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 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
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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.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 (170 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 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 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket needed to be replaced. This caused significant overheating"

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

"class action suite that we became aware of but not covered in British Columbia"

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

"lLeaking, replaced gaskets, quite expensive"

Howard-Miki H., IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine burns a quart of oil every 300 miles. This is a known problem at Subaru. As long as I check my oil bi weekly it runs fine. But for over the road travel I have to make sure i have extra oil in the car at all times."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

"Engine always (since brand new) consumed a lot of oil. Subaru dealership said that it was normal. However, I had to start carrying 3 quarts of OW20 (the required oil) at all times. Subaru did not contact me, however, I searched on line and found this to be a common complaint among Subaru owners and some said the dealer can do an oil consumption test. Fortunately I retained the car's service records and took the car back to the dealer for an oil consumption test. The engine failed the test, and to the credit of the dealer, they replaced the short block at no cost and provided a loaner car for 2 weeks."

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

"Was told many gaskets were leaking (slowly) and that I should get a repair. I have not yet done so, as the leaks are slow enough."

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

"I complained about the engine using more oil than other cars I have owned. Never had to add oil between changes until this car. The dealer monitored the oil usage and agreed that there was a problem. Subaru paid for the engine rebuild to fix the problem."

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

"The engine had issues with oil leaking. It would use up to 2 quarts of oil between changes. Eventually the short block had to be replaced which Subaru did without cost on my part."

Laurie S., WI (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was addressed under a standard extended warranty resulting from a class-action lawsuit, I believe. It resulted in complete short block replacement to resolve excessive oil consumption I have observed since purchase. When I requested t loaner vehicle, as authorized by the class action suit, my vehicle repair was accelerated and it was made available to me within a day."

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

"Engine block was replaced due to excessive oil consumption"

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

"58k dealer worked on oil leak at head area. Picked up car at dealer an engine knock developed a few days later. Dealer replaced engine short block. After 500 mile trip found air filter housing loose. Also found loose hose clamp. Dealer fixed all this under 60k drive train warranty. At 65k car is operating ok. Probably buy different brand next time."

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

"Excessive oil consumption. Short block replacement covered by Subaru"

Eric G., VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2011 Subaru Forester model year had fleet-wide engine problems. I had rampant leaks which I thought were fixed once they replaced/rebuilt the engine. However, I went in for a routine oil change and they said the cam cages were both leaking and had to be repaired. I trusted CR to help me buy a vehicle in 2011, but will look at CR's reports with a grain of salt. I will never buy a Subaru again."

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

"Engine used about a quart of oil every thousand miles. Subaru replaced the short block and corrected the problem."

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

"Had to bring in vehicle to have the engine block raplcement for a 2nd time due to excessive oil consumption. After the 2nd replacement, lost vehicle to dealership for another 6 weeks as the seasla dn sensors were damaged due to the improper level of repair completed by the dealership the first time. While the dealership and company took care of everything free of charge, it was the 2nd major time that I lost use of my vehicle for more than 6 weeks due to a major warranty related issue. dealership always provided a replacement vehicle, but the fact I did not have my own vehicle is a MAJOR source of frustration."

Anonymous, MI (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 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 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 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 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)

"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 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)

"Started shortly after purchase. Excessive fuel consumption. 17mpg. All oil changes were at dealer. Took years to convince dealer there was a problem. Found comments from others online. Short block was too low. Engine was rebuilt 2 years ago at dealer. They either did it poorly or lied about doing it. Engine was rebuilt again last year at a different dealer. Now 21+mpg."

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

"Subaru was burning a lot of oil. A quart every 2 weeks. Subaru design flaw. The short block had to be replaced. They agreed to pay half, I had to pay $2500. They did not contact me about this issue during the massive recall and lawsuit against Subaru. Totally unfair and I will NEVER own another Subaru again."

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

"Almost from the day I drove it off the lot as a CPO, it smelled like oil was burning after most drives. After some research, turns out it was subject to a recall as the piston seals were not fitted properly and causing oil to burn. This resulted in drastic oil consumption, and they had to replace the engine block. Since the replacement, it has been functioning acceptably."

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

"At 45 to 50k miles here was a recall and for the next oil changes there was no charge and then at 62K, I was given a loaner for a week and a new/replacement short block was installed, with little explanation and with no written indication of any extended warranty on the 'no charge' billing print out. Service staff assurance that I was a good customer and where there is a need Subaru takes care of their customers. General direction for me over these months/miles--come in asap if the engine warning light comes on! Guess I would have liked to know more about the problem!! Presumed that engine might have been in a group that was made with a defective part or installation error. This is all I can tell and am glad you provided me with this number of 'characters'!!Thank you, John O'Connell PS In 2011 in the first week of driving I complained that the turn signal sound was very soft and hard for me to hear and asked if an after market 'louder' element could be installed. I was told "NO' but my concern would be forwarded to staff engineers for a possible remedy. No response was received. I would have welcomed a opportunity like this inn 2011!"

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

"The car had a tune up at the Subaru dealer just before summer vacation. With new inspection and a 100k mile maintenance we drove cross country. The engine seized on the turnpike with no warning. Tow truck can move the car and driver but not rest of family - so we walked several miles to a spot where Uber could pick us up. No subaru dealer was open, AAA took the car and held it and searched for a new engine or buyer. Eventually a replacement engine was installed. It took 6 weeks and cost more than the value of the car (close to 10K). Everyone said that was normal for a Subaru - to seize around 100k miles. I find this car and car company completely unacceptable. The Dealer who maintained it acted like they could not possibly be responsible for this situation. The dealers where it died would not even look at it or talk to us. Why do we still own this car? My husband likes the shape, and its the newest car he can find _without_ a computer screen/nav/bluetooth system."

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

"They said we could get an engine replacement for free. So we did that."

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

"Oil was leaking slowly. The shortblock was replaced for free."

Suzanne B., OR (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Short block was replaced THREE times. Had to be redone after the first replacement because the tech didn’t put it back together correctly. Then it was replaced two more times. All at Subaru’s expense."

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

"Short block replacement under warranty"

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

"Car finally failed oil consumption test (3rd time was a charm). Got engine block replaced - still under warranty, so no charge to me."

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

"Engine had to have a short block replacement due to excessive oil consumption problem. Oil consumption was about triple what Subaru considered enough for short block replacement. Was using a quart every 1000 miles. Even after repair still consuming 1 qt every 3500 miles. Subaru covered the cost of $4,000 including a loaner vehicle with an extension of the original warranty to 100,000 miles specifically for this problem. Oil consumption was like this from new. The clutch also had to be replaced for $1500 at my cost, and the new one doesn't feel right, and worried it will go soon too. Struts are banging badly and need to be replaced now too."

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

"extremely heavy oil consumption. 600 miles per quart of oil"

Candice D., TX (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was consuming oil. It was fixed at a Subaru Dealership, but then it continued to consume oil and refixed again. So far it seems to not be consuming oil at this time,."

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

"Had excessive oil consumption after 6 years. Subaru acknowledged that this is becoming a problem and offered to do a consumption test. The test verified the excessive consumption. Subaru replaced the engine block for free and provided a loaner better than our own car."

Edward D., MI (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We experienced excessive oil consumption in year 8 of ownership. Local dealer ran a test, determined that excessive oil burning was the issue and they replaced the engine block at no cost and gave us a loaner until the work was completed. The problem has not recurred."

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

"My Subaru Forester had an issue with burning oil at twice the expected normal rate of time. Subaru had to replace the block on the engine. There was a recall for this problem."

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

"took months to get the problem solved, Subaru finally paid for 1/2 the labour"

Bill W., BC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine burned oil outside of acceptable parameters. Caused major engine failure, including oil leak which caused O2 sensor failure. Apparently, this was a known issue with this model year and an extended warranty was issued after a class action lawsuit."

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

"THEY KNEW THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH GASKETS BUT NEVER TOLD US AND HAD NO WARNING LIGHT SO CAR BURNED OFF ALL OIL AND THE ENGINE SEIZED UP AND THEY WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY SO WE HAD TO PAY $8,500 FOR REPAIRS"

Steven O., FL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall by Subaru on short block."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

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

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"Third time engine had to be pulled to repair leaking oil from gaskets. These are multi thousand dollar repairs. Car also consumes oil. It is unfathomable that CR maintains this car is one of the best. Check the web. Hundreds of users have issues with this car. The car was a lemon, and I'm not alone."

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

"Using excess oil. Found to have leaking head gasket. Covered under extended warranty"

Mary P., PA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gaskets began leaking after about 53,000 miles. It cost 1,500 to replace the gaskets. Mechanic suggested that I didn't drive it enough and they dried out. To replace gaskets required the entire engine to be dropped below the car. i complained to Subaru that the car shouldn't have gasket problems at this mileage. They were unhelpful."

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

"Ridiculous that a car this new had a leaking head gasket. Very expensive repair as they had to pull the engine"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester)

"It needed replacement because of oil consumption: 1 qt/ 1000 miles."

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

"Valve cover leak which necessitated replacing the valve cover and gasket as well as the air fuel ration sensor, which was damaged due to oil being leaked from the faulty valve cover gasket."

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

"Head gasket will soon have to be replaced. I understand this is a common problem with the Forester and appears to be a design flaw. Subaru, at one time would support owners with a credit toward replacement but they no longer offer that"

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

"Head Gasket leaks, two other areas on engine as well are leaking"

Howard H., IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Head gasket leak caused oil to mix with antifreeze and ruined all the hoses and radiator cap in the cooling system resulting in a burst hose and overheating that left my daughter stranded on the side of the road."

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

"Recall, head had to be re-planed, a big cost to us took Suburu months to agree to a reduced price for the work"

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

"The cylinder head gaskets were part of a larger problem required to repair/replace oil leaks affecting the oxygen sensor and the air fuel ratio sensor."

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

"it always burned oil and then it started leaking anti freeze. This is when the head gasket was diagnosed"

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

"excessive oil use required dealer to test engine consumption and replace head gasket. problem persists to a lesser degree after repair"

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

"it was defective; I learned by accident that I wows to alone and that Subaru was the subject of a class action suit on this problem."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Forester)

"needed to rebuild engine due to head gasket problems, water into oit.. Cost $ 3000 to repair"

Bill W., BC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"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

Engine computer

"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 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 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)

"Engine developed a knock due to low oil. There was no leak, so it was determined the car had burned 4 quarts in under 1800 miles."

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

"First had startup knock and oil leak in 2016, no excess oil consumption. Dealer repaired oil leak and timing chain wear pads. One week later loud engine knock developed. Short block was replaced. No other problem to date, May 2019."

Charles L., UT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"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)
Oil leaks

"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)

"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 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)

"No leak, just burns it off. This Subaru uses oil more than any vehicle I've ever owned. I need to add a little every few weeks. My other vehicle will go 10K miles (several months) w/o needing oil."

Jeff S., VA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not only does the subaru forester leak oil, but it consumes oil, witness the class action lawsuit. This car requires 1-2 quarts of oil between every 7500 mile change. It is expensive synthetic oil. I have to carry oil in the car at all times as you never know when you will need to top off"

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

"cam cover leak. Not covered under warranty 103000 miles. 1800 to fix"

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

"explained in earlier text. Leak was from gasket"

Mary P., PA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have spent almost $5000 on oil leak problems since 47000 mi. still ongoing. No help from dealership."

Peter A., MA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burns to much oil"

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

"Before a short block replacement could be authorized for my vehicle, the camshaft carrier seal had to be renewed to ensure that my oil consumption reflected the condition of my engine block. This shop time was accommodated by a 2017 loaner Forester, which might lead me to consider trading up."

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

"Oil leaking from multiple areas of the engine. This is after this was fixed at a Subaru dealer a couple of years ago. I was told that the engine would have to be removed to fix the problem."

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

"The oil leak was not a big one, but fixing it required pulling out the engine, which would have cost several thousand dollars. Fortunately, Subaru fixed it under warranty."

John H., OR (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At about 60K miles, Subaru service dept informed me of right/left valve cover leaks (fixed), head gasket leaks, oil pan leak."

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

"not really on oil leak, however there is what i consider excessive oil consumption between 5000 mile oil changes."

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

"Small oil leaks have begun to appear all over the engine. The service tech says that in about a year, the small leaks will become large enough to require a repair."

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

"Cam Carrier Seal leaking oil"

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

"Oil leaks and oil consumption at same time."

Michael D., MD (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Isolated to oil leak at engine seals. Major repair at no cost to us. Covered by warranty. Repair shop (authorized dealer) indicated this was a recognized problem, thus the warranty coverage. There was no prior notification from Subaru of the recognized problem."

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

"huge oil leak---dealer wants $3000 to repair it and I must put a quart of oil in every 3-4 weeks"

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

"Rather suddenly, the car started losing oil between changes. It had not had any problems previously. No indicator light came on the first time I realized there was an issue even though the oil was very low. what I noticed was that the engine sounded awful. I now check the oil level about every 500 miles & frequently have to top it off."

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

"in addition to the head gaskets leaking, two other oil leaks in the engine as well."

Howard H., IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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 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 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 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 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)

"Major oil leak which was known problem. Subaru provided fix for cars under 100,000 miles but it was not advertised. I found it during an internet search."

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

"The Vehicle burns a quart of oil every 500 miles. This is a known problem in the 2011 Forester. We just add the oil. It is cheaper than buying a new car."

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

"Oil engine gaskets failed prematurely. Very expensive to repair. Subaru should have covered."

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

"It burns through oil-needs oil within 2k after change"

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

"Started about 6 mo ago, caused a slight smell, never was inoperable. It was a very small leak but it dripped onto a sensor which made the engine light come on and also periodically cruise control would not work. I would have sensors re-adjusted but it would happen again. Since it is still an excellent vehicle and w/low mileage, I had the oil leak fixed (expensive but worth it). Have not had any problems since."

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

"The mechanic told me that oil was leaking on the gaskets. It would be a costly job to repair. Told to keep an eye out for a different car."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Engine had to be pulled to replace rear cam seals. 2 years later, pulled engine to replace valve covers that were leaking oil on exhaust manifold. First was just before warranty ended."

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

"Leaks oil from timing chain cover"

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

"It was the first year for a new engine. It has problems with burning oil. They lost a class action suit and had to replace the short block if there was excessive oil usage. They claim 1 quart per thousand miles is normal oil usage. Mine wasn't quite that bad, so I didn't get it fixed."

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

"Continued to leak oil. Had to head gaskets replaced. Had to pull engine to do it."

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

"About a week after returning from a 3500-mile road trip, I heard the lifters clicking and checked the oil level (the warning light had NOT come on). Had to add 4.5 qt. oil to bring level within the safe range. NO sign of oil leak under the car in the garage. Dealer found leaking gaskets on both sides of the engine. Replaced gaskets all around, resolved issue."

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

"Slow oil leak or oil drip."

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

"Started noticing a burning rubber or oil smell. Car was checked for leaks but none were found. It was later discovered that there were issues with the valve cover gasket which was subsequently replaced. However, the oil smell remains."

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

"still using/losing oil after head gasket replacement"

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

"Passenger Airbag recall - replaced by dealer under recall warranty. Oil consumption excessive - this model year experienced excessive oil consumption due to faulty piston rings. When new, I had dealer perform oil consumption test, which showed nothing unusual. I believe more aggressive measures to fix this problem should have been taken by Subaru. Warranty was extended to 100,000 miles from standard 60,000 miles."

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

"This 2011 Forrester model is famous for burning oil at a high rate when putting on highway miles. It is not so much a leak as a burn - about a quart for a 500 mile high speed highway trip."

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

"oil leaks from valve cover, timing cover, cam carriers, front seal."

Thomas B., FL (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Forester has had a slow oil leak that has been allegedly fixed three times by the dealer in as many years. Not yet sure if the third time is a charm"

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

"Engine leaked oil due to catastrophic gasket failure. Oil covered O2 sensor, causing check engine light to come on."

William I., NC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve Cover Gasket leaked -- needed new gasket, spark plugs, oil change. Over $500 Timing Cover Gasket leaked onto o2 sensore -- needed new gasket, oil change, and o2 sensor. About $1400."

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

"Had to replace gaskets due to excessive oil leaks"

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

"Had lower front cam covers replaced to stop oil leaks. Still burns a quart every 800 - 950 miles."

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

"Dealer repaired engine due to factory recall. Oil has leaked from seals around engine every since repair."

Karen S., CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil pan rusted and leaked"

John E., NH (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to pay $600 for a repair on a faulty oil seal. The car only had 45,000 miles at the time."

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

"First had startup knock and oil leak in 2016, no excess oil consumption. Dealer repaired oil leak and timing chain wear pads. One week later loud engine knock developed. Short block was replaced. No other problem to date, May 2019."

Charles L., UT (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine burns a quart of oil every 300 miles. This is a known problem at Subaru. As long as I check my oil bi weekly it runs fine. But for over the road travel I have to make sure i have extra oil in the car at all times."

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

"I must carry synthetic oil in the car because it is not easy to find in local gas stations. typically, the car leaks 1 quart of oil every 2 weeks. I paid $800 for a repair only to learn that the leak was occurring in another spot also. The dealer I bought the car from(Morristown Subaru, Morristown, NJ) quoted a price of $2400 for that repair and suggested I might try to get some compensation from Subaru."

Marcia P., NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cam Carriers leaking from passenger side. Problem was noted in their service bulletin but never told to the consumers who owned the vehicle with that type of engine."

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

"Engine oil smell after driving. Subaru said to replace all oil gaskets including head gasket. Very early failure for this many gaskets."

Douglas E., CT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine appears to be using an excessive amount of oil (1/2 quart in 500 miles). Dealer is currently conducting an excessive oil consumption test (warranty expires on 5/31/2019). Also a very small oil leak under the engine."

John T., CA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had no idea my model was under recall until I took it to the dealer two times. Finally at 72000 miles, the engine was replaced."

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

"it is losing/burning oil, have to add a quart between oil changes"

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

"The vehicle uses aproximately a quart of oil per week. No leaks of oil externally have been found."

Daniel M., MD (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaking from the timing belt cover spills onto the engine and produces an offensive smell. Dealer says it also caused the failure of the O2 sensor. The suggest it would cost over $3,000 to repair."

John W., NM (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaks from valve and timing chain covers began shortly after warranty period expired. Not all at same time. As soon as one gasket or seal was replaced, another leak surfaced soon thereafter from another source. Remedy: Replace all gaskets and seals as soon as a leak is detected from any one source. Voila, pas leaks!"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"When tank was filled beyond nozzle click off, I smelled gas inside the car. Mechanic tried simple fix but had to later pull gas tank."

Anonymous, (2011 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Light went on ABS necessitating urgent repair"

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

"Caliper stuck resulting in damage to rotor"

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

"slides on the calipers ceased causing excessive pad wear."

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

"I had to replace both front and rear brakes last year. The car was not used for 4 winter months: parked in a driveway. I think the trouble resulted from rusting."

Anonymous, NS (2011 Subaru Forester 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 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)

"My car is serviced by the Subaru dealer yearly despite its low mileage. Brakes were checked and deemed OK. Then the calipers failed for a car having only 40,000 km. Displeased that the dealer service failed to see the problem before a costly repair needed to make car safe to drive."

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

"Caliper frozen/ sticking"

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

"It became noticeable when at a stop light or sign, that the brake pedal would move downward. Indicator of the Master cylinder problem."

Mark M., CO (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"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)

"I have to replace the brake pads on 4 wheels."

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

"Brakes are always soft. Not likely wear, per se, but the foot pressure required and brake reaction and stopping distance is, frankly, horribly under-designed and requires extreme diligence about road positioning in traffic."

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

"Front rotors warped when car was not used much during Covid-19 quarantine. Scary shaking of car when braking at 60mph."

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

"Subaru had us bring it in for the passenger air bag defect, then three months later, again, as the replacement was also defective. Not Subaru's fault. Great customer service at the local Subaru dealership. The 2020 Subaru's are off the chart amazing. That's my next buy."

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

"Brake pads replaced due to normal wear"

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

"It needed the brakes completely done, as it is now an older car. Replace brake shoes, etc."

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

"Needed new brakes to pass inspection after 35000 miles."

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

"According to my mechanic, the rear brakes were just ready to reach metal to metal. Thankfully, I had them replaced in time."

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

"The brakes suddenly gave out with no warning last winter. Luckily, It happened just before the highway on ramp and I had time and room to get the SUV stopped after coasting quite a distance. I had to have the car towed to my local mechanic and he completed a $700 brake job. The scary thing was the sudden and complete brake failure with no warning signs whatsoever."

Janet B., NB (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The parking brake did not stop the car. Even when pulled tight, the car could move forward. The brake would also get stuck. I'd be forced to hit the handle in the car with a stone in order to get the handle to release."

Anonymous, MA (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 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have replaced the rear brakes twice in the last 35,000 miles. The independent car repair shop says he see this a lot with Forresters."

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

"Salt-related brake line corrosion"

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

"The rear brakes need service again, this is the 3rd time that they have worn out, only getting about 24000 mile on average, that is much too low. Front brakes fared much better, lasting 45000 miles"

Robert G., IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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 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 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)

"Normal wear and tear"

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

"Brake pads were aftermarket and did not fit correctly, which then damaged rotors. Had to go to dealer and get brand new front brakes (pads, rotors) installed."

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

"Had the rear brakes replaced,;asted less than 10k miles before needing replacement again"

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

"several pad replacements, sticking calipers, tendency to trap small pebbles"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"the heat shield clips loosened and caused rattles"

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

"The Subaru would vibrate And shake violently while braking at higher speeds. Turns out the Rotors had warped under normal driving conditions without excessive brake pad wear."

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

"Experienced pulsation and vibration at about 5000 mile intervals three times in 2 years. Resurfaced rotors twice but only a short term fix. Third time replaced rotors on all 4 wheels. Installed free by dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Complete brake replacement @ 40000 miles"

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

"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 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 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had front and rear rotors replaced in the last 5 months."

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

"warped rotors too frequently"

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

"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 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)

"normal wear and tear"

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

"The car was vibrating and I could smell something burning. I took the car to the mechanic and he had to replace the brakes, roters, etc. And that was immediately after leaving the Subaru dealership in Naperville, IL to get an airbag replaced because of a recall. They also changed transmission oil and some other repairs to the tune of approximately $1500. They never said a thing about the brakes. On the way home from the dealership I had to take the car directly to my mechanic because of the vibrating and burning smell."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"See previous response."

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

"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)

"When grinding and squeaking became pronounced driving at any speed, I took it in for service. Some work was covered by the extended warranty. The dealership did not inform us of brake issues at a regular service check less than half a year prior."

Anonymous, QC (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

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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak into the left tail light assembly after heavy prolonged rain. I open the tail light assembly to drain the water, following the owner manual's instructions to replace brake and turn signal bulbs."

David L., IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"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 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 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle noise from cargo area"

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

"There are numerous noises from the suspension, windows, and doors that are new."

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

"This car has rattled since we drove it off the lot. I like the car but my opinion is Subaru's reputation for quality is vastly overstated."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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 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 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 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)

"The heat shield rattles, periodically. clips holding the shield were replaced or tightened."

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

"This is beyond squeak and rattle.It is a troublesome sound, probably in the wheel or carriage, that our mechanic cannot diagnose."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"When backing out of driveway and turning the wheel, there is a definite clunking sound which is pretty noticeable. Usually only happened the first time every morning. Dealer inspected and could not find a cause and stated it as normal sound. I think if it was normal, it would happen every time."

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

"Very loud engine noise"

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

"The shielding welds on the exhaust system broke free causing a rattle when the engine passed through 2200 RPM when accelerating or decelerating. The dealer used clamps to resolve the issue."

William F., ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bumps and pot holes on the road seem to cause rattle noises, but no squeaks."

Robert P., TN (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"like doors are not well sealed"

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

"It is primarily road noise when traveling interstate highways, or anytime above 40 mph. Very difficult to have a conversation with any passenger."

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

"use of phone (hands free) picks up background noise to the point most people cannot hear me clearly"

D E., WV (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"The noise is from the sun roof. Sun roof seal isn't tight enough to cancel out noise. Real problem is rust on underneath carriage. Called Subaru corporate which offered no help."

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

"it's more than just wind noise; it's also road noise. The cabin is very noisy."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Forester)

"Engine noise and road noise are worse that wind noise."

Robert P., TN (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm on the highway every day and as soon as I pull off the exit ramp, i must turn down the radio. It is blaring to compensate for the road noise."

Marcia P., NJ (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cabin is very noisy when driving on interstate highway. Some wind, but mostly road noise that is very disturbing. Tires and balancing are not the problem."

Alfred A., WV (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"Had the system checked and recharged, A/C worked so-so for 3 months and then quit."

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

"A/C compressor locked up at around 43000 miles, was replaced under an extended warrantee"

Robert G., IL (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm assuming it's the compressor. The heat works, but the mechanic needs to have the car for a full day. I can't be without a car so I hope it doesn't get too hot."

Anonymous, VT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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)

"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)

"Air conditioning stopped working . Had to have it completely replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Start in 4/2019; No cold air; AC compressor deemed bad; Replaced in 7/2019; Deal estimated $1500 repair; Found mechanic to fix for less than $500"

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

"The AC compressor failed and had to be replaced along with the AC system needing to be recharged."

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

"Air conditioner compressor needed replacement b/c stopped cooling"

P D., PA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"long history of a/c problems, latest was a noisy compressor that was about to fail."

Thomas B., FL (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced compressor."

John E., NH (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner failed (no cold air) last fall. I didn’t bother getting it fixed yet, but will soon have to."

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

"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)

"For 2 summers the air conditioning was not reliable. After more than 10 visits to the Dealer over the 2 year period, they finally discovered that it was the thermostat freezing up and causing the conditioning system to fail. The Service Department and the technicians were extremely diligent in trying to fix the problem. It was finally resolved."

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

"Heat comes in when the A/C is on in the summer, and cold comes in when the heater is on in the winter."

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

"It was replaced in August of 2019. I'm still having issues in May of 2020. AC not working properly."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 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)

"It leaked and was replaced under Subaru's extended warranty that I purchased."

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

"This car has always had issues with the air conditioning which required an expensive repair where the entire dash had to be removed."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver's seat heater stopped working"

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

"solved once we recharged the A/C"

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

"Brought to dealer 3 times before they could fix it."

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

"Leak required replacement of a piece of tubing and its connector and refilling of the system."

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

"AC started blowing warm air. They replaced the condenser , hoses, refrigerant and O rings. A month later the AC was blowing warm air again in Autumn. They replaced more hoses, refrigerant and O rings. Fast forward to May of the following year and the AC is blowing warm air again. I have to bring the car in for service again."

Anonymous, NY (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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We constantly used the CD player. When a CD is inserted it immediately ejects."

Vincent C., PA (2011 Subaru Forester X 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)
Display screen goes blank

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It won't connect to my phone sometimes even though the phone hasn't changed"

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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)

"This (Pioneer) gps, radio, system has never been satisfactory. It seemed to draw too much of an electrical charge and I believe it was the cause of many, many dead battery episodes. The GPS screen is minuscule and you need tiny fingers to program it. The radio has completely quit working now."

Janet B., NB (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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 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)

"The pairing process in complicated to start with. Nevertheless, I used to be able to pair my phone with the Bluetooth system, but for months now it either will not detect my phone or it will not maintain the connection. Replacement by the dealer would be very expensive, and after-market replacements are both expensive and do not have the same features. I have resorted to a visor-mounted Bluetooth unit."

John H., OR (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 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)

"2011 was the first model year that the Subaru Forester had any bluetooth. It was very buggy. Every time I got a new phone I had to go into the dealership to get it paired. They were nice about it, but still. Not a critical problem but I won't buy a car with electronic features (I'll be looking for advanced safety systems) that have been field-tested at least a year. Mechanically the car has been very reliable, though with a number of major recalls. I will return next time to the Outback because it's longer inside (canoes) and actually holds more stuff than the Forester. Prior to the series of Subarus I had Volvos. Totally unreliable and expensive to fix. Volvo has cunningly conflated an admirable record for safety with an undeserved reputation for constant repair all under the rubric of "reliability." Also, they hold the road poorly in the snow."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure 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)
Software update fixes

"Passenger air bag inflator needed replacement via recall."

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

"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 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)
Voice control commands

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel trim came loose"

Robert P., FL (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"along with the loose interior trim... I have had to go to dealership to purchase the plastic fasteners over 10 times in the past 3 years for connections in the engine bay, rear interior trunk area, inside the fender/wheel area on both sides of vehicle front, inside vehicle in the area by feet, and had 2 of the front air deflectors come off. I do not do any off road driving, and am always on paved roads, mostly highway miles. It is inexcusable that these minor plastic pieces would cause parts to be loose on an operating vehicle. I had my last car, a 2000 Toyota Camry for over 300,000 miles and never once did I need to have a trim piece replaced or re-secured."

Anonymous, MI (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)

"Some of the trim in the backseat fell off"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Plastic trim over the wheels kept coming off."

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

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

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

"stone panel on passenger side rear wheel started to peel off"

Judith L., PA (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"Paint is very fragile. The clear coat, base coat, and under coat don't appear to be strong enough to stand up to daily wear and tear."

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

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

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

"paint clearcoat peeled and rust is starting on lower bottom of body"

Peter F., WV (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A bit of rust near back passenger door"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Forester)

"No idea when it actually started. The problem was a severe rust problem with the underbody heat shield below the exhaust and catalytic converter. Some/part of it was able to be replaced; some of it was simply cut away and not replaced. According to our mechanic (of long standing and trusted) this is a problem not uncommon to Subarus."

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light came on"

Bruce M., NY (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Not a leak. Ongoing problems with connectors and exhaust pipes."

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

"the leak was found by a mechanic while doing routine maintenance. No problem but needs to be addressed."

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

"gasket leaks at connection to head"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Rattling heat shield is my problem and a problem I hear in other older Foresters. Dealer said we could not reproduce that sound. Other owners tell me they've heard the same. For some reason, Subaru dealers don't want to deal with this repair job."

David L., IL (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Since purchase in 2018, both mufflers have rusted to the point of failure."

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

"The entire exhaust system had to be replaced because it fully rusted out up to the converter."

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

"Rust"

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"This car has 2 mufflers, so we first had to replace one and then less than a year later we had to replace the second one. It made the job so much more expensive because it had to be done twice."

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

"Since moving to NH &VT, the 2 muffler system have been repaired twice"

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

"Support for the muffler broke causing the muffler pipe to break."

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

"Mufflers are loud. Car dealer said this is because the existing mufflers are aftermarket, but they have been verified to be OEM replacements. I suspect the exhaust is part of the source of poor MPG."

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

"Muffler was making noise; replaced entire exhaust system (my choice) at a reliable auto repair (but non-Subaru dealership). If I had to do over, I probably should have used the dealership for the major repair. It works fine, but they did not use Subaru-specific parts. Muffler is now noisier than before it was repaired. I supposedly saved money but not sure if I would have the same noise problem if Subaru had done the repair at twice the price."

Mary R., MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Recalled"

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

"Car is recalled due to problematic airbags"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Forester)

"Recall on airbag."

William I., NC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger air bag recalled"

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

"rear mufler conecting clamp disintegrated and cause a leak."

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

"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)

"Only that it made the car sound noisy"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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 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)
Ball joints

"Regular wear and tear"

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

"Was told during maintenance visit the CV joints needed replacement, didn't seem to be a problem driving but had them fixed just in case."

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

"Needed replacement at 90000 service"

Marc L., CA (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering hoses"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"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)
Shocks or struts

"Repair was over2000"

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

"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)

"drivers side had been leaking for some time, started when still under extended warranty but was not covered so once it started to affect steering i replaced both passenger and driver struts"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Power Steering pump failed"

John M., NS (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Tire re-balance solve problem"

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

"Frequent episodes of steering wheel vibration over time."

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

"The steering wheel vibration was caused by drivetrain issues in the front. It is not the first time on this car. It happened on the rear as well. I also had the same problem on a previous Subaru (Legacy Outback 2008)."

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

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

Anonymous, MT (2011 Subaru Forester)

"All 4 wheel bearings deteriorated and needed replacement after less than 60000 miles. I found that very unusual. I've driven cars for over 40 years and only had to replace wheel bearings once, on a 14 year old, 1971 CHEVROLET Malibu. The service people seemed surprised about this as well."

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

"Because of age and milage, wheel bearings sometimes get worn out so consider more maintanence."

Anonymous, MD (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

12V power plug

"the 12v plug keeps blowing the fuse. Not useable"

Peter F., WV (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Fuse blew in cigarette lighter shortly after car was new. Serviced but it blew again. Used a different socket to power phone etc."

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

"The 12 volt plugs and usb ports both always blow the fuse. Cannot charge anything so GPS and phones run dead on long trips. All dealers do is replace fuse which is blown next time go to use."

Peter F., WV (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)

"The directional lights got stuck in the on position - not blinking - but showing as a solid light."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Forester)

"Rear blinkers have had to be replaced several times during ownership. Don't recall having to do this so frequently on previous cars (different makes - Honda and Toyota sedans). Rear brake lights also went (once)."

Mary R., MA (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Had to replace both fog light bulbs in last 12 months"

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

"Bulbs in headlights seem to burn out too frequently. 3 bulbs in past 2 years."

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

"have to replace headlights bulbs at least twice per year. This along with 12 volt and usb ports seems to indicates problems with the overal electrical system."

Peter F., WV (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head light bulb burned out"

Anonymous, NY (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)
Keyless entry

"The key won't operate the locks unless I manually use the button on the drivers door to unlock the other doors."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester 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)
Warning lights

"Had warning lights that indicated a computer update needed twice. Had warning lights that indicated loose gas cap twice."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"total failure of the intermittent wiper @ 7 years of age"

Anonymous, AK (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

Fuel cap

"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)

"Ever since I bought this car the cap will loosen intermittently which sends a check engine light. Just a bit frustrating but corrected by tightening the cap."

Nancy H., GA (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"Been having starting problems whenever I filled up the tank. Smell of gas in the cabin. Check engine light would come on and mechanics unable to locate problem. When last inspected in May or June 2020 smoke test revealed problem. Fuel pump replaced."

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

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

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"It came on gradually and then became critical during a long road trip. Dealership offered the best repair price and fixed it."

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

"Low tire sensors have been a long-term problem."

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

"Check engine light came on and wouldn't go away. The Subaru repair shop had the car for almost two weeks because they couldn't figure out the problem and they tested everything in the car. They finally decided it was a faulty sensor and it took a few days to get the part."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Got a Check Engine light, check by auto parts person showed it to be the O2 sensor. drove it back home and had it replaced at shop."

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

"replaced Both Denso air mass flow sensor and upstream air fuel ratio sensor"

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

"8/2019 check engine light; Issue Air Fuel Ratio Sensor due to oil leak on it; Replaced in 8/2019."

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

"The CEL came on; code checker revealed an O2 sensor issue. Did online research and mechanic recommended I try an additive product. This temporarily fixed the problem, but after six weeks CEL went back on. My mechanic fixed this issue. No CEL issues since then."

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

"intermittent slowing down and cutting out of cruise control"

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

"Light came on and dealer said the O2 sensor was bad because and oil leak from the timing belt cover damaged it. The repair of the leak and the sensor would cost over $3,000 because the engine would have to be pulled to do the repair."

John W., NM (2011 Subaru Forester 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

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)
CV joint

"CV Joints wore out, had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Replace both front axles due to rust and wear"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"Had to replace some tires and a drive half axle due to differences in diameter of tires"

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

"The driveshaft hanger bearing became noisy. The car is still driveable so we are living with it for now, but it will probably need to be replaced at some point and the part cost alone is $1500."

Kevin K., ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 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)

"The repair cost to replace the propeller shaft was $1,200. The vehicle is 9 year old and has 248,000 Km. I noticed a droning noise which seemed to start right away (not gradually). I thought it might be a wheel bearing (that's what it sounded like) but it was diagnosed as the main propeller shaft. (The one that runs longitudinally from front to rear on the vehicle). The service advisor I spoke to could not provide further information on what part of it failed. It's an automatic so the joint is NOT a pure mechanical linkage like the standard transmission model. Not happy paying that much especially since I was considering selling it. There's another noise coming from the starter on a cold start which was misdiagnosed as a panel vibration. Just going to leave that for now."

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

"I believe the driveshaft failure was caused by the prior owner's driving habits. The specific failure was the universal joint on the driveshaft however the full driveshaft had to be replaced at a cost of $1200."

William F., ON (2011 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SUV was making a thumping noise around 25 to 35 mph. Took it to dealer - they said it was transmission a $5,000 plus fix. Took it to a local HONEST transmission shop - they diagnosed it as bad front axles. A $600 fix - runs great again. Dealer says they don't like to work on older Subarus (WTF - that is good to know, I bet Subaru motors would love that to get out - Ganley Subaru Bedford Ohio.)"

Mike G., OH (2011 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Infotainment died and suv would not run. Some major failure in the electrical system. If not covered by extended warranty, it would have cost about $3,500."

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

"This vehicle has had battery problems since I bought it. If it is not driven for a few days, it very often has a dead battery- even when the battery is new. Something drains the battery, but no one seems to be able to find the problem."

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

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

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

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

"Battery needed replacement due to alternator issues"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Forester 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)

"battery got old, had to jump start, then bought new one."

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

"Battery died. Had to replace it."

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

"Battery went nearly dead well before the warrantee, Subaru replaced."

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

"2 ignition coils were misfiring"

Anonymous, TN (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)

"After getting a new battery the car would not start, or start after many tries. The local Subaru dealer was clueless so I took it to another Subaru dealer and they were also clueless. I looked on line and saw where others had this problem and that a quick fix was easy and necessary for the car to start properly - the dealer had to get a download from Subaru and update my electronics - after that it started fine."

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

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)

"Throw out bearing seized up. I frequently coasted by just pushing in the clutch, which contributed to when it failed"

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

"Throw out bearing was going bad that was not fixed even after dealer was told of issue,"

Michael D., MD (2011 Subaru Forester X 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 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the clutch melted. we had it replaced"

B L., WI (2011 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"January 2019 during very cold weather the original clutch blew... could not change it myself due to cold weather.. flatbedded it to Dealer...quoted $1400. to replace. authorized...got call from service manager that friction plate on engine was scored and needed either to be machined smooth or replaced. was told that cost of repairing was more than a new one @ $500.more... then manger asked if I wanted the sparkplugs changed while the engine was out... Asked him how much... He said $400.- in disbelief I asked him what was the cost of the plugs, he said $109.- I then asked why so much for labour when the engine is out because it is a rapid procedure. He said that is book price! I told him no thank you... Days later got call from service manager that road test disclosed transmission bearing problems and asked if it should be replaced ... had no choice.....asked him to save me the replaced parts... he said oh? ok, ...main bearings in transmission replaced, differential oil changed.. Final bill $4000.- My son who is certified auto mechanic took one look at the friction plate and his comment was "Money Grubbers" because when we changed the clutch in 2016 0n my 2011, we took emery cloth to the scoring to smooth it out and it worked fine! BTW my son reworked the removed clutch with emery cloth and sold it for half the cost of a new one on Kijiji...... moral of this story is that dealer service departments are to be avoided if possible and going to reputable non dealer shops specializing in Subaru repairs/maintenance are to be sought out! I have the feeling that they would have tried to screw me over more if I were female!"

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

"Wasn't happy that I had to replace the clutch at my expense for $1500 at about 90,000 miles. The new one doesn't feel right, and the gears grind frequently."

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

"Clutch failed, had to be replaced. Replaced before we were stranded."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Forester XT 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)

"Transmission failed without warning while in cruise control on Interstate Highway some distance from home. Vehicle was towed to authorized Subaru dealer for diagnosis and at 61,000 miles it was determined the transmission had completely and utterly failed. I contact Subaru of America who after some back and forth with the dealer agreed to pay for the one-time replacement of said transmission. Instead of a $4600 repair bill, I was left with a $600 towing charge."

Ruth B., UT (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)

"please refer to the discourse on episode of clutch replacement for details...."

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

"windshield cracked at 6 months .insurance covered"

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

"Gas unlock switch doesn't work properly"

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

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

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

"Rear view mirror...compass stopped working"

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

"Passenger window is stuck and does not move up or down"

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

"The passenger window quit working"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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