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

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

Owner Reports

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

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

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

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

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

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

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 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

“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

“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)

“daylight. it is washed out”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“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)

“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 Unsure 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)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure)

“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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure Unsure)
Radio

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure)

“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)

“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 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)

“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 Unsure 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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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)
Squeaks or rattles

“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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure)

“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)

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure)

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

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)

“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)

“The clock loses time”

Anonymous, MS (2015 Subaru Forester Touring Unsure)

“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)
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)

“Resetting the clock, etc. display to complicated”

William R., MT (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasionally, none of the gauges work”

Anonymous, MS (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“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)
Keyless entry

“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)
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)
Warning lights

“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 Unsure)

“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 Unsure Unsure)

“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 Unsure 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)
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)
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)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“A trim piece fell off the outside passenger mirror. Had to pay for replacement despite warranty”

Robert H., FL (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Exterior brake lights housing leaks”

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

“Large black molding at the bottom of the passenger front door fell off while driving down the road”

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

“Bought bumper guards and two fell off. Again dealer claimed due to road hazards. It seems dealer considers any body or trim issues due to driving the car . Again we feel misleading sales tactics”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“A driver-side exterior trim piece on the door, came loose soon after the window motor assembly was repaired”

Eric G., MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“corner guards peeled off against snowdrifts”

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

“Loose trim on very bottom of passenger side front door”

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

“I find the the "finishing" of my 2015 is inadequate. I have had pieces of exterior moldings fall off. I found them in a parking lot. I previously had a fuel inefficient car with a much better finish all around”

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

“Front bumper gets loose and develops widening gap where it is attached”

Benny M., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Trim around sunroof loose”

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

“carpet is wearing out--very cheap”

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

“Cheap plastics under and close to dash board, if you are nor extra careful you may rip off or get hurt with sharp and abrupt edges”

Benny M., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint has not held up well at all-”

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

“Environmental corrosion on the driver-side passenger door”

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

“Paint had many defects, complete car had to be repainted, covered by warranty”

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

“Slight imperfection under the paint (a bubble) that opened up after 8 months of ownership”

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

“paint was easily scratched by other vehicles doors”

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

“Rusting around wheel well. Dealer said due to road hazards and refused to repair. Hard to Believe. Dealer experience has deteriorated. Was sold an extended "warranty " we feel mislead, a waste of money. We are pleased with the car, But dispointed with dealer. We have heard similar problems from other Subaru owners. This is hurting an otherwise good brand”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

“We have owned the car for just over a year and the wheels already have rust”

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

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor not running. Dealer diagnosed that ice buildup on a sensor inhibitted a/c clutch pull in. Parking in a heated garage for a few hours did the trick”

Fred B., MB (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“at 37000 miles (right after 36K warranty expired) the A/C started making noise. We took it to Pep Boys, and it cost us $1,241.00 to get it fixed”

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

“A/C intermittently does not produce cold air. Turning the car off and restarting resolves the issue temporarily”

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

“AC system experienced an internal failure that required replacement of compressor and condenser. Dealership replaced the system”

Michael Y., FL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Blower Fan had to be replaced due to the ball bearings going bad, the fan unit was very noisy”

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

“Bearing was making noise and fan speed control was going bad”

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

“There always seems to be a problem with the windshield fogging up in the winter because you cannot run the defogger/defroster without pulling in outside air--thus you either have a cold car that has a clear windshiled or a warm car that has foggy win”

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

“It's so loud you you can't hear yourself think. Also side windows fog”

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

“the heater to the floor area is inadequate in winter months. Subaru said it is working ok. yet the added more weather stripping and insulation in 2017”

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

“Not enough heat. Turning temp right up does not mean it gets warm in the vehicle”

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

“There's little or not heat that reaches the floor of the back seat. No conduit exists. A manufacturing/design fault, I'd say”

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

“Within in 2 months of purchasing my new car I had to have the thermostat replaced. However, I live in a high elevation and I still get minimal heat until I drive down into lower elevations. Replacing the thermostat did not help this issue”

Jeanne G., NV (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“low heat”

Jeffrey F., IL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was not hot enough to defrost the windshield. I brought it in and it checked out fine”

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

“Vehicle not cooling properly. Subaru Service Dept found that refrigerant level was extremely low. Wasn't sure why. Topped off. Didn't detect leak”

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Compressor belt squeaked. Fixed under warranty”

Mark C., TX (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“rough idle. two cylinders read high and two read low. Stupidroo can't find any thing wrong!!!!!!!”

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

“The engine and emissions system has a known problem where the fuel is not adequately combusted leading to eventual error codes and reduced performance. The dealership had to intervene twice on our vehicle already, at 15k and 22k miles”

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

“Randomly engine not starting. Initially was thought to be due to a computer error. However problem recurred and is currently being reevaluated. Possibly due to faulty fuel pressure regulator”

Barbara C., KS (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“Engine computer goes into basic mode (shuts off safety and traction control) randomly in colder weather.Reason it states is valve lag time. This problem happened 4 times. Often a few days after filling with gas”

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

“Uses oil at rate of about 1 quart every 1,500 to 2,000 miles (less after fresh oil change, more later)”

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

“Not a true leak but the oil seems to evaporate away. in under 5k miles the oil is completely gone”

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

“Subaru is currently testing my car for excess oil consumption”

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

“Not oil leak, but it was the closest choice. At 26000mi I had waited until it had been 7500 miles to change the oil when admittedly they recommended changing synthetic at 6000. My oil light came on and there was no oil on the dip stick. I have had 4 Toyota's that used synthetic oil and we changed them at 10000. I was shocked to see no oil. There was no leak and I had it professionally changed that day. The garage could find no leaks so I'm thinking it's burning it. I have watched it closely and”

Amy B., IA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's not actually a leak. It is high oil usage. Need to add a quart after about 4000 miles”

William M., NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns oil. This car started burning oil a year ago and it is not that old”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Shortly after we purchased the car, the oil warning light came on. At the dealer they added oil and forgot to put the cap back on. The oil blew out again and made a big mess. They refilled it. After a few months, the oil light came on again and it in”

Theresa W., NM (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light went on after 2000 miles indicating low oil. Took to dealer. Currently doing a test to identify the reason”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“The oil light comes on every 1200 miles or so and the engine needs another quart. I have brought it in TWICE for this problem and it is still going on”

Mary R., NJ (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle taken to dealer for routine oil change maintenance. Noticed slow oil leak following work performed. Returned to dealer, was informed I had a bad gasket seal. Gasket replaced under warranty. No problems since”

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

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Premature failure of ABS sensors. Dealer repaired the problem and hasn't occurred again”

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

“Warning light came on, could not get car out of 'P'ark. Had to use screwdriver to bypass the lock out to get car into 'D'rive”

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

“Brake Lamp Switch failed, causing brake lights to not consistently illuminate, ABS to be disabled, traction control to be disabled, and electronic stability control to be disabled. The problem was immediately fixed by the dealership without an appointment (on a Saturday no less)”

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

“Sensor went out on top of brake pedal”

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

“Problem was a faulty brake light switch”

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

“Underside of car completely rusted away”

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

“The vehicle started making a terrible noise decided not to drive any further. Waited an hour for a tow. Dealership said the e brake was a mess and needed to order parts, repairs took a week. Good news (?) everything was under warranty”

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

“Disc brakes and rotors on front and rear need to be replaced”

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

“Rear brake pads and discs needed replacement at 57000km. I am very easy on brakes, and usually get 100k before needing brake work. Most of the km's on this vehicle is highway driving (approx. 40000km)”

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

“Front and rear brakes”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)
Squeaking

“First the axle bearing went. Then horrible squeaking in that area. Breaks were in bad shape- frozen”

Melinda D., NY (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Regular brake failure

“Brake fade on first day of driving after purchase. Dealer confirmed and corrected problem”

Anonymous, WI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 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

“dealer found front-end alignment problem. Was realigned under warranty”

Jon P., NM (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear alignment was off causing the car to loose traction and pull to the right or left, even at low speeds on slushy roads”

S N., MN (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“pulled to the right after alignment it still pulls to the right”

Marty M., ID (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Completely rusted”

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

“Suspension is too stiff, ride is unsettled”

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

“Suspension is too stiff, ride is jittery”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering wheel would freeze and you could not turn in any direction”

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

“Loose steering causes the car to wander on the interstate”

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

“Rear wheel bearing replaced under warranty. Old bearing was making noise”

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

“rear bearing worn, replaced”

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

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Twice had engine rebuilt due to excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

“Excessive oil consumption, 1 quart every 4000 mi”

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

“The distributor tested the engine twice and repaired the engine without argument. The also rented me a car while the repairs were made, which took a week after parts arrived. I am very satisfied”

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

“Blew head gasket in 10k mi Short block replaced due to inability to fix. Had to bring car in 4 times”

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

“Recall related complete engine replacement for pre-ignition issue. This is the XT (Turbo) model Forester FA-20 DIT engine. Covered under warranty completely”

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

“Failed oil consumption test; burns about 1 qt per 1000 miles. Scheduled for a new engine block (under warranty) at the dealer”

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

“Engine was consuming excessive oil so Subaru replaced the short block. Afterwards there were adjustment issues that required a return visit to resolve”

Warren P., MA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Used excessive oil Engine replaced by recall”

Ron S., NV (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burned quart of oil every 1000 miles from day one. Engine replacement paid by Subaru. At first Subary claimed that it was normal to burn oil!”

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

“Vehicle consumes oil at a crazy rate. Had to add a quart of oil every 400 miles”

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

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“The transmission does not engage right away when you push on the gas pedal. Then in a count of one or two it surges into gear. The acceleration is unexpected and can be a safety concern when you think you at the speed limit and the bloody car surges”

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

“The ligths on my console will turn on and off. The car didn't want to shift into the next gear and when it did I was very rough”

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

“Transmission hesitates too long from reverse to drive”

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

“Dealer had to flash the powertrain control module and replace the brake light switch for shifting problems”

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

“Since day I bought car, it stutters when accelerating from a stop within the first 5 minutes of driving. Subaru claims it's normal and the computer is getting to know my driving preferences in first 1000 miles. It didn't go away after 1000 miles”

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

“Gasket on the tranny pan leaked and had to be replaced under warranty”

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

“leak with seal on the transmission pan”

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

“Slight leak that has been addressed by Subaru service, but continues”

Anonymous, VT (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Sensor for brake wouldn't let car shift”

Frederick E., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Shifting from reverse to forward takes about 4 seconds”

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

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Probs with the alternator caused many of electronic features not to work, such as cruise control, lane crossing alarms, etc. A different type of alternator was finally installed, but it took about 6 weeks after the problem was diagnosed (this took about a month) to get the part. The dealer supplied a rental for a month. The problem had to occur on 4 different occasions before the dealer concluded that there was a problem. A short fix was to reset the computer, thus wiping out all the error mes”

Judith C., NC (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The alternator failed which is not that big of a deal but the vehicle was out of commission for 4 weeks until a replacement part was available”

Jim R., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“On a recent check up it was revealed that the battery was very low. They replaced it immediately”

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

“Battery that came with the car was under powered, lower than owner manual suggested and had to be replaced at 28k miles”

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

“had to be replaced after 2 years”

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

“The battery failed which was probably a result of the alternator failing to charge it properly”

Jim R., PA (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery failed, vehicle would not start. Dealer said it was defective and replaced for free under warranty”

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

“WQW 58 recall. Unable to get timing correct. Replaced motor. SOA was unable to get second engine running smoothly. I ended up dumping the car”

John B., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“See previous note; problem is still being evaluated”

Barbara C., KS (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Unsure)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

“The passenger seat cushion actually collapsed in and needed to be replaced. Not sure of potential risk it posed, if any”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“It makes a squeaky noise everytime you push the button that unlocks the hatch. The dealer stayed the part is getting redesigned but this this happened 8 months ago. Subaru quality is going down, I had in mind to buy a Legacy but all this issues made to change my mind and now I consider my next car will be a Honda”

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

“Hatch would not lock without manual pressure. Dealer replaced latch all is well”

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

“Driver side window motor assembly failed. After 3 tries and two weeks the dealer figured out the problem. The window now chatters when wet while being raised. Dealer says they can do nothing as they can find nothing wrong”

Eric G., MA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger front window very leaky. Outside air comes in all around the window. Very drafty”

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

“Passenger side window is lowered aprx 1". Unable to get it to move up or down”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Fit of rear hatch is poor on one side. Visible gap on driver side compared to other side, but not so big that it allows water leaks”

Judith S., MI (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

“On a recent road trip, had an accidentally thrown stone crack the right windshield. Not the car's fault”

Vincent E., QC (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Driver's side mirror was distorted, causing my eyes to cross, generating a headache feeling”

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

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“I had recurrent Check Engine Light warnings. It was difficult to get an appointment with my local Subaru dealer to have it checked out with short notice. And, so I cleared the alerts with my own obd 2 reader. Then I was able to get an appointment after the check engine light came on again. It took 6 days for Subaru to diagnose the problem and have a part delivered. Seemed like a long time”

Jonathan M., WA (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When car has been parked on the road with any level of incline or decline, EGR and Cruise Control would start to blink just after engine was started. All functions like turbo or cruise control would not work”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel gauge indicated one Bar and I never received any warning that I had low fuel I just ran out of gas on a very busy interstate. Ended up costing me $300 to be towed into town. I called the Subaru dealership and all they could tell me was that if there was a problem it would take four days to get the part in and unfortunately I didn't have that time since I'm on vacation and not at my final destination. They told me to make sure that I didn't let the fuel gauge go below half. So I proceed”

Rebecca P., AL (2015 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car kept stalling. They had to replace some sensor that fixed the problem”

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

“Some type of speed control sensor. Sometimes traction control etc would not be available. Other time xt would not start. Sensor replacement fixed the issue, but i had to bring vehicle in several times before it was correctly repaired under warranty”

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

“My engine light went on while driving which shut off the safety systems, eyesight system and collision control. It took three tries to fix it and two different fuel line sensor/filters had to be put it. Fuel sensor shouldn't shut off safety systems!!”

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

“My Subaru Forester would not start on the first try. Sometimes I would have to try 2-4 times to start the car. My car is currently at the dealership waiting for a new fuel pump”

Christopher K., WI (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small issue with the car starting on first try. Had to replace fuel pump -- warranty repair”

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“At 16000 miles, clutch began to slip and was found to be scoured”

Warren P., MA (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch bearing failed at 60,000 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“CVT transmission failed at 25000 miles. Vehicle was towed to a dealer and a refurbished transmission was installed under warranty”

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

“Front bearing failure. SOA Replaced transmission”

John B., AZ (2015 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace, it gave me problems from beginning in lower shifting,”

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

“My transmission lost 3rd gear at approx 61000 miles. The transmission shop said it was not anything I had done, called the dealership on my behalf, but it was about 1000 miles over the warranty and they would not help me. Perhaps standards are really no longer viable. Also, my car is burning oil and has been within the first year of ownership. A mechanic I spoke to said all the new cars and I should see how bad BMW was. Not sure if this is true but I always need to add a quart of oil between ch”

Dory L., MS (2015 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“I recently heard a different sound coming from the engine/transmission. I took it to a Subaru dealer and they told that the transmission was bad ant they would have to replace the transmission. It is under warranty”

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

“Apply brakes engine completely shut off my opinion a safety issue dealer said we had to deal with Subaru we kid not want the car Subaru complied we are happy with the nea forester”

Gerald G., PA (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

“Rear wheel bearings had to be replaced at 63,000. Discovered by noise in rear of cab. Subaru replaced free of charge even though only warranted to 60,000 miles”

John G., IL (2015 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear wheel bearing failed. replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NH (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Brake Lamp Switch failed, causing brake lights to not consistently illuminate, ABS to be disabled, traction control to be disabled, and electronic stability control to be disabled. The problem was immediately fixed by the dealership without an appointment (on a Saturday no less)”

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

“Car ceased to function three times while on highway. Took to dealerships before it was discovered to be an ignition switch relay. Subaru covered 100% of towing and dealership expenses”

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

“Transmission (CVT) bearing failed. Entire transmission repaired under warranty”

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Stop at dealer to figure out the problem. Was immediately fixed”

Frank K., MN (2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Muffler

“Needed to be replaced after 7,000 miles”

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

“Middle muffler internal baffles loose, vibrate”

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

“Came defective from the factory; was replaced free of charge in second week of ownership”

Charles B., MO (2015 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“The car overheated the day after I purchased it. We were worried that this could lead to a head gasket problem, and two mechanics found signs of cooling problems beyond the immediate issue of overheating. I returned the car to the dealership”

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