3rd Generation (2009—2013) Forester Problems

This generations ranks 32nd out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (52%), interior (8%), and the electrical (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gaskets Leak 5 complaints at an average of 72,753 miles in the 2009 Subaru Forester.
  2. Blown Head Gaskets 3 complaints at an average of 89,000 miles in the 2010 Subaru Forester.
  3. Unintended Accelaration 1 complaints at an average of 23,500 miles in the 2011 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 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 9 4 151 3.69
2012 16 7 174 3.8
2011 45 8 158 11.84
2010 36 9 75 14.89
2009 28 13 73 14.16

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