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 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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 2013 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Car locked in Park and could not be operated. ( fixed by sticking screwdriver in hole by shifter had to call to get that fix.Had to have serviced ( not under warranty) . Also used a lot of oil when new,"

Burgess S., PA (2013 Subaru Forester)
Calipers

"I BELIEVE the problem was with the calipers - not certain. Very slight vibration felt in the steering at higher speeds (40-70 mph). Subaru service told me they tightened/adjusted in the passenger-side front brake assembly. Problem fixed"

Thomas K., WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within the second year, new pads needed in rear, due to rust in caliper, causing calipers to seize. Dealer said this was an "unfortunate" problem due to Northern NY road salt & sand. I have driven here for over 40 years and have never replaced pads before 70-75 K miles. By year 4 the same problem in front, necessitating new calipers and pads all around. Bad design or poor materials?"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a caliper was locking up"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brakes all around for the second time for $1000.00"

Stephen W., MA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They could be part of the overall problem with the brakes"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After each reversal, brakes clunked upon first use. Difficult diagnosis, but believed to be something with self adjusting. Exceptionally notable in cold weather. Problem not resolved to date"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"On rare occasion when braking on a decline, brakes seemed to of out. Dealer checked many things and finally replaced master cylinder. Problem has not recurred in last year"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer did not fix it the first time I brought it in for soft breaks. Also, seems like it should not have worn out so fast"

Michael B., NC (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"pads wear out. at 90,000 miles. not bad."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed brakes were slipping on a mountain road trip. Had them checked and rear brake pads replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"mileage required brake pads"

Janet T., ON (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust formation on discs"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The linings of all four brakes were very worn. I had expected that the brakes would last longer, but the mechanic told me this wasn't unusual for my type of driving -- i.e. almost all stop and go."

Bonnie B., OH (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were never changed....so at 85,000 miles it was time"

Robin K., NJ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Identified during routine oil change, suggested brake repair so did it."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Forester)

"Rear brake pads needed replacement."

Daniel B., AZ (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rear brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Never worked properly on sloped driveway, but issue dismissed by dealership"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Replaced brake pads twice now. New brake pads every 25k miles"

John M., AK (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake job all around at local Subaru dealer. Rear brakes wore out including one rotor in 14 months."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We are always told that mountain roads and northern climate are why we are replacing our brakes on our Forrester's so often. Every 11/2 to 2 years full replacement down to the rotor and calipers. My husband does drive on mountain roads 45 minutes each way 5 days a week. I however have a 1/2 mile commute on flat terrain yet my brakes wear almost as fast as his. I don't know anyone who goes through brakes like we do."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THIS CAR IS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD AND I HAD TO REPLACE BOTH THE FRONT AND REAR BRAKES AND ROTORS. I HAVE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH A CAR IN MY 47 YEARS OF DRIVING."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer began talking about replacing the brakes after less than 30 thousand miles."

Walter S., PR (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the brakes all around for the second time at a cost of $1000.00"

Stephen W., MA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes were used up to 60%in the rear and only 20% in front not normal at all"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have also had to replace brakes and rotors on a car that is barely two years old! I bought this car because of its supposed reliability but have needed more repairs for it than my Mazda which had so-so reviews. Very annoying!"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Subaru Forester XT)

"Rust/wear on brake lining repaired via a recall notice from Subaru. Otherwise would not have known of problem"

L C., PA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads had to be replaced much earlier than anticipated. Online research showed many others had experienced same problem. Possible design flaw?"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Car vibrated when braking."

Anonymous, DC (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotor unevenness; resurfaced"

Craig C., NH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Possible break line rusting through"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The car is regularly maintained at the same dealer. There is no reason the brakes should have been left to get this bad that rotor work was needed"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive wear; could not be turned front rotors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace brake pads and rotors for all wheels, twice now. The rotors are really bad. We basically expect to replace brake pads and rotors every 25k miles. Not good Subaru"

John M., AK (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Makes squealing noises when in reverse"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester)

"brakes squeaked, than required replacement pads for all four wheels"

Gary P., MA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear brake pads."

Daniel B., AZ (2013 Subaru Forester XT 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"too small..practically useless"

Glen B., TX (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"it has not worked properly since about the 2nd year I ahd the car, was told $1100 to replace it"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"play failed"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cd player stopped working. cd player would not load cd"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"there are 2 displays: one easy to read and see for mileage, and other useless info. the other is hard to see as it is not line of sight, black and light gray display which is not readable with polarized glasses, & in San DIego = sunglasses"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"not at all user friendly to use"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"see previous comments"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nav, radio, backup cam, gps, blutooth computer system locked up completely...had to completely replace entire computer console"

Cory M., OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When on a trip we like to listen to audio books. This car cannot keep the sequence of tracks in the right order, we have to hunt the next one manually."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As stated in the previous comment, streaming music from an Android device has been problematic since I drove this car off the dealer's lot. At worst it's choppy and unUSble. At best I can get it to work for short trips. I ended up getting an iPod fo"

Douglas P., MA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"iPod stops working after each song, stereo has to be turned off to restart. Gave up and quit using it"

Mark A., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lose signal and went out or off"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Installed maps out of date more than 15 years. Map module memory too small to upgrade maps. Subaru wants more than $500 to replace map memory. Memory cartridge costs less than $20 at Walmart. Can download same maps from Here Mapping for nothing to my smart phone (and use them on the phone) but can't load them to my navigation unit. Bottom line: Navigation system is a rip-off"

Tim M., CT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS is by TomTom. Screen freezes so that I cannot access GPS or screen showing radio stations"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system failed while we were on the road to the point we had to revert to getting paper maps. The system had to be replaced.Covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"very difficlt to opperate"

Ken B., ON (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant re-booting"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire nav package locked up and had to be replaced"

Cory M., OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation system is inoperable because of its complexity. I've been to two dealers, salespeople don't understand it. Same with radio"

Edward S., CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car came with the 'Tom-Tom' navigation/entertainment system. The Tom-Tom was a complete disaster from the very first day I drove the car. The interface is completely counterintuitive and the map software utterly useless. Terrible product!"

Anonymous, WY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I got a new phone that has the latest version of bluertooth 1 year after buying the car. The new doesn't pair automatically, and I can only pair 1 device at a time"

Frank S., NM (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I can pair a device pretty easily but the connection drops or gets corrupt usually within 5 minutes. Sometimes when it does, it even hangs up the phone. Problem has occurred with 3 different Samsung phones and an iPhone. It is pretty much unusable at this point so I have no hands free device in my vehicle. Took to dealership but they were unable to fix"

Kerry C., VA (2013 Subaru Forester)

"Does not pair automatically, radio is not firmware-upgradable,, often pairing fails and needs extensive user intervention. Biggest problem is NOT knowing the make/model of the sound system (doesn't say anywhere) nor being alerted to firmware updates"

Doug L., NH (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent connectivity with my iPhone"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone bluetooth connectivity is so poor we don't use it."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paired once then stopped and we're unable to pair it again. We just don't use that feature anymore."

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We are unable to pair either my IPhone 6 or my wife's IPhone 5 with this car. We have not taken it to a repair shop for help yet since it really isn't that important to us."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Audio bluetooth system is terrible. Only one phone can be paired, and even when paired, it does not automatically reconnect, it must be re-selected each time the car is started. Stock stereo is a piece of junk in general."

Doug L., NH (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pairing worked when the car was purchased. Then after several months it would only work some of the time"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer says its the phone but have tried several different Bluetooth capable phones and still no pairing. can't take more time to visit the dealer-too far"

Shirley S., NH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paring is difficult with an Android 4.2 device. Playback of music is choppy or fails. Bluetooth paring intermittently stops working. Have to remove device from car's audio system and re-pair to get it to work. During my drives, I listen to music usin"

Douglas P., MA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had multiple smartphones that have had issues consistently pairing with the car. Sometimes it won't connect at all, sometimes the sound is staticy, sometimes it is choppy and cuts out. I have taken it in multiple times and the dealer has cal"

Nathan T., WI (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"couldn't set up. had to take to dealer for setu[p"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Functioned intermittently at best - until the Tom-Tom broke"

Anonymous, WY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio would stop working intermittently"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is too complicated to be of any use. Even the salespersons don't understand it"

Edward S., CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Horn stopped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine used oil from new until 23000 miles. I complained to dealer when I had it serviced an they had me return in 1200 miles to check oil consumption. It was lower than their standard, so they ordered a new short block. Engine was replaced at no charge an they provided a loaner car at no cost to me. After 8000 miles engine has no used any oil"

John K., OR (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excess oil consumption required engine replacement. Even after replacement the engine still consumed oil. Required more than a quart to be added between oil changes"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Dealer rebuilt engine. When this did not fix problem, dealer replaced engine and problem was fixed"

Stephen S., CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to consume oil, took it back to dealer who ran an oil consumption test, it failed. They provided me with a loaner car, replaced engine at no cost. Wow I was totally impressed and could not be more satisfied. My last car was a Toyota Camry '95 with over 250k miles. Bought this from your review, so glad I did"

Gary C., UT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant oil consumption (1 - 2 quarts/ 5Kmiles) Subaru recall notification - replaced engine with a rebuilt short block at their cost (approx. $5K) December 2016 @ 98000 miles"

John E., WA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil use"

Joe K., KY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excess oil consumption resolved via lawsuit"

Alan G., CT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"97000 miles excessive oil consuption, took it in,dlr tested found "bad engine" surprise, they replaced the short block, UNder Warrenty, and all is well again. Guess I was expecting a song and dance, very pleased with such professionalism, nvr had it before."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started using a lot of oil and making noise. Had to replace the short block. Took 2 1/2 weeks which was covered under an extended warranty."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine failed Subaru's recall for "excessive oil consumption". To Subaru's credit, they installed a brand new engine at no cost to me, except for a thermostat, gasket and top & bottom radiator hoses (less than $100 total). Wow!"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was using oil too fast"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"failed oil consumption test. Al oil leaked out within 1200 miles"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption and complete short block replaced under warranty due to law suits"

Bob A., NS (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive oil use covered by manufacturer after verified by second dealer (1st dealer claimed that there was no problem)"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall by Subaru for excessive oil use. Engine rebuild was at no cost."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dealership aware of oil leak problem, didn't reveal known issues to me until I was referred back to them by an outside mechanic"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil consumption Subaru kept denying that engine used too much oil. Finally admitted it was problem"

Joe K., KY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine developed excessive oil consumption. 1 quart in 1200 miles according to Subaru. They replaced the short block."

Anonymous, OK (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil consumption test fail"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because of excessive oil consumption, the short block was replaced under warranty."

Stephen S., AR (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive oil consumption"

John H., PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder #4 had a broken intake valve spring. The valve dropped into the cylinder causing major internal engine damage."

Ed S., WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This Subaru was in a class action law suit for excessive oil consumption. It failed the dealer test so they rebuilt the engine for free."

Thomas M., CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Evidently, some type of leak that dealer was monitoring. It did not go away, so whole engine was replaced. The car was just under 100,000 miles, so I was not charged anything. The warranty covered it. Thank God. So, essentially have a new car."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Forester)

"This engine uses an excess amount of oil, about a quart every 800 miles. It is due to the low tension piston rings that Subaru used to reduce engine friction. Unfortunately my car is not under warranty so Subaru will not do anything to help."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil consumption was high. So Subaru decided to replace the engine for me."

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized in driveway. After reading a Consumer’s Report article on oil problems with Subaru I checked my oil on my 2013 Forester. There was no oil registering on the dip stick. Service dealer said bring it in and the oil was changed. He said there is plenty of oil still in the crankcase. He said I was over the time period for a oil change but within the mileage recommendation. I knew there were oil consumption issues with this car(thanks to Consumers) but the service representative never offered this information. Prior to that during regular dealer maintenance the PCV valve always needed to be replaced. I suspect my engine oil was low when I brought the car in and was never informed. After the low oil incident I monitored the oil level carefully and added a quart whenever necessary. At 77,000 miles Subaru replaced both parts of the engine. It was a “one time courtesy replacement”. The car was 100%dealer maintained. The car is running well so far with 83,000 miles. Subaru did the right thing. I just wish the dealership did not have the doing you a favor attitude. My car could have seized anywhere. I took it to the dealer because I trusted them to prevent this and as a Subaru dealership they were aware of this issue well before I was. (Bill Kolb Rockland County NY)"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was using excess quantities of oil and was replaced under a recall. Took 1 week to repair."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed a knocking sound and took it to the dealer. Ended up having to replace the ENTIRE engine and engine block! It was under warranty but I still had to pay Suburu's deductible which is annoying since this car was defective!"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Subaru Forester XT)

"Engine noise was ignored by dealership, engine blew up. Still on warranty, but after 3 wks. they are disputing my oil change records from a local garage. I'm very pissed-off!"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a lemon and Subaru is not willing to work with me. very unhappy with dealership and Subaru lack of concern about my situation. engine transmission both have been rebuilt. exhaust and brake line recalls also"

John G., OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was using too much oil. After complaining to the dealership, they kept the car and looked for the problem. Their findings, along with a request to replace the engine, were sent to Subaru. Subaru authorized a rebuild, instead"

Rosemary E., CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"this is the second time in less than two years that major repairs needed to be done with the gaskets. the first time took more than 2 months and this most recent one took about a month. covered under warranty, was given loaner car by dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Excessive Oil Consumption. 4 visits to dealership, frequent oil changes, oil consumption test showed that it's not using enough oil to merit repair or replacement of engine parts according to their protocol. Advised to "pour in a little oil every once and a while" I am absolutely stunned that Subaru has abandoned a large portion of their clients who have this problem. Will not buy another one"

Jerri T., TN (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is not a preignition problem. Since Day 1 the engine has an intermittent ticking/tapping sound that is most likely a noisy valve lifter. The dealer shop says its normal, can't do anything to fix it; it is NOT normal. So I'm about ready to go hea"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"I took the vehicle in for the battery problem and was told that the mechanic had found that the engine mounts were failing and had to be replaced. This was a lengthy and expensive process. Dealer blamed the factory for poor intstallation."

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Always need to add oil in less than 3000 miles. This is a known issue with the Forrester (manual / stick)"

Kerry C., VA (2013 Subaru Forester)

"At the last oil change I had very little oil left in my engine. Therefor, I am now doing a oil conservation test. I have about 450 miles before I take it back to the dealership for evaluation"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car burns through oil extraordinarily fast. It has to constantly be filled but Subaru decided it wasn't an issue for this model and didn't fix it when they had the chance. As a result, I have to put in 3-4 quarts between oil changes."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak happens every 6 months. A message comes up stating that the oil level is low. It is a known problem with the Subaru Forester of this year."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking and burning oil is a common problem we have found. Same here, wish they would fix it."

Anonymous, NM (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine leaked oil and seal had to be replaced for 400"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shortly after an oil change by a dealer, we found the vehicle completely empty of oil"

Terry K., MI (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two years ago, I started noticing a burning smell after driving my car. I took it to the dealer 3 times and each time I was told that they could not find the problem, but at the next check, they would look again. The fourth time, the dealer thought it was oil leaking from the right and left cam carriers. They cleaned it up and asked me to return in a week and they found that it had leaked again. Two weeks ago had the seals changed and so far doing okay. I was told by the staff that it was a common problem with Foresters."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burns excessive oil, dealer claims it's within limits, but this is a common complaint."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a leak. Told it had to do with engine rings-resulting in excess oil usage. Subaru extended drive-train warranty to 10 year/100000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure of the name but it was a gasket at the top of the engine, was a warranty repair."

Allan K., ON (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil level goes down approximately 1 qt every two months, and we took it to the Subaru dealer who said there would no leaks and also tried to tell us that losing 1 qt every two months was normal. I know this is not normal."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is either or both oil leak and/or burning oil. Am having an oil consumption test done now. Then will argue for a 'recall' repair."

Anonymous, AK (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2013 Subaru engine is known to have issues with internal oil leaks. At around 75000 miles i started adding additional oil to fill level every month in the amount of at least 1/2 quart to 1 quart depending on driving conditions."

Eric B., NM (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cam carriers leaking oil"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to check the oil level at every fill up to ensure there is oil in engine and add as needed. Recall for oil consumption and we are just below what is required to repair the issue."

Glen B., MA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Losing oil, subject to recall never informed by Subaru. They replaced the engine."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car doesn't leak oil so much as it burns right through it. We regularly (every other week or so) have to put 3 quarts of 0W20 in, regardless of how far we have driven or how recent we had it serviced."

Cameron M., NJ (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a specific leak found yet but recently discovered car was well low on oil prematurely"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car goes through oil between changes, either burning or leaking. According to dealer it is common for an new Forestor to experience oil lost. I had no oil spots and no blue smoke but have to add oil almost between every change, upsetting for a"

Pat H., ME (2013 Subaru Forester XT 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

"Water leaks into the car during rain sometimes. When it has sat out in rain, cold water will dribble out onto my feet when I start driving the car. Especially around turns"

Karen S., OR (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the passenger side taillight fogs up in the winter and condensate fills up the bottom. I remove it and dump out the water. the other tail light assembly is OK"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak due to clogged drain"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seal on the passenger side taillight is broken and lets in humid air which causes condensation"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail gate rattle fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"This car has squeaked since the day we bought it and it just gets worse. At one point the dealer greased the connector where the back seats lock in place saying that was the problem. This left grease open to the interior of the car. VERY dissatisfied with the quality of the car"

Jeff P., OR (2013 Subaru Forester XT)

"noise sounds like something loose and vibrating, appears to be coming from the airduct behind the radio"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear seat rattle"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a rhythmic squealing from the brakes which has been present since the car was purchased. Both an independent mechanic and the dealer failed to diagnose and fix the problem. We finally took it to an independent mechanic who specializes in Subaru's who found a problem with the installation of the rear brakes. They were adjusted and the noise went away"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Strange noise in body when making hard left turn...popping, creeking sound"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whenever it is cold out (0 degrees celcius or below) my brakes squeak. They have been checked many times and nothing has been found. They were just worked on after owning for 6 years. They didn't squeak for a month afterwards and then they started squeaking again."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior has too many noises, rattles, etc, emanating from the dash, cargo area and rear hatch. Some are nearly impossible to locate and fix."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"it comes from underneath the middle of the vehicle while going over bumps in road,"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud rattling sound caused by loose heat shield in undercarriage. Seems to be a common problem with this model."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the noise happened randomly"

Paul N., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle around steering column...has been checked twice, including yesterday...still no luck getting rid of rattle"

Don G., ON (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle since new - in 5 times but still rattles"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Metallic vibration coming from rear of car. No idea as to exact location"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The cars are so loud, you can barely hear inside the car while driving. That's the biggest complaint"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The only major complaint is that this model year is noisy. We have since taken a test drive in a newer model and they are much quieter."

Anonymous, NM (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise seems excessive around driver and front passenger windows, especially at higher Interstate Highway speeds. Becomes annoying and tiring on long distance travel."

Frank H., CO (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Road noise"

Joe W., WA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 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

"Had to replace at 20000 miles"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cigarette lighter charger stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"I purchased a new electronic key and when I use it the alarm sounds."

Barbara L., WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace brake lights on both sides at 42000 miles"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the fog lights burn out easily and the glass over them breaks easily - I've replaced the fog light assemblies twice"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail lights"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Three different times the dealership has changed the oil pressure indicator "sensor" on my car, at no charge, but it is still a nuisance"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The headlights burn out faster than I think they should"

Karen S., OR (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have replaced the bulbs 3x in less than 1 year"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A headlight needs replacing nearly every 12 months"

Terry K., MI (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"The drivers power seat will not move up or down."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"A new key was made after one of the originals was lost. Since then the alarm goes on when I use the new key and the remote start doesn't work despite taking it in to be fixed"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"locking mechanism (remotely activated) failed"

Craig C., NH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"My remote start simply doesn't work and the dealer was not able to fix it."

Barbara L., WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"USB port is in a difficult place. internal part broke making the connection inoperable. just use the Bluetooth instead of hard wire connection"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Oil pressure light came on and stayed on"

Paul J., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"traction control light along with 2 or 3 others came on. Remedied by disconnecting the battery for 1 hour"

Shane V., PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Did not notice any driving problems, the problem was identified when I took it in for an oil change. It was fixed immediately. If the city would fix the potholes, the ball joints would have been OK."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard clicking noises from left front when when turning left - costly repair to fix joint and axle. Now rt side is doing same thing. I cannot afford to fix it yet :-("

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The right front CV joint had to be replaced, then 6 months later the left front CV joint had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering fluid leak required replacement of the power steering rack."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts leaking at 75,000 miles. They were replaced under an extended warranty I had purchased."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking rear struts, found by dealership and repaired quickly...but expensive fix."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front struts were leaking"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front strut leaking. Both R & L struts were then replaced under an extended warranty I had bought when we purchased the vehicle."

Robert B., WA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear struts failed which affected rear alignment."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"A metal arm attaching the frame to the right front wheel completely borke"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Axle broke originally a year or so ago; took back in noise was recurring and discovered the replacement broke and was replaced for free."

Aaron X., CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Evidently the power steering motor had some issues. Subaru replaced the sytem without charge"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"noise from front end, it was repaired and covered by Subaru"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 112000 miles the front left wheel bearing wore out causing vibration in the steering wheel. I decided to replace all of the wheel bearings at that point because I plan to keep the car for a long time and don't want any further problems with them."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the third wheel bearing that needed to be replaced on the vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"All the doors do not close the same and Subaru is unwilling to fix this situation"

Jeff P., OR (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"passenger side rear seat window shattered spontaneously while I was driving on the freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"plastic parts broke off"

William A., NY (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Glasses case won't stay up on roof. Have to replace entire unit at considerable expense."

Walter S., PR (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The locking mechanism in the drivers door froze and the door was inoperable. The lock, rod and actuator? had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In temperatures below twenty degrees below zero, my driver’s door would not open. Sometimes the front passenger door would be affected as well. I had to go in through a back door and crawl into the front seat and out the same way! The mechanic could not diagnose the problem until I took it there frozen up. They had to replace the whole locking mechanism, actuator and rod."

Robyn T., AB (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gas tank cover release lever pad"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"Interior rear view mirror fell off of mounting bracket"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Gasket did not seal, causing a leak. Gasket and sunroof had to be replaced."

Owen F., TX (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"plastic parts come off"

William A., NY (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the rear hatch lock does not work correctly. It has been this way since the beginning."

Anonymous, UT (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear hatch strut rods lost pressure and failed during cold winter weather and had to be replaced."

George S., AK (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Drivers side window stopped working. The motor had to be replaced."

Owen F., TX (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slow going up in the cold. Corrected by dealer. Window trim was deformed not creating a proper seal on the front driver and passenger side windows"

Marilyn B., ON (2013 Subaru Forester XT 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

"loose trim in front of car"

Phil J., PA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Driver seat base had wrinkled upholstery when delivered, seat pad and upholster replaced only to have same issue. We had a second 2013 Forester that we put more miles on and did not experience this problem"

Mark A., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back seat latch broke so the seat could not be flattened. The gas tank latch near to drivers seat broke making it difficult to open the gas tank"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear view mirror came off windshield"

Jim M., GA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on this vehicle is inferior to any other vehicle I have owned. It scratches, chips and wears off easily. The design is such that the paint wears completely off the body around the rear tire. The dealership knows this and just says, thats the way it is"

Jeff P., OR (2013 Subaru Forester XT)

"Paint seems to be very sensitive to damage from bird droppings, stains, tiny chips"

Bruce W., CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clear coat is peeling"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If I go to automatic car wash that used brushes, the car is all scratched up."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The exterior cover over the rear wheels, despite being covered with a Mylar cover and chipped all to heck and gone. The paint in general is sub par to any car I have owned and it scratches and chips extremely easy"

Jeff P., OR (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"chipping and fadding"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The car had rust above the windshield as well as on the hood above the grill. I had to have the whole roof completely stripped and repainted as well as the hood. I had them put a strip of Xpel on the roof above the windshield to hopefully protect it. The rust on the hood was only where there was a break in the Xpel or where it did not meet the grill. I thought that the film had yellowed but it was actually the white paint that had yellowed."

Robyn T., AB (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"sensors indicating problem did not tell what the problem was...misleading; sensors on/off intermittently, off now for past 5 months but Subaru insists the problem is the catalytic converter must be replaced and cannot say why sensor lights no longer indicating a problem,"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"not been tested, but just sounds like exhaust leak to me"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"the heat shield(s) started rattling at about 50000 miles - that seems too soon to me"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"RECALL, INSTALLED NEW AIR BAG ON PASSENGER SIDE"

Frank C., NJ (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My passenger side airbag was recalled due to a Takata part. I was very concerned that we were driving it for FIVE years with a faulty airbag in a hot and humid climate (which I believe was more likely to cause the malfunction). I'm curious why it took so long to identify my car as part of the recall and it makes me have less trust in the manufacturer."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Forester)

"Part of the massive airbag recall"

William R., NJ (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have standard mirrors that are basically worthless in side view (cannot change lanes without turning head in an extraordinary manner)"

Glen B., TX (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Exhaust pipe hanger bracket broke."

Roger G., CA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Car developed a grinding noise coming from the ear. It was determined to be the rear wheel bearings. Fixed."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"boot torn and bearing ticking, replace the whole axle about $700 parts and labor"

Bruce O., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Both front CV axles had to be replaced. It took a couple of days and cost around $1000."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a loud clanking sound when you make a sharp left turn, bad CV joint."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Detectable roaring noise from rear axle. Replaced right side rear axle."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When we get it repaired we will be on the third axle replacement for this vehicle. It clicks and pops on acceleration and during turns."

Cameron M., NJ (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They replaced it with the bearing making a ticking noise from a stop and turning left"

Bruce O., WA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"A chip failed - Subaru replaced it and it has run perfectly since then"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Transmission fluid coolant lines at radiator sprung a leak. Left car stranded and needed a tow."

Anonymous, RI (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Good possibility that a rodent caused the the gear shift (automatic)to not move"

Frank S., NM (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"linkage for third gear would grind and not synchronize. they rebuilt the transmission"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car sometimes does not shift when you have to accelerate and sometimes shifts into lower gear on street driving and stays in lower gear until you stop turn off car and restart"

Linda F., CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When shifting from 2nd gear to 3rd gear, the shifter would "pop out" and prevent me from shifting"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Incorrect fluid level in transmission causing slippage, most notably during cornering"

Thomas K., WI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On a gravel downhill slope (my driveway) the transmission pops out of 1st gear, unless I hold it in"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"While replacing engine, dealer stated clutch had only 15000 miles left on it and advised replacing at time engine was replaced"

Stephen S., CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just a few hundred miles after we got the vehicle, the clutch failed entirely. Almost stranding us 250 miles from home"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch slipped bad part and replaced cltch"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Full clutch replacement. Clutch burned out. I have had other cars that I drove many more miles without the clutch burning out, but a Subaru employee said that 80,000 Mike’s was “about right” for a clutch."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A bearing caused noise and was not depressing properly"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I have a lemon and Subaru is not willing to work with me. very unhappy with dealership and Subaru lack of concern about my situation. engine transmission both have been rebuilt. exhaust and brake line recalls also"

John G., OH (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor clutch stopped engaging, and compressor could not been turned by hand (engine off). Compressor clutch bearing became noisy. Compressor was removed and disassembled. Compressor oil was dark and had likely overheated. Compressor vanes were ok. Bearings had likely lost lubricant due to overheating, and then failed. Cause of loss of refrigerant and oil appears to have been a leak in the bottom of the receiver/drier (around snap ring used to place/replace desiccant) attached to the condenser. Static system pressure was about 65 psi."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control is nowhere near accurate. Have to manipulate the temperature gauge frquently"

Linda F., CA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Leak due to O-ring deterioration"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Had to install the third evaporator since buying the vehicle. Replaced the condenser once."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"It took several visits. They repaired it once, but still leaked. They repaired it a second time, same problem after. Finally there was a second leak"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor clutch stopped engaging, and compressor could not been turned by hand (engine off). Compressor clutch bearing became noisy. Compressor was removed and disassembled. Compressor oil was dark and had likely overheated. Compressor vanes were ok. Bearings had likely lost lubricant due to overheating, and then failed. Cause of loss of refrigerant and oil appears to have been a leak in the bottom of the receiver/drier (around snap ring used to place/replace desiccant) attached to the condenser. Static system pressure was about 65 psi."

Anonymous, MD (2013 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"On our 6th battery. Don't know why."

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"kept needing to be boosted. replaced battery"

Bob A., NS (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery stopped holding a charge and I had to carry a booster pack to start the vehicle every time that I switched it off. I was told by the dealership that the batteries are only good for about 5 years so it was time to replace it. (I have a Ford Explorer that is 25 years old and is still on its second battery.)"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery did not work after reconnecting it. I had disconnected prior to a long absence."

Anonymous, DC (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace battery at 85000 miles"

Phil J., PA (2013 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Has to take to dealer for upgrade to computer system for starting it would crank but not turn over some times"

Pat H., ME (2013 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

"I had a bad fuel cap, but also have a hard starting issue that I believe is emission system related because of a past problem"

Anthony F., MI (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Stop engine light came on. Dealer said it was a mis-fire problem. Cost $800 to repair."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"defective knock sensor"

Alice R., PA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine became very rough, most engine lights lit up"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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