2016 Subaru Forester Reliability - Consumer Reports
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The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

"It fogs up when I mentioned to dealer; he said to regularly wipe it off"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When it is dark out and no light is reflecting back on the rear view camera (as it would be when the reverse lights are reflecting off a wall or a street light is shining on the rear of the car), the display screen has "snow" making it difficult to see the camera image. The less light that reflects back on the camera, the more "snow" appears"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Eyesight system stops being operational when there is a storm"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Camera sensors malfunction when temps drop below freezing"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The forward sensors turn off with no apparent reason. Have had dealership reboot the system and they found no issues. The system did not record most of the instances in which the system disengaged itself"

Albert W., CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera does not work when weather is too cold, 20's or before car is very warm in winter"

Lydia K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front cameras would not continue working reliably after 3000 miles. continually stopped working within 3 miles of beginning drive. without the cameras all other safety driving functions failed. first dealership did not diagnose or address the problem correctly. second dealership diagnosed the problem and replaced the front cameras immediately. Issue resolved."

Albert W., CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"I complained on a Subaru survey about the dealer not addressing the problem and a few days later I received a call from Subaru. The rep told me that the system is not designed for audio book CDs and that was the cause of my problem. That was crazy. It had to do with the GPS plugged into the cigarette lighter and their software"

Larry T., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Hard to see the display and speedomerder"

Sodiri K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"display screen freezes. subaru is going to replace"

Regis K., NC (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display screen mileage does not always advance when I'm driving, making the distance to empty stat unreliable."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display screen will go blank or freeze up at seemingly random times. It will not happen for months and then repeatedly happen. It will usually solve itself after I shut the car off and turn it back on. When it freezes though the radio still works yet I can't control it via the screen, the buttons on the wheel, or even the physical volume knob. It is extremely frustrating as I have the display unit replaced twice since I have owned the vehicle and it still causes me issues. Since the problem solves itself I haven't replaced the current unit yet. I replaced it twice before because the screen eventually went completely blank and wouldn't turn on no matter what. Though even when this happened the radio still functioned. It is extremely frustrating but I will just deal with the occasional freezing. It seems to happen when it is particularly hot or cold but I haven't tracked it thoroughly enough to determine that as the cause. It is not consistent when it freezes up either, as in sometimes when I start the car it will be frozen and other times it will freeze up after I have been driving. I don't even have to be touching it when it freezes. One failure mode is that I go to change something and it is frozen. Another failure mode is it will start scrolling through the channels by itself or copying the current channel slot into the slots below (which is a pain because I then have to go and fix that when it unfreezes). When it is doing this scrolling it does not respond to any touches or input from the wheel controls."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally the display freezes and the only way to resolve it is pulling over, turning off the engine and re-starting the car."

Philip H., CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It froze. Went to navigation by phone. Cleared up when dealer put in a new panel."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen and entire system freezes including steering wheel controls. I have to stop, turn off and restart the car to reset. Initially an occasional issue, now more frequent"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The infotainment system froze while using a GPS plugged into the cigarette lighter and listening to an audio book. Couldn't stop the book of change volume or turn it off. We were driving through Atlanta and needed to hear the GPS. Bluetooth also mysteriously turns off"

Larry T., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes, the screen freezes, all the controls become nonfunctional. If the radio is on it stays on, volume can't be controlled, etc.. Generally, turning the car ignition off and back on resolves, difficult to do if you're on the road. :-) It's been mentioned at servicing more than two times and has not been resolved"

William T., OH (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"External temperature display freezes on a temperature for a day or two, then unfreezes."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This issue will happen randomly, and probably every few months it will occur. The screen is on but will not respond to any touch input. This renders the radio useless. I have not found any external reason as to why this occurs, it has happened in every season/weather and at any time of day. It can happen upon starting up the car and mid drive. It tends to resolve itself, but I have not found any trick to get it to return to normal, it just fixes itself when it wants. I have had the display screen replaced a few times because of this issue and the display screen going black."

Kyle P., NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Attempting to change radio station caused the audio unit to lockup. Could not change stations or audio source. Turning of the engine and restarting fixed the problem. Has not happened again...yet."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen has a mind of it's own. It will skip forwards and backwards without touching it. This creates a safety hazard. Also, it does not remember what it was doing between connections with the iphone. If I'm connected to the Iheart app the system defaults to the music app instead."

Michael C., ID (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"at minus 20 celcius and colder(live in Canada) i had the yellow advisement lights on for check engine,cruise control,whiper,transmission,etc,pratically every days,and one time it was a red stering and the power stering was off for two days.Subaru was not able to repair it and the problem resolve by itself with warm temperature."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen has gone blank on my Subaru multiple times. It renders the display useless, obviously, but it is extremely annoying as the display is used for the radio and the backup camera. It happens at completely random times. Start up the car, screen wont turn on. Mid drive, screen just goes blank. Has happened in winter and summer. I have had the dealership replace the display unit 2 or 3 times. It is covered under the warranty but they have offered no explanation as to why this occurs. The last time I had it replaced I explained how I have had to do this multiple times and asked what would happen if this occurred after my warranty was up. I received a very non-committal oh Subaru is pretty good with fixing these things after the warranty so you probably won't have to pay. I don't want probably I want to know that if this issue occurs after the warranty expires (which given the track record it probably will) that I won't have to shell out cash for this reoccurring issue that is not my fault at all. Very annoying."

Kyle P., NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes the USB connection works intermittently."

J C., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stops connecting. No way to update"

Judith C., OR (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"These were discussed in the prior problem since it affected radio/CD/Bluetooth."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The smartphone and bluetooth interface is an abomination. You cna use for PHONE or bluetooth podcast/map but NOT both. Also. The radio interface for stations is archaic, can't change position of pre-selects. Finally the speaker sound quality is terrible. Alwasy has been, dealer form start said NOTHING WRONG>"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Please see previous remarks"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"You CANNOT pair iPhones an use voice control to "play a song, album, or artist" wirelessly. You must connect it with a USB cable according to Suburu corporate offices. That's not what the salesman promised or the dealership service dept knew. Also the radio is terrible. It flicks from HD to non HD (worse than my 1996 Honda's standard radio) 10-12 times per mile right in Silicon Valley! TERRIBLE. Also the clock does not automatically change at daylight savings when you click AUTO. They ga"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"USB interface stopped working"

Eric L., HI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have dealer replace radio head...system stopped working when we plugged in usb"

W C., AK (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"iPod model was listed as compatible with the subaru, but as it was with my 2010, the same problem exists....iPod does not function properly with a subaru, though the manual says it should. dealer could not find the problem and i cannot use my iPod with my own music selections."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Display was defective: did not work."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The dimmer didn’t work, still isn’t working perfectly. The navigation system got completely screwed up by the electrical system problems; the first dealer did not repair it when I took it in. It took four trips to 3 dealers to get it repaired. Had problems with nearby dealers willingness to take care of the problem while under warranty. I purchased it from a dealer several miles away from my home. The problems with the electrical system caused the GPS system to fail. To be fair, I had complications from cataract surgery that prevented me from driving for 3 months."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the system keeps cutting in with traffic jam ahead when there is no traffic, maybe once or twice a day. The routes recommended are sometimes 50% longer than the fastest route"

Anonymous, ME (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to operate Unclear direction"

Vern M., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My trunk would not open and the service department said they had to reset the computer. In doing so, my navigation system went haywire. I had to take it back in, have them “clean” the gps and redo the updates. After that it was fine. Service didn't think the 2 were related but all I know is that the gps was fine before they reset the electronics, but not after. Also, I had a “pressure gauge” for one of the tires reading incorrectly and the dash light saying I needed air in my tires would not go off."

Brenda W., CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice commands for directions late, after passed exit etc, recalculation late inconclusive,"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Touring Unsure)

"I drive over 700 miles in a trip and the GPS sometimes locks up and takes the radio audio with it. The map continues to update, but all audio is disabled (no radio, GPS instructions or Bluetooth Phone connection). The dealer charged me to reload the software, but that only caused me to loose all my presets for both Navigation and Radio. It was recommended I consider an after market Unit, this is the top of the line Touring model and I do not want to pay to install an aftermarket Radio/Navigation system."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation froze at times. Another time navigation wanted us to drive back where we had been when we were on the most direct route."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1. The nav system uses the same display and interface as the entertainment system. If the audio comes on too loud, I have to wait until the nav system finishes initializing before I can adjust the audio volume :-( 2. The nav system doesn't seem to load my preferences by default, and the preferences can only be loaded with about a dozen screen operations, and only when the vehicle isn't moving. 3. The nav system also takes priority over bluetooth connectivity, built-in speech recognition, and phone. Fortunately, the nav system doesn't interfere with the engine starting, gear shifting, etc."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Maps became out of date with no easy update. Would not accept too many typed in destination addresses."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"periodic freezing of the GPS map on a road trip. The car must be stopped,turned off and restarted to get the GPS to continue working. Subaru and the GPS manufacturer have not been able to figure out the cause of the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Very difficult to use. The whole electronic control panel is a nightmare to use.Need to be far more technologically advanced than I am to use to any degree of its supposed worth. Amen!!"

Jerry S., NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"very inaccurate, has taken us on round about roads and prolonged trip by 30 minutes or more"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It would not retain the destination address that was entered. I still need a fix for this"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work as expected. Needs the SD card where the maps are stored to be reinserted and hangs a few times. We don't use it anymore that reason"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This navigation system is absolutely unusable. Even after instruction from the dealer, we found it to be overly complicated and inaccurate. I would consider buying another brand for this problem alone"

David S., WA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"slow and sometimes inaccurate info"

R S., IL (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"we were driving from Louisville to Cleveland. Unit decided not to work -- fortunately I brought along my Garmin and through it and my iPhone we made it there just fine; however, I was disgusted the built-in system wasn't up to speed. Also I objected to the very high new map price they want for an update. I think when you purchase a new car these upgrades should be automatically included -- Garmin does that for less than Subaru wanted for downloaded information."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally gives me incorrect directions to a destination. When I searched for a business by name I was directed to residential area 3 miles from the store I was looking for."

Ronald P., NC (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After a year the maps were out of date and no update was available."

Anonymous, SK (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Long trips(8-10 hours) caused the GPS and display screen to freeze. Subaru updated the software, still had the same problem. I turned off trip route logging, which cured the problem. My guess is the data exceed the allotted memory."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The navigation system does not adjust to different time zones and does not adjust to Daylight Savings Time. If I reset the clock manually, the calculated arrival time is off by one hour or more. My dealer was unable to solve the problem. They suggested that I drive the car into a different time zone and ask a Subaru dealer in the new time zone to fix it!"

Cindy K., CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Actually only one problem. When using the navigation system to go to a destination, after a while the screen freezes and you must pull over, turn off the ignition and then turn it back on, to get it working again. Dealer re-flashed the software once, but the problem continues, and I haven’t taken it back yet."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I followed the expensive upgrade process (free on Garmin) to update the maps. The upgrade seemed to be a non event. No speed limit changes were reflected for highway revisions over a year old."

Michael C., ID (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation system froze."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"cannot transmit from phone to callers"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We ended up having to replace the radio/CD unit."

David H., OH (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I can't use the phone through the speakers because the sound quality is so bad."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"if I set up my wife's and mine phone to pair with the blue tooth system, my will always pair when I am driving, my wife's will not pair or once paired will not stay paired. If I take my phone out of the cars memory, my wife's phone will pair most of the time but not always and still drops out of blue tooth mode at times."

J B., WV (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pairing fails at inexplicable times, not suppressing radio audio, nor running phone sound through vehicle speakers."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing intermittently does not work. Phone audio paring (e.g. music) regularly does not work."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth would not remain connected to the car radio. Then the dealer told me that the Bluetooth system was broken and that I had to purchase a new car radio for $1200. I decided to live without that feature instead. Sadly, this was an issue that occurred frequently when I purchased the car, but the dealer would re-set the Bluetooth connection each time without making a record of the visit, so it wasn't covered by warranty when I realized it was a permanent problem."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"My smartphone is paired with my Starlink using Bluetooth. When I receive an email, text notification, or navigation driving instruction, the volume of the radio decreases. The radio volume used to decrease then increase to the listening level to which I had the volume set. My Starlink system no longer increases the volume. When the volume decreases I can barely hear the radio."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult hands-free phone connectivity--lousy system! I can never use my phone in my car or be able to reset the time. The Subaru dealer told me I have to purchase a smart phone in order for it to work properly in this car. I've given up on bringing my car in for these problems. Their system is not "user-friendly", this is the only thing I don't like about this car."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pandora stops working while engaged and I need to change over to radio/CD and back for it to work."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Forester bluetooth drops the pairing with my Driod after working a short time. The Droid always stay paired with my husbands Toyota Tacoma. The dealer has reset many times and has decided to remove original system & replace with new Subaru parts. Will see if this fixes it"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor sound from my I-Phone 6 for the people calling me in my car"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth no longer works with either of our smart phones"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth connectivity is the worst in the industry. It is very slow to connect to the phone and often "forgets" the phone is there and must be deleted and reinstalled. The voice command is atrocious and unusable as it is painfully slow and always gets the command wrong. We have had the latest patches installed, but no improvement in performance"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mentioned a problem with pairing right away, dealer said it was phone - I told them it wasn't because I rent cars every other month for travel and never had problems. Reported it various times for normal scheduled service. Never dealt with"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"really awful quality Bluetooth. We don't use it any more, but rather use our previous free standing bluetooth handsfree device"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally upon starting the car, the Bluetooth connects and immediately calls me. I answer (the call is coming from me) and it immediately disconnects"

Michael C., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium)

"Bluetooth is totally unreliable. Does not stay connected to my phone, and even when it is connected it often doesn't receive/play text messages. I'd say it works approximately 30% of the time - and that's being generous"

Veronica L., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pairing is inconsistent and crazy-making because it will operate fine, then suddenly stop working. Sometimes, the phone will pair fine, then stop mid-conversation. Other times, it won't pair at all. And other times it won't pair until partway through a conversation."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"simply stops pairing, impossible to get to pair, take in and they sometimes fix, goes out again. Same with the builtin garage remote."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"every 2-3 weeks,i have to reconnect the phone pairing and its a mess with the overcomplicated system of Subaru."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The Radio would not change stations,or volume unless i turned the car off and started it again.It would also sometimes change stations on it's own."

William A., MD (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Radio cut out sporadically and the screen froze at other times. Touch screen is either hypersensitive or requires multiple touches which take ones eyes off the road...very dangerous. Dealer replaced the radio unit but it has not really helped. Very dissatisfied with function and design."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone operates intermittently which has not been remedied by software updates. Phone also couples intermittently with Bluetooth."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SiriusXM has lost all channel listings. It is still functional but it can no longer access the list of channels."

John S., WA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"i answered it in the previous question"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cannot activate Sirius radio.Dealer cannot or will not resolve"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When the navigation system locks up, all audio is disabled too (Radio, Bluetooth and Voice Navigation instructions) the GPS map continues to update."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Interface designed by people who are arrogant and clueless. Can't re-order pre-selects."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent problems: radio fails to shut off with pushing of off/on/volume button, interfaces with smart phone, then doesn't accept switch to radio"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes I cannot get it to shut off. I have to push the button multiple times. Eventually I get it to shut off but have to be patient and keep trying"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Satellite (Sirius XM) radio malfunctioned"

Judith S., AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Volume is inconsistent; often increases/decreases without apparent reason. It also "skips", as if I was playing a defective CD, especially right after I change the station. Finally, I have to press the "Off" button twice to get the radio to turn off - which is an annoying pain in the butt"

Veronica L., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"basically,the radio sucks,no separate AM/FM bans you have to put all of your stations in line and you can't bounce back and forth between bans.Is what my dealer told me"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester Limited)
Routine software updates

"Gps updates are not mailed to you but rather you are supposed to do it via your computer. I am not computer savy—I prefer taking it to the shop and letting service take care of the update. In my case they had to do that because my gps went belly up. However it was done via a service person’s personal computer, not a Subaru computer. Seems to me they should provide this service routinely."

Brenda W., CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Verry hard to get the gps update. Took long to finally reach some one to help. Our car was not registered at Subaru for the uodate..."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Free GPS updates are apparently available The update process is quite complex for newbies. And, it's a chore for anyone else. I'd like to see the GPS updated automatically."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Radio keeps dropping Cirrus connection when key turned off. software update was supposed to fix that , but still no better. Radio and phone functions OK."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system update needed. Dealership not close to my home"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"constant issues with software. Recalls"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Speakers are very low when first starting out or when cold. Then after a few minutes, there is a loud pop and the volume jumps significantly to where I had it set before I had turned the car off before"

Lydia K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"buzzing front left speaker"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Does not accurately select the requested radio channels or stations."

Anonymous, DE (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Using voice commands to operate the phone is a hit or miss situation, mostly a miss. It basically doesn't work. The system also does not download my phone's contacts accurately...some contacts I had deleted but yet they still download."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was never able to get the system to reliably take voice commands so I gave up."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control is useless. It is painfully slow and always gets the most basic commands wrong. I don't even bother to try any more. The dealer patches when patches are available, but no improvement. the system appears to be woefully under powered"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes after driving for quote some time in town, the voice command tells me it is still loading and to try again. Sometimes this goes on for days and then it is ok again"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Had water leaks in front passenger side floor due to poor sealing at factory around wheel well."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During a very heavy downpour, spray of water from somewhere in the vicinity of driver side window. Only happened once since purchased new January 2016. Could not determine where exactly the spray was coming from."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The water appeared during heavy rain from the middle rear seatbelt opening in the roof above the luggage compartment. Apparently it was a harness seal problem, which was solved."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks in right front end gathered water under passenger seat. Took a while for multiple techs to diagnose that it was a assembly problem."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak in rubber tube/wiring harness in hinge area of rear lift gate. Water leak damaged tire pressure monitor module in lower trunk area. water also leaked through seat belt opening in headliner over rear seat/trunk cargo area"

Robert B., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Someway water came in thru the back passanger window. The only thing I could figure out is that it was from using the sprayer on the windshield wipers"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The passenger-side windows rattle whether they are up or down. Attempted repairs temporarily fix the problem but it eventually returns."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

"a broken seal caused a noise issue which has taken multiple attempts to diagnose and repair, recently seal replaced, took 4 years to resolve."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"A rattle inside the front driver's door"

Jeffrey P., WA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is an extremely annoying rattle in the dash which started just after the warrantee expired."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At speeds of over 40 MPH there is a loud rattle coming from the dash board. The dealer thought it was coming from a mud flap so removed the flap. That made no difference. They are still trying to solve the problem."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Rattle in the dashboard area which I understand is a common issue for Subaru Foresters. Quite annoying over time."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant and annoying"

Judith C., OR (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started about a year ago. Coming from somewhere in the dash of glove box area. Service could not find or fix."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the driver side dash that is still unresolved. It is most noticeable at freeway speeds."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent annoying rattles in dashboard. No attempt made to resolve as vehicle is out of warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has developed several dash rattles that are hard to isolate. Very annoying. The car also has a fare amount of road/wind noise at highway speeds."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 separate rattles developed in the IP. One I found and fixed by pressing in on the plastic, evidently something came lose. The origin of the other sound has not yet been determined but is also sporadic."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the headliner in front of the sunroof. The dealer tried to fix it once and made it better but did not fix it. I have tried some different fixes and still have not eliminated it. Just annoying"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle coming from dash and have not been able to find"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tail gate squeaks upon the first opening of the day on a cold day"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wife hears intermittent rattles, husband does not. Dealer cannot identify source of noises"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cowl covering a information display rattle During cold weather right sun visor squawked if you moved it"

Richard Y., MI (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers door hinges developed noise when closing"

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles and/or squeaks in dash area fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dash vibrates, sometimes loudly under certain conditions. Noise, especially when it rains from the B pillar on the driver¿s side. Did not expect this in such a highly rated car"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Substantial interior rattles from doors and console. Not expected in a new car. Disappointing in this era. Sounds like a car built in the 1980s"

Kris M., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cargo separator, purchased and installed as a dealer option, came loose and rattled. It didn't keep a 60 pound dog contained the back of the Forester"

Gregory F., NM (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is an almost constant rattle coming from the vent closest to the windshield. It sometimes goes away after the car has heated up, but not always. I had it looked at by the dealer but they claim that they found nothing loose that would cause it"

Earl K., MN (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front dash seems to be loose enough to rattle.(if I press up on the dash, the rattles stop. I took it in once but the dealer says I need to make a special appointment so they can test drive) There are other hard to identify rattles coming from/around the front passenger seat and the back"

James O., IL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dash rattle"

John O., NE (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There's an intermittent rattle behind the touch screen. Have brought to dealer a day they say they couldn't hear it. They said they removed radio and couldn't find anything loose or other cause. There is also a very definite, but not very loud, whine that I believe is due to the turbo at exactly 75 miles per hour. Always. Every day. If I had the radio on I'd probably not hear it, but I usually don't, so I usually hear it. Dealer says they can't hear it and don't hear anything wrong with the en"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was making a weird noise that I could not locate. They had to take the dashboard off to find it"

Nancy K., TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The ceiling seatbelt for the backseat had to be replaced due to excess rattling."

Richard, VA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very small problem. It was a squeak lifting the back hatch door. It only happens once in a wile. Perhaps needs oil on hinge. This is a very small item I only mention it because you asked."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"upon delivery from dealer, there was a noise coming from the rear hatch that occurred with bumps. dealer was resistant, and fixed the wrong things assuming it was the rear lights, which apparently had an issue in this model year. eventually the noise was fixed, caused by loose interior trim"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Squeaks around the center instrument panel"

Andrea L., TX (2016 Subaru Forester)

"minor rattles under the dash board. Took in and they fixed it over period of 3 days. Had loaner. Friendly service. Communication could have been better as far as status of fixing this minor repair. Very nice waiting room and they DID PROVIDE A LOANER."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Dashboard rattles. We own 3 Subaru’s and they all seem to have a dashboard rattle in same location. Obviously a design issue"

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A clip in the center of the dash was loose and simply needed pressing to tighten and resolve the problem."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dash rattle"

John O., NE (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks around the instrument panel in center"

Andrea L., TX (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dash rattles when driving unless the road is perfectly smooth"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I still need to take it into the dealer to see if they can find the source of the noise"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Houston, TX, where we now live, has a lot of uneven surfaces. So, the car makes a creaky noise now on local roads (not on highways), not unlike the noise an airplane makes when it is taxiing to the runway. I think it is the plastic interior rubbing against the steel/aluminum frame."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Windshield was cracked by road debris and needed to be replaced last June. When cold winter temperatures arrived we started noticed a noise that increased at high speeds. We took a dealer technician for a ride and he immediately diagnosed it as a loose dashboard bolt. The dealership had the glass removed again and retightened all the bolts at no charge."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"car is not quiet. both air and engine noise"

Robert V., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hi road noise. Hi wind noise."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I hear outside/wind noise while driving, if the radio if off."

Cheryl R., WA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Buffeting noise is an issue when only 1 window is open."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester)

"road noise is to loud to hear the radio"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On the highway, I am assuming because of the windshield size, the wind is loud against the car. I learned to deal with it because I enjoy the wind shield size, being able to see more of the road."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving at 55+ mph there is a wind noise- wish the car was more insulated so it would drive without the wind noise"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"driver door does not make complete seal for wind"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wind noise from door seals and engine noise"

Robert V., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had cracked windshield replaced, now have wind noise from windshield at highway speeds"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is an annoying noise when only one window is open. I think it's called buffeting. I have to open slightly open another window to reduce the noise."

Jean W., WI (2016 Subaru Forester)

"to mush wind noise"

John O., NE (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"A fuse blew on a 12v outlet. Fuse replaced. Problem solved."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Although there is a problem with the alarm system going off when you use the valet key; th more serious issue is that you can't remove the key (regular or valet) after stopping the vehicle. Tried jiggling the steering wheel but does not help. It is a known issue for Subaru and I have less than 30K miles on the car, but over 36 month limit, so even though I have done all service through the dealer I purchased it from, they and/or Subaru will not cover the cost which is about $800. Frankly this Forester as well as my family's earlier 2014 model have been extremley disappointing. Too bad the problems with the 2014 model developed after we purchased the 2016 model. Given all of the issues with both: low oil issues (2014), trim problems (2014), windshield, bearing failure (2016), premature brake wear (both), remote key failure (2014) as well as some poor decisions in designing the car, e.g., lights stay on indefinitely when stopped if you don't open the driver door, switches for seat heaters not as good as the competition, levers/buttons on steering wheel for changing settings are really unitutive/awkward to use compared to every other vehicle I have ever owned. Even the throttle response is poorly designed - starts really quickly off the line and then lags (not linear like other cars). If you can't tell we will never purchase a Subaru again. Compared to our other recent cars: CrV, Mazda 6, BMW 328, Honda Accord, VW Jetta and Passat this vehicle (and the 2014 model) are not in the same league."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Clock is too complex for me to set for DST changes, and it looses a few minutes monthly. It does not change to DST automatically. Takes multiple steps to change and then hold the setting."

R B., WA (2016 Subaru Forester)
Cruise control

"Below -15 C my dashboard is like a Christmas Tree, all the electronics (cruise control, backup camera, EyeSight System, HillAssist) will stop working. After a few days, when the weather is warmer, everything will be back to normal. And this is a recurring problem, it happened 2-3 times last winter and this winter too. It's like this car is made for Florida's weather, not Canada's."

Gabriel T., QC (2016 Subaru Forester)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"brake light switch recall,will be addressed at next service."

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lights (part of recall) and parking lights"

Arthur J., CO (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru has issued a recall for the brake light switch. Ours has not failed, but we are scheduled to have it replaced next month."

James T., ME (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for failing brake lights"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Break Light Switch Sensor went bad"

Marion K., IL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall of a rear light system. I was in and out in an hour."

Nicholas R., ON (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was an error message that came up on the view screen on the dashboard. It said Vehicle Dynamics ABS Control system needs to be checked and then Hill start assist system needs to be checked. This message came up twice, once one day on my way home, then another day on the way home from running an errand. When it occurred, the message would remain active until I parked and turned off the vehicle. After the second warning, I took it to the dealership. They also said this error would turn off and keep off the rear lights of the vehicle. I said that this was serious as not having working break lights is dangerous. They said that it was still under warranty and I did not have to pay."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Brake Lamp Switch Replacement recall - nothing noticed; took auto in for recall and it was fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"build socket went bad"

Annabelle M., SC (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I responded to a manufacturer's recall regarding the rear brake light assembly I took my vehicle to the Subaru dealership in Savannah, GA where I purchased it and they executed the warranty work in about 1 hour."

Joel S., GA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE RIGHT TURN BURNED OUT AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. Our service station replaced it free of charge"

Christopher C., GA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had recall on the rear brake light switch"

Thomas J., NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall for rear brake light switch."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall for a break light. Fixed on routine visit."

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake light recall, no problems that I could see. computer module possible problem so lights won't work and could affect abs system."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on the brake light switch."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This has 2 parts: 1-While driving, the car would lose power/acceleration for 5-7 seconds. 2-The brake lights would come on when the car was not even running. Turns out, shortly after, a recall was issued for a faulty switch. The faulty switch was triggering brake lights on, thus telling computer to shut down acceleration. Also, faulty switch was cycling on and off while car wasn't running triggering brake lights on, thus draining battery dead which is why dealer had to replace battery (and they replaced alternator on the second trip back after new battery died) Battery and alternator was all prior to switch recall. Issue resolved but frustrating."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"insignificant don't remember"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1 small light bulb in the headlight area burned out. I had it fixed locally and Subaru reimbursed me"

Virginia N., CT (2016 Subaru Forester)

"The rear license plate light blew, so I had to get it replaced after a little over a year, that is not acceptable."

Michael C., ME (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"The speedometor and tachometer gauges are very difficult to see in daylight. With sun glasses on it's impossible to seen them."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gas gauge would not register fuel levels accuarely. For example, following complete fill up, gauge would drop to 3/4 full after only 10-15 miles"

Sara K., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel gauge"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"I have had to replace the driver side low beam headlight 6 times in 3 years."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both lamp bulbs of the low beam lights are burned out (looking black ) , I have not yet been to the Subaru dealer to get them replaced and try to find out whether an electric short may be the cause of this unusual happening ."

Froukje B., AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Simple headlight replacement"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights have been replaced 3 times. I've had cars where lights have never needed to be changed. Also defrost system for windshield is horrible during heavy snow storms"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"Needed to replace one headlamp"

Anonymous, ME (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The original equipment headlights did not give enough visibility compared to previous cars we owned. We ended up having to add fog lights ($500) and also to replace original headlights with ones that illuminated for a greater distance. Unfortunately the replacement headlights burned out after 6 to 8 months and had to be replaced. We live in northern Wisconsin where car/ deer collisions are common and we need to have better distance visibility than the factory lights give us"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"high beams stopped working"

James G., VA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Takes a long time to start feeling heat, and does not become as warm as we'd like."

R B., WA (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Heating Element failed. Been waiting for 2 months for the replacement seat cushion to be installed"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"car would not start due to bad brake switch."

Michael F., TX (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery in fob needed to be replaced after 1 year. I also had a problem getting key out of steering column. Mechanic said this was a problem with this model however I never received a recall for this."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"The steering column kept locking up and wouldn't let us start the car. I was told that the remote engine starter mechanism was interferring with the steering wheel and causing the problem. We still have issues every once in a while but have figured out that moving the steering wheel up and down several times releases the starter. We just hope that it isn't causing wires to become an issue in the future. We did report the issue to our dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Already had it looked at once said they were having problems and would make a note and lately takes several times to get it to work"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Failed in tire. Have not replaced. Subaru dealer is very expensive."

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one tire monitor reads low every two to three weeks"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"the brake light switch has been recalled, we haven't experienced a failure of it( in other words, the brake lights would fail to come on upon braking, if the switch failed). Our brake lights are still working. We have an appointment to have the switch replaced next month, as per the recall."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights came on (not the brake warning) for some systems when I hit the brake. This started happening not long after the 3-year 36,000 mile warranty expired. The warning lights were coming on when there actually was no problem. Fortunately, the dealer fixed the error at no charge. I also recently got a recall notice that a malfunction had been identified with the rear brake switch that could cause the rear brake lights not to come on. I did not have that problem but needed time to take my car in to get the switch replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ice in the brake system triggered a full set of warning lights being triggered in the car. The dealership had to remove ice and reset the computer to eliminate the warning lights"

Jerry E., PA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"factory initialization was not completed by dealer before delivery"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester)

"An electrical switch malfunctioned causing multiple warning lights to light up on the dash. I took it to the dealer and it was fixed within 3 hours at no charge as it was still under warranty."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator and tentioner were replaced under warranty"

Harvey E., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger air bag would not operate because i had a seat cover on the seat. They made me remove the seat cover from the seat so that the sensor in the seat would allow the passenger air bag light to operate correctly, but this did not happen at all until after a years use of the seat cover. so i do not believe it was the seat cover at all."

Lance H., MO (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washing fluid does not emerge from the front windshield squirters. Wipers work fine. Wondering if it got damaged in drive through car wash I used more this year due to back injury."

Annamary T., NY (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Wipers do not clear the Windows leaving droplets that obscure vision , especially hazardous at night when headlights from oncoming traffic create tiny points of light across the windshield"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Brake light switch stopped working which disabled all secondary brake features including ABS last year. New switch was installed and problem was resolved. Received notice of recall this month related to this issue and was informed we need to get the switch replaced again."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced obdii switch replaced park range switch"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recalled"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle wouldn't start, dealer replaced brake switch. A few days later a false brake activation signal indicated the brakes were on when they weren't causing a ABS failure resulting in loss of power / speed after about 2 minutes. Overnight the brake lights came on running down the battery. Car was towed to dealer. Dealer adjusted brake switch. Switch is on a recall"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Somewhat delayed braking"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All the warning lights came on and wouldn't go off. Apparently a recall"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure)

"Factory recall problem."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was a faulty sensor."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I was surprised that I had to have a brake job at 60,000 miles. The repair shop said it was typical of the 2016 Forester."

C P., VT (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There appears to be no brake pad wear warning light. Discovered wear late and consequently the discs themselves became scored and had to be replaced also."

Simon B., ON (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes tend to wear out quickly."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was surprised that I needed a brake job, considering I use CRUISE CONTROL EVERWHERE, which minimizes the use of brakes. I was also shocked by the price."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed both front and rear brakes, and thought dealer was overcharging. Went elsewhere"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During my last service my mechanic advised rear lining needs replaced soon. Scheduled this job at next oil change service."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace rear brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Found they needed replacement at oil change, no big problem"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new front brake system"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure)

"Just time for brakes. Was slightly surprised dealer recommended replacing rotors."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is my 3rd Subaru and the breaks are wearing out much sooner on this one."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"On my last service I was advised the brakes needed service (pads and likely rotor replacement/machining)."

Warren H., MA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told I needed rear brakes at 28000 miles"

Robert V., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace rear brakes at 90000"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All of the front brake system (rotors and calipers) needed to be replaced at 38,000 miles. That seemed early."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It needed a full brake job at about 30k miles. Seems awfully early. It was making noise and the right front was dragging. Gas mileage dropped and it got very hot."

David H., VT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brakes were replaced when the problem was excessive brake pedal travel. problem was not fixed to my satisfaction but was assured that this was normal"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subarus seem to have break wear issues after the first 45,000 miles. Same was true on my Legacy 20 years ago. Perhaps due to the AWD system?"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On both the 2016 Forester and 2014 model we also owned, the brakes (pad and rotors wore out incredibly early), The replacements (done at the dealer) were no better. I believe the dealer was even embarrassed at how short their life was as they gave us a substantial discount on our third brake job."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors and pads needed to be replaced with under 36,000 miles. Worst failure in materials of any vehicle I've owned."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear pads worn out took rotors with them"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer indicated rear brakes were worn. I bought rotors and pads and installed. I actually would not have done it at that point,as there was some life left, but since it was all apart I put on the new parts. Dealer a little too enthusiastic!"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear one side premature wear (covered under warranty"

Lyn C., MN (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors warped and went out of round on the rear brakes. Front discs were fine and did not have abnormal wear. I would have expected both to wear out at approximately the same time."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"I had pulsating when applying the brakes. It was fixed when the rotors where replaced. Covered by warranty."

David C., PA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"I was surprised that the pads needed replacement with less than 50000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake assist failed, causing collision"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors have serious rust"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At aprox. 24000 miles both brake pads and the rotors needed replaced on all four wheels. It was covered under warranty."

David C., PA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just thought they went bad awfully soon"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All four needed to be replaced as small pebbles somehow got in the brakes and made an awful noise when turning the wheel. The brakes still worked but the noise was an indication something serious was going on."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pad came out of its mount causing it to ruin the rotor"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had front discs and rotors replaced at 34000 miles. I thought it was low mileage for that repair."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 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

"see previous comment"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped blowing cold air during hot weather"

Paul T., CA (2016 Subaru Forester)

"Not sure when it started, but was not cooling adequately for a long time. Took it in for service and realized how well the A/C worked on the loaner car. Discussed it with dealership and they repaired the A/C for free. I'm a VERY happy customer."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working last week. Fluid replaced / recharged. Will test again in two weeks. Premature to have these problems with this age car. Many problems over last several months in electrical, body hardware, battery and starting, other electrical issues. A 'lemon'? Dealer / service hasn't been a lot of help."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It did work when we bought it but the dealer kept telling us it was operator error.that we needed to read our manual."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor was damaged due to AC leaks in system and was replaced during repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and was replaced under warranty by dealer"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It totally failed. It would not cool the car at all. I thought it needed Frion but when it was inspected (by 2 separate mechanics at 2 separate shops) it was found the entire A/C unit had to be replaced. Luckily, I had an extended warranty on the vehicle that covered the replacement/repair. This happened in June 2020. I've owned the vehicle since Sept 2015."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C failed to cool the car properly at about 33000 miles shortly after my 3 year/36000 warranty was over: this was caused by damaged compressor. Since it happened about a month after 3 year ownership of the car, Subaru would not cover it and I had to pay out of pocket to fix it. (This happened in Oct. 2018, so was more than 12 months ago, but hadn't been previously noted for this susrvey.)"

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fixed under warranty - problem with cooling the air coming into cabin of car"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure)

"I bought it in the winter. Next summer I found the ac did not work. Took three trips to the dealer to get it working!"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped cooling. Dealer replaced compressor under warranty."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"In AC mode the temp modulates between cold and warm air instead of a constant temperature. I could feel it changing from cold airflow to warm airflow and back. Was annoying."

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC and stereo radio nonfunctional at 12,000 miles. SUBARU would not replace for free because I had the car for 3 years by then."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The auto climate control make the blower work erratically it did not mat¿ the speed on the blower"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is not cooling properly. Going in tomorrow to see what is wrong."

Christelynn T., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan blower failed due to faulty installation of new radio. The control unit had to be removed to install the new radio and the mechanic damaged the control unit upon replacing it. This caused the fan to burn out and during the winter we needed the fan to keep the windows deiced,"

Gail G., IN (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dog hair clogged the filter and was in the fan. It took 3 service visits for them to figure it out and fix the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 89000 Kms, the blower fan stopped working completely. Went to dealership and blower fan had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was only working at 1 speed"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a box under the dash which has become loose."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fan speed knob inoperative for setting 2 (scale of 1-4)"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor Squealed and vibrated at low speeds"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"A/c was not outputting cold air. I was in Florida at the time and a/c was necessary. Dealer told me that the condenser coil had a hole and needed-to be replaced. This was done under warranty"

Henry C., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator core failed right after warranty expired"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)

"August, 2016, during a hot-weather 350 mile high-speed trip, the drain valve for condensate from the AC system plugged. Water pooled on the floor of the front passenger seat. A friend who also drives a Subaru reported the same problem under the same circumstances. My mechanic was able to unplug w/o a problem. Says this sometimes happens"

Thomas N., DC (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater takes a long time to warm up and doesn't get very hot."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater began to send cool air over the driver's feet regardless of the setting. Other heat vents send out hot air. We took the car to a dealer, who didn't provide any help. The dealer representative repeatedly couldn't distinguish between our description of the problem and basic operation of the system. He eventually just claimed it was a consistent problem with Subaus."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Ac shut down. 2nd repair."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was mot blowing cold air/ I took it to the dealer and they had to replace an o ring"

W B., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"refrigerant slow leak caused compressor to seize up requiring $1600 in repairs"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System had leaks and resulted in poor AC cooling in the summer after the second year I owned it. Had to replace entire AC system when I brought to the dealer for repair. Now works correctly."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C wasn't cooling. Dealer added refrigerant along with due to trace leak if it re-occurred. When it re-occurred dealer found and repaired the leak with only $100 deductible cost from our service plan."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

"O rings failed in some part of the refrigerant system. Was under warranty and fixed"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"caused car to have very weak cooling effect"

H H., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be repaired under warranty. There was a leaking hose"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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

"Steering -- vehicle felt unstable especially when starting out, for the first 15-30 minutes. Also when it required an evasive maneuver. Dealer 3 times checked the alignment, said it was good. Took it to a Firestone repair center and they found alignment was off in front and in rear. They also told me that the vehicle has electronic steering that other owners had reported as giving vague and uncertain feedback. On a Subaru Forester owners forum I have read comments from others about the handling -- one poster gave specific parts which can be purchased after market and installed to fix the issue of excessive body lean in turns. The parts were sway bars which were 4 mm longer than original factory parts, and also a steering dampener. I am considering getting these parts and having them installed. The person who recommended these parts said that before he had them installed his car had clown car quality handling."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Alignment needed adjusting 2 times in 1 year and caused me to buy new tires"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester)

"incorrect alignment causing uneven tire wear. Problem was corrected and tire wear is now uniform."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car handled poorly, even felt unstable. It felt like it would roll if subjected to an emergency maneuver, like needing to turn suddenly due to a pothole, dog running out, etc. Took it 3 times to deal, asked them to check alignment. They reported it as proper alignment. Took it to Firestone. They reported front was out on one measurement, back wheels were out on a different measurement. Fixed the problem about 75%. They also told me the car has electronic steering which they said cuts down or changes the normal feel of turning the wheel. Later on a Subaru Forester owners forum I found several people that recommended installing an aftermarket steering dampener and longer sway bars. I haven't done that yet, but may."

Richard S., MO (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All problems were recalls except alignment. After only 6 months they would not cover the alignment under warranty."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car fishtailed on slightly slippery road at speed above 50. . Dealer said it was possibly alignment, as it was slightly out of balance. Internet research indicated others with this dangerous situation."

Anonymous, SD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"right front control arm bushing torn. replaced. extended warrently cost me $100; not the $600+ it would have other wise."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"January 2020 - vehicle with noticeable vibration at interstate highway speeds. Repaired in March 2020."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tires were wearing unevenly, the dealer said I needed to replace the right control arm bushing. Did that and now several months later they're saying the left control arm bushing needs to be replaced. Each repair around $500."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"suppressed the rear shocks started to leak at 36,000 miles"

Don M., CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During a tire installation,discovered front strut tower on passenger side was leaking. Issue was resolved but should not have had to replace due to cars age."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Both coil springs spontaneously broke, and the entire rear suspension failed. The springs had corroded and just snapped one day as I was backing down the driveway. The car didn't have to be towed to the dealership, but we couldn't drive it anywhere else safely. The back of the car was sitting all the way down on the wheel well. Subaru did not cover the entire repair which was incredibly frustrating. It was almost $1,000 to repair. We have read that other owners of similar age Foresters are experiencing the same issue."

Stephanie W., PA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear coil springs were replaced under warranty. Less than 100K and 3 years old at time. Very premature for coil spring to go."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There's a recall that we don't want to have repaired until pandemic social distancing is over."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manufacturers recall."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Springs cracked at the base. It posed no danger. Manufacturer declined coverage at first and later did a recall, reimbursing me for the cost of the repair"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear springs = factory recall due to possible corrosion"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru recalled certain Foresters that had non coated springs installed. The springs were replaced at no cost and little inconvenience."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall issued for replacement of coil springs."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear springs were replaced under warrant. There was chipping of the protective coating."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear spring snapped while car was sitting in garage!"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was recalled and rear springs were replaced for free."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a rear spring failed that was under a recall, both springs replaced accompanied with a thorough inspection."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear springs were subject to rusting and failure and were replaced by Subaru under recall."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The rack and pinion mounting bracket cracked and the dealer replaced it. The part was $1100, but paid for it. Labor was $600 which I paid."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I do not have enough knowledge to determine what the problem is that is causing the steering problem. I can still drive the vehicle but there is some vibration at speed over 50."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"I believe this problem was caused by striking something on the road, a pothole or manhole cover. Over time the vehicle started to vibrate at speeds over 50MPH. I have been unable to get it looked at by a professional repair shop yet so I do not know the severity of the damage."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"original tires wore out at 20000 miles, have put 2 more sets of tires on car"

J B., WV (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is in-part my fault. I hit a curb and damaged the driver's side front-end and had to replace the wheel, bushings, etc. The part that's frustrating is that now my tires are wearing uneven after all of the front-end replacements and alignment. The front end was perfectly aligned except the wheel that hit the curb. But now both tires are wearing badly so something isn't right with the repair."

Anonymous, (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The rear wheel bearings have been replaced more than once. I feel like they should not wear out every 30,000 miles."

Anonymous, WV (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear end noise. Was not under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"seat belt light has come on intermittently. Subaru replaced passenger seat pad/monitor as defective"

Regis K., NC (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag sensor in the set had to be replaced at my cost. USDOT website has numerous complaints regarding this issue, even crashes where the airbag did not deploy. For a company that sells its self on safety, not recalling this obvious defect is unacceptable."

John W., CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light says the airbag is off."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seat sensor failure"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The occupancy sensor in the front passenger seat was malfunctioning, causing the air-bag system to remain disengaged. A passenger would be sitting in the seat, and then the sensor would trip, and the air-bag system would disengage. Did not feel safe to drive with passengers in that seat."

Rob G., GA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor for passenger air bag was faulty. The dealer replaced it."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There would be a person in the front passenger seat and the passenger air bag light would say off intermittantly, with an airbag system warning light on the dash. It required replacement of the passenger seat cushion and frame, under warranty."

Robert S., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)