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This iteration of the Forester remained one of the best small SUVs out there. With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, it also handles well. The cabin is spacious, well designed and offers great outward visibility. A new non-turbo engine arrived for 2011, though it brought no significant improvement in acceleration or fuel economy. The four-speed automatic transmission was dated by the standards of the day.
Alerts
There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

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

Owner Reports

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

This iteration of the Forester remained one of the best small SUVs out there. With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, it also handles well. The cabin is spacious, well designed and offers great outward visibility. A new non-turbo engine arrived for 2011, though it brought no significant improvement in acceleration or fuel economy. The four-speed automatic transmission was dated by the standards of the day. Crash tests are impressive.

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 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

“Valve cover gasket leaked oil and needed to be replaced at only about 50,000 miles. Dealership replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The oil consumption is either cylinder head ,rings or the entire small block replacement”

Norman Q., ON (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket needed to be replaced. This caused significant overheating”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine consumed excessive oil. The very thin synthetic oil passed the piston rings and triggered engine replacement under warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns oil, likely due to bad rings. Not fixed”

Robert O., OR (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine block was cracked resulting in oil leaks. Engine was replaced twice before problem was solved”

Anonymous, DC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Going through a quart of oil in 1500 miles. Its just a matter of time before the engine goes”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engines burns an alarming amount of oil! Subaru knows about this but doesn't alert customers. Following the instructions in the owners manual does NOT safeguard against running out of oil”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“despite low mileage the short block required replacement due to a thrown rod. Covered by warranty”

David M., AK (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Needed to replace top engine block”

George L., PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bought car with rebuilt short block. Had to get new short block a few months later. Eventually traded in for a 2015 Forester. The 2011 Forester 5-speed is a terrible car and should be avoided at all costs”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“we were low on oil and running very hot but had no idea .There was no indication on the dash. Also, it was a few months after an oil change so the car must have been using a lot of oil. A service rep told me that they had a few people who's engine”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“24000 miles the engine was knocking . they said it was oil starvation even though the oil light never came on. said it would need a new engine not under warranty. did not have the money so drove it till the engine went out. $8500 to replace”

Karen T., TN (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine began making loud knocking sound while driving. I immediately parked & called a tow truck. Dealer Service reported the engine needed to be replaced but warranty only goes to 60,000 mi. Vehicle has 63,000 mi. & gets regular maintenance. I che”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just passed the warranty mileage and the engine is knocking, tick tick ticking. Dealer trying to blame it on my going too long between oil changes, though I followed the recommended mileage changes. Later learned the low oil light does not work. T”

Craig L., IA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem was oil consumption. Short Block was installed by dealer at no cost to me”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Started burning oil, likely bad piston rings, engine replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rod knock-replaced short block under warrenty”

Ronald C., CO (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They replaced the short block because of excessive burning of oil. Cylinders were bad”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This model year is well documented as burning oil. On our way home from Florida to Toronto we burned a litre and a half of oil. This is not acceptable. Subaru is being smug in their attempts to cover this up. this is not the only year or model with”

Norman Q., ON (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was using excessive amount of oil. 2-3 quarts in between oil changes. Subaru said it was the cylinder rings. they are going to replace the short block”

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption. Subaru replaced the engine at 53000 under extended warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“From new this car burned approx 1 qt oil per 1000 miles. Purchasing dealer said it was "normal". Moved to anther state last summer and found it 3 qt low in Feb '15. Also when checking it dip stick broke off. Dealer told me about engine design fla”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was leaking, dealership had to rebuild engine after first rebuilding for rod knock after only one year of ownership”

Jacob G., IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The oil would be consumed at a rate in excess of 1-2 quarts per 5000 miles.No oil spots on garage floor.This age range of forester has had internal engine issues causing oil consumption.Subaru dealer investigated and replaced the short block”

Andrew E., MN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced short block because of oil consumption”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Our engine died! Subarus are supposed to last forever. Everything seemed fine, we were acerbating/ revving and something blew. We now are looking into replacing the engine. The car has less than 80,000 miles. We still do not know the origin of the problem. Really frustrated”

Anonymous, HI (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Subaru had a recall for 2.5L engines - leaked oil internally and burned the oil. they did a "short block" replacement -- solved the problem and increase mpg and power”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine had an oil burning issues known to the manufacturer. Subaru replaced the engine (short block) at 80,000 miles at no charge to us and provided a loaner car during the replacement work”

Andrew P., ME (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Forester was burning up oil like you wouldn't believe. The Check Oil light did not work properly which led to the car running out of oil on the highway. The engine seized up and stopped while driving. I had to replace the entire engine. Subaru made me pay for the labour which was over 4$k. I am looking forward to buying a Toyota or Kia for my next new vehicle in a year”

Patrick S., QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil consumption. First, the dealer said oil was leaking. Then after $2600 for gaskets they did an oil consumption test and found that the ending was burning about a quart every 1200 miles. The only repair for this model is engine replacement. The car is currently at the dealer having the engine replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine replaced under recall program for excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Last summer Subaru installed the third engine. Earlier engines began burning oil after 20,000 miles. Dealer incompetence was major issue”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine started to randomly lose oil. It would start with the characteristic knocking that comes from flat cylinder engines when they were either running low on oil or nearing an oil change. It then began to give low oil lights during hard braking near the time of the oil change. In talking with the service department, they found out that this was an issue with the model year and engine that we had, and Subaru replaced the engine without question”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was burning excessive oil. Made it just under the 100000 mile warranty. I was always careful to change oil regularly. Subaru paid for a total rebuild, but only guaranteed the work for 12000 miles. I am almost there. Really disappointed as I bought this car because of CR's reliability rating”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently this model Subaru can cause oil to 'disappear' despite regular fuel checks. On a long road trip, the engine seized up because it was COMPLETELY without oil. Fortunately, Subaru lived up to a settlement agreement and replaced the engine with one that is supposedly free of this defect and provided a 36000 mile warranty on it”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“My car had two major issues. Excessive oil consumption and oil leaks. Subaru dealer replaced short block and replaced a number of gaskets all under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru has had to replace the small block, engine gaskets in the recent past. They needed to replace the enter engine, but they took 4 weeks to get this done at the dealer. Subaru had to settle a lawsuit on thousands of 2011-2014 cars that use synthetic oil. They should have had a national recall”

Edward N., IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had chronic oil loss problem, at 980,000 diagnosed by Subaru dealer as eligible for free engine replacement. Engine was replaced by Subaru, no cost to me”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Due to a failed oil consumption test, Subaru replaced the engine block in my Forester. It was still covered under warrantee, but even had it not been, the results a class-action lawsuit meant that Subaru would have reimbursed my entire cost, including the cost of the consumption test”

Dana S., WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption. Engine replacement under warranty, so I'm happy with the way Subaru dealed with the problem”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was burning oil. And twice almost ran completely out between oil changes. I am not used to having to check the oil in my subaru at all. Evidently 2011 was the year they started using synthetic oil for subaru foresters. And Subaru has had to replace the short block for these cars. I am thankful they have stood by their product and at 97,000 they are replacing my short block due to burning 14 oz of oil in 1200 miles. The new short block has been redesigned to keep this from happening. It”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer testing determined our Forester 2011 was consuming excessive amounts of oil. Entire engine was rebuilt at no expense to us”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption. Company replaced short block after testing for oil consumption”

Kathy W., VT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Spent money to replace the catalytic converted in order to pass the state inspection (per Subaru dealership). They only charged me for the parts ($1500 instead of $2000) )because I only completed the repair because they told me it would be enough for the car to pass state inspection after ward. Then they told me it would cost another $6000 to replace the engine in order to pass the inspection, that I could not afford to do. The total repair expense would cost as much as the car is worth as a tra”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The short block was replaced as a result of oil consumption lawsuit. Consumer Reports never said anything about the oil consumption lawsuit settlement effecting significant numbers of subaru cars. Shame on you”

Kath L., WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Forester had problems with oil leaking in the combustion area and Subaru replaced the short block on 2011 Forester”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine burned excessive oil after 9200 miles, shortblock replaced at no cost. Rental car furnished for 10 weeks at no cost”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was replaced by the dealer at no cost due to chronic loss of oil”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“all caused by faulty adhesive used in manufacturing of vehicle. (per dealership) 3 pages of repairs that had to be done due to leaks, warping etc”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Forester XT Unsure)

“Oil leak due to bad/out of place gasket in engine; major maintenance covered under warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine is consuming oil at about 1 quart per 1000 miles. Been this way since we bought it. Originally told by Subaru dealer that "this was normal". It is not”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light was on due to oil leaking into the A/F sensor. Engine needed to be resealed. $2,500 repair covered by warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gasket leaked oil. Required replacement”

Kathy W., VT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After complaining that the Forester leaked oil after the small block was replaced, the dealer finally replaced the head gaskets. I have no confidence that the repair will stop the oil leaks. Forester was out of action for 3 weeks during repair. I did get a free loaner from the Dealer”

Edward N., IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to have the engine repaired twice. Both times for oil leaks related to the head gasket”

David M., FL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil consumption”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak but was covered by warantee”

Joan H., NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing chain tensioner noise”

Ronald C., CO (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After shortblock replacement engine made knocking noises upon startup. Replacement of timing chains, tensioners and guides fixed problem. Done at no cost, loaner car provided at no cost”

Anonymous, CA (2011 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

“Starting problems. After 4 years they finally came up with a computer software update that fixed the problem”

Michael L., MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After only a few thoUSnd miles, under heavy acceleration such as in a passing situation, check engine light would come on and I would lose power and I would hear a knocking/pinging sound from the engine”

Daniel P., AZ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“Apparently, here is a problem with oil consumption on these vehicles. I heard the engine noises, took it in and they added over 3 quarts of oil, no doing oil consumption testing required by the manufacturer”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine has persistent knock and loud valve noise. It was in the shop for 2 months in 2014 and has been in the shop foe almost 2 months in 2015. Currently they are removing the engine and disassembling the top end to look for the cause”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine burns excessive oil .6300 miles after last oil change the oil light came on. there where no leaks it took a full 5 quarts of oil. The dealership was not helpful and seemed very defensive”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer said normal for this model 5 months ago when I complained. Now I learn these 2011 Forrester models have a problem using oil AND the low oil light does not come on, and now I am facing an engine replacement, possibly AT MY COST. VERY DISAPP”

Craig L., IA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine has had loud valve clatter since new. dealer says is normal. engine also eats oil, which dealer says is normal”

John B., MI (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Use oil”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace two fuel injectors that at 70k miles.Apparently the problem was not uncommon”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“faulty adhesive used by manufacturer. Major oil leaks head gasket leaks, Dealership had to rework half the engine due to leaks caused by manufacturer”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Forester XT Unsure)

“Soon after purchasing in 2011, I noticed that I would have to add up to 3 quarts of oil between oil changes. I brought this to the dealer's attention but was told it was normal. They finally ran a test and fixed the problem in 2014”

Michael E., CO (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil weepage from both cam supports and timing cover. Smelledd like oil dropping on the exhaust manifolds when on either short or long trips”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“head gasket leak”

David W., KS (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Latest development, multiple oil leaks. Dealer service had to pull the engine, replacing seals, gaskets, valves”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems to use a very large amount of expensive oil. The dealer "claims" it's supposed to do this. Requires 1-2 quarts between oil changes”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was using a lot of oil, dealer checked and found an internal oil leak”

Peter R., NY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil control valve failed and was difficult to diagnose. Engine was burning 1 L of oil every 1000 km. Subaru difficult to acknowledge problem. Customer had to diagnose”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loss of oil to seal failure”

Anonymous, NB (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Goes through oil quickly. Need to constantly check levels monthly because I'll suddenly be very low. I don't see leaks, it just burns oil”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak from valve head ended up in a replacement of head gaskets. When engine reassembled, difficult to seal around timing cover. Mechanics chasing leaks for two months; Subaru Dealership says leaks happen - get over it, but leaking oil atomises on hot engine parts making the car difficult for my wife to drive”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“$1400 repair to leaking gasket”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Smelled oil burning, especially when engine was laboring going up hills and noticeable when SUV was parked in the garage. Took my Forester in for service and was told I should "replace timing chain cover seals with related parts, and clean oil residue."”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine seals and gaskets were replaced. Cost $2200. Same problem at 80,000. Mile Engine uses Excessive oil even though no more leaks”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“An oil leak developed around the valve cover. Would have been an expensive repair (required engine removal) but was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine had to be removed to replace a right side leaking cam carrier, which reportedly, Subaru did not install with a gasket (per design) but, sealed only with a Permatex-type sealant between the mating metal surfaces. The drive train 5-year warranty had expired 3 months prior but, due to the extremely low mileage on the car (25000 miles), Subaru ate the cost, except for my having to pay a $100 "decuctible."”

Betsy M., VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns a lot of OIL!!!!!! And very hard starting!!!! Had that problem for a long time there mechanic can't fix it!!!!”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear cam shaft seals worn, leaked a lot. Dealer had to pull engine to fix. When they reinstalled the engine, they pinched a oil sensor wire, intermittent oil light problems. That took a few weeks to diagnose & fix. Dealer was very responsive”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Consumes 1 quart oil every 1500 miles. This is a known issue with this model year. Subaru settled a class action suit, and I have heard anecdotally that they will replace the short engine block at no charge if your oil consumption qualifies regardless of mileage”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak around timing chain. Repaired twice. Covered by warranty”

James D., NV (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the smell of burning oil when idling at a stop light. This has gone on for an extended period of time. Also noticed that oil levels were becoming lower than what I consider acceptable. ~1Q lost over the 7.5k miles between oil changes. Took it in and a valve cover gasket was replaced. This seemed to fix the majority of leaking but there is still some seepage it would seem as it persists. Oil levels still drop some but not a ton. No oil is ever noticed pooling below the vehicle which leads me”

Michelle V., IA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Increased oil consumption”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After short block replacement for excessive oil consumption in mid 2015, it has taken 4 tries over 14 months to get the engine front cover to seal properly. No charge for the repairs”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaking from engine combined with excessive burning of oil has led to very low oil levels”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We have smelled oil burning since we first drove it off the lot. The dealer brushed it off, and subsequent visits to have the problem fixed resulted in nothing. The car consumes a lot of oil, and the oil gets dirty very fast. We missed somehow the class action suit that addressed this problem”

Alison M., KY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Valve Cover Gasket Leaks and drips on exhaust causing terrible odor. It was in Subaru shop 3 times for repair but the repair never lasts very long. Now that it is past the extended warranty I will not have it fixed again. But I will not buy another Subaru because of this issue. Other than this issue it has been a good vehicle”

Jack T., OH (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns 1 quart of oil every 500 to 750 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Between oil changes of 7500 miles, which is recommended in manual, I add 2-4 quarts of oil because it is low”

Janice M., OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Forester was using between 2 to 3 quarts of oil between oil changes”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gasket leaks leading to further gasket leaks, leading to power steering failure”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the second time that I have had an oil leak, with a cracked gasket. The oil leaks onto the exhaust pipe, and can smell like burning oil. I also have found that my Forester burns oil much more than normal”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“do not see any leaks but have to add 2 Quarts of oil 0-30 synthetic about every 5000 mi”

Steve B., ID (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Light went on ABS necessitating urgent repair”

Anonymous, NB (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper stuck resulting in damage to rotor”

Peter D., NB (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front brackes locked up while driving. Car drivable with noticeable low squeal. AAA mechanic said rotors, pads etc had to be replaced. This was done”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Corrosion and dirt caused calipers to stick and cause uneven wear of the brake pads”

Guy T., NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake light came on several times and had the dealer look at it and determine the brake fluid was low”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2 recalls for brake pipe anti-corrosion problem. Replaced all break pads”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just normal wear”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Change of brake pads”

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Had to replace brakes”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake worn down very quickly. Lasted a bout 30k”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Premature rotor and pad wear (rotors rusted out) probably from not using the brakes enough (it is a stick shift and the car lives outside in the weather) Needed new rotors and pads at 30,000 miles”

Peter K., UT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brakes were completely gone in ~38,000 miles. Front brakes are >50% good. Inspections did not catch rear brake wear”

Timothy C., NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced rear brakes after only 50,000 miles”

Anonymous, MT (2011 Subaru Forester)

“This was really a recall for possible premature brake rust”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At approx 32,000 KMs, the rear brake pads needed urgent replacement. Dealer said normal, but this is my third Subaru Forester (2003 & 2007) and it never happened before!”

John M., QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal driving conditions, brakes wore very early at only 25,000 miles. Extreme vibration in steering wheel when braking and lost a substantial amount of braking power due to this premature wear”

Daniel P., AZ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We ere not advised to do preventative maintenance to the brakes which resulted in premature wear ouit”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes too soon. I think the front ones went first before 36000 miles and then within one year the rear ones went”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have replaced front and rear brakes and rotors twice in 66000 miles. With my driving habits I typically would get 60000 miles on a single set of brakes. Brakes often have felt soft”

Timothy C., NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Went from 5 mm to 0 in 5 weeks”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced brakes and dealer service rep indicated on a service inspection, less than a year ( @ 6000 mi)laterthat the brakes needed replacement again”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was told that the discs were rusting. The car has low mileage and is kept in a garage”

Jim G., MA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads were worn out”

Denys D., QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wear out more quickly than other cars I have owned. My mechanic says this is quite common on Subarus”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rotors continually wear out long before they should. They usually last less than 10,000 miles before having to be replaced”

Melissa R., CO (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had to replace all 4 rotors this year”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear rotors scored and the caliber slides ceased”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper damaged rotor by sticking”

Peter D., NB (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brakes failed whilst slowing to make a turn and so the car was checked by the Subaru garage. All 4 rotors had to be replaced due to unusually excessive wear. Previous inspection oversight was considered the reason for the severity of the issue”

Pallavi M., NY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Two sets of rotors - went much quicker than other cars I have owned”

Timothy C., NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed replacement at 80,000”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They were worn so replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors rusted very quickly causing grooving of the braking surfaces and brake pads. Rotors rust over night causing noise and rough braking until the rust is ground off by the brake pads”

Guy T., NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All four rotors and brake pads required replacement at 59000 miles”

Michael M., NH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All four brake pads and rotors required replacement at 59000 miles”

Michael M., NH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When breaking I hear a big noise on one wheel, sounds like ABS. It is intermittent, summer and winter, dry or wet. It was referred twice to my dealer and they didn't find anything”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unusual squeak even after new brakes were installed”

Scott Z., WI (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“tailgate rattles”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“a few creaks and rattles in the body over a back wheel”

Anonymous, WY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Behind the dash board”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Generally, the car has lots of squeaks and rattles”

John M., QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear hatch rattles sometimes but not a real problem”

Bob F., NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“ball bearings. We had it fixed but the problem persists”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Will have to take in to service as there is a rattle when I excelorate”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle noise from cargo area”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A insulating plating rattles on start up and until it is warmed up”

Alexander D., OH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“interior parts such as sun visor and climate control nubs hahve to be repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes have continually caused problems. The rear cargo area has many rattles. The seat belt does not retract correctly. Gas cap holder is broken. Not sure if my car will be affected by the oil problems with the Forester. Also I sm concerned that I may have the dsngerous air bags. And, Consumer Reports continues to rate the Forester highly. The Forester does not handle snow driving well”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A loose heat shield that they charged me $50 go remove. They said it wasn't really needed. Who knows what's true?”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A heat shield clamp had yo be replaced as it caused excessive rattling. Apparently it is a common problem with Subarus according to my repair shop”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Maybe a transmission or suspension issue”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car has some wind noise and noticeable road noise”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I described on previous question”

Virginia H., OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“like doors are not well sealed”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rubber castket don't work good!To nosy”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Feels like I'm in a tin can. Exterior noise makes it feel like my windows are down. Need to put my radio higher to hear it”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“After heavy rains water leaked into the passenger side of the vehicle while the car was parked overnight. Carpet (only) on passenger side in front and back totally drenched”

Anonymous, DC (2011 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

CD player

“Had 6 CD changer. Cd became stuck, could not be played and would not eject. Had to replace audio unit”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Display is too small and washes out in daylight”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When starting the vehicle, the display screen sometimes will not turn on for a while. Makes street parking a little more difficult to maneuver after you get used to using the backup camera”

Cameron K., CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The usb port in the center console, and the 12V port in the center console do not have power. I have tried replacing the fuze”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Wrong directions”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“doesn't have current addresses. A few times took longer routes than necessary, We did Waze at the same time”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is difficult to use and unsafe to use while driving. Even the radio.The maps were out of date from day one and updates are no longer available. It has a removable face plate that has a battery that needs replacing and I can't seem to find one”

Yvonne A., AB (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“This is my 6th subaru forester and the catalytic converter always rattle and wear out way too soon. Improve the quality of them, this latests car does not even have 37000 miles and it is already going bad. Plus, the body side wheel moldings has fall”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drops the phone locks multiple phones up. Music player resets itself”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I am not able to pair w/my iphone 5. It worked previously, but I deleted it from my phone, and cannot pair currently”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On occasion, an incoming call does not register on hands-free (Bluetooth), so I must answer on the handset”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes the blue tooth doesn't see the phone”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Doesn't work properly and disconnects randomly”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“does not automatically pair-up; must go to settings on iPhone each time you turn off engine”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“You have to pair your phone each and every time you start the vehicle”

Cameron K., CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Won't pair at all, never worked well, but it did work at one time”

Ray M., PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Buttons do not work well or not at all”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After a heavy rainstorm, the speakers on the car worked intermittently, and then finally recovered but never to the full sound they had before”

Arielle B., ME (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“depressing of controls for stereo and radio does nothing”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Because this infotainment system is so antiquated is does not automatically link up to my contacts in my phone once it has been paired and using blue tooth. I needed to put each contact into the system manually using the voice controls. However, the voice recognition is so poor that it took 45 minutes to put one name and number in the system. I gave up and used my phone to make the connection of which. Once the connection was made I could now talk hands free. This negated the safety of being”

Anonymous, ON (2011 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Trim around back seat door came off”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Body was repainted by body shop. One of the rear well strips was not attached securely by them”

Anonymous, WY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear wheel trim came loose”

Robert P., FL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear wheel well trim has fallen off 6 times, sometimes molding is lost. held on with 2 way tape from factory, and in repairs at dealer. dealer now refuses to repair any more, saying these are cheap and poorly designed Subaru accessories, and vehicle”

John B., MI (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel molding fell off”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“we have had to replace the rear wheel trim 5 times. another known problem to Subaru”

Norman M., CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel arch trim came off twice on rear wheels. Subaru paid for the repair”

Stan L., SC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rubber gaskets around doors are coming loose in several places”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Optional wheel arch molding on right rear has come unfastened at least five times. ONLY that one (of four) position has been affected”

Thornton B., MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Drivers side sunvisor broke so it would no longer stay up or stay in a useful position while driving”

John L., NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Within less than 1 year the paint on the hood and side panels began to wear off in spite of the car only being hand washed. Unacceptable”

Melissa R., CO (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The red paint chips very easily. It does not wear well”

Anonymous, WY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“stone panel on passenger side rear wheel started to peel off”

Judith L., PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Around every door handle there are tiny scratches in the paint that have not been caused by keys. Not sure as to the cause of these scratches”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Rust

“rust bubbled up under chrome on rear door handle, handle replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A bit of rust near back passenger door”

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

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

“High pitched whine at low speeds in cold weather. Alternator and serpentine belt replaced and noise has not reappeared”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery needed replacement due to alternator issues”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“original battery died”

George L., PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure to start sometimes”

Anonymous, NB (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Only category that fit. Starting issue which was originally identified as a battery issue but since seems to be something else. Fuel pump seems to run without keys in (hum/buzz near fuel tank) and car will take several attempts to start. All components of starting system, on their own, seem to work fine”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery eied”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery lost power suddenly, requiring replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Hard to start and the car has been completely tuned up”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“Car would not take several seconds to start. Was extremely difficult to diagnose. They finally decided to "try" the starter replacement, which resolved the issues with the starting”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After turning the key, the starter turns well but engine failed to start. I have to restart up to 4 times before the engine starts. This is happening 2-3 times a week, summer and winter.. I referred it twice to my Subaru dealer, but they can not rep”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“While the engine was being replaced, the mechanic informed & showed me how the A/C compressor, receiver, and condenser/dryer components were failing and would soon need to be replaced. Finances have made me postpone this needed service”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC Compressor was not compressing and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaks in AC system, lost all cool air. Subaru forced to diagnose through multiple visits”

Anonymous, NL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My air conditioning had to be replaced TWICE so far with this car. It is essential in my humid climate and I'm not happy I am alway having problems with it”

Patrick S., QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner wouldn't work, first every 6 months, then every 2 months. I kept taking it in for checking and service 8 times before the compressor was diagnosed and replaced last fall. Just discovered the AC is not working again. Love the Forester, hate the Subaru service dept. and AC problem. Still not resolved”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Compressor seized, filling the system with bits of it so entire air conditioning stystem must be cleaned out/replaced at cost of $2750.00) Freon -like substance had /lubricant had leaked out - POSSIBLY due to a deer impact earlier in the car's life”

Laurie F., ON (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“The a/c stopped putting out cold air just 2 weeks before the 3 year warranty expired. The dealer fixed it with no cost to me”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Driver's seat heater stopped working”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The temperature adjustment knob does not work. I had only A/C with fan when I took the car in for an estimate on the repair. The diagnosis for each repair cost about $130. They looked at a problem with the passenger door locking mechanism at the same time (another $130). They returned the car to me after completing the diagnosis, leaving me with only heat (instead of only A/C) in the Spring... in the South. They quoted about $700 to repair the temperature adjustment knob. I asked them to at lea”

Anonymous, NC (2011 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

Glass defects

“Passenger front side window came out of the frame”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“windshield cracked at 6 months .insurance covered”

Karen T., TN (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cracked windshied for no reason ie not a rock hit”

Stephen M., ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Gas door would not open, fixed once by dealership then and re ahppened”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One latch for the rear seat became disconnected”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Rear view camera fell off while driving on highway at 65MPH”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Subaru has increased the coasting on the cars to improve the has milage with the automatice transmission...and it is not fair....the CVT transmission reduces the amount of control you have on the car.....Plus, you get way to, too, tooo much prematur”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very loud wind noise from sun roof at highway speeds with sun shade open. You must speak loud and have radio volume up. Makes a highway trip annoying. If you close the sun shade it reduces the noise some. Poor design Subaru should recall and fix. Our”

Virginia H., OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Passenger window is stuck and does not move up or down”

Anonymous, MD (2011 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

Alignment

“Car was not in alignment when delivered new, but steering did not pull, so did not know it was misaligned until tires basically wore out at 30,000 miles. Very annoying!”

Peter K., UT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“after a small accident, dealer said the car needed major repairs totaling around $5,000 although the car was still drivable”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car has needed alignment but dealership was unwilling to align when front brakes were repaired at 90,000 miles since alignment would need to be redone once LR strut was repaired”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealet repairs completed or done poorly resulted in subsequent power steering pump failure. Dealer denies responsibility”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“said tire was wearing on the outside un evenly. also have had multiple wheel studs break when switching tires”

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

“Wheels thumped and car shook ~~ repeatedly”

Gordon C., IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Had to replace rear wheel bearings after only 50,000 miles”

Anonymous, MT (2011 Subaru Forester)

“Power steering hoses”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“rt rear strut leaks, sometimes clunks. and is being replaced at Subaru dealership a cost of $6-$800 on 5-30-17 so i can pass drivers test June 22 for new IL DL”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Replace both front axles due to rust and wear”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace both front axles - at 50k mile and 60k miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“hangar bearings squeal at colder temps. according to service tech. there has been lots of these replaced”

Benjamin A., ON (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I went for my 90K mile check up...both axels had to be replaced. Not sure why there was a failure there. But thankful for my 100K warranty that covered it”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front axle noisy requiring replacement.,”

Michael M., NH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front axle became noisy at 59000 miles and required replacement”

Michael M., NH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“The dipstick on the front differential was designed in such a way that it allowed moisture into the upper tube and rusted. The dealer did not check this fluid during regular service and the dipstick is routed in place and cannot be used”

Yvonne A., AB (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“This is the second clutch I've put in, the first one was still covered under warranty. Mechanic said it's usually due to ridding the clutch too much, but I do not ride the clutch so it should last longer than 4 years in my opinion”

Franco T., TX (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“@ 69K miles, the throw out bearing had to be replaced, which means the entire clutch assembly! this cost us $1,200. this is a know problem, but not covered by warranty. Last Subaru we will own”

Norman M., CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It began squeaking ?? more and more, and then was replaced. Perhaps this is to be expected after 100000 miles”

Janice M., OH (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the clutch melted. we had it replaced”

B L., WI (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Covered by Subaru warranty I paid nothing No problems with replaced transmission”

William M., IN (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The growling vibration emanating from the right-front wheel was initially corrected in March 2016, but required a rebuilt transmission in March 2017”

Lynn S., IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 55,000 miles the transmission was coming out of third gear, the transmission need to be rebuilt, this took over three weeks because the dealer damaged parts as they were rebuilding it”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

“Had to replace both fog light bulbs in last 12 months”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both fog lights filled with water and failed . a short resulted that made the right turn light stay on and not flash even when the ignition key was removed . This resulted in a dead battery”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had to replace one taillight and both headlights within the last year. I don't recall this many lights failing this early in my previously owned cars”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“The driver's seat started getting uncomfortably hot when on. There was a short in the wiring which actually burned the padding and cushion a little bit. All was replaced and is fine”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Seems to always light up when it's very cold. Doesn't turn off with the return to warm weather. Requires a trip to the dealer to reset”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

“I've had battery problems since I bought this vehicle. The battery has frequently died overnight for no apparent reason requiring boosting or recharging. I have replaced the battery twice to no avail. Something is draining the battery but they can't seem to find out what”

Janet B., NB (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

“The passenger seat was in the farthest back position and the control did not move back to neutral. I had to jumpstart my car 2 times and it was dead a few a hours later. I hd to replace the battery before eI realized I had a faulty seat control switch”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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

“Loss of pressure thru faulty fuel cap produces several warning lights to come on the dashboard”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Engine check light came on; drained valve leaking at power connector”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace 2 oxygen sensors which were malfunctioning”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“I have had 2 fuel leaks in the fuel line. Cost of repair >2000k”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“The car broke down completely. I had to have it towed and had to leave it for a day at the repair shop to have the fuel pump replaced”

Doug C., CT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Recent car trip identified a problem with erratic shifting going up and down hills. Not yet reviewed by dealer”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Before the transmission rebuild the transmission was hard to get into reverse”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Discovered something dripping, took to Subaru dealer and they fixed it at low cost”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Had to replace the entire exhaust system ( $1700.00) due to rust and failure”

Laurie F., ON (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

“gasket leaks at connection to head”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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