling to fail."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had refrigerant leak, took for service twice; finally diagnosed a bad evaporator. Not sure if problem is fixed yet; will find out when using AC this year"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Found was leaking. Replaced evaporator and seals"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The seat warmer on the front passenger seat burnt out"

Robert B., AB (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater core and o-ring were leaking coolant/antifreeze into the compartment through the heater system. The heater core needed to be replaced. Two mechanics said this was surprising that the heater core failed."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"radiator broke off at hose. Only made of plastic. needed to replace radiator."

Barbara P., PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to bring in for repair twice for leaks"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester)

"refrigerant leak from failed evaporator"

Joseph C., FL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System leaked and was refilled about a year ago. It now needs to be refilled"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had recurring slow refrigerant leaks for the last few years. Finally this year it was diagnosed as an evaporator problem, but the repair would be $1800, so we elected simply to keep refilling the refrigerant"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failures, expensive refrigerant line failures"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure if it just needed a shot of freeon"

Robin K., NJ (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No one seems ro be able to isolate the leaks so I am tired of spending the money on another attempted repair and now just have to go without the A/C!"

William G., NC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gradual leak."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"super small leak, I need to add freon every 6 months or so. Still works well. The car is like driving a reliable tin can!"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The fluid leaked causing the cooling system to fail to work. The Subaru dealership took three attempts to fix it."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slow leak that has not been able to be identified"

Eugene S., IL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"small leak at 105000 miles. no other problem"

Pat K., NC (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leaks led to larger evaporator problems"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The leak was difficult to detect as it was under the dash. It took two attempts for dealership to locate and fix"

Nancy T., KY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped cooling, in for repair today"

G S., NY (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"same problem, had to replace radiator"

Barbara P., PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The defrost AC did not work well , ; took into the mechanic - there was no coolent in the system. they had to place a dye into the coolant system to discover the leak. they thought they fixed it but after 6mo. it was empty again."

Martha B., OR (2009 Subaru Forester)

"Since the week after the warranty expired (that's hyperbole). But soon after warranty expiration. Leaks have been constant. Same is true with my daughter's 2015 Forester."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The refrigerant leaked out, leaving me with no A/C. The mechanics have been unable to find the leak, so they have put dye in the system to see if they can find it over time."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Forester X 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

Alignment

"Purchased from a dishonest used car dealer, forcing them to fix many details to pass the safety certificate they issued. Later found the accidents not reported resulted in a shorter wheelbase on the right side! The wife refused my advice about the purchase, even though I was in the auto service business over 25 years."

G P., ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Picked up by technician on routine servicing - no actual problems experienced. Unnecessary???"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recently had front right ball joint replaced and the left one also needs replacing. I did not notice any problem but was told the service was needed by the Subaru service department."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"in the last 3 years they have been replaced 2 times on the front end"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"noisy suspension"

B J., MB (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard a noise when hitting a bump. The car dealership said it was nothing. An independent garage located and corrected the problem: front sway bar bushings worn out, front sway bar end links have play, removed and replaced stabilizer bar control link and bushings"

A S., PA (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Do you Subaru service department told me that the bushings would need to be replaced soon."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The universal joints keep bearing out and making a loud noise. There are several."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was detected by the mechanic while replacing the catalytic converter and corrected at the same time for $446 including realignment."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Only 80000 km and rear bushing and other suspension parts have been replaced, sometimes twice"

Anonymous, NL (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Suspension issues due to wear and tear and poor condition of local roads"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace both front lower control arm bushings"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front control arm bushings replaced Jan 2014, need to be done again. Sway bar bushing need to be replaced"

John L., ON (2009 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lwer control arms both and bushings cracked through"

Grace F., ON (2009 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)