Subaru's popular Forester continues to put function in front of form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

Subaru's popular Forester continues to put function in front of form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors. That recipe has resulted in the easiest access and the best view out of almost any vehicle, and one of the roomiest rear seats in the class, with copious head and leg room.

By adapting various fuel-efficient technologies, including using a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Forester delivers a class-leading 26 mpg overall and 35 mpg on the highway. Performance is decent from that standard 2.5-liter, 170-hp four-cylinder engine; an uplevel 2.0-liter, 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder XT version is available. Unlike most modern small SUVs, a manual transmission can be had, but only with the base engine and basic trim levels.

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 2017 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped workingin July 2017. System recharged, but stopped working again in March 2018. Dealer fixed, no charge even though it was out of warrantee"

D H., PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The primary issue was the fact that the part was back ordered and it took a long time to get it fixed. The nightmare was dealing with the Grand Prix Subaru dealership in Hicksville, NY"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It developed a leak and had to be replaced."

Tom C., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the compressor quit working, was replaced the next day after I reported it to the dealer, covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Less than effective cooling of cabin"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brought car in for hot air coming into car. The service rep attempted to convince me that the issue was contamination of the freon. I told him that Freon was not a serviceable item. He said it was and would charge me 200 if there was a loss of coolant. I told him the car was still under warranty. He said it did not matter. Since the compressor was replaced the Freon or refrigerant was replaced free of charge."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"suddenly failed, needed replacement, attributed as factory defect at repair site"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The compressor stopped working because the part broke and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working in the fall of 2017. Took it in for service. They found nothing wrong. Charged it and put a dye in to be able to find leaks later on. I didn't use the system over the winter, but the first time I needed it this spring in hot weather the A/C was not working. It is scheduled for service next week."

Lance B., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, AB (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On the first warm day of this season the A/C blew hot air. On taking it in, the service dept. indicated this was a common problem and getting a new compressor would take a week. It's covered under warranty and the Subaru folks are handling it well. I'm so happy with the car otherwise that this has not really bothered me."

James M., MA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In the middle of a heat wave I realized that the A/C was blowing hot air. Dealer said the compressor has an impact crack, possibly caused by rock in normal driving conditions (I use the car for commuting in the city, not off-roading). No other damage to car. Dealer said this isn't covered by bumper-to-bumper warranty, but has said they will repair it free as a courtesy gesture since the car is under 18 months old. Still waiting to get repair done -- waited 4 days for initial appointment, another week for the part to arrive, now another 6 days until earliest available appointment."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System stopped working, but was still just under warranty."

Karl O., WA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warranty repair for a known issue - there was a Subaru bulletin re: the A/C"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed this spring that the a/c was t very cold, took it to the dealer under warranty and they replaced the compressor"

Raymond L., (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My car is only 2.5 years old. The compressor and condenser should not be a problem. I bought the car for reliability. I have never had this problem with any other car I've owned."

Thomas T., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C failed to work, Mechanic said it had developed a leak."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not blowing cold enough air to adequately cool the car interior. Was initially told it was a refrigerant leak which could not be found, but subsequently had to replace the compressor"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C system leak."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"THE A/C DOESN'T WORK"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC system failed after 2 and 1/2 years. Fully covered by warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It developed a crack and was leaking. The car has never been in an accident"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C Compressor failed. Subaru replaced it under warranty but it took 4 weeks to get the part."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rock penetrated the A/C compressor requiring complete replacement. This was not covered by warranty or a maintenance agreement I had purchased. I feel they should have better shielding of the compressor."

Michael B., WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They have not ordered a recall, but I’ve read this is a very common Forester problem on Subaru blogs and the internet"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"known defect under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC quit working 5 months before I fixed it"

Roger C., MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced ac condenser and charged ac"

John P., NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working w/in 15 months of ownership. Dealership had to order a compressor which took over a week to arrive"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fans were blowing hot air. Compressor O ring was not working - with condensate leak. They had to replace the entire condenser assembly at $600. Covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Air Conditioning failed to cool, the dealer under warranty replaced the air conditioner compressor at no cost with a ride supplied from dealer home and back the same day during the repair. Web research indicates there was a batch of faulty Subaru AC compressors but no recall was made. There is mention of a repair notice, but that notice did not list my model 2.0 XT Forester. The failure and repair was handled professionally and we are still happy with Subaru and our 2017 Forester 2.0 XT."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Compressor had to be replaced. Friend at dealer told me that they were replacing many compressors."

Kathleen K., NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C wasn't providing cool air. Problem was determined to be a leaking compressor."

John K., MA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC did not work at all this spring (2019). We took it to a dealership, and based on their reaction, they clearly knew that this model/year had an AC compressor issue. The AC was repaired under warranty."

Drew S., MD (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working and was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Began to Blow warm ait ( uncooled) in early June. Dealership rechages system which work for 3 weeks. By that time A TSB was sent out describing the same issue with the resolution ti replace condenser. It took 1 week for the parts to be delivered & installed"

Pete M., IN (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c not cold enough"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor did not work well"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor failed suddenly at about 16000 mile and needed to be replaced. Due to parts unavailablity the car was out of service 5 days."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"repaired under warranty, known issue this year and model"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working during the early summer. Compressor was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioning stopped working in AUGUST. The part and replacement cost was covered under recall but it was a very uncomfortable couple of weeks until I could get it replaced."

Barbara B., PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bought this vehicle used from a dealing 2 months ago. Turned on the AC a week ago and found it not working. Taking it to the dealer tomorrow. Also having them look at the jerking transmission and vehicle is slow to start, maybe a under sized battery."

Donna C., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C totally stopped cooling. I had to have the compressor recharged with coolant."

Dennis T., CA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A/C compressor stopped working and I learned it was a problem with the new Subarus."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The used vehicle we purchased was utilized as a dealer loaner and it was apparent a week or two after the purchase that the A/C was not working well. Dealer tested the system and then replaced it under the warranty."

Stephen W., CT (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C was not cooling, and it was determined it was the compressor that had failed. At first, the dealer stated it was out of warranty, but the dealer covered the cost of the entire repair nevertheless."

Brian C., IL (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During inspection and 18,000 mile check up, it was discovered to be defective."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control was weak from the factory and became non-functional during the winter. Subaru service did not restore the system to functionality. Now, there are electronic issues wherein the engine surges in one second bursts when automatic temperature setting is activated, with no actual climate being controlled."

Robert R., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All the Forester electronics are too complicated. The handbook is too thick and too complicated. Very difficult to change time and date. Subaru mechanic tells me that when standard time begins they are swamped with people unable to make the change. Never had this trouble before. The Subaru handbook assumes everyone is a techy. It all boils down to incompetent technical writing. Their handbook would never pass the U.S. Military guides because they are too complicated for an enlisted man to understand. That is my overall reason I will not buy another Subaru"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very cold car in winter weather. Takes a long time to warm up."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle's air conditioning control panel failed and required 3 visits to fix due to the manufacturer's inability to send the correct part to the dealership for the repair. As a result, we did not have adequate air conditioning for about 4 months during last spring/summer."

Anonymous, (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"with the onset of warm weather, the first time we used the AC, it was unable to produce any cool air. The dealer diagnosed this as caused by internal failure in the condenser which allowed all of the refrigerant to escape. It was replaced under warranty at 30,000 km (1 year 7 months after vehicle delivery)"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condenser was cracked, possibly from FOD from the highway."

Dennis S., NC (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working when the weather got warm this spring. It was under warranty, and the dealer replaced the condenser and recharged the coolant."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped cooling during the summer. Condenser had to be ordered- took about a month. Condenser was replaced. Repair took 2 days. Was given loaner car during this time."

Mario M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The condenser was defective and replaced free of charge under the warranty."

Fred L., ON (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"less than one year old and the AC quit. took 3 trips to dealer to get problem resolved including sending out for the part."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condenser defective. Fixed as part of warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Went to run the A/C and was blowing warm. Issued identified as leak in condenser. Covered under warranty"

Claude H., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"less than 2 years after purchase the condenser has a leak and needs to be replaced at a cost of $700. obviously the system cannot generate cold air and summer is coming. I am not happy"

Theodore F., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a leak. The condenser was replaced under warranty, but it took a while. The AC had stopped working."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C condenser failed & needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it stopped functioning and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As stoped working took about 2weeks to get parts was covered under extended warranty. So far working good."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No Air conditioning when I tried using it on first warm day. Dealer had part in stock and replaced condenser."

Rich H., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner was not working properly."

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Same as compressor. Only 2.5 years old. Never had to replace this in another car I've owned."

Thomas T., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru dealer that I bought the car replaced the condenser under warranty ,he told me that they had a problem with condensers on some of the 17's."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning system was blowing warm air. I live in Florida so AC is essential all year. Brought car to Subaru dealership and condenser was replaced under warranty-no charge."

Robert C., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"air conditioner did not work when needed in hot weather. Took vehicle to local dealer who said couldn't get at it for 5 weeks. Phoned 2 other dealers. One said 3 weeks waiting time the other said 4 weeks waiting time. Took vehicle to 3 week wait where they discovered the faulty condenser and would order a replacement. Had to wait one more week before the replacement arrived. i.e. 4 weeks to get a condenser replaced. Inane!"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condenser had to replaced as it was leaking. Work performed under warranty"

Juliee S., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The condenser was leaking and had to be replace under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Internet resources and conversation with the dealer indicate that the 2017 Foresters had defective condensers. The dealership said that they were experiencing a significant number of deteriorated condensers that needed replacing. Otherwise the car has been flawless. I'm wondering why a recall hasn't been initiated for the condenser problem."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condensor failed, all refrigerant leaked. Covered under warranty. Dealer had one in stock, manufacturer defect in early 2017 batch."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru acknowledged there was a problem with Mfg of condenser"

Robert N., (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership said it would take two weeks to see it. Local shop replaced the condenser in one day. Not happy with dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C Condenser developed a leak causing complete loss of coolant. Condenser was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, HI (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked refrigerants"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Original Condenser failed and was replaced in 2018. Replacement condenser failed and was replaced in 2019. Now on my third condenser in 35 months; 41,000 miles."

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"in the grill opening under the license plate road debris is able to enter the engine compartment and strike the condenser causing it to leak the refrigerant. A design flaw in the grill ? My car was under warranty,but it could happen again and again------a $950 repair bill! Subaru HELP1111 ar"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"NEEDED TO BE REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY"

Fred L., ON (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Something hit the A/C condenser to cause a leak. We took it in and the condenser was replaced, the A/C was recharged, now the A/C works just fine. No charge to us since we have a full service lease."

Thomas C., CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The part failed and was replaced under warranty."

Donald B., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Condenser failed w/less than one season of use. Dealer told me that this is a common problem on late model Foresters."

John F., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working, the condensor was bad and required replacement. This was covered under warenty."

Wayne M., NB (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Weld failed in the condenser which made the A/C stop working. Apparently, this is a common problem in 2017 Foresters."

David D., ON (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru had problems with the condenser failing. They replaced it without issue."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lost ac due to condenser failure common problem for this year subaru"

Marc A., MA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"We had water leaking onto the passenger side front flooring. Multiple tests to determine source of leak. Ultimately thought to be poor drainage from AC system and was corrected to our satisfaction. A very vexing problem which required overall 5 days without our car."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped cooling"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The part failed and was replaced under warranty. The service required several days to complete. A loaner vehicle was provided."

Donald B., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"CAR DOES NOT GET HOT AIR UNTIL HEAT CONTROL IS SET TO MAX IN COLD WEATHER"

Ben F., AB (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car does a very poor job of heating the foot areas of both passenger and driver."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"did not heat up quickly. I was told this was a problem with my not turning off the AC button when I put on the auto heat"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It takes a long time to heat up in the winter and a very long time to cool down in the summer."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Dealer boosted refrigerant and wait and see if it's a problem later"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within 30 days of purchase the air conditioning stopped working due to coolant leaks. Dealer repaired at no cost to me and also provided free loaner vehicle while repairs were made."

James P., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped cooling in the middle of summer. Repair was done under warranty, and Subaru gave us the use of a loaner car while ours was in the shop."

Awilda C., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air conditioner did not seem to be cooling interior of car as it should - took it back to dealer recently and air conditioning unit only had 2 oz of coolant left instead of usual 16 oz. Dealership is in process of determing where the leak is so that they can fix it"

Jerald P., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not cooling well"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C system developed a leak in one of the line connections, which was fixed under warranty."

Michael B., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the very cold winter seals failed in the high pressure refrigerant system"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership covered under warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem caused by defective condenser."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air refrigerant became low, not allowing a/c compressor to quick in at about 50000 miles, signalling a leak. Dealer would charge $140 dollars to diagnose problem."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a leak and Subaru repaired it under warranty"

Frank C., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small pinhole leaks found after multiple visits"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not cooling as well as it should"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slow leak in a minor component in the AC system. Common problem. Dealership was great, fast fix under warranty."

Anonymous, DE (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"due to condenser"

Robert N., (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A seal in the refrigerant line failed. It was repaired under warranty."

Ronald K., VA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Service department snafu. Appointment 10 AM while I wait. Did not get to mechanic until 12:10. Then lunch break, out 2:30. Initial inspection showed possible problems w tires. Not addressed by mechanic. They wanted to get me out ASAP. Condenser leaked refrigerants - under 3 yr warranty."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No AC when turned onbecause of low charge, presumably a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C totally stopped cooling. I had to have the compressor recharged as it did not have enough coolant. So there seemed to have been a leak."

Dennis T., CA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Refrigerant Leak due to faulty pipe at aprox. 20000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"needs daily cleaning in winter otherwise not usable due to water, salt and dirt covering camera lens; when used at night, backup display is excessively bright, almost to the point of blinding when being viewed; very distressed by inability to disconnect the 'Event Data Recorder' which I did not know existed until I read the owner's manual after purchase. The dealing refused to answer any of my questions regarding this device (where is is located, how can it be removed or disconnected?)"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just the blind spot detector"

Barbara J., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When weather is cold the camera/sensor were not operational until the car warmed up on two occasions"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Three times in the five months I had the Forester - the back up camera did not come on. The entire screen was black. Dealer could not duplicate issue. Also another frequent complaint on Subaru Forums"

John S., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Took car to selling dealer to have auto-dimming inside rear view mirror with HomeLink installed. When I picked it up, image from rear view camera was shown in display whenever engine was on, not just when in reverse, and back-up lights were on too. Had to return to dealer which took 3 days to diagnose problem. Wires had been pinched when new mirror was installed. Had to replace mirror wiring harness. Solved problem"

Claire R., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the side cameras in the back was not operating properly, so the dealership replaced it."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Subaru Forester)
CD player

"will not eject"

Anonymous, ME (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i)

"Same comment as radio"

Michael S., TX (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"would not eject"

Anonymous, ME (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Quit working will not lead/load cds. Subaru says cannot fix CD player. Due to backup camera must replace all at $800."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Subaru Forester)
Display screen difficult to see

"Over computerized. Too complicated. many features not needed or ridiculous. Changing clock time overly complicated. Radio station selection overly complicated. Manual is incorrect or badly written. Horrible technical writing"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"This issue is related to the radio & SIM card"

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally the screen freezes, and becomes completely unresponsive. At those times I am unable to control or change the audio settings or access my blue-tooth phone connection or use the navigation system. The problem goes away when I restart the car."

Kendall F., MT (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Infotainment screen locks up temporarily on occasion. Not sure if it is updating or it just locks up. Turning car off/on resets it."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The touch screen was sometimes not responsive; sometimes it changed radio stations without my touching it; sometimes it changed the current radio station preset to a different preset (i.e., it would beep and change the current station to 91.5, then the next preset to 91.5, etc., up to 5 stations, without my touching it). It seemed to be possessed. The dealer took it in for a warranty fix and replaced the system. Since then the new system sometimes loses my phone pairing, which never used to happen before. They blame it on the fact that I have a Moto G5 phone with service from Mint Mobile which they say is unsupported; however, it worked perfectly most of the time, and sometimes out of the blue it will lose my phone."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio turns on by itself, cannot access phone, fm stations or turn it off unless I stop, turn the car off and restart it. Has also turned itself off with same results."

Carol S., CT (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Infotainment system freezes at times, rarely though. Maps are inferior to Garmin or Tom Tom could be better"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The screen would freeze as well as the radio and CD control knobs/buttons. This includes the controls on the dash and on the steering wheel. The only way to fix it was to restart the car. I took the car into the dealership several times for this problem but they were unable to fix it. Eventually Subaru issued a software update that fixed the problem."

Donna F., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The entire audio system failed and was replaced under warranty"

David H., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Half of screen became black, half of screen was working."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"This is the second of the three Subarus we've leased that has an interface problem with an iPod. I was told with the other Subaru that it was a fuse; if it was, the fuse kept blowing. The Forester has the same problem. I now just use the aux cable."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When screen freezes up, nothing works. Not the phone, radio, pandora."

Carol S., CT (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System does not recognize/can't connect with the iPod. My iPod works fine with my other Bluetooth systems in my home. So the problem appears to be with the vehicle's music system. It worked at one time, but no longer. Have not yet had it serviced."

Lance B., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Volume, for podcasts, for example, goes louder and quieter, from barely audible to very loud when connected by Bluetooth. Using the wire connection works."

E D., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No one knew how to interface my smart phone navigation with my car's audio system. Finally, a salesman was able to help with with one app, WAZE. The other navigation apps still don't work. And, when Sirius XM had an update, it wasn't compatible with the Subaru and many functions of Sirius XM quit working. It took about 6 months for a fix to go through. The fix took 2 hours and deleted my phone information. Took a while to figure out how to get my phone to work through the car's audio system."

Anonymous, LA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If I pair my phone to the built in Bluetooth, the car will automatically begin playing music at high volume every time I start it up, even if I had the stereo off when I last used it. This is very distracting and potentially dangerous because it means that while backing out of the driveway my stereo will automatically turn on without prompting at a loud volume and make me jump. It nearly caused me to back into the neighbor’s car. The most frustrating part is that there is no way to turn off the autoplay in the menus of the car’s entertainment system, so the only solution I could find to stop this is to unpair my phone with the system and avoid using the bluetooth integration all together."

Timothy K., CA (2017 Subaru Forester)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Still using technology long surpassed by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, even Apple. Can't search for locations by name, and must cumbersomely type addresses, cities, and street names. I have to use Google Maps to find that information, and at that point, why bother using the built in nav in the first place? Pathing algorithm sent me inexplicably off the highway then on again 100 or so yards later. There was no blockage, or accident, or any other reason. I know now not to trust it, which is the o"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On more than one occasion, GPS and navigation system malfunctioned... location and directions were significantly in error and would not correct without complete reboot of system by turning off the car and then back on again"

Michael D., MN (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I took the car home the GPS did not work and I had to take it back to the dealer the next day to have it repaired"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System not accurate, system locks up/freezes, will not reset until engine is shut down"

Robert K., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle came brand new with outdated software. It was a 2017 model with 2014 software."

Elliot M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent problem with driving instructions not providing information regarding lane exit side of Interstate highways. Small turn arrow on GPS screen is hard to see and not always correct. System continues to announce traffic jam ahead Frequently only two cars are ahead."

Robert J., AL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gps stopped working."

Richard M., GA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"horrible navigation. For some reason doesn't know where the car is. Let's me know to turn almost after the turn. I have to have my phone on to Googlemaps to obtain proper notification"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester)

"The GPS system is not accurate. A replacement unit was put into our car and same problems still exist. i.e. at times it shows direction of travel south when we were going north. (compass in window shows correct direction). Our local area driving has shown more problems. The GPS was supposed to learn your preferred route, it does not. Voice command for directions is cumbersome at best; most times does not work. When typing in find around here Costco it listed the same location 3 times etc. and thus showed 101 Costco locations in the area. The GPS is tied into the voice command system which needs improvements. When asking it to go to phone feature it sometimes just dials a number even though it was not told which number to dial or changes radio station. The GPS did not follow route it showed it would and changed as we were traveling on a trip. Local driving - it instructs to go incorrect direction to get to destination. When traveling on Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (on Long Island) going north; just prior to reaching the Northern State Parkway it shows in front of us the road called the Southern State which is actually 5 miles SOUTH of that location. Because of these kind of things we cannot rely it GPS in this car to get us safely to locations we are not familiar with."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru couldn't update the latest maps software. They had to replace a main component in the dash."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When it is set to drive to a selected destination, the Subaru Navigation system frequently gives wrong directions. I now use the navigation on my smart phone, instead of the built-in Subaru navigation."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It will not work at times & the volume control will not stay on the volume I set it on. Routes are poor at times. the 3d picture is not good."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS/Nav system replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, DE (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From the beginning, the in dash system is out of date with area maps, periodically freezes etc. one time it froze driving through The Bronx and it tried to get me to get off the highway. Ir never redirects due to traffic conditions,. I’ve had updates done a few times, however, I find it frustrating to use and inconvenient to have to keep taking it in to get updates. worst part is, is the it is known within the Subaru community that their NAV systems are not that good."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn’t update well. Update in road construction not noticed by gps."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS would constantly offer alternative routes if there was any traffic. There was no way to turn this off. The head unit was even replaced to no avail. Subaru of America stepped in and will be crediting me for the problem with the head unit."

Wayne A., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS does not accept many addresses that a Garmin does."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The nav system is virtually useless. The command response is VERY slow, and doesn't always interpret the command correctly. When giving a command to find an address and directions, it takes several attempts before the command is understood and executed - if it is ever understood at all. c"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed GPS sensor"

George M., GA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Robot tells me to Exit the Highway for no good reason"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Since the new radio was installed. Phone will not stay paired"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i)

"The dealer has reset the Bluetooth function three times and it still is not working now. The manual is useless"

Jane M., ME (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sound quality people hear that you call from the forester with eyesight is very poor. I had the dealer call me from multiple of their new subarus. The forester with eyesight is awful. Their other cars sound crystal clear. They eventually told me there isn't anything they can do. They said to wait for a software update"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The infotainment system was not working for 6 months. The phone would not pair up with the Bluetooth, making it impossible to make or receive phone calls. Several trips to the dealer, bought a new cell phone after being told that was the problem. It wasn't. Finally, the dealer installed a new unit. Still did not work. Turned out the wire connection was placed into the incorrect fuse box. Very frustrating"

Joanne D., AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very poor connect quality while on bluetooth"

Carl Y., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I actually described the problem in the prior description."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My dealer has reprogrammed the blue tooth connection several times and I have now learned to do it myself, but the fix never lasts more than a few weeks before i lose the connection again."

Jane M., ME (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pairing drops outg & we have to reset it once a month or so"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Every time Bluetooth has updates we have pairing issues"

David T., NC (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It randomly, as far as I can tell, becomes uncoupled from my phone. I don't know if it is a phone issue or a car issue."

Terry L., OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Forester's Bluetooth interface can save information on devices it has paired with previously. However, if it has been more than a week or so since the last time a given device was paired, the Forester says it's connecting, but doesn't, and the other device can't even detect it when scanning. It is necessary to remove and re-add the device from the Forester's list, which is complicated by the fact that the Bluetooth settings don't always offer the remove option in the menu. It seems like that only works if you use the steering-wheel buttons to get to that screen, rather than the central controls. This has happened repeatedly with five different smartphones, none of which have had problems pairing with anything else after long periods not connected to each other. Also, once the Forester has paired and is playing, the screen continues to display the music information that it got to start with, rather than updating it as new tracks are played."

Anonymous, NM (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor quality phone audio when paired. Callee cannot understand caller from Forrester. This is a known problem with Harmon-Kardon Bluetooth system."

Anonymous, LA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing stopped working. Dealer reinstalled software, resolved problem."

Roy S., MA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult to connect, so after reading the manual several times and trying all sorts of fixes, just gave up!"

John V., CT (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system automatically will call my phone & then I'm unable to hang it up & it deems the whole radio & navigation system useless."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. Subaru replaced the radio, guaranteed, and is up and running."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing comes and goes with one phone or the other"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car initiates a call from my phone to my phone when I turn it on."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth cell phone conversations vary in quality from mediocre to unintelligible. Seems to be a fairly common problem in this model and numerous software updates at the dealer have been futile."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone pairs about 95% of the time, what does not happen at all is the bluetooth sytem oes not bring over my favourites. And when I enter the numbers manually into the speed dail function, the next time I start the car and the phone gets paired, the speed dail numbers have been erased."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would sometimes disconnect from my cellphone"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"No radio reception either AM or FM"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i)

"The HD Radio Signal keeps cutting in and out. Problem reported on Subaru forums since 2014. Had dealer look at it twice before we duplicated the trouble. Dealer told me "operating as designed" My family has 2 other 2017 Subarus with radios that do not drop the signal & the loaner car I had from the dealer also did not drop the signal. Dealer & Subaru Corporate cannot tell me why my model radio drops the HD signal while others do not. Both dealer & Subaru corporate pretty much told me to get lost"

John S., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire system, CD Radio, would start scanning and there was no way to stop it or reset it. Subaru replaced entire unit"

Michael S., TX (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the radio would freeze and become unresponsive to all controls; replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius radio freezes up unexpectedly and will not allow the following to take place: switching of Sirius stations, proper operation of Navigation icons & voice controls, will only allow Am or FM stations until vehicle is turned off and restarted. Radio & SIM card has been replaced once but still happens. Dealer has been exceptional in trying to correct problem and is still working with us."

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius Radio could not reconnect every time I started the car. I had to call the company and have them send a signal. The techs at both Subaru and Sirius determined that my factory installed radio developed Radio Amnesia. Subaru sent my dealer a new radio and it was installed and the problem was resolved. There was no charge for this repair by Subaru. I am completely satisfied with this issue. The dealer is Bryan Subaru of Kenner, Louisiana."

Sidney G., LA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Sirius works rarely now. I called Sirius and went through a re-booting of the radio, and it fixed nothing. Sirius said it is a problem in the radio/antennae, etc. I will likely get it fixed next week."

Terry L., OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"signal goes in and out. does not get constant sound level or station hold"

Gary M., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"usually does not connect to phone"

Carl Y., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After receiving the Sirius XM signal for about 1 year, I ceased to receive it, or, if I phoned to have it resent to the car, it ceased to receive it after turning the engine off. My Subaru dealer updated my radio software, to no avail."

Acheson P., AB (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius radio only. the actual radio works fine. It will not display the channels. I have to click through them one by one by hand.."

Jean H., KS (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Radio would not play Sirius radio... dealer replaced radio"

John D., VA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"radio would reboot while driving sometimes. Once while driving it started beeping and all preset stations tharted scrolling and then all were replaced with the station I was listening to. Sometimes radio would repeat 3 or 4 words or a musical phrase. Unit was replaced by dealer with a rebuilt unit. Replacement unit still acts funny sometimes and dealer did a software update. It still does a rare unusual beep or screen change."

J B., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I start the car, the XM radio returns to the 'commercial channel' that tries to sell you XM radio even though I am already a subscriber."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio went to full volume, plus static. Only able to turn-off."

Guy H., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There seems to be a problem with the SIrius radio, that the stations don't show up to choose. You have to scroll through the channels and have a channel guide to know what you are listening to."

Pam G., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Sirius radio started not showing station lists, though one could hit the forward button to scroll though stations and still select stations you had saved. It took a lot of online research and discovered service bulletin 15-205-16R. Essentially, the consoles Subaru made (or had made) did not take into account sufficient memory for an increase of Sirius stations that came over time. Subaru has come up with a software work-around for this, but dealers differ in whether they will install it for free or varying prices. The best I can find at dealershops near me is $150. Supposedly, Subaru of America will refund you the cost if you provide them with the dealer's service receipt, but it only comes as a credit for service at an authorized dealer, at least this is what I understand from the forums. I haven't contacted SOA yet to confirm as I'm not yet ready to go through the hassle."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Serius XM stopped supporting the factory installed radio. They had a software update to fix this, but it couldn't update automatically by satellite, and the dealership had to do it twice, which took a few hours of waiting."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"There was an issue with the vacuum system that prompted check engine light and negated ability of eyesight systems to function. Repaired under warranty. They replaced some type of pump? located above the rear axle. Works OK since."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Unable to communicate using voice. Module/fuse replaced by dealer"

Connie M., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the same issue as I reported in the previous box"

Joanne D., AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recognition of voice commands is spotting. Sometimes doesn't understand what I am saying and I have to repeat the command, cancel and start over. Sometimes after several tries I give up or pull over to do manually."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system's ability to follow voice directions is mediocre. It can never successfully provide navigation in response to voice commands, and has problems with accessing my phone's address book. Siri, though imperfect, provides a reasonable back-up option."

Kendall F., MT (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice system is hard to use. The commands we give do not produce desired results. For example, to find Ross Dress for Less or J C Pennies, gives stores nowhere close to this name, and the results it finds can be hundreds or thousand plus miles away. Yet, when you type this in it finds it. Also, when trying to dial someone from my contacts list, it only finds my contact about half of the time. One frustrating lockout, is when the car is in motion, a passenger (i.e., my wife) cannot type this data in, the car must be fully stopped to do this. I understand the safety feature, but think there should be an option for a passenger to be allowed to do this. . Currently, I either have to stop, or as with the phone, I can pull it out of my pocket and have my wife find the contact manually. I wonder how many people will keep their phones out to do locate their contacts manually when driving."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"See listing of problems already detailed under GPS"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SUBARU FORESTER 2017 Voice recognition does not work. The sales tech cannot make it work. Service manager Darin, also can’t make the voice recognition work. The lack of voice recognition is also making it impossible to make a hands free call. I have had three appointments at my Subaru dealership to try and get this issue resolved. Nobody knows how to fix this. Volume, for podcasts, for example, goes louder and quieter, from barely audible to very loud. Phone will reconnect sporadically. For example, if I stop to refuel and return to the car, the phone may reconnect and continue where it left off, OR it may reconnect but not continue playback OR it will not connect without my starting the reconnection. Most verbal instructions I make are about 3 to 5 seconds. The system continues to wait for about 18 seconds. This process takes about a minute to change from an AM station to an FM station."

E D., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control commands don't work. The system rarely understands what I am asking. And The sirius radio does not display all the channels. I have to click through them one by one."

Jean H., KS (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Listenning does not and has not worked."

E D., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"often have to repeat commands"

Emanuel P., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sensor in passenger seat malfunctions, does not indicate when the seat is occupied. This causes the dash warning light to come on and I am told that this means the air bags will not function on impact."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"airbag warning light came on and car had to be towed to dealer. It took 2 weeks to get the sensors below the front passenger seat replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger air bag light intermittent. Took 3 trips to the dealership to get it fixed"

John M., MO (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warning light for airbags and blind spot detecter"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My passenger requires a cushion to maintain proper spine support. The cushion prevents the operation of the passenger air bags. Why have a shut off system at all on the passenger seat? Why not always ON."

Robert J., AL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side airbag warning light came on and off."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was corrected but has reappeared intermittently. A bit frustrating having to go to the dealer for the fix (no charge of course). I guess it's either a sensor or software problem or perhaps both."

Ralph P., AL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They keep stating water on seat. I have purchased this car new and have experienced no leaks, open windows during rain, or spills. This problem has caused 3 service calls with no resolution."

James M., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad passenger seat sensore"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger air bag stayed off when someone sat in the seat."

Richard M., GA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag warning light came on and stayed on for 4 days then went out"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag warning light came on. Brought to dealership, and found out the car was not driveable--the airbags had malfunctioned. Subaru had our car for over a month while they waited for new airbags to come in. They did give us a free loaner."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger seat airbag warning light indicated seat was not protected when seat was in use."

Karen L., MD (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective passenger seat air bag sensor, replaced by Subaru dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was hard getting used to the adaptive cruise control. If a car is going slow in my lane I will eventually slow to that speed. It is annoying and dangerous. I would like the old speed control better."

Edward B., DE (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem is braking when no vehicle is in front of me but the vehicle that is exiting to the right and the braking hits hard the vehicle is off to the right, exiting and about a 100 yards or less when they brake my vehicle brakes. If this was in snow or ice I may have lost control. This has happened several times all when another vehicle is exiting on the right."

Edward B., DE (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag warning light sent a dashboard message to check it. Passenger side seat needed to be replaced to see if it was the source of the problem, which it was."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Warning system stopped working, was replaced under warranty at next service that was due soon after system stopped working."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Subaru Forester)

"The Blind spot warning system started to fail intermittently, and then failed totally. It was repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger seat bottom intermittently failed to communicate with vehicle and had to be replaced"

Robert G., CT (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue was a sensor in the passenger seat; did not recognize that someone was sitting there. Airbag light indicated that it was not engaged. Dealer found issue and Subaru provided a loaner car until new seat could be delivered with a proper sensor"

Matthew N., AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SRS light repeatedly came on. Dealer repaired under warranty. It could have been caused by the passenger seat getting wet."

David W., VA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"for no apparent reason i get a warning that the SRS system is not working and that the passenger side airbag is off. it is a problem with the front passenger seat, which the dealer is replacing at no cost."

William M., RI (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Intermittent airbag light. Usually not illuminated."

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"they had to replace the passenger air bag,which took 8 weeks for them to get.It took them 5 weeks to just get the part.Not a happy camper......."

John H., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear crossing warnings and blind spot detection are related to the same sensor. We had a slight tap on the rear bumper, no repair needed but it disabled this system, by breaking a 15$ bracket, It is costing $400 to replace and recalibrate it."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor in the front passenger seat was turning the airbag system off even if an adult was sitting in the seat."

Jerald, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Over 1 year ago, they were told of the problem. The dealership told me they would replace the seat that was causing the problem. Every time I called or brought the car for service they told me it was on backorder. the last time I called they did not know any thing about it."

John S., NC (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger seat sensor was bad. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger seat sensor malfunction.the sensor says no one in seat if you sit with your weight not far enough back."

Dennis M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a defective passenger airbag seat sensor. Subaru gave me a new Outback loaner for 3 weeks while waiting for the part from Japan ."

Timothy G., MD (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not reliable to be safe."

E D., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger seat air bag light came on at times"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was bought with 8000 miles. However, within a month we noticed the airbag warning light coming on with what seemed to be no reason. Took it to the dealer/service and was told something got wet in the seat. I was not happy to be told this as there was nothing in the car that got wet and told them so. They said they tightened the connection. But it happened again and then went away, and then happened again. The car is under warrantee so the dealer/service said they ordered the part to fix it. Waited a few months and then found that there was a recall on the 2016 for this. So I called the Subaru customer service and made a complaint and they expedited the part delivery and the service. Alls well that ends well i suppose. Subaru also sent some gifts."

Andrea L., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front passenger airbag would intermittently indicate that it was not functional. The fault was with the sensor that detects if someone is sitting in the seat. When we took it in, Subaru suggested that maybe we had left the windows open and the seat got rained on or that, perhaps, we had a wet dog sitting in the seat. Neither were true. They fixed it at no cost. We have had no issues since."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective air bag sensor caused warning light. Was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed GPS sensor"

George M., GA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger seat airbag sensor failed and had to be replaced. Took over two months to get parts from dealer."

Jerry A., NC (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side airbag occasionally shuts off while the seat is in use. The engine must be shut off and restarted to reset the airbag."

Robert B., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine must be shut off and restarted to reset faulty airbag."

Robert B., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light came on and off. Passenger seat cushion replaced."

J Y., CO (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger airbag on and off function does not work properly and will turn off with a passenger in the seat. To reset the switch, the car ignition switch has to be turned to off."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side Airbag malfunctioned and after numerous attempts by the dealer to fix it, they ended up replacing the passenger seat that triggered the warning system."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Light bump on the rear bumper caused to system to fail. Cost of repair is very high at $2,000. System is very flimsy."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Very light bump on the rear bumper caused the warning system to break. Cost of repair is extremely high at over $2,000. My sense is that it is a very flimsy setup."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Subaru Forester)

"Airbag warning light came on and message on dash told me to take it directly to the dealer. Passenger side seat needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester)

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

"Moonroof leaked"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After very, very heavy rainstorm, we had leak of water into car cabin thru the sun roof"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Problems with window operation and proper sealing. Dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Included because it may be related to the driver's side window noise problem."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle in the dashboard"

Geoff M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a raddle in the air vent"

Anonymous, MT (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At highway speed, there is a intermittent noise that sounds like a closeout panel under the car is loose and flapping. It is worse in high wind situations."

Paul M., NM (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"annoying rattle inside the dash when going 35+ mph"

Larry B., MI (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver-side visor squealed when deployed."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the steering column. An annoyance that seems to be getting worse. Could it be the airbag?? I will have the dealer take a look next time I take it for service."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"some minor noises in the steering linkage"

Garry S., QC (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No one can find the rattle in my dashboard. The dealer offered to rip the whole dashboard off and search, but that seems too severe and may create more problems."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a rattle in the upper center console of the dashboard. Took three times to get it finally fixed right. However, a minor problem as overall we really are satisfied with the car."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine bay firewall area had a low frequency vibration noise, fixed by using a cable tie to stop vibration"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display screen/radio stopped functioning entirely and it took 7 weeks to get a new unit installed. Afterwords there were rattles and vibration in the dash."

David H., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a panel inside the drivers side dash that rattles and buzzes when it is cold after the heater starts blowing warm air it stops. I have decided to live with it because it really is minor and would be difficult to access its origin unless i left the car overnight outside at the dealership and would require disassembly of the dash! It doesn't last too long really about 5 minutes."

Jerry H., WI (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since new rattle in the dashboard. Dealer said to play music to cover up....."

Geoff L., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side front power window is quiet but squeals and rattles in wet weather. Dealer was unable to locate the problem and fix it,"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"something inside the driver side dashboard. only noticeable on rough roads."

David J., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the gas struts on the rear gate started squeaking. It was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle from front speaker assembly"

Anonymous, NV (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior component was not properly attached and it rattles over any rough road. Replacement would involve removing sensor unit at the top of the windshield and I am afraid it would be difficult to install a new unit accurately."

Anonymous, NM (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I find this to be a noisy vehicle, there is always a rattle somewhere in the interior."

Wayne M., NB (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks coming from passenger front door and glovebox. Intermittent; worse when driving over rough roads."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a rattle in the dashboard. Took 8 times but the dealer finally got it fixed. Other than that a great auto."

Steven B., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Design flaw allows rattling in the sun visors on both sides."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"We took the vehicle in to the dealer with concerns about the wind noise - they told us this is a known problem with the Subaru - no plans now to address it"

Barbara K., AZ (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Road noise is very obvious and thought it had been controlled more in the new model. I am on the road @ about 1000 miles a month. This is a real disappointment."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically, installed WeatherTech air window deflectors. Little noisy."

John K., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise is louder at higher speed. The radio has to turn louder to compensate. Not a big problem but it could be quieter."

Lola W., IL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"your report on the forester was spot on. ride is rough and road noise is annoying."

Will K., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's door wind noise. I've complained about it several times to no avail."

Anonymous, SC (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The in cabin noise is higher than expected for a top-of-the-line SUV"

Anonymous, NL (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"hard to hear radio"

Anonymous, PA (2017 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Automatic CVT. When shifting from Reverse to Drive, the transmission is noticeably slow to engage. There is a lag of about 1.5-2 seconds after shifting when the car cannot move. If your foot is on the accelerator at this stage and you're facing uphill - even a moderate slope - it will actually roll backwards during this lag. I have driven three other 2017 Foresters; all were immediately responsive after shifting R>D, as expected. Found numerous similar reports online for several model years, on Imprezas as well as Foresters. Subaru has tried to claim this is normal for CVT, but it isn't, and it can be dangerous because you cannot do anything if another driver's actions call for getting out of the way suddenly. They also claim that the transmission will learn your driving habits, but after a few months of consistently pressing the gas pedal immediately after shifting into Drive, I've seen no significant change. There is a transmission re-learning procedure they can perform, and at my request the dealer did this a couple of months after purchase. It helped slightly, but the improvement was not complete and it gradually got worse again. This is really my only complaint about the vehicle, and with the dealer's denial that there is a problem."

Anonymous, NM (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It takes about 3 or 4 seconds for the car to switch from park to drive or from park to reverse."

Navin S., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Shifting is rough in slow stop and go driving; also sometimes when there is a major transition in speed such as going from highway speed down to city driving"

J B., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough start, sometimes bump for no reason. I think the tranny had too much fluid. First 4 min was smooth, then been bumppy. Since 1000 miles ago, it smooth out. Now is fine"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission "shifted" awful. I brought it in and they said it was fine. Then I received a recall because the cvt didn't have enough fluid. They said to bring it in, but also not to drive it. After the filled it up properly it shifted better, but now I don't know how long it's going to last. They assured me there was no damage, but they have no idea"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bucking and slipping, usually from a start but not always the car has good days when it is fine and bad days when the transmission acts up"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At slow speeds, the transmission jerks"

Regina H., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CVT programming in the 2017 Forester is downright terrible. Often times very light pedal application on the accelerator will cause the transmission to shudder and jolt, both when slowly accelerating from a standstill, and even when cruising at 35mph. The transmission also sometimes takes up to 3 seconds to engage - be too quick on the accelerator after shifting and you will feel a huge jolt when accelerating or even reversing. It is the worst automatic transmission I have ever experienced,"

Adam R., ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Service manager says transmission lock up creates rough shift at school zone speed (15-20mph) inherent in CVT transmission but not a problem for repair"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It stumbled in lower "gear" (it has a CVT). The transmission computer was rebooted and reduced the problem considerably, but not completely"

F L., OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continously variable transmission(CVT) is annoying. It shifts into forward gear very slowly from neutral or reverse, which is a little scary. And after deceleration, it resumes forward acceleration with a delay followed by a lurch, also scary and annoying. Spouse doesn't mind, but I do. Otherwise, car is quite good."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Applying the foot feed slowly from a stop will cause the vehicle to surge, speed up slightly and slow down slightly. Apply the foot feed faster this problem goes away. I am told this is normal, if so it is an annoying normal. Backing up in reverse, not just rolling backward, then going into drive requires an application of the foot feed to engage the transmission. Once again this is supposed to be normal. Again this is a bad normal."

Anonymous, OK (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Delay from reverse to drive before engaging"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT transmission (and computer) are designed to simulate shifting like a traditional automatic transmission, but does the job poorly. Cannot seem to find the right gear when accelerating, and often lugs the engine because it shifted too low. Subaru could have done better."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is jerking when moving from a complete stop. Going in the shop tomorrow."

Donna C., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shifting. Subaru has lengthen the transmission warranty to 100,000 miles or 10 years"

Wayne M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"About once every 5 days the transmission is hesitant, and does not engage. When starting from a dead stop it takes 2-3 seconds to engage"

Geoff M., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the car stalls when trying to accelerate - this occurs when the car is in a dip in the road or about to go uphill. The dealership refuses to acknowledge the issue. Secondly, it takes the car about 3 seconds to move into gear from park to drive or from park to reverse."

Navin S., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"The car could not be taken out of "X Drive" because of a faulty control module. The module was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer needed to be rebooted to correct a problem with transmission stumbling in lower "gear" (it has a CVT). It was helpful, but did not completely eliminate it"

F L., OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The X1 transmission mode could not be turned off because of a defective control module. The module was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"vehicle was bucking at all speeds and weather conditions. It was difficult to diagnose but Subaru came out with a software update which has seemed to fix the problem"

James P., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was experiencing a shudder. CVT trans was re-programmed and issue was resolved. (after 12 months)"

Anonymous, NL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple attempts by Subaru to reteach CVT transmission without noticeable success."

Kenneth S., FL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Factory recall due to low transmission fluid level"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission plug leaked. Dealer replaced plug and gasket corrected problem."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission does not shift as expected in the "S#" mode. Technician was unable to diagnose. Subaru Corporate would not provide technical support to diagnose the problem, which is minor but annoying"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The problem went far beyond just the 12V plug. The car would not start due to dead battery when items were charged in car, If the headlights were left on (they would automatically go off, but the switch would draw current as with all electrical interfaces. Within the first year of ownership, the electrical glitches became much more than a nuisance, with the car's battery not having enough cranking power to start the car. Minor issues that I would expect not to cause this battery drain such as the USB port having a cell phone plugged in with negligible electrical drain. This problem existed during scheduled checks and oil changes done at the dealer we bought the vehicle from. It got to where I didn't want my wife driving the vehicle due to this significant reliability issue. Another trip to the dealer with specific information given to them about what they previously said that there was no problem, just make sure to remove key and any interior lights, etc. were set to dim and turn off after car was locked. I call it the ignorant customer until proven otherwise treatment syndrome. This time, I made sure they knew is was not ignorant and even if I had no experience with 12 volt auto and computer DC systems (I did but really wanted them to fix what they ignored previously due to any warranty problems that might have occurred if I started with just checking the drain on the battery and the charge the battery would hold}. I do not remember any electrical or other warning lights showing up. So it took my strong urging for them to do any troubleshooting. They found that this 2017 Subaru Forester had the most basic of problems with the electrical system, not the sensors or hidden system drain, but a bad battery. The problems we experienced began soon after purchase of the new car and got worse, as would be the case with the battery going or being bad from the first. New battery and the vehicle now starts when it should which is anytime we turn the key to start it for the normal life of the battery (5-6 years). Very frustrated with dealer and a car brand with a supposedly very good rating. That is why my choice for vehicles is firmly with Honda and the dealers around central Arkansas."

J M., AR (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car equiped with 2 power plugs. the one in the consoul has stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Will not change after daylight savings"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru wiring insulation environmentally friendly made from soybean product very attractive to rodents (mice etc.) resulting in electrical control module harness failure.Unable to drive due to electrical failure to computer module. Car was towed to dealer and wiring replaced. Tow free under warranty but repair cost $240. NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY. Should not use components that are attractive rodents/pests. Honda is using insulating tape for wiring impregnated with capsaicin. Problem solved for Honda. I have placed mint odor repellent in engine and cabin areas."

David H., IL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed software update, and also needs updating after battery goes dead"

Larry B., MI (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"It is too difficult to set clock and I go with out vehicle clock and other information."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The rear lights were ineffective because they illuminated only 6 ft behind the car and that wasn't enough. Even that was difficult to see because of the too-bright central display inside the car. It would have been better to have real backup lights, rather than the dim laser 'safety' lights."

Dorothy D., PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose right fog light. Was replaced and checked by Subaru dealer."

Anonymous, NM (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Several of the indicators on the dashboard stopped working or would remain lit. The dealership had to reset the system to get them working"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Electrical harness issue, had to be replaced"

Timothy V., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bulb keeps blowing and it is a huge pain to change it! So far it has happened twice since owning the vehicle"

Anonymous, NH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulb burned out battery went dead"

Francis G., PA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the headlights were improperly adjusted at the factory. it caused most oncoming traffic to flash their bright lights at us. I went into the dealership and they adjusted them while I waited."

Jerry H., WI (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle has directional lighting and high beam assist, both of these features failed. When taken to closest dealer, the problems were assessed, and finally repaired, but the process took more than a month from dealers assessment of problem to repair of same."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"headlight burned out no wiring problems"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"There was no continuity in the interior lights as to if they turned on manually or automatically when unlocking or locking vehicle. This leads to locking the car and then waiting until visual verification that all lights have gone off. The car manual no doubt describes all the variations within each model, but each model was different and mainly a bother to make sure all systems were off, especially in light of the previously described major problem of a new car leaving the dealership after purchase and the battery being bad within a few months."

J M., AR (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless remote started to constantly draw power, wearing out battery every two weeks. Dealer replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"I had to get the monitor replaced. It was fairly expensive due to labor costs. It was reading low tire pressure when the tire pressure was where it should have been."

Jared J., OH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"Very slow to load music from thumb drive. Occasionally won't charge phone."

Joe N., WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Two-week old vehicle required software update to fix warning lights issue"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ran into flooded road but could not see to back up because the central display screen was blindingly bright that I could not see anything behind the car. That screen came up in reverse gear, so I could not avoid it. I nearly drove into the creek that was the cause of the flood because I could not see what I was backing into. I covered the bright screen (ineffectively) with a jacket, then opened the drivers side door and used a flashlight to see a little behind the car. It took 45 min to drive about 100 yd backward along the twisting road."

Dorothy D., PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had some scary warning lights go on saying the the traction control and anti-lock breaks were not working. But it was just a light malfunction. Had to take it in a few times to diagnose the problem. I figured it out by researching online and told the dealer. Once that happened, it went away no problem. It was a faulty wire or switch or something."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on twice. Dealer reset it once but second time they had to replace a small part which fixed it."

Anonymous, IA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seat belt warning light - Car was left at dealer for 2 weeks to get it fix. The fix entailed replacing some components of driver seat."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear tailgate door locked and will not open following a prolonged period of non use (ten days at airport parking lot)"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front pasender door was not flush with body. Door very stiff, difficult to open and close"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"As mentioned earlier the glass reflects the interior which is distracting looking at the outside mirrors"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water inside brake light lenses. THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING!!! I had a major problem with the tires!!! One of them blew up while the car was parked and had only 1500 miles! Consumers has no category for it!!! Apparently it is a very common problem with Yokohama tires (check the web) I replaced all 4 of them with michelins and it cost me $1000! PS. The spare is smaller (in circumference) than the other tires making it very dangerous to drive even for a short distance. Other than that we love the car."

Alessandro F., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My windshield was pocked low on each side by thrown pebbles within two days when the car was brand new. I did not purchase any extra coating for my windshield expecting the windshield to be reasonably sturdy. Since then I have had to buy two new windshields as the pocks spread before I could get them repaired - even though there were no severe temperature changes. It is true that I drive a lot while birding, but I would not expect to have three trips to the auto glass repair shop in one year."

Margaret J., MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a chip that turned in to a crack. My insurance company had Safelite replace the windshield. When I went to Subaru to have the cameras re-calibrated, they were unable to do so because it was not OEM (Subaru) glass. Had to wait almost 2 months for Satellite to get the correct glass and then back to my dealer to have the Eyesight cameras re-calibrated."

William S., NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"An L-shaped crack appeared at the top center of the windshield just yesterday/ It spread 1/3 of the way downward and then turned toward the driver side, reaching halfway across it. Replacement has been scheduled (Progressive Insurance will pay all but the $50 deductible, Safelite willl perform the replacement."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"crack appeared on front windshield below the hood line. the crack then spread across the windshield about 12 inches. there was no rock or chip. it would appear that the wiper park heater caused the crack."

Gary M., OH (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"Mirror needed to be replaced because of an accident"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring)
Seat controls - movement

"Driver's seat control panel (Left side) came loose and could not be reattached to the seat... dealer replaced panel under warranty. Seems to have been a factory quality control problem"

Michael D., MN (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"driver seat bracket/ mount broke"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"A little nick on the perimeter of the sun-roof developed into a crack in the outer pane. Subaru replaced the sunroof glass under warranty."

Jan K., ON (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"1. Took 2 months,3 svc visits, incl. a requested diary from me to document that tailgate would open from dash button only 40% of time, for svc to finally realize tailgate could not open from dash button if doors were locked-absolutely NO ref in car's book about this. Since it is logical to drive with the doors locked, why does Subaru secretly require the car doors to be unlocked to operate the dash button? The book is very specific about being in park, with parking brake on. 2. Then the dash but"

E K., SC (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatch release is inconsistent. It fails to open sporadically with no discernible reason. The dealer says they can’t find a problem, and our experience is improving."

Henry H., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very slow opening and 'moans' a lot. The problem is not fixable for the 2017 model, but the 2019 model has solved this problem."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear window defogger failed. Some of the wires in the glass ceased to heat. Perhaps they broke. After several trips to the dealer, it was fixed under warrantee."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Glass/windows reflect interior moldings. Windows and other electronics do not work with the accessory switch on. Only works with engine running"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"PURCHASED FORESTER WITH EYESIGHT CAMERA. RECENTLY WINDSHIELD WAS CRACKED BY A ROCK. SUBARU QUOTED $1750 DOLLARS TO REPLACE WINDSHIELD AND REALIGN CAMERA. QUOTED $978US DOLLARS IN USA FROM SUBARU DEALER"

Ben F., AB (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Windshield cracked due to installation stress."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There have been some instances (5+) where one or more of the power windows didn't completely go up/close."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear driver's side window stopped going up and down. It was repaired under warranty by the dealer. The actuator arm that raised and lowered it somehow got bent, which was surprising because that window has only been rolled down about 10 times since we got the car."

Jon H., ID (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"braking quickly approaching light just turned red, froze for a few seconds; couldn't accelerate; Dealer said oh yes it happens sometimes that model/year;just wait a few seconds"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Subaru Forester)
Normal routine brake wear

"I did not experience any problem with the brakes. While having the car services the service agent at Subaru suggested I replace the rear brakes because the were worn to an unsafe level and suggested I replace them. ."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes and rotors needed replacing"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal routine break wear"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pads had premature wear at 8200 miles. Will need to be replaced at 12,000"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads and rotors were replaced at 30000 km, which seemed premature to me."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks feel soft, but still stop car. Suspect air in line or caliper jammed."

Allen S., NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had uneven wear on the rear driver side brake pad that resulted in grinding of the rotor. Rear brakes and rotors replaced under warranty. Brought the vehicle in again before the warranty expired to verify that the brakes were still wearing evenly and they were ok."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear pads and rotors after only 24000 miles"

R B., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"My rear brakes needed replacement at 43,000 miles. I drive in heavy traffic, so it was not unexpected."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors warped prematurely"

Deborah D., NY (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors had to be turned at 34,000 miles."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Thanks to,the,Subaru mechanic, I now know that NOT driving my vehicle (due to illness). Can cause your rotors to wear down. It was under warranty"

Linda M., MA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer advised replacing the rear rotors, and so I did, but they had only 29000 km on them."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear pads and rotors after only 24000. May have been scammed by repair shop."

R B., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 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

"Window trim is a triangular piece on the rear doors - trim for the rear passenger windows. It does not sit flush enough with the vehicle, so clearing snow effectively removes the trim with VERY little force... it came away with some very light snow. This design problem is easily observable, now that I know about it!"

Robert R., MB (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheel wells are constructed so that ice and mud collect rubbing against the tires and pressing the rear panels outward. It was impossible to melt or break the frozen mud and snow without risking damage to the tires or car. No other car I ever had had this problem to this degree."

Lewis S., VT (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim became loose on the front bumper. I noticed this within a week of buying the car. I took the car back to the dealer and had them look at it. They said they believed the car had lightly touched something underneath while I had it and it caused the trim to come loose. I believe the trim came loose from the dealer's showing the car or by its own. I only parked the car in my driveway..."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The insulation strip around the door on the drivers side became loose, perhaps because of winter conditions"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Subaru Forester Touring)

"The cheap, fake leather on the center armrest is beginning to tear a little. In my opinion, it is just too thin to handle the daily grind - it should be made of a much thicker material that can handle daily use."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose trim around driver door pops off when feet brush it. Foot rest on driver's side is loose. Rubber cover on gas pedal pops off. That last part could be dangerous."

Johnathan L., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"dime sized chip...paint is gone ..down to bare metal"

Joe B., TX (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The slightest touch seems to cause a scratch or chip in paint. Metal on body see,s very soft and many door dings already present for very soft taps"

Anne H., IA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Spot with faded pain on the hood"

Alessandro F., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping around door frame."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Subaru Forester)

"The paint scratches more than on any car we've ever had. Our son's 2002 BMW looks better than the Subaru."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We have owned a previous Subaru and never experienced the problem we are having with the Forester. The paint is so easy to come off. It chips, it peels, it cracks, it is generally a hot mess and this was my thought only 3 months into owning it. Cheap cheap paint job on this thing. They should be ashamed but I think they are too busy counting their profit. The slightest little thing leaves a scratch mark. Shame on them."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint scratches way too easily. I had a Toyota Forerunner for 20 years and it had very few scratches doing the same activities I do now with the Subaru, but Subaru is all scratched up."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"surface rust became evident after winter driving. Took it it to the dealer they explained that fine iron particles come off the snow plowing blades and cause that fine rust spots. they took the vehicle in and did a clay bar treatment on it and removed all the rust spots. It looks fine now. the dealer explained that this is very common on light colored vehicles."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery died, required jump by AAA, turned out to be a computer module programming problem, not instructing alternator to charge properly, battery and alternator fine, there was a service bulletin on my described problem, increasingly sluggish to turn over with frequent starts and stops, taken in late afternoon, immediately after jump by AAA, received loaner and got my car back next morning."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Many times the car will just not start. The dealer would just tell me I didn't drive it enough. I had to contact Subaru Customer Support and they contacted the dealer and told them to check the car and to upgrade the battery which they did. They were going to do no nothing until this happened. It took me from a car I loved to a car I was afraid to leave the house in."

Evelyn K., IL (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Subaru installs a weak battery, not matched to the car's electronic needs; only 390 Cold Crank Amps (CCA). With the car in accessories mode, the battery drains dead in 15 min! SUbaru said it happens all the time! Normal replacement batteries have a CCA rating of 640 - 680 CCAs. Lesson: DO NOT sit in your Subaru listening to the radio when the car is in accessories mode!"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"under sized for minnesota winters"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"battery determined by dealer to have low strength. They replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to reprogram the computer as the battery lost the charge causing inability to drive the car. Once in the boonies near Fernley NV, the second in town."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The original battery started losing charge. The dealer detected no problems when it was in for scheduled maintenance. When the problem worsened I returned it to them. They ran a 'deep diagnostic' and detected that the battery itself was no longer charging. This was more a failure of detection by the dealer than a problem with the car."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Intermittently, fails to activate starter. Not repaired by dealer but has become less frequent"

Logan P., WA (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"The car turned off while at a stoplight. It has only done this once."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was not driven for three days kept in our garage. and just would not start. First question the dealer asked me. how long did it go undriven.. So they must know something about the cold engine not performing.So I have had to take this car out for a run like I would take adog for stroll..else it willnot start up in th ecoldweather. Would like to have words with the engineers who designed this engine?"

John F., OH (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During an extreme cold spell the car would not start for over 24 hours, both older model Honda's started without an issue."

Anonymous, IL (2017 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

Engine computer

"Engine check light came on twice and stayed on, both times requiring a service visit. The first service visit did not fix the problem, but the second service visit did resolve the problem-apparently a software problem with the engine control computer. we were told us so for patch was applied, and the problems should not recurr. Three months later, and no further problems since the last service visit"

John C., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"While shifting (clutch depressed) the engine computer frequently advances the throttle to between 2500 and 4000 rpm, leaves it there for about 10 seconds, then slowly closes the throttle to normal idle (< 1000 rpm). Subaru seems to think it's an acceptable feature. I say it's a bug. Have reported it on the NHTSA system, but they've done nothing"

Karl S., CO (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"engine light going on 2 or 3 times"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"I researched the purchase for a 2017 vehicle carefully, considering Consumer Reports, several test drives, and finally settled on the 2017 Foresters. I purchased the top trim model with eyesight, VIN JF2SJEUC8HH534823, manufactured 12/16. Almost immediately, it was discovered the transmission had shifting issues not revealed in several test drives in similar models before the purchase. We attended the dealership at the earliest opportunity where one of the technicians took it for a test drive with us, and couldn't replicate the problem. We identified the issue (periodic shuddering, sluggish throttle response, and a lurch or jerking under cruise or load), as showing under normal driving, namely part throttle, low speed, low load circumstances. We drive with economy and longevity in mind, and do not drive aggressively. It should be noted the first technician's driving style was not consistent with ours- which was pointed this out several times- identifying the throttle position indicator on the upper information screen. As mentioned, he couldn't replicate the problem, which I believe had to do with his driving style. The problem continued. I attended the dealership again with the same description, this time emphasizing my driving style, and I drove the technician (different tech) who reluctantly admitted the sluggishness is a condition of the 2017 CVT, and the fuel injection system. He advised the 2018 models have much better driveabilty and responsiveness. When I recounted my visit to the dealership, my wife confided that while she was exiting a parking spot, the transmission's characteristics compelled her to alter her driving (she had to panic stop to avoid a collision as the car was not responding to throttle input). The last point has me questioning my decision and professional perspective on what I would consider an otherwise good alternative to Toyota or Honda made vehicles. We have other Japanese automatic transmission vehicles, a 2007 CRV, and 2010 Fit, and 2017 RAV4 Hybrid. None have ever shown the disappointing driving characteristics of this brand new Subaru. I completed the follow up appointments with Subaru. They were unable to replicate the problem, however a download did indicate high NOx numbers which the computer compensated for according to Subaru Head office analysis. The dealer’s solution was to recommended a fuel additive and premium fuel. Obviously, this resolution process wasn’t mentioned in their sales brochure, or CR's description. As far as the issue which is hard to replicate, It appears there is significant communication via user groups: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f88/class -action-suit-jerky-acceleration-shudderi I now regret my purchase decision, and wish I had never considered this brand, or CR's recommended rating of Subaru."

Roy K., BC (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the engine seems to stop like it is gasping for air so I have to accelerate the engine a little so it won't conk out"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester)
Fuel leaks

"Squirrels chewed thru gas line"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester)
Oil leaks

"In the first 2000 miles the engine used greater than 3 quarts of oil. I was told this is not an issue and that it's within the "burn-in" period. I received no charges for the service and loaner car from the dealership. I've owned multiple new manual transmission cars in my lifetime. This is the first time I'm experiencing this oil loss issue. This is my first Subaru and first boxer (flat 4) engine"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil loss was was fixed when the cylinder head was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a possible oil leak from the engine. The dealer did an incomplete and unsatisfactory diagnostics. Plan to take the car to another dealer to check since the car is still under warranty. This potential problem does not affect the performance of the car."

Lola W., IL (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At the first 3k checkup the oil pan bolt broke off and the whole pan had to be replaced. Three months later the oil pan drain plug was leaking and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ME (2017 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

"When new,the car wandered at some highway speeds. A dealer alignment fixed the problem"

Anonymous, OK (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The alignment was poorly set at the dealer. Plus the Forester benefits from different alignment settings than stock for more predictable highway handling."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"MY RIGHT FRONT CV JOINT AND AXEL HAD TO BE REPLACED. I THOUGHT THAT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN IN A NEW CAR."

Margaret J., MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On the first 3k check up, the right ball joints were defective and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ME (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"I TOOK CAR IN BECAUSE I WAS HEARING FRONT END NOISES WHEN I TURNED MY CAR TO THE RIGHT. WAS TOLD BOTH OF MY BUSHINGS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. WHEN ALL OF THAT WAS DONE, I WAS TOLD I HAD AN AXLE PROBLEM AS WELL BUT WAS TOLD BY THE LONG-TIME SHOP OWNER THAT AXLES RARELY BROKE AND MIGHT OUTLAST THE CAR."

Margaret J., MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Car still rides rough on the 15 wheels. I am also VERY disappointed with the interior leather look stuff they used. It is VERY uncomfortable - enough that I am going to sell the car. 8 hrs will send you to the massage therapist!"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering went out completely while driving on busy road. Was able to get off road. But had to be towed to Subaru."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace rear wheel bearings and hub, at great cost"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"i FRONT WHEEL BEARING WENT BAD AND THE DEALER SHIP FIXED REPLACED IT UNDER WARRANTY"

Greg B., AZ (2017 Subaru Forester 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

4WD/AWD components

"Transmission was making a whining noise, had to have new transmission installed. Covered under warranty"

Claude H., NY (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"DIfferential was replaced by the dealer following routine oil change for it (they found some small metal shavings in the differential oil). It was covered by warranty."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Passenger side ball bearing failed and had to be replaced at about 59000 miles. Online chats reflect this to be a common problem with this car"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Happened twice in last month Key-less access does not start car. Car acts similar to an attempt to start car in drive.. Brought car in for service for two issues today 5/9/2018. Compressor replaced today, air conditioning works fine now. Subaru dealer checked starting system is fine. Had to prod Subaru service. what to do if failure happened again. They c aid have the car towed. For the two times that it happened, I had to get out of car ,set alarm, then disable alarm then enter car, then car starts. Subaru dealer did not come up with a solution. There is no trapping of electronic failures"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cheap battery. Had to be slaved several times and then when battery totally failed it was out of warranty and dealer would not do anything to make amends other than that happens once in awhile for an explanation."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car could not start twice in 3 weeks. It turns out the battery had a bad cell."

Benjamin A., CA (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I could not get the car to start. The battery would not hold a charge, despite being only 2 years old. I had to have it towed to the dealership. They towed it for free and said the battery was at fault. They replaced the battery for free."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch actually broke. It left me stranded and pieces of metal were thrown into the transmission. The car had to be towed to the dealership, both (clutch and transmission) replaced."

Harold T., OK (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Metal got into the transmission when the clutch broke. The dealership replaced the transmission, along with the clutch. they furnished a loaner car for the 10 days they had it in the shop."

Harold T., OK (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was replaced under warranty at 38,000 miles. I reported it to NHTSA because it would skip out of gear while driving. According to the person taking the report it was uncommon for Subarus. I was just lucky, I guess."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I bought the 1 year old Forester it took me a couple weeks to recognize that the transmission was not performing nominally: it was inconsistent, it would downshift 2 gears quite often when I simply took my foot off the gas and it performed poorly in stop and go traffic. when I took it in after driving it for 3,000 miles I was told that the transmission had already been replaced once leading me to believe that this model and this year was suffering transmission issues. I was subsequently sent a letter to all Forester owners that the warranty for this particular transmission/engine combination had been extended by Subaru which reinforced the idea that they were having issues with that transmission. I took the car back and made them give me something different, something they charged me a lot of money for."

Rick W., FL (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Engine tends to misfire under light load. Technician had no answer for the problem, and got none from Subaru Corporate"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had car in with less than 1k miles Problem occurred again this time they fixed it Third time warning light came on squirrels had chewed through plastic gas line. $400"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Subaru Forester)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light came on. Took the vehicle to the dealer and he corrected the problem. However, he did not want to provide me with an invoice to completely describe the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"defective sensor"

Steve B., NC (2017 Subaru Forester Premium 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

Cylinder head

"Cylinder head had to be replaced due to oil loss stemming from poor fit of cylinder head parts. Work was completed under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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