2nd Generation (2003—2008) Forester Problems

Forester owners with a 2003—2008 model year have the most problems with the engine (32%), windows (11%), and the body (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gasket Failure 3 complaints at an average of 77,667 miles in the 2006 Subaru Forester.
  2. Head Gasket Leak 7 complaints at an average of 104,353 miles in the 2005 Subaru Forester.
  3. Engine Light Flashing 2 complaints at an average of 88,837 miles in the 2007 Subaru Forester.

What Forester Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 4 1 37 3.2
2007 17 1 23 10.32
2006 25 2 24 10.5
2005 17 1 26 5.36
2004 13 2 28 4.68
2003 31 3 35 6.34

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