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Sticking to the basics, the Subaru Forester embodies the saying "a steady pace wins the race." It has always been a sound and practical vehicle, although its plain, unpretentious demeanor didn't help it stand out to car shoppers in this crowded field. Subaru put function in front of form, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies.
Alerts
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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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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

Sticking to the basics, the Subaru Forester embodies the saying "a steady pace wins the race." It has always been a sound and practical vehicle, although its plain, unpretentious demeanor didn't help it stand out to car shoppers in this crowded field.

Subaru put function in front of form, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, they focused on the fundamentals, with a space-efficient design, large windows and big square doors. That recipe resulted in the easiest access and the best view out of almost any vehicle. It also produced one of the roomiest rear seats in the class, with copious head and leg room.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Eye sight system didn't work . Had to go several time to the car dealer until they replace it due to a defect”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When shifting into reverse, the display screen for the backup camera is completely black, only showing the distance lines”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester)
CD player

“CD will play but get warm easy. Then start to skip or jump track”

Denis Y., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CD wouldn't come out. We took it in and they told us that they couldn't fix it. We would have to spend $1050 to buy a new one! Or we could use a tweezers to try to "catch" the CD and pull it out. Ridiculous”

Scott S., CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“CD player has become intermittent”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Wearing sunglasses, it is hard to see the back up camara screen”

Katy F., OR (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Sun makes so you can't see the backup camera”

Cathie I., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The upper display screen sometimes gets a smoky band across it, diagonally Low/setting sun or other bright lights can "blind" the Eyesight system and render it inoperable (like sun on a garage door opener)”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Requires an engineering degree and you might still not figure out how to set clock connect phone to car etc”

Joel R., NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Can't see dash display when outside light is bright because of poor screen angle (non adjustable)”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Depending on the ambient light difficult to see when backing”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen is so dim that it's virtually unusable while driving”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The back light on the display was not working as a result the screen could not be seen at all”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Display for audio system is difficult to read (small characters, cluttered screen, poor contrast). Driver can't safely use - only the passenger operates it for safety”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to see because of sun glare--impossible to see if wearing polarized sunglasses. The screen for the backup camera is too small to be of much use”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The screen has a dark background and is difficult to see in conditions like sun light”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The screen is difficult to see in the day light”

Jack L., NV (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Screen is highly reflective because of it's flush dash mount. Almost impossible to see”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“WHEN WEARING SUN GLASSES REAR CAMERA IS NOT CLEAR”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's difficult to see. Screen too small. its very hard to change channels on the Sirius satellite radio. Cheap system”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“I created sun shades for Nav/Sirius screen, which helps. It needs to be recessed like top screen. Top screen sometimes gets a "cloud" across (lower left to upper right). Dealer cannot reproduce this intermittent. May be heat???”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When wearing sunglasses, the speedometer is difficult to read. I'll never buy another vehicle that has a dark background. It should be white (or some other light background). Additionally, I detest the fact that I'm forced to use the Metric system”

H S., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“TEMP GAUGE FREEZES UP”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sporadically, the display screen will say 'automatic connection failed' and then come on again. This generally happens when it is raining or wet outside”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Entire Nav/Radio module failed”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when the nav system reset the time and preset radio stations were lost”

Larry C., SC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Display screen for radio/cd/GPS goes very dark or blank. Reported to dealer -- could not 'see' problem - told me to bring back when it happened -- was unable to do that and eventually, the problem stopped happening”

SUSn D., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Couldn't match Blue Tooth system to Iphone, had to purchase another system”

Diana D., ME (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru radio constantly disconnects from the bluetooth interface. Cannot have both a bluetooth device and a usb device operating at the same time. The radio has been replaced, but the issue has not resolved”

William S., CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth is really bad, breaks up when using the phone or MP3”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“OEM radio originally paired by android phone, once Android version was updated, radio stopped pairing. There is no way to update radio firmware - I had to replace the radio unit to conform with state 'hands free' law”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem is relative to the previously mentioned Bluetooth issue”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“would not work changed radio still having problems with it suburu has terrible electronics”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same problem of connectivity with I-phone 5S”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Syncing with my iPhone is intermittent. Sometimes it works great; at other times, it gets very confused. I've also had problems with system-wide error messages. Had computer flashed, but still having problems”

Andrea K., MD (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The smart phone will randomly disconnect while streaming music. When this happens the radio locks up and is inoperable”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to interface with a new phone”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System doesn't always work”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Doesn't always work. Very confusing system and seems a bit out of date, even for a new car”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“blue tooth connectivity disconnects at times, have to turn audio off wait at few seconds and it usually reconnects.; however a few times does not respond, I have waited as long as several hours for it to reconnect”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not a big concern for me, but my son had difficulty setting up the electronics”

Anonymous, SK (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth stopped pairing. Has happened on two occasions. Whole interface replaced by subaru and now having the same problem for the second time”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unreliable; inaccurate (weird routings; not "direct"); Doesn't "learn" when I change routes; insists on previous routing. I have to use my iPhone as a backup or primary routing”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“system is not intuitive. difficult to set up”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Outdated. Very poor directions. Directions make little sense. It is either a 2012 or 2010 GPS. HAD trouble with several things not working continuously until an accident in Dec. 1016. After fender with sensors was replaced works with out interuptions. Much different in function. Had 13 dead battery events after purchaaed in 14 months. After battery replaced, only 3 battery no starts, all my fault. Basically I had a lemon with no help from dealer. The dealership personnel changed nearly”

Carolyn M., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Randomly reboots when using the USB input (haven't used other audio sources enough to know if it would reboot with other sources). Also, the nav screen get confused so that the car is not visible on the map - although the voice instructions are still”

Lawrence B., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System is unnecessarily complicated--still haven't figured it out after 14 months!”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Froze up”

Richard H., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unit defective. Stopped working. Replaced under warranty”

John H., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Errors in car GPS directions have led me to stop using the GPS in the car and use my iPhone GPS. However, if the phone is synced with the car phone system, the phone's GPS verbal directions can't be heard. Service personnel were unable to correct t”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The in dash navigation does not work consistently despite ongoing attempts to rectify the situation. I simply do not use this device”

David F., NH (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Maps are more than 3 years old”

Jack L., NV (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The navigation system sometimes sends me conflicting prompts. On a recent out-of-town trip, it sent me in circles on unfamiliar roads”

Andrea K., MD (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It failed they replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“No voice commands. Maps not functioning”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The system does not recognize all locations with voice commands. Gives erroneous locations not related to the voice command. The system is awkward to use for locating places of interest, and is not integrated with voice command necessitating having t”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Doesn't work”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very difficult to use. Not intuitive. Small buttons. Difficult to see because of reflection”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire head unit stopped working and had to be replaced within a couple months of purchasing the car”

Demian W., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Takes us in circles for some of the most simple tasks. Misses turn offs. Difficult to use voice commands are a nightmare. Not ready for prime time”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System almost impossible to use. Not at all user friendly”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the system would reset while driving.When the system resets it also takes out all your saved destinations. System repeatedly asks you to confirm terms then states it will not ask again. Each time you start the car you have to re-confirm terms”

Larry C., SC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System failed completely within the first 6 months. The total unit has been replaced for one problem or another a total of 4 times since I purchased it in March 2014”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I am unable to use this system. If I get it on and working then I cannot shut it off. I have been back to the dealer twice and they still cannot make it so that I can understand how to use it”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is so bad that it is even dangerous”

Jean V., QC (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Inaccurate; unreliable. Does not reprogram well to my changes. Route directions sometimes not most direct. By far the worst (of 3) in-dash nav systems I have owned”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not finding satellites and showing position off road while traveling on a known road”

Calvin Y., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not easy to set up”

Harvey C., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system has failed and the entire unit needs to be replaced”

Michael K., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Navigation system often got confused, changing directions and then changing them back. Also difficult to enter address. Had the navigation system replaced”

Laurence G., NY (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the in-dash system (whole radio/gps/display box) had to be replaced. Was done under warrenty, but talking directly with Subaru Customer Service helped greatly in getting a NEW (not refurbished) unit for the replacement”

Joseph W., MD (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System is not intuitive and hence is difficult to put new destinations into”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The navigation has frozen multiple times 6 months ago. The Nav system was replaced and has been problem free since”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very user unfriendly. Difficult to program, have resorted to using a portable GPS”

John J., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system is substandard. It is slow and glitches. Had to bring in car many times to re-boot or upload new software. Not a quality product”

Jonathan W., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Not a up to date system. Garmin or Tom Tom Superior products. not proactive”

John Q., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“malfunctioning; replaced by dealer, but long wait for product to arrive”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“I was able to receive text messages on my car when I first got it. Now after apple updates iOS, the car stopped getting text messages any more. There is no update available from Subaru to fix this problem”

T H C., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I keep getting booted off. And it is very, very difficult to pair it. I have given up on it”

Katy F., OR (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Bluetooth disconnects from phone during a call, and you can't reconnect. You also can't talk on the phone, because it thinks bluetooth is active. If you hang up, Bluetooth has hung the whole radio system (displays "TALKING" on the screen), so I can't turn on the radio, or do anything else with it. The dealer has updated the software 2X, but that doesn't fix it. They told me my only option was to replace the Radio! Had this problem with my last Subaru, with an Android phone”

Dean B., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Must re-pair Bluetooth connection to phone every time vehicle is started. Worked trouble-free until warranty expired. Over $1000 to fix per dealer”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have consistent problems with iphone pairiring and maintaining a bluetooth connection. The whole radio electronic device has been replaced twice by subaru service”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the Bluetooth was never good reception, but after my wife got a new Motorola smart phone, the system had to be replaced because it would drop calls all the time”

Tony S., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car stopped recognizing the paired phone. Couldn't reset or delete to start over. Dealer elected to replace the head unit under warranty”

E N., IN (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth pairing and connectivity is sporadic and does not always connect or pass through to speakers when using phone calls through the system”

Kevin D., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth system does not always recognize cell phone, which would allow phone to be operated through vehicle's controls”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to pair with cell phone and would drop calls. Replaced under warranty after continually pressing the issue with the service department”

Anonymous, NS (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole cd player/Bluetooth module was not working right. CD will play first but get hot easy and started to skip and jump to various track. Bluetooth won't pair w/ my new phone, only the 1st time ever after I brought my car”

Denis Y., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“phone pairing interface is inconsistent and clunky”

William S., CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“1) Cannot pair more than one phone 2) Can only make one voice request call per engine start up”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth will no longer recognize phone”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“We've had intermittent problems with our cell phones. The main one is that the call switches from the car speakers to the phone and back without any apparent reason. The dealer acknowledged that they know there is (was?) an incompatibility problem between the Subaru system and iPhones. They replaced our entire radio in an attempt to fix it. They claimed that this cost them $5000 but didn't charge us although they did the exchange in 2016 (our car is a 2014 Forrester). The new radio didn't”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth consistently disconnects from iPhone. The phone stays in the same place on the dash, but still disconnects”

Paul H., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“hard to set up more than one phone”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“see previous comment”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“even after replacement of system, if I want to have bluetooth functioning I have to pair up phone and car each time I turn car on. Too much time wasted trying to address a non-critical (to me) item so quit using bluetooth function”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“it is hard to pair a phone and enter numbers to call, voice just as bad”

Anette F., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was told when I purchased the vehicle that I would be able to download all my contacts simultaneously into the car and that was not true I have to enter them individually. Also, I, as well as the dealer techie were unable to sync my smart phone with the car system and my Apple phone which I recently purchased, due to this problem, sometimes does not respond when I first attempt to use it”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Phone losses volume for no apparent reason. Voice commands do not work. Occasionally phone needs to be paired again with auto”

Marc P., SC (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Can receive calls, but does not allow making outgoing calls”

Johann S., CT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Continual problems pairing iPhone to radio. Had radio replaced under warranty. New radio has the same problem”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The blue tooth pairing does not always work, cuts in and out. Replaced the audio system under warranty ( no charge), but problem remains. Returned to Subaru a 2nd time to review. Problem remains unresolved”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It failed more than 12 months ago, probably in the 2nd year. It was a spotty pair-up, now it doesn't work at all. I have not attempted to have it repaired yet though”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would randomly disconnect and reconnect to the phone causing it to be unusable. Eventually it broke entirely and wouldn't pair at all. Covered under warranty but it took 7 trips to two different dealers to get it fixed. New one is good so far”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drops calls. Been in the dealer 3 times before giving up”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“phone pairing not consistent”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittently stops Bluetooth podcasts. No control to start again”

Frederick S., IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone will be paired for 1 or 2 weeks then disconnect”

John P., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult phone pairing. If successful pairing, bluetooth works inconsistent and it is dropped when engine is turned off”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone wouldn't consistently connect with the Bluetooth system in the car. Subaru replaced the system and it has worked since then”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After confirming the connection with your phone, the Bluetooth system will sometimes tell you there is no connection when you attempt to make a call. This happens about 30% of the time. Cycling Bluetooth off/on fixes it. Subaru claims ignorance”

Ken G., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Used to be able to pair phone. Just stopped allowing new connections. Taking it into dealer tomorrow”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“impossible connection since I-phone5 S that never been corrected”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Compatibility with our two phones is inconsistent, mostly not working even after 3 return trips to dealer”

Daniel K., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“audio system constantly loses bluetooth connection (with iphone), sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for days”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Hands free phone system is a gamble whether it will work or not. Very frustrating. As a sales manager I use all the time. Very frustrating!!! Have complained to dealer and Subaru US, Love car yet because of this won't buy again. Toyota system in wif”

Frank R., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth inconsistently refuses to hook up. Dealer not helpful”

Jack R., VT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I upgraded to an iphone 6 I have had trouble getting the phone to pair. It takes several tries to pair the phone. Prior to that it automatically would pair now I have to do it manually each time I start the car”

Danny S., GA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Per the dealer, Subarus have a phone compatibility problem with iPhones--this is what Subaru has told them. Our connection through Bluetooth is intermittent and unreliable. We will bring the car in for more analysis but have little hope of a fix”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone will randomly disconnect from the bluetooth and then has trouble reconnecting”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not pair Samsung Galaxy S3, Verizon service. Same phone different carrier worked fine. Verizon or Samsung or Android OS problem. Finally started working last 2-3 months, same time audio system amplifier replaced. Coincidence??”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pairing system not user friendly. Had no problem pairing same phone with my former vehicle”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I program Bluetooth, it works for awhile then stops working”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“The phone pairs well with one phone only. Even then, it will not let you copy your phone book over to the radio. You are limited to six pre-set stations dials on your radio”

Heriberto R., VA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic message alert system is intermittent, does not retrieve messages, and does not shut down once it decides to alert to new messages”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth connection drops frequently or won't connect with LG android phone”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone pairing is unreliable and frequently cuts out”

Fred K., NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Instructions to use bluetooth almost undecipherable. I have had numerous trips to dealership to correct problem”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loses pairing from both my phone and my wife's phone. Repeatedly”

D M., AR (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone connection works intermittently. Changing clock settings is very difficult. Overall system is very poor at best. If it is not improved , I will not purchase another Subaru”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“message function stopped working and multiple attempts to repair have failed”

Calvin Y., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Miserable system. Doesn't work most of the time by not responding to your commands. It is totally outdated and needs to be redone”

Harvey C., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blue tooth stopped functioning altogether, radio replaced by warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Phone quality is very poor. when using phone on car the listener has trouble getting clear voice sound. voice quality is garbled, sounds like you are deep in a tunnel, often get reverb. Dealer says poor quality is normal and that they receive complai”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The pairing worked initially, then it stop working only after 6 months. ONe has to paired it each time, one enters the car. Fortunalety, it it under warranty and a new radio unit has been ordered”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“randomly, when interfacing w/my phone, for music or phone calls, the system would freeze. Nothing short of turning off the car and restarting it would reset it. Voice recognition didn't work. calls would get cut off”

Anonymous, VT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth pairing would drop frequently. Resulted in Subaru replacing the radio”

Matthew V., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth used to connect automatically with iphone 5. Following a software upgrade to the phone, it stopped connecting automatically and required manual connect each time I got in the car. Now, Wwth iphone 6 it no longer connects at all. Very fru”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I am not enough intelligent to program this system. I am only md. I should be 3 yo, not 67”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had the base radio set replaced twice in 4 months. All three units have had issues with pairing Android phones (tested 2 different phones). Voice commands are also terrible. Won't let you use voice to make outbound calls, which is annoying”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone pairing often doesn't work right, very difficult even when it does. We basically stopped using it due to the hassle”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loses pairing when more than one phone is in the car. My iPhone music also automatically turns on without me starting it, which doesn't happen with the bluetooth of our other cars”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Can't use more than one phone without stopping and restarting the car”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The pairing process is very annoying. It has never paired properly and requires multiple attempts to pair. It usually pairs on the second time trying. It also doesn't stay connected well throughout the week. It stays paired for just a few days”

April W., IL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“Basic bluetooth head unit is pretty bad. Awful bluetooth connectivity”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth connection regularly drops when playing audio from the phone. Actually talking on the phone over Bluetooth seems fine”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All these problems are the same cause, but hands free (via Bluetooth) is the most inconvenient”

Grant G., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“pairing randomly unpairs, transfer of audio is almost always truncated, randomly drops connection in strong signal areas”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Radio

“It just stopped working. Subaru replaced it for $100 co-pay”

Ron J., GA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Presets would randomly disappear and had to be reset”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very difficult to reset the daylight savings time on the radio display”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“Amplifier produced loud noises, had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This trim model lacks Sirius radio. It is not even an option from the dealership. If you want a factory installed Siruis, you must upgrade to the next trim model. I can however get an after market radio installed. To me this is a serious omission”

Heriberto R., VA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I live in a remote area and stations go in and out due to mountains. The is no easy way to scan stations I can pick up without taking my sight off the road ahead”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Periodically (about 2 or 3 times/week), the radio stops for a few seconds and restarts. About 1 minute later, the whole Navigation/Entertainment system resets and information on Language, units etc... has to be reentered. All information in memory”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Different radio sources (AM, FM, XM radio) had very different volume levels that couldn't be matched. Replaced radio with navigation system”

Laurence G., NY (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Too complicated”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Harman/Kardon stereo's output the to speakers failed Feb. 1st, 2015, and still has not been replaced (as of April 20th, 2015), because the dealer is still waiting for a replacement unit. I cannot use any device; phone, radio, navigation, etc”

Grant G., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not recognize my voice & what I say even though I use commands in the instruction book and build in help menu. Will not respond or acknowledge voice commands. Hands-free capability is useless!! Terrible software that is user UNFRIENDLY. Makes it unsafe to execute commands while driving as it has to be done manually”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to set up. Doesn't pick up well. Entire interface difficult”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System does not understand voice commands and has been unUSble. System is non-intuitive, complex and takes attention away from driving. We have just quit using it”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hands free commands work (are heard) approximately 65% of the time”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car sensors are unable to process my voice. I'm a female and native English speaker. Therefore the system is unable to be used. It has sometimes responded when male service techs spoke to it”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gives erroneous contacts on voice commands for contacts in phonebook. Does not recognize all city locations for navigation function. Certain cities can only be inputed manually”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Frustrating NAV, blue tooth and voice command system. Commands are not intuitive. After much frustration we figured out that "that command is not available" really means "you can't do that when the car is moving" (why not just say that?). Ultimate”

B K., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Takes several minutes to load phone book with several hundred entries each time car starts. Dealer and Subaru CS did not know how to create a selective phone book for iPhone, which was not documented”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System does not understand my voice commands. Dealer claims it is working properly”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“system either does not recognize speaking (poor microphone sensitivity) or voice commands (non-intuitive recognition, obscure phrasing required)”

Kurt W., OR (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the whole system would freeze when trying to use voice controls. commands were not recognized at times, no matter how many times they were spoken”

Anonymous, VT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Basically can't use because it NEVER understands my voice”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice commands are terrible. Car struggles to understand even basic commands with consistency. System will not make outbound calls using voice commands while driving, which kind of defeats the point of pairing a phone in the first place. Annoying”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth is useless. Does not compute voice commands with any confidence. Gives wrong number maybe 1 out 10 tries”

Nepton J., CT (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Even though the voice commands have been programmed, they don't work very well at all”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System does not seem to interpret what is said”

John J., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It has difficulty voice commands even though I have quite clear diction”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“usb connection in front seat console was broken”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Amplifier stopped working spontaneously last winter. Had to be replaced by dealer. Had no audio for a week while awaiting the part. Very frustrating”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One speaker didn't deliver full sound quality. Was defective. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“windshield water leak”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I just wrote you the whole problem Why do you want more???”

Fred P., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After A/C was not used for several days and then used, we would find puddles of water on passenger side. Mold or spider nest blocked the drainage tube. Another car was being serviced for the same problem when we brought ours in”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger door seal repaired twice”

Paul Y., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Took about 8 trips to auto shop and dealerships to get door driver door fixed”

Sidney G., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Sun roof keeps spitting out a dark brown substance on the headliner. The dealer and Subaru says they have no clue as to why”

Dale T., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have a water leak at the drivers side front door at the lowest level by my ankle when sitting in the drive position. When I get the car washed at a drive through I need to place a towel over my ankle to collect the spray. I have an Apt for repair”

Fred P., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“all sorts of rattles come the the dash area”

Anonymous, RI (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior rattles”

David C., OK (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Can tell the temperature by the rattles, Instrument panel rattles in hot weather and the center console rattles in cold weather”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front dashboard rattles. Dealer unable to fix”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“Intermittent dashboard rattle when traveling over bumps. This was supposedly fixed once but rattle recurred”

Michael B., MI (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have an intermittent rattle coming from the dashboard”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Constant rattle in dashboard. Dealer unable to help. Unable to identify source perdonally”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rear end creaking around tailgate area”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Glove box rattled. Front passenger seat rattles. Some noise from the AC unit/vents”

Jon M., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle has had an intermittent rattle in the dash since new. Dealer always claims that "we didn't hear any noise" whenever I've had it in for service”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had the car into the dealer 6 times for a passenger door rattle. They changed the seal but are unable to figure out why it rattles”

Paul Y., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Irritating rattle/vibration coming from the dash at specific RPM's”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The windshield squeaks and front dash rates . It has done this fora long time”

Marylin D., IN (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In windshield area is rattling, and in back of driver's side window is wind noise”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Never had a car that had rattles before. This car has lots. Subaru tried to fix, but still have some”

Sidney G., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Squeaks and rattles seem to be coming from the rear compartments. Minor vibrations from all over”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Modestly irritating rattle on the top center underside of dash when on a slightly rough road surface”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash rattle”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle inside the dashboard since I've owned it. Dealer has had it twice and hasn't repaired it”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan is rattling and most likely will fail soon. It will be expensive to replace”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash squeaks and rattles around multi display unit in center of dark”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“dashboard rattles”

Rick D., NV (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There are rattles with something in the dash and driver seat squeaks sometimes”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dash rattle”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in dash. Dealer tried to repair once, but rattle is still there”

A V., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks and rattles noise coming from the cd player console. It seems like the disc is not in place. And also CD player getting hot after 15+ minutes of play”

Denis Y., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash rattles when car is cold. Rattle disappears as car warms up. Dealer tried 3x to fix; still present”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“minor rattles coming from the dashboard area and front doors”

David W., CO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash Rattle that they have not been able to completely solve, even after adding foam”

Mark G., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“dash noise, seems to be in the same area and then new areas make noise, mostly occur when the temps are below 50 degrees. The sunroof cover makes noises over bumps at time”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger visor rattles”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“windshield defroster vent area-left dash radio speaker-center computer instrumentation hood in center of dash”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard squeaks”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“strut was banging against the sleeve”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash rattles. Will have dealer check at next servicing”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash rattle by infotainment screen”

Gary B., UT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's side seatbelt rattles. Upon visual inspection it appears to be missing a piece that the passenger side seatbelt has. Bringing it to the dealer for further check”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash board rattles”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had squeaks since the day I purchased this vehicle and have had it in to dealers multiple times over the past year and they cannot fix the issues”

Stephen B., WA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattle in the dashboard above the instruments . Dealer doesn't hear the sound, but it bothers us”

Geoff B., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very frustrating!!! Can't be fixed”

Martin N., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“something was loose inside the dashboard. It was partially disassembled and the loose parts were secured. No cost. had a loaner for 2 days”

William M., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“dashboard”

Anonymous, KY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dash board near the odometer rattled, I brought it in and they fixed it”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Something within the dashboard rattles at random intervals: about once every 2 days for about 10 minutes. It seems that something is loose”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermittent rattling noise that seems to come from under the dash near the base of the windshield. Dealer verified the rattle and attempted a repair with a new part which did not solve the problem. We have to return to the dealer to try to get it”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dash has a consistent rattle. I've taken it to the dealer twice and still have rattles”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles mainly from the informational readout screen area on the top-middle of the dash board which includes the sun visor portion. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“squeak under dash”

Harvey E., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Subaru has had lots of noise and rattles since I bought it. I have brought it in several times but still have these problems”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Severe rattle squeak coming from dash. Took three times for dealer to resolve the problem”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan of the heater/ac was replaced”

Jay E., NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)
Wind noise

“Very noisy at highway speeds (>65 mph). Cannot carry on a normal conversation. Unacceptable for what was a $30k vehicle”

Anonymous, KS (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a roof rack put on at purchase. The dealer put on a non-OEM roof rack on and it makes noise. I don't know whether Subaru OEM roof racks make noise”

Eugene W., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“with sun roof open over 50 mpg it howls. rubber gasket on front doors needed replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The noise of the wind passing the car pent rates the passenger compartmenr”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Obviously, most noticeable above 50 mph and seem to be related to the side mirrors”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is one LOUD vehicle at speed”

Stephen B., WA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Ive had a continuous problems with the engine surging while under load going uphill etc..power goes on and off making the vehicle jittery..my subaru dealer just recently performed a "reflash" and it seems to have cured the problem”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“misfiring Subaru recall and still happening”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I took the car to the dealer because it hesitates and runs rough at approximately 2000 rpm on hot and humid days. The rep claims that Subaru knows about this problem but has not put out a software fix for it. It has been over a year and still no solution. I consider it a safety issue and I have no confidence in the auto during these times. I am looking for a new car. It's a 2.0 turbo engine only”

John R., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Uses LOTS of oil! The dealership says it's fine, but our 2005 Subie ran out of out (no warning light came on) and we are very concerned. Uses a quart about every1500 miles”

Marylin D., IN (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Got sudden unintended acceleration while pulling into a parking spot. It was not caused by the driver but I am sure that it was a fault in the Engine Throttle Control System”

Rob M., IL (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Cylinders missing, hesitating”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The main engine computer failed and we were slowly able to slowly crawl into a nearby dealership where they were able to re-program the computer. This happened with less than 1000 km on the new car. Lucky we were close to a dealer”

Colin R., ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“If you stalled the engine out by stopping suddenly and not stepping on the clutch it would not restart for about a minute. It went to conservation mode. There is a software fix for a similar problem, but it has apparently fixed that problem too”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“"Check Engine" light coming on repeatedly. Service bulletin indicated faulty sensor. Last incident required an extra quart of oil after two thoUSnd miles into oil change. No problem since sensor replaced”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would randomly shut the engine and completely lose power. Very, very unsafe”

B K., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dual overhead camshaft sensor indicated "out of synch." Problem was computer code had too small a deviation or tolerances for synchronization. Factory had to reprogram firmware of engine computer to fix so "check engine light" would not come on”

C V., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Vehicle was new in Nov 2013. In March 2014, the engine lost power at highway speed. After pulling to side of road, vehicle was restarted with multiple warning lights. Nearest dealer was able to reset system and informed be the engine control modul”

Richard H., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Software update”

Perry F., AB (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“electronic relay failed”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had vehicle about 2 weeks. Check engine light on . took back to dealer and was told was ok. Had loner 3 days. 3 days after received back engine light on again. Rough running both times. Took back and received call that next day. O2 sensor - fuel pres”

Timothy C., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light comes on which means a trip to dealer, more than an hour away. Spend the day waiting for the car only to learn they don't know why the light is on”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“after our first year one day the check engine light, stability control, hill decent and cruise control lights all went on. It cleared itself eventually, before we could get it to the dealership. Very odd”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“idles rough 50% of the time software updates applied twice will have another during regular service next week”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

“I have spoken several times to the dealer about it since I bought the car. I get various answers such as "Just downshift" or "That's the way they are."”

Maggie W., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“related to recall for misfiring still not fixed”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After a recall that reprogrammed the main computer, engine began to have issues with jerky acceleration. Dealership unable to remedy after multiple visits. Eventually figured out that the use of lower octane fuel, although permitted by the owners' manual, was now causing issues. Problem resolved with use of premium fuel. I would not have purchased the vehicle if I had known that in the future I would not be able to use regular unleaded fuel”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“CEL code P0300: Engine random misfire. Alternator and TENSR AY V belt replaced under extended warranty”

Raymon B., KY (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hesitating missing cylinder”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasionally, on pushing the throttle at least halfway when already moving, car fails to accelerate and engine pings severely (sounds like gravel in the cylinders). Dramatic and dangerous”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This vehicle uses an extraordinary amount of oil. We always have a carry an extra quart of oil with us when we travel in order to prevent damaging low oil levels. I understand this is a problem with these vehicles”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine has consistently consumed 1 quart of oil per 1,000 miles since new. Subaru dealerships have consistently been obstinate in avoiding repair”

Anonymous, KS (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumtion. Oil warning light goes on constantly. Every 3000 miles a quart of oil is burned. Numerous oil cunsumption tests by dealer and problem not fixed. Have given up and want to get rid of the car. Dealer extended warranty to 100000 due to oil consumption lawsuit settlement”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Our Forester drinks oil. Usually the oil light comes on before the scheduled time for an oil change. Additionally the end of the oil dipstick broke off into the oil pan and had to be removed”

Anonymous, RI (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems to burn or leak oil”

Steve M., VT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Actually, the engine burned excessive oil (2-1/2 quarts in 5000-miles) while on a cross-country trip. We were stranded on I-80 in the middle of Nebraska due to engine oil light. On the advice of dealer, we changed oil and continued the trip. Experienced engine oil light on return trip, but we carried extra oil. Dealers told us this oil consumption is normal”

Paul K., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak starting at about 50.000 miles, plus bad oil sensor”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the engine light came on and an inspection revealed it had consumed 2.5 quarts of oil in the 5000 miles put on since the last oil change. The vehicle was then put in the class action lawsuit settlement testing process. While no oil was consumed during this 1200 mile test I lost confidence in its reliability and sold the vehicle”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front seal cover for timing chain area leaked. Subaru uses a sealant rather that a gasket”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle dose not leak oil but burns an excessive amount of oil for a new vehicle. 1 quart of oil in 7000 miles is excessive in my opinion for a new vehicle. no vehicle I have ever owned has used this much oil, and I owned a 2000 Toyota Sienna with 145000 miles that leaked oil and still did not use as much as my Subaru”

Erik B., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This tied in with the first issue. Already described and explained”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaks were caused by seal failure on the cam and timing covers. Required the engine to be removed to get at the gaskets and replace them. Had a loaner car for two weeks free, but still inconvenient not having your own car”

Anonymous, RI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru dealership claims that the oil needs to be changed before the expectations for SYNTHETIC oil but is within their specs, but several mechanics have said that the oil is burning sooner than it should”

Alan R., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle was leaking oil so dealer replaced engine”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The 2.5 engine in the Forester consumes excessive amounts of oil - about a quart in 4,000 miles.; There have been two class-action lawsuits about it & Subaru has agreed to warrant the engine to 100k miles on oil consumption. The TSB related to this issue requires that engine be checked for leaks before they will do an oil consumption test. Both my local mechanic & the dealer found a leak in the forward camshaft cover. This requires replacing a gasket - but the whole engine needs to be removed &”

Mark L., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burning a quart of oil every 1800 miles”

John B., RI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After 4200 miles I have burned 1 quart of oil. I find this acceptable. Subaru says it's with in tolerance. Many other people experience this similar problem or worse”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car needs to have oil added after 1200 miles or less. Need to carry oil with us on trips like people used to have to do decades ago. Shouldn't be an issue in 2014”

Naomi K., NM (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not necessarily leaks, per se. However, the vehicle is burning oil. It's burning between a quart and 2 quarts every 7500 miles”

Keith P., MI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is burning excessive oil, over 1 quart per oil change. This is a known problem which Subaru will not remedy because our problem is not severe enough. Dealer masks the problem by overfilling oil tank at each oil change”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loses oil between changes. at around 5000 or less miles i have to add a quart. not every time, but oil light has come on 2-3 times”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine leaks or burns oil. I have to put a quart of oil in every couple of months”

Jadie M., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Constant issue since we have the SUV. Uses about 1,5 liter of oil every 3500-4000 Km. Two dealers have not been able to find the problem”

Francois R., QC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Gas pump turns off. Click it two or three times. Get in car and gauge shows 3/4's. Does this about once every 5 fillups. Didn't bother talking to dealer about it”

Ken L., OH (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Dealer took two days to repair this under warranty. They told me it a problem with the intake manifold , whatever it means”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive Oil Consumption required replacement of cylinder rings”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Oil consumption”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil consumption was excessive. Subaru did test and determined that engine block had to be replaced. Took one week. Got loaner vehicle during that time. Very satisfied with repair”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car used a quart of oil every 1500 miles from the time I bought it new. After three years of complaining, Subaru admitted that there was a design flaw and replaced the engine”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recalled for engine block replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The original engine burned excessive oil and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“As things turned out, our is a 2015 Subaru Forrester, but I can't figure out how to change the info that CR has for me. Some of the 2015 models came with a defect. They burned oil too quickly. Our warning lights came on about every 2,000 miles. Subaru recognized the flaw, extended our warranty and put in more oil for free. The last time this happened, it gave us a new "short block," or engine and a loaner car until the job was done, about a week's time”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor rings. They replaced the block and all is well”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil consumption issue started at 36000 miles and engine short block was replaced at 38000 miles”

Kevin D., WA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had part of the Engine block replaced due to oil consumption issues in Spring of 2016. This was only done after experiencing a great deal of resistance and frustration from my local dealer. Car seems to be driving much better now and oil consumption issues seems to have been greatly reduced”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaked significantly between oil changes. I received a Subaru letter offering to test and fix the problem. Finally tested the engine, and Subaru dealer in Salt Lake City concluded it was a significant problem. Rebuilt the lower half of the engine in October, 2016. No problem since. BIG problem during the fix, which took a week longer than originally forecast. But you're not asking about that. The oil leak issue is resolved. I've had two oil changes since the fix, and the reservoir”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“New car engine burning excessive oil. Warranty covered complete replacement of engine”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru discovered a problem with the engine that resulted in high oil consumption. They had to completely rebuild the motor to resolve the issue”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the small block replaced”

Jason S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle was burning through oil so dealer replaced engine”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“original engine at 58000 miles was losing oil with bad knocking sound. Replaced short block under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was using excessive oil, a problem many of these 2014 Subarus have had. At 50,000 short block replacement was done under warranty. It appears to be functioning better since”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 136000+ miles Subaru rebuilt the engine (replaced the short block) under warranty to resolve a high oil consumption issue”

Roger E., WV (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Short block had oil leak. Dealer did oil consumption tests. Replaced short block at no charge to me, and gave me a free car to drive in the meantime”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Using oil. Subaru ran oil consumption check and replaced short block under warranty”

George O., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“from day one this car used too much oil. 2.5 quarts in the first 4000 miles. Finally at about 16000 miles, and failing an oil consumption test they replaced the short block. so far the new engine is OK”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine was using oil at a high rate. Subaru paid to replace the short block under warranty. Dealer did it in about a week”

Mark G., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Experienced excessive oil consumption. Needed to add a quart at 1500 miles on the odometer. Problem continued (approx. 1500 miles per quart of oil) until engine block replaced at 18000 miles. Now get 2000 miles per quart of oil”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“High oil consumption--Replace rings”

Stephen S., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“USING OIL ; ABOUT 1 QUART EVERY 15-30 GALLONS OF GAS. ENGINE OIL LIGHT CAME ON FIRST 3000 MILES. LOW OIL LEVEL; ADDED OIL AND DEALER STARTED OIL CONSUMPTION TRACKING. NOT REBUILT YET”

SUSn R., NC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru has put two short block engines in this car since I bought it. Both for excessive oil consumption. This vehicle was using 1 quart per 1200 miles. Now it uses 1 quart per 2000 miles, which the dealer told me is acceptable. Sorry I bought it”

Laura C., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excess oil gine blocconjsumption leading to possible lower engine block repair”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine was burning quart of oil every 1500 miles”

James S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The original engine burned oil excessively, due to piston rings that were engineered wrong. They let too much oil blow by. Google Subaru Oil Consumption for more information, including info about the pending class action lawsuit. My engine used nearl”

Mark D., NH (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine burned oil from very beginning. Dealer and Subaru were VERY responsive to my concerns, starting with oil consumption testing and leading to full warranty coverage of engine replacement”

John L., ON (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine showed high oil USge. Taken to dealer, engine was replaced but with the same model. Again it showed oil USge. Discovered they had ordered wrong engine. Replaced it with correct engine. No cost to us. Works fine and dealer was easy to wo”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine rebuild best described my problem. Car was burning oil from purchase. They changed the piston rings to fix the problem. The problem improved however I am still burning oil”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine is constantly burning oil. On average more then 2 quarts in 1000 miles. I was put on oil consumption control program and visited dealership more then 10 times. On one visit they exchange half of the block. On another they changed the gaske”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive oil consumption. Short block replaced under warrantee. Suspect that the problem has not beed fixed, but it is too early to tell. I appears that the engine is still consuming oil but it is not yet clear if its is excessive: 1q/1,200miles”

Anonymous, MT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bought my car brand new, right from the start the thing was consuming a quart of oil every 1k miles. After dealing with subaru for many months they finally replaced my pistons. It still eats a quart of oil every 1.5-2k miles. Worst car i have even ow”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In first year, the engine had to be replaced. This was after bringing it in many times and being told it was the gas I was using”

Jonathan W., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After about a month, the engine would not idle very well. Dealer replaced head gasket. OK since then”

Denis M., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“A/C did not work after buying the Subaru”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner clutch failed, so we had intermittent air-conditioning. The clutch is not sold as a separate unit so the entire compressor was replaced. Part took 4 weeks to get. Cost was ~$1,400”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Service center said that the compressor went out and liquid had all leaked out. System blew out warm air”

Alion J., MD (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed in mid-Summer. Had to wait over 2 weeks for a replacement. Dealer was of no help whatsoever. No one at Subaru, including corporate HQ, could give me an accurate answer on when new compressor would arrive at the dealership. Compressor was replaced under warranty”

Charles S., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the A/C would work only intermittantly, blowing hot air after cooling for a while”

R C., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On a trip to Florida from South Carolina the Air Conditioner failed. Upon return, I took it to the dealer. After an analysis the outcome was that the compressor failed, and it was replaced as it was covered by the warranty. I've had no problems since”

Anonymous, SC (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“didn't get cold - fixed under warranty/recall”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cooling stopped”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“AC unsatisfactory when the temperature rose above 92 degrees. Really bad because I live in Florida”

Les K., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Compressor replaced twice, expansion valve replaced. A/C system inadaquate for car size”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The a/c compressor does not work as well at idle. The air is noticeably less cool even when the controls have not been adjusted”

Crystal W., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When changing air control to inside circulation in cold weather, windows steam up. Have to put outside air circulation on then it's too cold. Major problem for me concerning the entire climate system!”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The climate control system does not hold the desired temperature. The dealership's service department says this cannot be corrected”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic control admits external air”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“motor was defective and had a dead spot. I had no heat in the dead of winter”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It made a horrible loud noise from the start then quit working in the middle of winter”

Anonymous, KY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was failing, and replaced under the two year warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Way to loud on 2nd setting”

Anonymous, UT (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There has been an ongoing problem with the Cond. Drain, and mold odor”

Joyce L., CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“The evaporator required "cleaning out". Per the dealer. Cost $400.00!”

Denise W., FL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“evap. drain plugged up, water drained into passenger side”

George N., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“the air vents fall down. I wedge a piece of cardboard in them to keep them open”

Jay E., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Car should be perfectly designed for snowy conditions. Instead heat takes a long time to get to temp and wipers fail easily allowing ice buildup in conditions like we have in Buffalo area. We've had 4 foresters and this is most disappointing one. Na”

Joseph S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“takes a long time before the heater warms up”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“climate control knob jamed”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car does not develop sufficient heat or defrosting capability unitil you drive about 10 miles or allow warm up time in excess of 10 minutes”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heater does not produce adequate heat for this climate and takes 15 minutes before it is even lukewarm. A problem since new and there doesn't seem to be a remedy from Subaru”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is not enough warm air coming out of the vent directed towards the driver's feet. It takes a long time for the air to start to blow warm”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cool air constant when heat is on. Uncomfortable temperature in colder weather”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heating system is insufficient to warm car in cold weather”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Takes the suv a long time to warm up in cold weather. Does not get that hot. No easy fix from dealers. Design problem to help improve gas mileage”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No heat one winter day. Five other cars were brought in that day with the same problem. The mechanic said it was a condensation problem; he gave us a wood block to hit under the dash on the side where the heater is located if the problem appeared a”

Anonymous, SK (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Not adequate in extremely cold weather with temperatures below zero. Takes too long to warm up and does not provide adequate heat in below zero weather”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“For past two summers, A/C didn't cool on first use. First time, dealer added refrigerant. Next time, dealer replace coolant line. Problem has been fixed and am satisfied with result”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Freon leaked from Evap coil into the cabin. Strong Freon odor. First trip to dealer resulted in just topping off the Freon as if nothing was leaking. Second trip to dealer after subsequent failure resulted in replacement of the Evap coil”

Scot P., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pinched O-ring”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“used power plug to charge phone and twice blew a fuse”

David B., AB (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

“Back up camera failef”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Incredible! Had to go to dealer to change the time on the clock twice. Even the maintenance person didn't know how to do it and had to play "trial and error" to do so. The manual gives instructions that do not apply to my vehicle. I have now le”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“see my answer under warning lights”

Jerry R., NV (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Trouble lights displayed at odd times, requiring a visit to the dealership. Under warranty, they replaced a major part of the electrical system in the dash and console areas”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Some gauges and the cruise control did not work. Don't remember what was needed to fix issues and the repair was covered by warranty”

F M., OR (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All life's went on”

Marvin S., SK (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

“Low beam headlights have failed twice -- Repair was not difficult”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both headlights burned out twice in 4 years”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Brake light bulbs needed replacement”

David M., NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After starting the Subaru and then stopping shortly after (e.g. driving from home to gas station),indicator lights, headlights, seat warmers,etc would not work when starting the vehicle after the stop. Contacted Subaru dealer and they had not had other reports of similar issues. Was told to keep eye on issue”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“both tail lights wore out at the same time”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup lights found not working, believe from date of purchase. Problem appeared to be factory defect short in wiring harness blew breaker in the light circuit. Repair took two weeks to get replacement part and the dash and interior were taken out”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This issue was connected to the prior issue whereby connector under the instrument panel became loose disabling many interior exterior lights”

Kenneth B., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake light switch failed at 14500 miles resulting in my not being able to move the shifter out of park. It was repaired at no cost by the dealer”

John M., TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front passenger seat heater will not turn off with button, and in cold weather passenger light comes on when no one is in the seat or when a small bag or small purse is in seat and seat belt warning sounds consistently throughout the trip unless you stop, get out and buckle the front passenger seat belt. Poor quality on these accessories!”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace heating unit”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

“Problems with steering wheel controls and had to replace clockspring. Very expensive and should last much longer than less than four years”

Felix N., DC (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior lites are poor liting. Difficult to see at nite. Extremely poor over trunk area. If one lite is accidently left on it runs the battery down in short order”

Carolyn M., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Connector under instrument panel was loose which disabled interior dash lights as well as rear tail/license plate lights. Took dealership 4 days to diagnose and repair”

Kenneth B., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had dead battery 4 times. May have been either interior or exterior lights when door was opened for a relatively brief period of time. Dealer found nothing amiss”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior lights would come on by them self when parked opening the door and closing it would have no effect. Dealer has had no luck in correcting issue, as it has a mind of it's own”

Anita W., KY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keyless entry and power lift gate stopped functioning because of corrosion of the controller module. This corrosion was caused by a water leak into module via a faulty sealing of a cable that runs between the body and the lift gate”

F M., OR (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear hatch may or may not respond to touch pad. Lights indicate that a command was received however hatch unlocks but frequently fails to open”

Charles B., NC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine check light and warning kept coming on. Took it in 2 times and they fixed it. Also had to get a new battery after 2 years because it wouldn't hold a charge - I had to pay for it”

Anonymous, AK (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light would come on and then none of the tech stuff worked (cruise, vdc, eyesight, etc). The car would still start and run ok. Took the service guys 8 attempts over 3 months to fix”

Jerry R., NV (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The warning lights have come on twice. The dealership fixed at no costs”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

“washer motor burned out unexpectedly”

David B., AB (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hose came off from wiper motor”

Anonymous, PR (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“Key fob clicking sequence is very awkward to use. Need to be fairly close to vehicle. Car shuts off (by design) when you open the door and you need to restart!”

Alfredo P., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
USB port

“Again, it work initially, now one can not charge an iPhone or play a playlist from such a device”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“ABS lights went on. Then could not put car into drive. This is apparently on purpose for safety reasons”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“normal wear”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My husband does not remember what was the problem. The car at times would not start. Had to call AAA. Dealer was no help. The AAA driver figured it out. I think it had to do with the brakes. Went to local car repair and he ordered a part from Subaru and fixed it. No problems since”

Marcia S., GA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The ABS system was disabled due to a premature failure of the Break Light Switch”

Steven P., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Same as other”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Same issue need replacing at 45000 miles which seems low mile”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted; needed replacing”

Erik M., VT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“master cylinder fail, brake fluid went into the buster and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Brake wasn't holding as well as it should. It needed tightening or adjustment”

W W., CT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

“Rotors and pads on both front and back were worn out at about 30,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear rotors and pads were completely rusted and worn after only about 23,000 miles, and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I think brakes should last more than 50,000 miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the rear pads and rotors failed at 10000 mi and replaced with aftermarket Brembo rotors & pads no problems with them”

Douglas M., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Due to limited use the brakes had rusted with the front rotors needing to be machined and the rear brakes replaced. The car sits for days without being driven”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very unusual brake wear --- far too much wear --- on a car that is barely three and a half years old”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“I'm not sure if it's premature brake wear because all the brake pads/'rotors have been replaced at around 52,000 miles and the rear wheel bearings at around 53,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace all four of brake rotors and pads on this car at only 65,000 miles. I have never has a vehicle need brakes that soon”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car sat outside for much of the winter and wasn't driven much. This caused rust on the rotors and required a full brake job at 35,000”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake light switch failed at 27,000 miles which disabled all of my ABS, Traction, and Eyesight systems on the vehicle. This failure also caused the car to be unable to be started and stranded us until fixed”

Steven P., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Both the front and rear rotors had to be replaced, at considerable cost, in the fourth year we owned the car”

Peter B., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had a rotor brake in two pieces”

Douglas M., MA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to have all four rotors replaced after 32,000 miles. Fortunately it was done under warranty”

David M., NC (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Needed to be replaced at 45000 seems low”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“worn out break pads & rotors (front & rear wheels) and had to be replaced. Also replaced rear wheel bearings”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rusted, needed replacing”

Erik M., VT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rotors and pads were replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“When coming to a stop there is a squeaking noise”

Sharon B., AR (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“Door gasket coming off and not properly sealing door”

Anne N., CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's door does not align with locking mechanism when closing. must slam to close, and it doesn't align with body well when closed”

John B., RI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hatch will not open. It happened before, and eventually started working again. This time it appears I will have to take it in for repair. I have tried everything, activate from inside dash board, from door handle, from key chain”

Jean W., LA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield has cracked three times in the past year, the last time while I was sitting in a parking lot without anything hitting it, it made a loud snapping noise and the windshield cracked from the top center down. Subaru brand windshield”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield started with a small crack down by wiper. It continued up and over. Was replaced. I never noticed any rock, etc”

Diane V., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“early after purchase two wiper scratches on W.S. REPlaced/Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Have had the lock/latch on my rear door replaced FOUR TIMES!!”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“Faulty gaskets between outside door handles and car body”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“peridically it will not lock with the fob”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver door closing ; out of alignment”

Thomas A., VT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Power hatch wouldn't open or close. Mice had built a nest in the latch area, disrupting wiring. Dealership told us this was not an uncommon problem!”

Joseph K., CT (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Mechanism noisy. Dealer unable to fix”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“Tailgate, automatic open/close, has died. Difficulty manually releasing was noted. Manual release now possible and I will not fix automatic open/close”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lift rods faulty; dealer has ordered new parts”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Handle on back trunk is failing. Needs to be replaced. Sounds like it is practically coming off”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic opening/ closing system is not working. Have to open and close manually”

Ann H., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“All the hatch buttons are slow to raise or lower the back hatch. several times it has stopped 1/2 open and we have not been able to close it except to force it. Hatch opens and closes slower that any other mechanical open or close car we have owned”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“electronic release didn't work and was fixed - no reoccurence”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Window motors failed on two windows already. Controls also failing on multiple windows”

Felix N., DC (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“power window fail to close on numerous times”

James S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Moisture often got into the door's rubber seal at the top of the door and that often froze the electric window in winter so that it would not go down, so I had to get out at parking lot ticket booths in extreme temperatures... a real hassle”

Anonymous, NB (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“Driver window only closes half way”

Thomas A., VT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“The black outer cover of the mirrors faded and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“Premature failure of right ball joint”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“On a 20 below 0 day the power steering failed. I had to get towed. After spending the night in a warm place the steering was fine. This is not good. I live in a cold place and have a heated space for car storage”

Anonymous, AK (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stiff steering after transporting car on flatbed cross-country”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric Power Steering motor failed at just 1500 miles”

John W., FL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Strut was found to be leaking”

John R., MD (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was the connection where the struts tie in to the car body. It cost over $1000 and they said that we must have gone off-roading to break the part. Which of course is ridiculous”

Scott S., CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Leaking front strut”

Debra R., WI (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The suspension completely collapsed”

Jason S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“defective strut, replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Service could not ascertain problem until I drove in with the hesitation occurring. Repaired twice”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“We've had to replace the tires three times now. Replace the battery after being stranded with dead battery 5 times”

Anonymous, ID (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Whell bearing went bad, was replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“one wheel bearing needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Right rear bearing went out. Replaced it myself, which was a bear :)”

Kyle S., IN (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left wheel bearing went out and had to be replaced”

Paul H., TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was louder than normal when driving. Right rear wheel bearing had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear wheel bearings needed replacement”

Paul B., SC (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear wheel bearing is making noise, will be repaired under warranty tomorrow”

Mike C., ON (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Alignment

“The new car came with improper alignment causing extreme tire wear on the outside edges”

Anonymous, MT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

“Power steering would not work ocasionally when car was started. Second time went to dealer for repair problem showed in print out. Sensor(electronic part) replaced under warranty”

Linda V., PA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Right front tie rod bent. Did not discover until state safety inspection required tire replacement as a result”

Jack R., VT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clunk noise when turning. Still occurs”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 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

“Pin stripping came off & trim piece on door came off”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The trim on front window next to where wipers are attached. Had to replace because it got hot and melted. Plulled away from windshield. Snow collected in pocket. Pushed it down more. Windshield bottom showed. If it's an all wheel drive , why this defect. The car will be in sun and snow”

Cathie I., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“right front rocker panel trim has partially detached from door”

Richard E., VA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Door guard molds come off easily. Clips appear to break easily”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cap on front bumper fell off, leaving a hole and a needed repair”

Alex B., NY (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There is a piece of windshield trim that came loose and was rattling loudly on the highway. I secured the trim with duct tape, but I have not been to the dealership yet to have it fixed”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“special ordered vehicle . When received car for pick up , both side moldings under driver door smashed same spot both sides and loose . Front molding under bumper large gouge and scratches. Also loose. Had to take vehicle back week later for replacem”

Timothy C., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Moulding is not attached sufficiently for off-road use”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Door gasket came loose and doesn't seal door properly”

Anne N., CT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rubber door seal fell off sevral times”

James S., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a severe rattle coming from the inside of the vehicle that took 3 trips to the dealer to figure out. It turned out to be an improperly secured hood release cable inside the cabin”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“PAINY FADE ON INYERIOR MPLGING REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Some spots did not have paint. Probably was removed after shipping. Did self touch up to repair, results so-so”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Scratches easily”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The metallic pale green finish tarnished from autumn leaves falling on to it. It also seemed to scratch easily”

Anonymous, NB (2014 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“paint is chiping off / peeling with very little effort”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I had the tail light repaired, the technicians made large scratches on the car”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

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

“leakage from the axle, and rack and pinion module”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A bearing in the right rear wheel began making a noise. The Subaru dealer in Tucson, AZ, replaced it under warranty along with some other parts that they were unable to prevent damage to in removing the bearing due to Pennsylvania rust”

Harry P., PA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear axles had bad bearings and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“POPPING NOISES FROM FRONT WHEELS IN SHARP TURN. FRONT AXLES NEEDED REPLACING”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing made noise and had to change right rear wheel bearing to the cost of $1,000.00. This was a big bill for us because we are retired”

James M., FL (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My 2014 Forester failed the annual state inspection in 2016 due to the left front axel "slinging grease." The mechanic showed me my car while on the lift, and I verified that it was indeed covered with grease. The shop replaced the axel shaft assembly, and as a result the car then passed inspection”

Sean R., NH (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing failure”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace both rear axle bearings, right and left, $750”

Chuck M., GA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At approximately 138000 miles the right rear wheel bearing went out. It was replaced, and then within another 1000 miles, it failed again and the left rear wheel bearing also failed. The right one was replaced free under warranty the second time. Now, 2000+ miles later they both seem to be going fine”

Roger E., WV (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem with vehicle acting strange occasionally stalling on highway. Review at dealer did not stop it. Vehicle died on highway and needed to be towed. Vehicle has not had a problem since towing incident”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Automatic Climate Control head unit failed - back of in-dash unit was partially melted/scorched at the connector - also took out fan resistor and some of the wiring”

Mark T., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Short cicuit in wiring burned out the battery”

Jay E., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Onboard computer malfunctioned. Car would not go into reverse or park; battery shorted out and had to be replaced. All work done under warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“switch for power window failed”

Jim-Lorna I., ID (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“diagnosed as throttle control relay. Then a relay then a broken wire requiring gas pedal replacement. It took Suburu dealer 3 weeks to properly diagnose and repair problem correctly.Car broke down 3 times in that time, once during dealer test”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when engaged in 4 wheel drive, the wheels would grip the road and apply 4 wheel drive separately. so one back wheel would be in 4 wheel drive, the vehicle's back end would swing sideways, then the opposite wheel would engage and the car would swing back the other way. this caused a fish tail action”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“First time I drove on ice I turned the wheel and car went straight. Very poor handling on ice and snow. Traction light always flashing, very annoying. Car is all wheel drive, NOT 4 wheel drive. Very poor on ice, snow and mud. Would not buy again”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 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

“Check engine light came on and soon thereafter turned off. Went to Subaru dealer and was told I needed a new alternator”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“battery discharged when parked. Bad battery, replaced at dealer for $220”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Need new battery after just 3 yeras”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After starting without issue one morning, the battery simply died. Vehicle towed to local mechanic using Auto Club and the original battery was replaced as it was seen to be the end of its life (after 3 years and roughly 70000 kms which seems low)”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Incident #1, would not turn engine, dead battery Dealer recharged battery Incident #2, a month later, battery dead again. Dealer replaced battery”

Denis M., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The battery died after 30 min. of listening to the radio on accessories. Had to be jumped. It happened again. The dealership replaced the battery. Said it was bad”

Diane V., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery failed load test after 14 months”

Richard H., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“failed in cold waether”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“brake pedal not activiting switch needed to start the engine. replace switch under warranty since we had this problem starting the car 7 months ago while the car was under warrenty”

Gene T., TN (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“I consider this car new-ish, being a late 2014 model. I don't drive it far per week, only 4 miles/day and the occasional weekend trip about 25 miles away. This is the second Subaru Forester we've had with battery and/or electrical issues. With this recent model, it has died on me several times over the last 8 months--I have lost count (it is in the double digits now). I regularly take it for tune-up's so I know it's not the battery. It seems to not like if I need to start the car 3 times in less”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unreliable starter. Towed 3 times to dealer. Have had battery replaced, twice. Problems appear to be in ignition”

C P., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine would frequently not start after about 6 months of ownership”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“Same as previously stated”

C P., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle would not start. It was towed to dealership and they said it was a common problem for this year. Since they have experienced this problem before they should have been proactive and sent out notices to get it fixed before I got stuck with a”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 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

“The much-touted CVT transmission is horrible and actually dangerous. There is a significant delay - perhaps only a second or 2 - when shifting from Drive to Reverse and vice-versa. So, for instance, when backing into traffic out of a driveway or a parking space and shifting into Drive, there is an unsafe delay before the transmission "kicks in" and the car moves forward. By contrast, with every other car or truck I have ever owned, there was essentially NO delay when shifting from Reverse to”

Charles S., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“fells like car is in natural then jumps into drive with a jerk. Couldn't get the problem to surface for the dealer. so stills occurs”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Did not accelerate smoothly (hesitated during acceleration) - the dealer said there was a technical bulletin issued for the problem. I don't know if I selected the correct item that was not working properly - I guessed from your options available”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After few miles of city driving I was shifting from first gear to the second and clutch suddenly slipped and I couldn't shift to any gear from neutral. The whole situation was accompanied with horrible smell of burning clutch. I had to leave the car”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The cvt would lock up early and keep the engine from running fast enough to gain speed. Like starting a car in high gear”

Anita W., KY (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Refer to previous remarks section”

Gary C., CO (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“While driving at approx 30 mph, 2 weeks ago, all warning lights illuminated. Subaru service tech said to have car towed in. It cost me $1,200 to have solanoid replaced: am still waiting to hear from Subaru USA regarding the amount they will reimburse me (if any)”

Stephen H., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Electrical problem, difficult to diagnose--codes kept disappearing then reappearing after driving for 50 or so miles. It took three visits to the dealer and $1,600.00 to fix. Running beautifully now”

Anonymous, DE (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

“There is a long delay when shifting between gears on gear selector. Dealer said this was normal and did not fix”

Michael S., TN (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When stopped (like at Wendy's drivethru window) the car rolls backwards unexpectedly. This happens when shifting out of park and into drive. I believe it has happened when leaving the car in drive and releasing the brake pedal. No incline involved”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Intermittant issues with car not accelerating smoothly. Dealer cannot reproduce problem, so it's unsolved now”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CVT hesitates, gas milage drops, condition improves, as computer "learns" as you drive, but reverts after dealer service that disconnects battery”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission shifts down hard suddenly when taking your foot off of the gas pedal and letting it slow on it's own at slow speeds. It also has a delayed rough shift up when accelerating from a complete stop. Dealership cannot find the cause”

Crystal W., AZ (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch began slipping just after warranty had to be replaced at 90,000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Fault lights came on display”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed while on the road”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was told a bearing failure”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed backing out of my driveway! Fully covered by new car warranty. Replaced with new transmission and dealer gave me a new loaner for the week that I was without my car”

Walter M., FL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission had vibration and could not be repaired”

Bruce W., PA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, UT (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Began hearing a whirring noise when car was moving; it stopped when the car stopped. Subaru repair decided to completely replace the transmission, though I drove it for more than 2 months before that could be done. No safety issue”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission leaked while under warranty, and was replaced under warranty”

Gary C., CO (2014 Subaru Forester Touring 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Caused check engine warning”

Emilio A., NJ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sensors on catalytic converter "mis-fired" according to dealer. They cleared the codes and normal operation has continued”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

“when the temp is cold, sometimes starting at s40 degree, the gas gauge does not go to the top. sometimes my gas tank is full but the gauge only show 1/2 full of 3/4 full. The dealer wanted to see it to believe it but i work and cannot take time off. The problem is getting worse”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All the dash alert lights would always stay on even though the car ran normally. It was repaired by Subaru under warranty without issue”

Martin S., CT (2014 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“O2 sensor failed. Check engine light kept coming on. Engine ran very rough and mileage dropped dramatically”

David W., KS (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the check engine light came on, the cruise control became inoperative. It took three extended dealer visits. They updated software, ran codes, and replaced several sensors”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“vehicle sometimes stutters/sputters during starting”

Kurt W., OR (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“I have been complaining about the muffler for several months. My videos were inconclusive. By the time the problem was found, it was no longer under warranty”

Alan R., NY (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My Forester was making a noisy rattling sound when accelerating. The Subaru dealer shop determined that an exhaust pipe assembly & gasket needed to be replaced. It took more than 2 weeks for the part to arrive, but once it arrived and installed, no p”

Philip P., CA (2014 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“Ascending Mt. Washington engine temp. went to 235' F. About 2/3rds of the way up. Pulled over to let it cool down. Outside temperature was 35'F. By the time we got to the top it was up to 218F and the outside temp. was below 32F. Very disconcerting”

Ken L., OH (2014 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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