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This iteration of the Forester remained one of the best small SUVs out there. With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, it also handles well. The cabin is spacious, well designed and offers great outward visibility. A new non-turbo engine arrived for 2011, though it brought no significant improvement in acceleration or fuel economy. The four-speed automatic transmission was dated by the standards of the day.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

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

Owner Reports

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

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

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 stopped working. cd player would not load cd”

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

“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 Unsure 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

“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)

“see previous comments”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Forester X 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)

“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)

“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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“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)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“They could be part of the overall problem with the brakes”

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

“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)
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

“Had to replace rear brakes”

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

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

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced brake pads twice now. New brake pads every 25k miles”

John M., AK (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“Possible break line rusting through”

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

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Makes squealing noises when in reverse”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“brakes squeaked, than required replacement pads for all four wheels”

Gary P., MA (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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Tail gate rattle fixed under warranty”

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

“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)

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“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 Unsure)

“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)

“Road noise”

Joe W., WA (2013 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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)

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

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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)
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 Unsure Unsure)

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 Unsure 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 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)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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

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 Unsure 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)

“Had to replace at 20000 miles”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Forester X 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)
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)

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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Gas tank cover release lever pad”

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

“plastic parts broke off”

William A., NY (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 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)
Windows

“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)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“plastic parts come off”

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“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)

“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)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“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)

“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)
Slipping transmission

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

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

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

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

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)
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 Unsure 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 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“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 Unsure Unsure)
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)

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)

“had to replace battery at 85000 miles”

Phil J., PA (2013 Subaru Forester Unsure 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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

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)
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)

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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“defective knock sensor”

Alice R., PA (2013 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

Wheel bearings

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

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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