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
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 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 2015 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

"The camera goes to the tiny screen too far to see anything on. Could have put to larger screen to make it useful. as is never used as cannot be seen."

Anonymous, MB (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"half the screen is very dark and that makes it difficult to use"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped working and the repair cost was so much that I went to Subaru to get assistance. They provided partial financial assistance. Then the radio/CD player stopped working and Subaru paid the full cost of replacement"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has always had the problem. There isn't enough light or something, but during the daytime it is very difficult to see anything in the screen."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Engine Light has lit up several times, but each time was a false alarm"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Box too small. Cannot see anything"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Eye sight system replaced on warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Eyesight system cameras have not worked correctly since the car was purchased. Subaru has been unable to repair them after 20 days of service appointments. The system currently is totally off. I am proceeding with lemon law relief"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Eye Sight Technology keeps turning off, combination of electrical (not found yet) and bright sunlight. Turns off cruise control very annoying"

Robert C., MB (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"Buttons got stuck"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One day it suddenly refused to accept a CD. I tried multiple times over ten minutes or longer, and even once forced the disc inside but it came back out. Then later the same day or maybe the next day it worked normally again and I haven't experienced it since."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Works only intermittently. Won't accept a disc most of the time."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player stopped working - do to the virus pandemic the problem has not been resolved."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cd player quit reading cds. Showed error reading, tried cleaning it but to no avail. Asked dealer about it. They do not repair them, just replace them. It appears the only option is to replace the entire unit for cost of $500."

Anonymous, MT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"quit working, then mysteriously started working again"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer Immediately replaced unit"

P S., WA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"cd would occasionally not play. screen said check disc. Took to dealer and would not repair or replace as it happened off an on and was on at that moment. It happened on at least 3 occasions--off for a while and then on for a while"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Do not work"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player would not play MP3 CD's. I have made numerous CD's with MP3 programs of classical music. I purchased an after-market CD player that does play MP3 CD's"

David H., OH (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to greatly increase volume when changing from radio to CD"

Michael K., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"same answer as radio issue"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cd’s will not insert into player"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player sometimes won't play discs. I get a read error. Not sure if it has to do with dirty CD heads or something else."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cd player works but it's difficult to eject the CD"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"daylight. it is washed out"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The screen and touch buttons are so difficult to use that they are a PROFOUND safety hazard. It is criminal to try to use them while driving. We like Subaru (this is our third) but shame, shame on you for the design"

D C., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small screen with little contrast"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The in-dash monitor is inadequate in its size and resolution. Particularly in sunny conditions, the rear camera image is blurred and has low resolution"

Jane C., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera video screen is too small"

Don S., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard is useless; cannot read the numbers. Speedometer goes to 150 mph, making it difficult to read useful areas such as 40-50, 50-60,etc. when setting cruise control"

Laurence S., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low and awkward to view when driving. Have to hit the screen with force to put in request"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor graphics. Dim. Difficult to program"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If I choose to have my lights on during the day, the screen dims significantly; direct sunlight on the screen can render it unreadable"

Paul W., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When a error code appeared, it disabled all the safety systems. It has done this twice. Dealer says it does that so the driver will bring the car in for service sooner"

Gregory F., FL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SCREEN IS UNRESPONSIVE - DOES NOT "RECYCLE" QUICKLY IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR GPS PLANS - SLOW TO RESPOND - SOME CHOICES DISAPPEAR SO YOU CANNOT MAKE CHANGES - SYSTEM IS ANTIQUATED FOR SUCH A RELIABLE VEHICLE"

Bert N., FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display screen is not very user-friendly. I can not even change to clock time, as it is very difficult to figure out how, even with the owner's manual. Now the screen won't even give me the option to change the clock"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"could not change time to daylight savings time after several attempts it changedas it should"

Kenneth Y., NC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A few times for no reason the radio display froze or displayed random garbled symbols. You could still hear the music, but the display went haywire. This happened on 3 occasions. I took a couple pictures of the display (because it would do it and then when I shut the car off it would be OK again when restarting) and I showed a Subaru tech the picture and he was baffled. It hasn't done it in about 6 months."

Karen E., NH (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The display would reset to 0 at startup, the date and time were wrong and all data referred back to 0"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester)
Display screen goes blank

"Wire harness in the dash board had to be replaced."

Edgar M., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It has happened several times. it goes blank, there is plastic melting smell, a fuse is off, they have to replace the screen, the fuse, the cables, etc. not fun."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Insight system for monitoring and maintaining cruise control (1) blanks out when the sun is in front of the car and is low on the horizon, (2) the Insight system gives false readings of cars close ahead during below 10 degree F, due to the system misreading exhaust mist from car ahead - as an actual car, causing the auto brake warning system to activate."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Bluetooth sometimes randomly disconnects which is very annoying."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's just ridiculously hard to use--the opposite of my previous Acura."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Difficult to update clock, trip mileage, Bluetooth goes in and out, hard to pair with devices."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound is poor when talking to others on phone. Audio books cut in and out. Also, electronic tailgate intermittently stops working completely."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Touring Unsure)

"Stopped working! Its ridiculous that it would go out after 5 years"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I can't connect my new iPhone to the car's speakers. My dealer may be able to, but a tech-y friend and I each tried by following the Owner's Manual and it was useless. Even changing the time and date was challenging when I replaced the car battery. Like so many technical manuals, they appear to be written by people whose first language is not English"‿a problem that I would have thought foreign manufacturers like Subaru would be able to address. Similarly, the manuals accompanying US products"‿like Apple and Harmon Kardon"‿would do likewise. They both need to hire retired American English teachers, show them what needs to be done and, once they master the process, write the User's Manual. Sounds simple so why is it so hard. Websites"‿including CR's should consider doing likewise. I know I'm 80 but I do have a PhD in English and I know what clear, basic instructions in English ought to look like. I've thousands of books written in English. I know whereof I speak."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"I bought a h/p computer with Windows 10 so I could use the media player to record cds to usb.But the usb played good in Samsung tv and Sony bluray.But in car they played out of order.I went with mp3 instead of wma.Wasn't unroll I downloaded a different cd converter app.That I was able to have them play in order in the car."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Plugging the phone into the car USB to charge, causes the blutooth streaming to stop"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio unit stopped working after dealer updated Bluetooth software"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paired with my iPhone. When starting music - it stops after about 2-3 minutes --- eventually starting again (maybe 5 minutes later). Switches to the phone (instead of bluetooth) in the middle of a phone conversation"

Linda M., MO (2015 Subaru Forester Limited)

"disconnect from smart phone and failure to maintain any bluetooth connection after one call. Voice dial commands were not possible to maintain. Google maps would disconnect on voice prompts as well. Required pull over and reset of system by turning ignition off. No firmware updates from Clarion though they acknowledged problems at dealer with others on "limited basis"? Subaru gave me 2 car payments as compensation (about $460) but did not want to replace head unit - I used to replace head unit w"

Glenn D., IL (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interface stops working"

Douglas P., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"same problem as the phone: doesn't play through the speaker; doesn't make bluetooth connection"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Bluetooth/Airplay connectivity is terrible, unusable. Have to use the USB interface,"

Anonymous, NL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System for iPhone use is not intuitive. There are some procedures that are not well described in the operator's manual"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very hard to make it work, work well 1 on 3 times"

Michel R., QC (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"iphone music cuts out most of the time after driving for about 2 minutes. It then cuts back in after a few more minutes"

L J., BC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth is inoperable. Wired connection works"

Tom R., CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connectivity issues. Connection dropped frequently, then unable to re-establish connection until the car was restarted. Head unit replaced under warranty due to issue"

Chris L., OH (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The interface is primitive compared to our BMW. When they tried to fix the blootooth issue they dumped all of the information I had to hand enter into the system. They did this twice and did nothing to help the blootooth"

Robert S., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone wouldn't sync. Dealer replaced unit and it's fine now"

David W., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cell phone calls through the bluetooth system frequently drop after a few minutes (the call does not drop but does not come through bluetooth after a few minutes)"

Dylan M., IA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"random and repeat features don't always work"

L G., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not an intuitive interface. Sales person stumbled through the set up and manual included a different audio system than the one in the car"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I would play music from my phone and the sound would cut out, even though I could see that the track was playing on the car stereo. Also during these times, I could not make a phone call using the Bluetooth system"

Garrett G., OR (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Bluetooth kicks in great and start playing music right where I left off, but plugging in the phone to the usb jack to charge it prevents the bluetooth from working (you have to switch to "iPod" as source and that takes 20-30 seconds to read music"

Paul W., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth or AUX pairing with my iPhone is extremely glitchy"

Karen R., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio/CD player broke after 8 months. it was the original factory installation. We had to order a new radio system"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Prehistoric and disappointing radio"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to charge the smartphone while using it for GPS despite trying different outlets to charge. Supposedly fixed the last time I had the car in."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"User interface is seriously lacking. the small touch-screen display does not lend itself to sure and efficient selection of desired stations or displays, resulting often in no action or the wrong action, especially when there is even moderate road vibration."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bluetooth failed. we were quoted an absurd price to replace the radio, so we replaced with an aftermarket radio. no problems since."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth interface locks up and radio unit becomes unresponsive. A ‘check audio’ message comes up on the multifunction center display. Radio will not respond to any input, requiring a vehicle restart in order for the radio to become responsive again."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Emails prompt repetitive notification but email cant be read."

Randy P., AB (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"If using the USB connection, plays and then stops, repeatedly, rendering this method of connection unusable. If using Bluetooth, frequently spontaneously disconnects and will not reconnect unless the car is completely shut off and restarted."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth interface cuts out randomly and often while on a call or during MP3 playback via bluetooth."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth is problematic and faulty, compare to other car's bluetooth funcionality and pairing. Sometimes the radio will freeze and go mute, while the phone show connectivity and playing."

Edgar T., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Essentially, the electronic music system is so obscure and difficult to operate, sometimes I can't reset the time/date even when following the obtuse directions precisely! Getting the phone to work through the system is a chore (and usually won't). Playing music works only a little more often; yet I often find my phone randomly displaying some music playing even when I have not opened the music app and the system is not on or I am listening to over-the-air radio. In all cases, the system shows device is paired--but results are far less than expected. Dealer tech says the newer ones are even worse... I'm thinking of getting a human-understandable aftermarket system now that I purchased the vehicle out of the lease. Oh, and OTA radio rarely displays the correct digital track/artist info, if it displays at all."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hardware replacement

"Couldn't connect to Bluetooth from any smartphone."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"unable to set clock"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The system does not recognize some of the addresses in the same areas that it does otheres."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it seems to be from 1987"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not user friendly"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

"Not intuitive. Difficult to see. Difficult to operate."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

"I had requested updated GPS mapping but it still does not recognize roads built since 2015"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"VERY expensive to update GPS data"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"very difficult to use. wrong directions. instruction book does not match the device. My wife uses here phone rather than the gps. I have never made it work. it thinks our house is across the street"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The GPS is not reliable and is moderately slow. On long trips I use a portable Garmin system or my smart phone with Google Maps"

Charles B., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system is very counter-intuitive, poorly designed, and the voice controls worked only intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Error message on power up, dealer reflashed sd card to correct"

Matthew L., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Too complicated. Useless"

D C., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation is not accurate. Took me to wrong place several times. Bluetooth message covers most of the screen, and stays there so unable to view map. Had to disable Bluetooth. Hard to maneuver thru instructions. Just a poor system overall that I paid too much for given its terrible performance"

Pamela M., CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It will not program. at all. when it is working. it fails to continue during my trip. If I turn of the ignition it occasionally will work! Reprogramming does not work"

Hanneke J., AB (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Its a really bad system and I am sorry that Comsumer Reports never put it in the assessment but it is mentioned time and time again on the internet. Very difficult to operate, wrong directions, doesn't name streets "In 900 feet, turn left" Really, it's 500 feet. Control panel, hard to press buttons. it sucks"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Extremely hard to use. Even dealership personel say they don't use it because it's too complicated. We use our portable Garmin instead"

Dennis S., IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"There are way too many devices operated from the screen.If I touch screen, fingers do not fit the space on screen. Tho I have a very small hand, result is hitting the wrong space. GPS system is VERY complicated. Result is I am buying portable GPS"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring)

"Antiquated system, loses position, difficult to program, slow to boot up, voice command is so bad it should be considered a hazard, utterly worthless"

Scott H., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes it does not work. Dealer cannot repair because it is intermittent"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not acurate. Prefer to use my smart phone"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen too small, not bright enough, difficult to use. I use my cell phone for navigation"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This outgoing unit is abysmal"

Robert L., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"THE WORST NAV SYSTEM I EVER USED. $2,500 FOR THE BUILT IN SYSTEM AND MY $150.00 GARMIN IS MUCH BETTER!!!"

Albert B., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Instruction books are complex, tedious, confusing. We paid extra for a model with GPS. It has an excess of features, many useless; some can't be operated, even by a passenger, while the car is in motion. In general, we prefer our old TomTom system"

Charles W., AL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium)

"You can not type in an address while driving, even if you have a passenger in the car who can do it for you (at the very least the navigation system should be linked to the sensor in the passenger seat so that they can type in an address)"

Kathleen B., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Map would not load (no GPS signal detected); Subaru dealer replaced unit"

Anonymous, SK (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Stopped working after 1k mi. Quick fix at dealer. Has been fine since"

Maria W., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's pathetic, from the stone age."

Mary S., GA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation diverts from the proper route and wants to take us out of the way. We have taken it to the dealer and they have not fixed it."

James P., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From the day I bought it, it has not worked easily. Whenever I take it in for service I ask someone to help me make it work, show they show me the steps. Then they can’t make it work either. The booklet for the GPS and the radio, they told me is no longer given. Clearly even people at Subaru hadn’t read it either since they didn’t know how to fix it or make it work."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor user interface. It takes around 8 clicks to bring the map display up. The interface is very non-intuitive, especially compared to our Camry. Navigation results are often not optimized, especially compared to smart phones."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to see screen in bright sunlight. Had to have car jumped because battery was dead. GPS stopped working for several days. When dealer replaced the battery, they restored the GPS software and left the disk in the GPS. GPS history was lost."

J P., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is very difficult to operate, does not give accurate directions, and was a waste of money."

W M., WA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The navigation system is a real piece of junk. Screen is not as touch sensitive as it could be and operation is cumbersome at best. There is an annoying message that makes me accept a lawyer statement before operating the system. Switching between functions on the touch screen can be frustrating. Purchasing this system was a horrible mistake."

Robert N., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS was not able to lock in/hold satilite connections. Subaru replace unit even though car out of warentry. Completely replace nav unit including all audio."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS never did a good job. it failed numerous times. totally stopped guiding me to a destination. Had to stop the engine and restart it again. Could not put the address in, no matter how I tried. Bluetooth told me I needed to put in my phone book!! or did not get a telephone number I wanted to call. Reprogrammed it numerous times. Subaru CA and the garage service did not responded to my concerns. Very poor client service. I am using a local service station. Cheaper and fantastic service. Dont use cars GPS anymore Cell phone works way better."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The navigation system that came with my car is consistently giving me faulty directions. I complained to my dealer and to Subaru, and after a lot of pushback, they gave me a free update but the results were inferior to what I get from Google maps or Waze."

Ken K., VA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very clumsy system to use and expensive to update"

Elliot F., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Seems I would need a new system I do not wish to purchase."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I get a message. You have a message. Unable to delite. Unable to use GPS unless I pull turn car off and then on again."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor design. Difficult to pair phones."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took numerous trips to dealer radio head replaced twice. Replacement heads were refurbished as "new replacement heads " not available"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Any smartphone (android or iPhone) is able to pairwith the headunit. The issue arises while using it paired. The issue is not a Subaru problem but a problemwith the radio manufacturer."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stops mid pairing sometimes and is very confused if the phone is also plugged in. Sometimes it will not pair at all. Finicky."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is very difficult to pair phones with this system."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The stock stereo stopped pairing with any phone, making the hands free operation unusable for phone or music. As I commute this was not acceptable to me. This was not able to be resolved by my local Subaru dealer. I resolved this by replacing the entire stereo with an aftermarket version that is working well."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Call loses connection to hands free on the call and switches back to phone then connects again, sometimes. Intermittent nuisance."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The blue tooth phone pairing is an issue that occurred shortly after purchase. For no reason and after it is paired, out of the blue, the blue tooth cannot find my phone. Sometimes it comes back in a few minutes and other times is hours. Subaru did a download of the radio which helped but never completely fixed the problem. Our Subaru BRZ has no issues with blue tooth pairing which is a different radio than the 2015 Forester. I think the newer models of the Forester have a newer radio."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"randomly drops pairing and is difficult to remember how to set it back up."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My bluetooth pairing hasn't worked for about 3 years now. Apparently this was a known issue, but since talking on the phone while driving is not important for me, it is not important enough to get fixed. I do wish it would pair so that I could listen to music on my phone, but again, its not that important to me, just an annoyance."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The stock radio was replaced twice to attempt fix bluetooth problem, but never worked. Apparently this is a common problem. Dealer advised me to replace unit with third party radio (Sony) from another store (Best Buy) that uses cable and has Apple's "CarPlay". The new unit had more features, works much better (not perfectly), and was surprisingly inexpensive. Wish I'd replaced it much earlier..."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I purchased a new iPhone 11 and it will pair with the Bluetooth. If you turn the car off, you have to pair it again. It does not stay paired. Like when getting gas at the gas station, you start the car after gassing and you have to go through all the steps again. Service at Subaru dealer could not fix. But, the worst problem is that even when you are driving the Bluetooth cuts out. Impossible to listen to music from my iPhone. I get so angry at times that I may not get another Subaru until they are able to fix these sorts of problems. The service guy at Ganley Subaru in Wickcliffe Ohio agreed that the system is crap."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Iphone is paired with car, but connection does not occur reliably. Testing shows it is a car problem, not a phone problem."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I would have to leave car for a software update, never worked well, I have no confidence that update would work. Back up camera poor visibility, few pixels."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

"Mostly the same problem as with the 2016 Impreza, but I was able to fix it on Forester, using the manufacturer's owner manual, but not very user friendly and I am not quite sure how I fixed it or if it just came back on it's own"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connection comes and goes. Dealer says they can't do anything about it. Overall Subaru is behind other car makers in terms on in-car technology."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 2nd time this car has had a problem with pairing with my phone. The 1st time the entire audio system was replaced under my extended warranty. This time, Subaru is picking up the entire tab for a replacement, not yet completed."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru Bluetooth would drop pairing with google Pixel phone. Sometimes when working, audio would become choppy and inaudible."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"The Connection dropped off rather often. Problem was resolved, apparently by a total reboot."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wife's car was paired to my work phone. After iOS upgrade, phone no longer recognized. "Menu" selection no longer appears when summoned, so the car cannot be un-paired with the phone I no longer have, and cannot be paired to my wife's new phone."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have experienced this problem with my stereo intermittently. They were not able to fix it in the shop. occasionally the phone will not connect at all and told me the only fix was a new stereo."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I never was able to connect my iPhone to the car's electronic system. I bought the car used and my new iPhone only connects to speakers via Bluetooth. I plan to have the dealer assist me at some time in the future"‿after his dealership re-opens."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"bluetooth works intermittently. Subaru techs checked and said it's my cell phone. I've had three different cell phones. Problem persists. It's the car"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"starting 12 months after purchase, Bluetooth would forget connections to phones, requiring deletion of phone 'Mercury' then manual repairing each time ignition is turned off. Dealer service confirmed issue, replaced unit head, but no improvement. Now says $1000 fix *may* work, but Subaru has refused to pay for it."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very spotty, disconnects, unhappy. Have 6 mo old smart phone. Don't like your questions, missing important issues. Bought car based on ConRep review. Will never buy Subaru or ConRep again"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru frequently drops connection with my paired Bluetooth iPhone and needs several minutes before it can find the connection again (sometimes it won't find it until the car has been turned off and turned back on again). Since upgrading to an iPhone 7 a month ago, the car (or the phone, I'm not sure which) also no longer automatically pairs with the phone but needs to be manually re-paired at the start of each car trip"

Peter B., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership replaced the radio unit replaced because pairing with an iphone 5 and iphone 6 would sporadically not work"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My phone was incompatible with the car's system. Notifications of phantom messages interrupted the radio and popped up on the display. These messages were always from the same person in my contacts list and contained either a single letter or nothing. I had to replace my phone"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We were told (when we asked) that we (me, husband) could BOTH pair the Bluetooth to our phone (i have android, he has iphone), as long as the person NOT using the bluetooth turns it off when in the car. We have tried this on multiple occasions as well as have gone back to dealer on multiple occasions to do this, does not work, only husbands iphone will pair. annoying, frustrating. my phone is new, so this should not be a problem"

Vivian S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On a long trip to the Pacific Northwest, the unit suddenly lost bluetooth pairing and would not connect with my Android phone. I had it tested in Seattle and was told the unit was bad and would be replaced on warranty. Replacement was an ongoing horror which took SIX MONTHS and involved a second replacement because the first also failed. Three service people in three major cities (Seattle, Denver and Austin) all admitted the comm unit was a piece of shit and caused frequent repair problems. True"

Charles B., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My phone has difficulty pairing with this car. The phone company says its the car and the car company says its the phone"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittant problem"

Priscilla R., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth system stopped working about 9 months after we bought the car. It would not pair with any device, even after multiple attempts to reset the device and the system in the car. The dealership replaced the stereo system"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium)

"System will drop paired phone or refuse to pair phone. System is very unintuitive, requires six voice commands to switch between already-registered devices, will drop Bluetooth connection in the middle of normal operation. Very frustrating!"

Stephen H., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't hook up or cuts out while using"

Douglas P., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dropped calls. Unable to connect"

A D., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since iOS 9.3, the Bluetooth pairing has malfunctioned regularly, dropping the connection to paired devices, and even wiping its memory of paired devices"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After many service visits & inadequate fixes, I'm finally getting a new radio/bluetooth system installed. The service mgr has always complained that the manual is not correct and the system system doesn't work. Basic problem is that bluetooth does not work, either for entering contacts or calling them, nor does it allow pick up when my phone is called"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"For some reason the car has two methods to put a phone, one works fine while the other causes the head unit to freeze until the car is turned off. The radio was replaced under warranty after a service visit and was a known issue from speaking with the tech at the dealership"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Doesn't always recognize smartphone even though all settings are correct. Mutes, stops, doesn't pickup calls, etc., periodically for no known reason. I had read connectivity was poor on the Subaru but bought it anyway"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring)

"The bluetooth/smartphone interface is horrible. although is sometimes works as it should for media, it usually requires lengthy "messing around" to get the connection, including restarting the phone. The system will receive calls, but will not make calls. Overall, the Nav/media/phone system is junk, a really disappointment in an otherwise excellent vehicle"

Robert G., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Initially my phone paired with the system. After about a year it was no longer paired. The dealership replaced the radio system which the Bluetooth was a part of. This one pair initially then stopped about a month later. The dealership was not able to pair my phone and said it was a problem with my phone. I researched the problem on the internet and found that other Subaru owners had the same problem. There was a simple fix which was to change the security code in the Bluetooth. Once I did"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It frequently does not pair. Also, tries to download my contacts when I don't want that"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is a nighmare to pair it with my iphone 6s Very bad system for music and phone pairing"

Michel R., QC (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent problems making connection often in the same day"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Contacts are gone, every time I want to dial out! reprogramming sometimes can't be done, It was fixed at the subaru certified garage!!!! after keeping it for a day. it was still the same"

Hanneke J., AB (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth stopped working at 45000 miles. Hod a Subaru dealership look at it and they couldn't get it to work, either. They informed me that it's not covered by the warranty"

Tom R., CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"problem became worse over time. dealer determined that we needed to replace the radio (very expensive) to solve the problem. after some communication Subaru provided a new radio. no problems with new radio/bluetooth"

E K., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty radio/control unit would not pair with phone. Was replaced with new radio unit under warranty"

James I., OK (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone connectivity it breaks after about a minute. This was one of the most important feature that made me to buy the vehicle, have the ability to use my phone without the necessity of using my hands or listening my music storage in my phone without having connected to a wire. Very disappointed"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped working and then had to delete all phones and re-pair - will now only pair one phone - issue with iphones and new IOS"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Much trouble trying to get AppleIPhone to pair with radio. Took long time to resolve , replaced radio after contact on site at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. Needed to be replaced. Covered by warranty"

Don S., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System consistently dropped calls and we had to replace the radio and related parts. This solved the problem"

Ron C., WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cannot pair phone to car bluetooth. I have tries, my husband has tied and the dealer mechanic has tried. Unsuccessfully"

Anonymous, AK (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The connection keeps jumping from the car's Bluetooth and my phone. I have already had the entire radio/Bluetooth system replaced. It seemed to fix the problem at first - now it just keeps getting worse. I will probably disconnect my phone and use a headset. This problem makes me choose the Chevy Equinox if I am driving very far at all"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pairing disconnected frequently. Part needed replacement. Told this happens a lot. Inconvenient and unsafe (in maintaining hands-free environment"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Consistently unable to hold blootooth. It will engage at first but drop calls or music almost every time. Even while receiving good cellphone reception. Dealer has made a feeble effort to fix it but acts as if it is my fault for some reason. I wrote a letter to the regional manager and did not hear back"

Robert S., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone is extremely noisy. Sounds like I'm talking under water to other listeners. Dealership doesn't know what the problem is"

Dennis S., IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Bluetooth signal is lost for no reason"

L G., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"drops calls, hard to pair. The entire sound system is a joke"

Jim Z., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't really have a conversation with phone through bluetooth. The sound is garbled. The phone book is difficult to access. Not really a USble system. I tend to just use the iphone speaker instead"

John S., IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"not intuitive. difficult to navigate"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth became unresponsive at about 6000 mi into ownership"

Michael N., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"About 10 percent of the time when the phone pairs with the Bluetooth the system opens the phone line and turns off the radio. I have to turn off Bluetooth on the phone to disconnect"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone will not automatically pair with Bluetooth. Needs to be done manually each time. Used to pair automatically"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The texting with the Bluetooth has never worked since I purchased the car in August 2014"

Don S., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Can't get my Samsung Intensity 111 to work with bluetooth"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth stopped pairing with blackberry phone. Bluetooth hardware address for car BT radio was all zeros. Head unit (Fujitsu) has been replaced twice so far"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth pairing is extremely unreliable. I have had to have the dealer pair my phone because the car simply couldn't find it. I have to manually pair every time I get in the car, and the pairing randomly drops. (I have an iPhone 6+)"

Karen R., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calls into the car are clear those going out are not"

Karen S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound quality deteriorated to such an extent that a mobile call could not be taken/made. Microphone replace helped the problem, but it is still not good"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"worked fine after first set-up but kicks (loses) your data out when you shut off the ignition and you have to re-set all over again"

James H., OR (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All items mentioned go on and off randomly. Eyesight program doesn't work properly. I lose call on the Bluetooth and sometimes the backup screen is out of focus. Outlets don't work. The car has been into the dealer 3 times and they can not fix it an"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The phone pairing is extremely limited. I haven't been able to pair with a second phone, as the system's memory is full"

Mark W., VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noone at dealership could help when I couldn't get addresses in. After 4th trip to dealer they finally figured it out. Bluetooth does not "hear" name you request. Very difficult to use"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Connection weak and often has no connection at all"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio originally paired OK with my phone, but over time got worse and worse and became an unusable function. My son showed me where to find manufacturers' service bulletins. Once I showed the appropriate bulletin to the dealer, they replaced the radio for free. The pairing has worked reliably now for most of a year."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone often drops in the middle of a call. Tried with multiple phones, all with similar results. Same phones in other car don't have problems. When the call drops, the car screen freezes and the phone goes back into handset mode (usually without actually dropping the call). Bluetooth takes 60s to notice that the phone is gone, then shows Please check audio system on the display. From then on, bluetooth or radio won't work until car is power cycled."

Eric V., IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The music bluetooth connect cuts in and out frequently. Very bothersome. Sometimes the only way to the music back is to stop the car and start the engine again."

Anonymous, OR (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Prehistoric and totally unreliable"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have not been able to get voice navigation to play from my phone when I'm in the car--not from the phone or through the car speakers. It's aggravating. It can play music but not navigation directions."

Mary S., GA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On the base-model factory radio, the Bluetooth connection to two different iPhones would drop after 1-2 minutes of operation, every time. The head unit would essentially freeze up. Subaru said they were aware of such issues and updated the head unit's firmware, but the problem reoccurred shortly thereafter. Digging around on internet forums revealed that the vehicle has two different pairing methods for Bluetooth, one over the voice UI and one on the head unit itself, but they are not equivalent. Apparently, you must use the voice prompts if you expect the bluetooth to work consistently. Nevertheless, Subaru was unable to articulate this limitation."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Constantly drops calls with my iPhone, pauses while playing music and needs to be re-paired every 3-4 months."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth would not pair with any devices. The dealership final replaced the unit."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All Bluetooth functionality stopped working, had to have the radio unit replaced (under warranty)."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Takes a really long time to upload my phone contact list. It dosen't hold on to them and remember them so it has to reload each time. I wind up using Google instead."

Jacob F., NM (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth pairing worked fine with a Samsung S4 but not reliably with my S8."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Iphone 7 pairs, but unpairs after a few minutes. Won't stay paired."

Charles E., FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With the original factory installed stereo I had problems pairing the phone to the car bluetooth or it would drop the connection within the first year. The first time I told the Subaru service dept, they said they checked and there was no problem. A year later it stopped pairing altogether. The dealer finally replaced the radio with a new one. It's been fine 98 percent of the time in the last year since it was replaced. However lately it has lost connection a few time in the last few months."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a constant nagging problem which can not be fixed. Blue tooth phone connects and drops connections constantly."

John D., HI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth would stop working during a phone call, and the caller could no longer be heard through the speaker system. Also, when using the system to play music from the iPhone, it would occasionally stop streaming the music."

Anonymous, DE (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stereo head replaced twice completely rather than debug the blue tooth problem that occurred twice"

Charles H., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing with the specific head unit is a known issue. The Subaru solution is to due firmware updates, but these do not work. Sorry, but in 2018 this kind of an issue is a deal breaker."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Switching between phones is a ponderous process requiring six voice commands, and it doesn't always work the first time. The system will also suddenly lose the Bluetooth connection to the phone. Song tracks and recorded books continue to play with no sound coming out of the speakers. It sometimes recovers from this by itself, although sometimes turning the car off is required to get it operating again. This is by no means a constant problem - it occurs just often enough to be irritating."

Stephen H., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Works intermittently, dealer has not be able to fix!"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Known issue by Subaru with hands free phone pairing and calling. Stopped working completely and was one of the features we purchased the car. Many many calls to Subaru finally got them to fix it under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"You have to pair your phone every time you start the car."

David G., NH (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"difficult to pair a phone besides and apple I-phone...."

David M., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same comments as stated on my other Subaru Forester."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phones Pairs but will not hold pairing under all driving conditions. Cell phone audio randomly switches between the car speakers to the cell phone speakers. Have replaced entire electronics once but the problem remains."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not hold a pair with any phone. Takes the pairing and then drops it within minutes."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is very complicated to use and impossible for me to reprogram. I go months before I can find the time to drive to have it reprogram at the dealer. It is the only thing I don't like about the car."

Anonymous, DC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is an infuriating problem. Pairing my IPhone with the system is hit or miss, takes forever and/or doesn't work consistently. I listen to books and podcasts and this is so irritating that I am considering getting a new after market system. I took it to a Subaru dealer but they couldn't upgrade the software and could only reboot the system. Very frustrating."

Barton B., CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone stopped connecting to the car. Attempted to reconnect following the instructions, but the GPS stopped working."

J P., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pairing sometimes fails mid-playback and the music stops, but my phone continues to play (and the phone thinks it's still paired). This happens regardless of phone and despite resetting the system."

Tony M., WA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not allow me to pair my phone"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since both my husband and I drive the Forester, I wish there were an easier way to connect whichever phone we wanted to bluetooth when one or the other was driving the car. Bluetooth is hard to set up with a new phone and then it often doesn't seem worth it to go through the routine of switching to one phone or the other, so we don't actually use it much."

Erin B., PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"unable to pair my phone with radio/voice calling. and unable to find where to re pair my phone with the car- have searched and searched but unable to find."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth Pairing system stops working occasionally. I need to turn off the car before it will work again."

Don S., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth link for the telephone is unreliable. The phone regularly (almost every time i use it) disconnects from the system. This happens during telephone calls and audio playback."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Troublesome"

Robert N., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Husband has an Iphone. the bluetooth sometimes wouldn't pair w/it. when it did, it would sometimes break off. Since the radio electronics was changed, this issue appears to have been resolved. Also, initially we were told we could pair 2 phones to it. Turns out we can't."

Vivian S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The menu button doesn't work so unable to connect the Bluetooth. Estimated cost to repair it a year ago was $1100, so I'll live without it"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The bluetooth freezes - when listening for instruction it locks up, have to stop car, turn off, then turn back on to reboot it. While talking the bluetooth will drop - call is still going through but have to use phone speaker. Or, bluetooth drops and can't use the phone speaker either. Will happen multiple times in a call, or not at all."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blue tooth was sketchy to start, then took it to dealer who said it needed to be replaced because it wouldn't pair with phone because of updates. They wanted $1500.00 to replace it. I contacted Subaru and they said they would pay 1/2. I researched problem and most of the Bluetooth/Radios by the particular company in my car are bad. I then took my car to another dealer and they said the Bluetooth/Radio was bad and would eventually stop working which it did. I now have no working Bluetooth in my car. The radio and CD player which is part of system still works. I have researched further and it seems that this particular brand is not compatible with most phones."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone pairing on the 2015 Forester is terrible. It disconnects. It says it's dialing one number when it actually is dialing another. Sometimes it just doesn't work at all. Often won't pair without shutting the whole car off and restarting. Disconnects calls regularly. It's awful."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this problem is reoccuring. The radio has been replaced and work well for a while. But now the Bluetooth has to be repaired periodical. I is not clear what causes the problem and the staff at the Subaru dealership do not have any new solutions."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth completely stopped working. You can not longer pair any phone to the car."

Raymond C., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The audio system persistently disconnected from my Samsung phone. Despite the dealership's efforts to identify and repair the problem, the entire system had to be replaced under an extended warranty that I purchased when I purchased the new car. This is the 1st time I bought an extended warranty, and I got it explicitly to handle potential electronic system problems. I'm glad I did; I saved approx $3,500 for the replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth was not working. Dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth randomly fails either while paired to a phone during a call or during a music played via bluetooth."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system can only handle 1 phone number. Try to add another and the system tells you its full. Worst feature of the car."

Kevin S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"3 radios were put in and still not great"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth chronically fails. I will be using it and then the phone will disconnect. I cannot force it to reconnect. If I wait, it often comes back after 5 minutes or so. If I stop and turn the engine off and on, it reconnects. I have heard other customers complaining about this at the dealership. The dealer has cleared the cache, but there does not appear to be a fix for this. I have an iPhone, and the system is up-to-date."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester)

"When playing music through the car on my iphone-it often freezes, mutes, doesn't stay playing."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"reported it to dealer. they verified that the problem was with the car's original radio. they replaced it at no charge."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Suddenly it will accept only one of our phones"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Bluetooth connection between phone and car drops randomly. Sometimes it reconnects automatically, other times it does not. Unpairing and repairing does not permanently correct the issue."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If I do not use the vehicle for a while I have to manually reconnect and that takes several tries. On numerous occasions I have had to re- pair the phone from scratch. I am told I need to buy an updated version of Bluetooth to fix the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My phone wouldn't connect, or would repeatedly disconnect unexpectedly while driving. Took a long of time to get it resolved. Subaru blamed the phone, Apple blamed Subaru. But eventually both the phone and stereo system were replaced to fix it and it's now working fine."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth will not pair automatically and to do so manually takes 3 or 4 tries."

Anonymous, QC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"This has nothing to do with operating the vehicle. The FM radio FM is extremely sensitive to EMF. I have not had it checked out, it's annoying but not worth spending the money on."

Anonymous, OR (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to see and operate. Somewhat dangerous."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

"Stopped working, but rebooting started it up."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Buttons on controls became stuck."

Anonymous, UT (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio stopped working after dealer installed a Bluetooth update"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car audio system failed, the complete radio/CD player had to be replaced, the amplifier was bad, and then blew out the speakers"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Controls are too small. Takes too much. Effort and attention to work. Changing stations is a real driving distraction"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole radio/CD unit stopped working but they replaced it"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio failed and drained the battery"

J M., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio needed to be replaced by dealer in warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio had to be replaced to fix the bluetooth problem"

Ron C., WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficulty in choosing stations"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Reception is terrible. Radio goes back and forth from HD to non-HD, changing volume, constantly. I was told this was because of tall buildings in city. I live in a college town and I can count the # of tall buildings on my fingers"

Margaret L., MI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium)

"weak reception almost everywhere in Los Angeles"

Jim Z., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"would cut out with aloud explosion noise, then come back on. they replaced the head unit and all is ok now"

George R., MD (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"radio cut out intermittently. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio fades in and out for no geographic reason"

Michael K., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The audio quality is awful. It's very difficult to try and balance the system's speakers. You can't simply adjust bass and treble. The setup menus only allow adjustment of frequency response which is unclear,"

Vincent G., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lousy reception, settings difficult to use, scanning misses most stations, controls are awkward"

Sue M., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio/aux connection and CD went out after 8 months. It was the original facotry installed equipment and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All my radio presets were wiped out. They restored themselves the same day. Dealer unable to duplicate"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio quality (not satellite radio) is relatively poor. Stations fade in and out on occasion and it is sometimes difficult to maintain a strong signal"

Mark W., VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car battery had died and when it was jumped the radio system no longer worked. Brought it in to the dealership and they reset the system and it works fine now"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Signal connections are weak, limiting my ability to connect to even local stations."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio stopped working"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This was my second radio to fail. The first time in 2016 the radio took out the battery. This was the replacement radio from Subaru and the Bluetooth didn't work and was replaced under warranty in June 2017."

J M., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fixed by purchasing a new battery with higher cranking amps. OME battery was insufficient."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it simply sucks....love Subaru, however, may switch to honda or another brand due to the horrible radio system in this vehicle. also, phone pairing was extremely difficult when we purchased the vehicle....."

David M., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"during winter we all have snowy shoes. when that melts inside the cabin that watery mess gets to the amplifier underneath the driver seat ( in the limited XT trim) and has caused a short circuit twice (smelly plastic melting, big speaker bang, car was no longer drivable. I find the electric system of this car very iffy. At times the trip computer screen will black out jointly with the rest of the instrument panel in the middle of the night with no information whatsoever on the car. We are selling this car shortly as all this has been taken care under warranty, but I do not think I will buy a subaru in some time. I could write another long text on rattles. This car is so badly put together inside that even within the first 6 months started ratting inside the instrument panel. Funny enogh we just have a VW tiguan 2017 new. Not one single issue in the first year despite having a reputation for not being as reliable as this japanese brand. I have videos of one of the shorts of the amplifier here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15f7v3FwWmg& The amplifier story is bad electric shielding for an environment that is clearly expected to have moisture and salt during winter months if sold in Canada"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Can’t have the radio on while filling up gas tank. If so then the gas tank doesn’t read how much gas is in the tank. It just stays in one spot...not good if you are traveling long distance and forget! Have had to get serviced 2 X’s.??"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blue tooth kept losing connection. They replaced the radio and it worked for 7 months and then the replacement had the same issue losing bluetooth. They said they have a specialist in this area but no word when he will see my car. Minor issue as the radio (FM works) but I cannot use bluetooth."

Michael J., IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The radio was a problem since the day i bought it. The sound was awful, would go high and low for no reason. Husband finally brought it in a couple of months ago, and they completely changed out the entire system. charged him $100. I honestly don't think he should have paid a dime, but he thought it was a good deal. He says he believes it sounds much better, he is the primary driver of that car."

Vivian S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"quit working at 37,000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would not interface with Android phone. Replaced with after-market radio."

Harold N., MT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost all of the programming for no reason. They replaced the radio. Also ties in with the blue tooth."

Kevin S., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"volume rose and fell on its own, ended up replacing head unit"

Keith S., KY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connection is unreliable and frequently stops working during connections."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"dealer preformed software update and did not reset computer system properly - car would lose acceleration"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard to change date, clock, etc."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was resolved by a factory recall. No problems since"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"oem software fix was not done properly"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not told or informed of software updates. Bluetooth needs to be updated. Connectivity overall in this Subaru is spotting, unreliable."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"My on screen texting does not work since the day I purchased the car. After getting the run around I threatened to take them to court. They never admitted there was a problem but sent me a check for $2,000."

Don S., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine shut down and then was able to restart, but had many alarm lights."

G C., NV (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Right front door speaker was defective and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear right speaker was making static sounds. Also the car would be unable to start due to battery issue/ a new battery was covered under warranty. Concerned it may be electrical"

Idaliz S., MA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Because the audio quality is awful, the speakers cannot handle bass sounds without vibtating; the treble sounds are "tinnie" to the ear"

Vincent G., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On certain a.m. stations the sound jumps back and forth between the front speakers. This does not happen on the f.m. stations"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the speakers started making a rattly noise, particularly when there is a lot of treble coming through the sound system"

Erin B., PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The computer controls are nearly impossible to use. For example, it takes at least 4 or 5 hours to change from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time and back again. It is nearly impossible to access most of the functions because the computer controls are too limited for the jobs. it's supposed to do. i.e., Subaru used cheap computers. In addition, Subaru put a very cheap battery in the car which failed on the first day when it was below 10 degrees in Maine. The car was sold in Maine, what d"

J R., ME (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"5 times in 3 months I have been unable to remove the key from the ignition after turning it off. I have to restart the car, drive it around and try again several times. Dealer says he can't fix unless the problem is present when I bring it in"

R L., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nowhere in the Forester manual does it explain how to set the time on models equipped with the display screen and steering wheel paddle input controls. Only instructions for push buttons which do not exist on my model. Impossible to figure out how"

Richard L., VT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The switch to change the radio station on the steering wheel works the opposite of how your brain is able to process the way it should work. If you're on channel 2 and push up on the steering wheel control it goes to channel 3"

Kathleen B., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Resetting the dashboard clock cannot be accomplished by following instructions in the owners manual. I usually let it go an hour wrong during the change from DLS to winter time."

Jane C., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Brain dead voice recognition. Useless."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"often seems unable to respond to even simple commands, variable performance in reading texts and emails"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"audio phone connection unreliable"

Richard M., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not clear will not answer"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control GPS system didn't recognize commands, would get stuck in a mode where it kept asking "Please repeat" over and over and over again until we turned it off"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to use and activate properly"

Priscilla R., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"previous comment. Dealer advised i was "asking too much of the head unit initiating voice commands". I pointed out that the head unit was only a slave to the IPhone and had little to do with that. Tried Android phones as well with similar failure rates"

Glenn D., IL (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"voice command controls unreliable"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice command module has to be frequently uploaded, and frequently fails to understand or execute requests. I have taken this issue to two dealers, and the faults continue after service"

Jane C., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"NThe voice command system doesn't seem to understand me - but our other vehicle (not Subaru) has no problem. This is my 7th Subaru. I love their cars, but they need to catch up on their electronics"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice commands do not work all the time even when used by the same person in the same speaking tone"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Absolutely awful, can take as much as long as 10 minutes to become fully functional. Very difficult to use effectively. Overall worthless and distracting to the point of being a hazard"

Scott H., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice commands do not at all work. They feature should not even be there. It's that bad"

Robert L., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Entering phone contacts can only be done by voice. I spent better part of an hour speaking in the 50 allowed contacts and phone numbers. But the device seldom if ever recognizes the names, rendering it totally useless. Dealer just shrugged and sai"

Richard L., VT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When attempting to call a phone number on my contact list it fails to recognize the correct name and comes up with some unrelated alternative suggestion. Sometimes, if I'm not in a hurry it can be funny, but mostly it is just annoying. Even when I attempt to call up the dealership if wont recognize the contact. Also the voice is very irritating,"

Jacob F., NM (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. Why buy a car with this feature to have it quit shortly after car was out of warranty. It was a known issue bu Subaru"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice command function is sporadic and the software frequently requires down loading. Often, it does not understand my command. Subaru technicians can not find the problem"

Jane C., NM (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice control command works very poorly. I have totally given up on it."

Don S., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Air leaks around the driver door. in the colder weather the lower part of the door is very cold"

Leslie H., NB (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"spare tire wheel well fills with water that does not drain"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There appears to be a design flaw Subaru is not interested in investigating. Under certain conditions (that do not occur very often) a stream of water will flow into the passenger compartment from behind the glove box."

J C., NY (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Water leaking into rear cargo area via sunroof and shoulder belt Seems to be fairly common see it via you tube"

James S., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"door seals leaks cold air. Subaru added better weather stripping in 2017 to correct the problem"

Thomas M., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sunroof had a leak in it"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condensation inside passenger tail light assembly"

Marilyn C., MI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"travel on dirt roads !!!terrible dust in all areas"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The sun roof developed a break in the seal resulting in mold/fungus forming along the window edge"

Denise M., OR (2015 Subaru Forester)
Squeaks or rattles

"Certain plastic dash components squeak/rattle during the winter when cold. Not a problem during warm weather."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor rattle in dash - repaired by my mechanic"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"will rattle on rougher pavements, sometimes more than others (probably temperature dependent) Occasionally noticeable and annoying."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when on the road, the passenger seat makes this weird squeak noise but they haven't been able to find anything wrong with it"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dashboard at times. Good amount of road noise."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield rattled"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise in the cabin has been progressively louder. There is a rattle sometimes when I accelerate that started about 2 months ago. I have recall appointment and plan to discuss with dealership."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Rattle caused by air conditioning lines vibrating against frame"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks rattles from inside cabin."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a loose plastic clicking noise inside the center instrument cluster. Dealership removed the cluster, and looked around but it was never found. It only vibrates/clicks around 50mph so we just learned to ignore it"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"A part that helped open the back lift gate had come unbolted and made popping sounds when the hatch back was opened or lowered. Subaru replaced the bolt and used liquid weld to hold it in place. No further problems"

Melanie W., AR (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a noise coming from the dash or the windshield. I have gone to the dealer and contacted Subaru numerous times. They always tell me that they can't find anything, but the noise hasn't stopped"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Various squeaks in dash near window"

Anonymous, NL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very hard squeak near glove box that comes and goes"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"vibration in dash. loud when cold outside. very annoying. dealership can't find it at this time"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic door panel rattles when music plays"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is usually something rattling in the dash area. I've never had a new car that was such a rattletrap"

Kenneth S., VA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks in the rear hatch and front dash areas"

Anonymous, MT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the dash and pillers squeak like crazy- Subaru will not fix"

Steve H., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash rattles have been an ongoing irritation which dealer hasn't resolved after numerous attempts"

Don W., NM (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of rattles in the front area, had to dealership twice so far"

David L., OH (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's door panel rattles"

Wade P., SK (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We live on a dirt road and our Forester rattles a lot. We have had the door seals cleaned several times. That helps, but the rattles keep coming back"

Francois C., CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Eyesight housing rattles. They will fix it under warranty, but I haven't had time to take it in"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On gentle application of the brakes the car emits a large rattle or noise like a jack hammer that occurs as a burst of noise or sometimes a continuation of the noise when it suddenly stops. It is inconsistent and hard to reproduce on demand. The brakes have been checked and are fine and the car performance is otherwise unaffected"

Robin B., BC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dashboard rattles loudly. Had it in twice and still not fixed. Disappointed!!"

Scott M., OR (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of rattle"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A rattle in the driver's side door has become more noticeable as time goes on"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Known problem with rattles on this model occurring between the windshield and the dash. I fixed the rattle by adding a rubber cord between the windshield and dash"

John C., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from dash in area of hood over infomatic screen"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"many rattles/buzzes all over dash--passenger rear fender fuel door cable not installed right - rattled. Been in to dealer several times and they can not/ or won't fix dash rattles--did fix fuel door cable"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dashboard rattle"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash vibrates while driving, visors and dash rattle when going over bumps, moonroof shade makes clicking noise"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When weather is cold, there is a plastic-to-plastic squeak in the upper dash display"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"windshield rattles while driving on occasion"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"intermittent dashboard rattle"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In dash noise- clunking somewhere in dash and squeaking/buzzing in the region of the back up camera screen.Made worse by the cold.Both pretty much constant on bumpy roads. A few youtube videos posted showed this was not an isolated case"

Don T., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"irritating rattle in dashboard area that we and the dealer have been unable to localize/fix. Usually, but not always, associated with slightly rough roads. Dealer said this was not unusual"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester)

"There are rattles as I drive. The finish feels inadequate/incomplete/shabby. The base of the steering wheel is hidden with flimsy hanging cloth. The seat bottoms, with hanging pieces of carpet. I love the car, but it seems the finish was "rushe"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dash and driver door have intermittent but persistent annoying rattle"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"trunk door and dash I fixed them myself using sponge to force into areas that squeak"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sunroof tracks squeak and are annoying"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The visor or top of the computer screen began rattling. This appears to be a common problem according to Utube. Dealer corrected the problem. Hopefully the noise will not return"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle on dashboard below windshield"

Michel P., QC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Upper panel rattles on our dirt road and can't seem to get the dealer to fix it"

Francois C., CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Annoying noise coming from roof in area of passenger sun visor. So far dealer is unable to correct"

Gregory H., FL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just does not feel as solid as I would have thought"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisey car. Seatbelts rattled, car rattle and squeaks, VERY ANNOYING. Unsattisfied with the vehicle because of all the noise"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited)

"There was a rattle under the dash. It was fixed at the dealer. ps. I live on a dirt road so if it can rattle it will. All is fine now"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear windshield wiper relay is loud. Vent for front windshield defrost rattles over some uneven surfaces"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Creaking noise front wheel area. Five visits to dealer fixed it six months ago. Noise now back. Sounds like a bucket of bolts"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"camera on Eyesight System rattles"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Almost immediately there was a rattle coming from the front dash. Twice into the shop and they could not locate it. It is extremely irritating."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dash board area rattles in cold weather"

Chris F., MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Road noise"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"squeaks and rattles from the dash"

Randolph W., SC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"constant rattle/buzz, passenger side front console. annoying."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle seems to be coming from center of dash. Dealer can't seem to find it."

Charles E., FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles in dash."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"area at dashboard around speedometer and tach rattles. also steering wheel is pealing"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"plastic bolt cover drivers side by windshield viberates at speed at times when wind is blowing."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We live on a dirt road with some ruts, washboarding, and dust in summer. The doors on the Forester start to rattle and we find it difficult to make the noise go away."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rattle around visors. They worked on twice. I repaired with piece of paper in visor"

David L., OH (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles in dash"

Anonymous, MT (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rather consistent rattle coming from the ceiling area in front of the driver/passenger seats or from the dashboard. It's annoying"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it does have a few squeaks when on rough roads."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash rattles intermittent"

Tim H., MN (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dash at gauge area"

Justine V., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight rattle somewhere near ceiling on passenger side - cannot locate source."

Leigh C., GA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is basically very noisy so ride does not feel smooth."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"See problem with struts"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I think it's all A-Pillar Rattle and it's a known problem with this car. It's a noise on the driver's side in front of you, where the windshield meets the left side car frame. It's a rattling, popcorn sounding noise. It tends to happen when driving 60mph+ on highways and/or windy days. Colder weather seems to aggravate it. I had the car serviced by Subaru for this exact problem. They did something and it fixed it by 50%. Better than nothing I guess."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling sound from somewhere near dashboard. Can't determine cause."

Kevin D., OR (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"It's just very noisy, especially on highway."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When back windows are open and the front windows are closed, there is an unbearable noise vibration."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I do not remember when it started as seems to be a problem right after purchasing. Very loud, difficult to hear passengers, radio and whether cell rang."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

"At highway speeds, there is a squeaking sound around the front windshield"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisy when on highway. Wind rattles something near the hood and windshield"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"this is a great vehicle but inside the cabin when driving at high speeds there is a high noise level. More sound insulation would increase their sales and improve the driver experience."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a lot of wind and road noise, especially on the highway. It hasn't been resolved. It's just a very noisy car."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Noisy cabin"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisy car. The wind noise is distracting and makes it hard to head the audio"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"This model has a history of wind noise. Not too bad, but the issue should be addressed by Subaru"

Anonymous, MT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"way more noisy than my 2008 kia sedona. again stupidroo can't seem to find problem"

Paul V., WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We love the Forester, but it's noisy in the cabin when on the road or freeway"

Francois C., CA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car makes so much noise when you drive over 40 miles an hour that you can't listen to radio or anything else. I got the car for family trips, but we prefer to drive something else on highway because of noise"

Margaret L., MI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium)

"Car is very noisy. Hard to listen to radio or books on tape"

John S., IL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems the wind noise cant be resolved. Also, a wheel sensor went out, & the dealer took 3 months to get a replacement, then acted like nothing was wrong after letting my forester sit for 3 months"

David E., TN (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise at the back gets louder the faster the car goes"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very loud"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot more wind and road noise than I had with my previous vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited)

"Noisy ride"

Paul V., WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind when driving at higher speeds"

Randolph W., SC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At higher speeds the wind noise from windows is annoying"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise in door and window areas"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving over 25mph the vehicle is extremely noisy. Bluetooth calls are almost impossible because there is so much background noise from wind. This is probably the noisiest car I've ever owned. It sounds as if one is driving through a wind tunnel"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy in higher speeds, also can't hear the blue tooth phone very well while driving."

Julie C., IL (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The lack of sound proofing in the rear of the car. Very loud at 60MPH."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise above 30mph, at 60 mph hard to hear someone speaking."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Door and window"

Justine V., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"hard to hear radio"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is more noisy than I would like, especially for highway driving. I used to drive a Honda Fit, which had horrible noise, so it's at least better than that."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Doors and window"

Justine V., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My husband hates this car. It is so noisy he has to turn the radio up full blast to hear it. He can never hear me talking if I am in the car with him. It rattles and squeaks too."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Car is noisy when driven over 50 mph"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If rear windows are opened without a front window open, the sound is so loud it is unbearable."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I would like the road noise to be reduced."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise around the driver's door."

Anonymous, NS (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 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

"front Cig lighter used for powering my Garmin stopped giving power. Had to use the one in the center console."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"locks would not open with remote key, had to use manual key to open"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The security light on the dash clicks on every 10 seconds. At the same time the windows or seat position controls do not function. Eventually drains the battery. Does not do this consistently. When it stops, other problems disappear as well. They have not solved the issue yet. Remain uncertain as to the cause"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"I will assume Subaru knows there is a problem because I've had to have the passenger side seat sensor recalled twice. I believe the sensor somehow detects electronics with Bluetooth. If I have my handbag with cellphone or Kindle or iPad in it on the passenger side floor, front or back, the passenger seat light and seatbelt alarm comes on. You can pullover and fasten the seatbelt to make it think someone has fastened it but then the sensor detects no weight. You must turn the vehicle off and move the items to a place the sensor cannot detect. Dangerous if it starts beeping on the interstate and you cannot do anything about it. The sensor also detects a large handbag as a person's weight and will start beeping when driving. The car has had at least 5 recalls and I believe two were passenger seat issues. I do not believe the problem can be fixed without fully disconnecting it. Unfortunately the sensor is attached to the passenger airbag, which has multiple recalls, so it would be dangerous to disconnect it."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The module controlling the tailgate did not work properly. Sometimes the gate would refuse to open when using the button on the tailgate. The module was replaced, but is still overly sensitive to any pressure applied to the tailgate"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I pulled into a gas station, filled up, back in the vehicle, pushed the keyless start and nothing. Tried to shut off and start over and all the indicator lights stayed on. Made sure car was in Park, foot on the brake, tried again, nothing. Called Sub"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning icons for slope assistance keeps coming on Automatic trunk opening malfunction Automatic garage door opener malfunctions once in awhile"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 modules went bad accessory module and anti theft module"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As part of warning lights malfunction, the x-track function and I-sight function would not work, and did not work even after the car restarted. After several cycles of starting the car, powering it down, and then restarting, the x-track and i-sight resumed working, but now worried won't work at random times."

Anonymous, AP (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Main computer chip,had to be replaced"

Joseph B., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"The clock loses time"

Anonymous, MS (2015 Subaru Forester Touring)

"The clock will not remain in sync and is often slow, even after adjusted at the dealership. The process of changing the clock is quite complicated"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have followed the time change instructions perfectly. However, the clock does not accept the changes."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is extremely difficult to set the clock in the Subaru—or any other dashboard system, e.g., day of the week. All are set via a device on the steering wheel. It is very touchy."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Subaru Forester)

"The system stopped working"

Pam P., CO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual did not correspond to actual system on dashboard so it was difficult to change settings. Also, connection for phone would work for a few weeks, stop, have to be started again, then stop. finally gave up and cannot use phone in car."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Too many buttons and the order of using them. Other than the control of the comfort buttons, we love the safty looks, general running of the car are great."

William S., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the most user unfriendly automobile clock ever"

Jackie H., (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Eyesight problems. For no reason stops working and shuts down"

Peter S., ON (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace break light switch so eyesight would work. this also impacted cruise control"

Jerry K., SC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lane departure and collision warning lights come on for no apparent reason, when that happens the cruise control does not work. it has back to the dealer 3 times and one they told me there was no problem, the second time they said it was because my windshield was dirty and the final reason was because when my windshield was cracked I didn't have it replaced with a Subaru windshield"

Cathy R., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control at first worked intermittently. Now it doesn't work at all. This after Subaru has had the car for 20 days. I am seeking lemon law relief"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace my headlights twice in a year then my two tail lights on separate occasions"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"I broke the tailight when I closed the hatch not reslizing my syspension broke and was haning down. The suspension bar broke my tsil lights."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"recall item relating to the tail/brake light. Resolved by dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Brake light bulb needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Courtesy Light on drivers mirror flickered for a few days then went out. The dealership replaced the whole mirror. It was under warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fog light burned out after 12000 miles"

Mark D., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace rear light"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem was very hard to diagnose but finally discovered to be a factory defect. Dealership covered most of the charges, but it was still a vexing experience. Overall, I still really like my car and recommend it to others, though."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"backup light was out"

Young P., OR (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We were getting a sporadic warning on dashboard - it just illuminated once in a while, then eventually stayed on longer and longer. Took it in and found out that whenever this warning flashed, the brake lights were malfunctioning."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The was a recall to fix a potential problem with the brake lights"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lights burn out"

Mark L., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pinched wire caused reverse lights to stop working. Was probably manufacturing defect not accident or use. Would have been expensive to fix but dealership offered us deal to cover it like extended warranty (although we did not have one)."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake light"

Fred H., OH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake light bulb went out."

Denise M., OR (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Just received a recall notice that a defect exists which could cause brake lights to not light up when braking."

Daniel T., CO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light bulbs burning out prematurely. Just received a recall notice on potential brake light problems. Dealer check has not yet occurred."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall notice"

Fred F., MN (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Recall item. Rear brake light switch had to be replaced to avoid possible safety problem."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for brake lamp switch"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on possible defective brake lights"

Anonymous, VT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light switch started causing problems with various dash warning lights and did not activate brake lights."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told the repair at the dealer for the previous described problem of very difficult gear shift change was due to a Brake light switch, so that is why I checked that, which also applies to the other categories I checked. It was just one problem, but I didn't know on the survey which exact problem to check."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Another driver stopped me and asked if I knew that I had no brake lights at all. All brake lights went out all at once and then the headlights blew a month later."

Jackie H., (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"I believe the gauges have malfunctioned because of the problem with the rodents chewing the wiring."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Resetting the clock, etc. display to complicated"

William R., MT (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally, none of the gauges work"

Anonymous, MS (2015 Subaru Forester Touring)

"During daylight in very sunny days and while wearing sunglasses, the dashboard lights are so dim that determining speed accurately on analog speedometer not possible. I have attempted to maximize dashboard lighting to no avail."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"all gauges go berserk"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My warning lights came on for 3 things. They were on the same circuit, so when something happened to one of them, all three lit up. It was an easy fix, but took some time finding the right garage. Subaru of Olympia said it was nothing and they could fit me in in 2 weeks. My 75 yr. old brain did not like that and felt somewhat unsafe."

Sally W., WA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"it is the same as the previous problem"

Walter G., PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The external temperature gauge reading sticks and has always done so intermittently. The dealer said they couldn't fix it unless I actually brought the car when it was stuck. This has never been feasible for various reasons so it is still sticking."

Sydney E., OR (2015 Subaru Forester)

"to small and complicated"

William S., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Seem to need replaced a lot. Had to replace both within a year. I suspect some type of electrical problem."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight burned out."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One headlight burned out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"after having replaced a front headlamp last year, had to replace three within two weeks recently"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Right headlamp unit needed to be replaced. Warranty covered cost"

Ronald B., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We do not know how to turn the headlights on"

Jesse E., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The headlight lamps have been replaced twice. For a car under one year old, I did not expect that to occur"

Chris L., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace brake lights and headlights more often than usual. I seem to have to replace one every 3 months. I have never had to replace lights that often in any vehicle I have ever had."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlight bulbs had to be replace in the last three months. One of them had to be repalced a second time."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost count of how many lights I have had to replace. I have never had to replace this many lights in a vehicle. Very annoying"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulbs keep burning out."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lights burn out quickly"

Mark L., CT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Motor on the electric driver seat was faulty and had to be replaced. Before replacement the seat would sometimes move and sometimes would not"

Dylan M., IA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"The horn became inoperative because of a failure of the clock spring, and it cost nearly $1,000 to repair. I learned that this has been a common problem in Subaru models for many years."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"horn stop working and it was not under warranty. It was just under $1000 to fix. I don't have a horn."

Anonymous, KS (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Horn stopped working. Subaru service said it needs to be replaced at a cost of $800 plus and is not covered by warranty. Without a horn, vehicle cannot pass safety inspection. Without safey sticker, vehicle cannot be registered or driven on public roads. So I think the horn failure caused the vehicle to become inoperable. Checked with several mechanics about alternatives, and they could find none. Can't afford $800 for a horn, especially with COVID 19 impact on earnings and savings. Very disappointed in how Subaru handled this. Also have two other problems. The hill assist icon comes on intermittently but repeatedly; and Subaru cannot figure out why this happens. Most importantly is an engine problem. When I'm fully stopped, and accelerate to drive away the engine pauses/boggs down intermittently and unexpectedly placing me at risk of getting struck by the vehicle behind me. Initially, pressing on the accelerator has no effect. Pumping the gas pedal finally results in normal acceleration. Have had this problem checked out by Subaru on half a dozen occasions. They can't identify the cause, and said I don't understand how transmissions work."

Anonymous, HI (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It does not make any sound."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the two horns stopped working. Wire corroded."

Anonymous, AR (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"If I accidentally leave one small interior light on in my Subaru, the battery will die. In three years, this has happened three times. The last time I had to replace the battery."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Subaru Forester)
Keyless entry

"The front doors wouldn't lock or unlock at times, and we were told it would get worse with time to the point where it wouldn't work at all. The lock mechanism had to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear door won't open at times. This door also didn't close one day. I haven't fixed this because door doesn't need to be used often."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the passenger's door doesn't lock or unlock by the fob, it has to be done manually. To repair it is to costly."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Randomly stops working on various doors. The issue has not been resolved"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"The computer controller failed, had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If you don't lock your car doors, it drains the battery looking for the key. There should be a "sleep" mode for the car after, say 5 minutes, so it doesn't drain the battery. I shouldn't have to buy a trickle battery charger to keep my battery charged if I haven't driven my car for a week! WTF??"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer had to replace the tire pressure/remote keyless entry module"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Electric door lock failure on two doors"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The back hatch sometimes will not open using the keyless entry system. When it is closed during cold weather, the warning light on the dash often states the hatch is not closed when it is"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically had to reboot the computer module by disconnecting the battery"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The back liftgate stopped opening and closing completely with the electronic controls (one touch buttons). Must be lifted and closed manually. Replacement of the mechanism(s) is expensive."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Has touch button start and continually have issues with it not starting the engine. Also has systems alerts going off about checking ABS and other internal systems, these warnings appear to be without any creditability. Have received a recall notice a few days ago hopefully this will address that issue"

Fred S., FL (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"TPMS indicator light comes on intermittently when first starting out on cold mornings; dealer checked out system and found not errors or problems; he was not aware of the issue in other vehicles"

Anonymous, VT (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Port doesn't work and would be expensive to fix."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the usb port for 4 years and now it's broke. we don't know what happened it just won't work."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a surprising and strange issue one time. When I plugged in a cable to connect my iPod, it got stuck in there. I couldn't figure out how to pull it back out. It was that way for weeks and I don't even recall how I got it back out. I've used many connectors over the years and couldn't believe it was that tricky or unintuitive. The connector I used was inside the storage area between the two front seats. As far as I recall that was the first and last time I used it, and now I'm a little hesitant to try again."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Last week, my check engine, vehicle assist and other lights came on. I took the car in for service. Rodents had chewed the wiring because it is a soy-based product. I now have to spend $1200 and use rodent deterrent to correct this problem. I am annoyed."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights constantly malfunctioning, finally coughed up the money to have it repaired last summer"

Anonymous, (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Battery failed causing multiple emergency lights to activate. Brake light switch replaced twiced. All parts and labor covered by agency even after guarantee passed"

Richard A., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake sensor light failed"

Mick R., CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The hill climb warning light comes on and stays on for extended periods of time. It has been checked but not fixed"

Anonymous, ID (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i)

"i keep getting a warning stating that my door or my trunk was open although my doors/trunk were closed"

Rex P., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Subaru Forester)

"I have had more electrical problems the door light in the dash board will pop up and then disappear. There are two switches by the rear view mirror than signal whether or not you are crossing a line when driving and these two switches pop on and off quite regularly and the rear defroster switch has on occasion popped on and off. The rear ceiling light popped on once. I have already replaced the battery and was told this would take care of the problems, it did not. The popping on and off of d"

Judith G., CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The check engine light has come on but we do not yet know the reason. It has just happened and we are taking it to the dealer to have it fixed tomorrow"

Laura S., TX (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A number of warning lights came on and required 3 trips to dealer to fix with new sensors, etc"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With about 29,000 miles on the odometer, the vehicle's warning lights for the antilock brake system, hilltop start assist, traction and stability control and all Eyesight components (adaptive cruise control, precollision warning and braking and lane departure warning) would all come on simultaneously and stay on. When the warning lights came one, none of these components would work. The problem turned out to be a faulty sensor. I went to the dealership and spent $180 to have it replaced. The vehicle's warranty had expired 6 months before the problem occurred, so I had to spend my own money to have the repair done. The vehicle was 3 and a half years old at the time this happened. (I purchased it new in October 2014)."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gave a warning about brakes on dash, faulty brake pedal switch."

William G., MO (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"come on without warning, systems controlled by them quit also"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All warning lights came on, car wouldn't start. Had to turn off and wait several minutes. Clock, other onboard systems all reset to baselines. Problem continues to recur at random times."

Anonymous, AP (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple warning lights came on; a switch was faulty"

Robert R., GA (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Brake lights failed to function due to a bad brake switch."

Jim G., CA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Periodically upon start-up the car indicates that my ABS system, Vehicle Dynamic Control system, and Hill Assist system are malfunctioning and need attention. But this only occurs on select start-ups, usually if it's humid and recently rained. Now Subaru has issued a recall indicating that there is a faulty indicator light that can be associated with these systems that can in fact turn them off when it accidentally kicks in."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when we start the car occasionally the entire warning lights come on and flash for 10 or 15 seconds. no one can find out why."

Walter G., PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several dashboard warning lights unexpectedly stayed lit when starting vehicle-anti slide, and 2 others (I can't remember which). Book said OK to drive, but if lights were lit, I could not move shift from park to drive. Finally quickly started car and before lights stayed on, I shifted, and drove to dealer."

Susan M., NY (2015 Subaru Forester)

"Main computer, needed to be replaced, break light switch needs to be replaced,recall. Remote start will not work in the winter."

Joseph B., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer line broke near driver's side wheel well. Fluid would spray inside the engine bay"

Mac M., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We do not know how to turn the windshield wipers on"

Jesse E., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"washer system plugged up and stopped working. parts were replaced but no reason given why it happened."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"I think the alignment was part of the spring problem - which Subaru fixed during the recall. Too bad it took 5 years for the recall."