An increasing number of Subaru owners say their vehicles will inexplicably surge forward when the vehicle is stopped and their foot is on the brake. The unintended acceleration incidents often happen as the driver tries to shift the trans…
Brake Light Switch Defect
A build-up of chemicals from scented cleaning products containing silicone can disable the brake light switch in millions of Subaru vehicles. This can prevent the brake lights from turning on when pressing the pedal, among other things, and…
Excessive Oil Consumption
Subaru is one of a handful of automakers accused of making new engines that excessively burn through oil. And they'll tell you that adding a quart (or two) between scheduled changes is totally normal. It's not.
Leaky Head Gaskets
Why can't Subaru build a decent head gasket? The automaker has had issues with leaky gaskets in their 4-cylinder engines since the 1980's. And repairing the issue is expensive as it requires the engine to be removed.
Where Engine Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- 2014 Forester high oil consumption 26 (100%)
- 2011 Forester excessive oil consumption 26 (100%)
- 2014 Outback hesitates when accelerating 24 (92%)
- 2015 Forester excessive oil consumption 22 (85%)
- 2013 Outback excessive oil consumption 21 (81%)
- 2006 Outback check engine light on/cruise control blinking/no acceleration 14 (54%)
- 2012 Forester excessive oil consumption 12 (46%)
Recent Engines News
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Subaru owners say their vehicles are surging forward when trying to shift into PARK, even with a foot firmly on the brake pedal.
The automaker continues to blame drivers for the incidents, propmting a second class-action lawsuit to be filed in a matter of months.
Cheryl Sauer says her 2014 Forester XT was never the same after it came back from a 2016 emissions recall.
The engine would surge and stall. So naturally, Subaru must have installed some secret software under the guise of an emissions fix to de-tune the engine in an effort to address a long-running ignition timing issue.
Subaru vehicles are accelerating on their own and the automaker's claim that owners are to blame isn't going over well.
A new class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of owners with cars that may have unintended acceleration problems. This includes the 2012-2018 Forester, 2015-2019 Legacy, and 2015-2019 Outback.
, a well-known cause of damage to the piston and piston ringlands. The proposed class-action includes all current and former owners or lessees of the 2009-2018 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI.
A new lawsuit accuses Subaru of using a 2016 emissions recall as a cover to secretly update engine software meant to prevent surging and stalling issues.
If true, that’s both devious and cunning because ”by calling it an official emissions recall, an owner wouldn't be able to renew their vehicle registration until the recall work was complete.”
A class-action lawsuit alleges that Subaru’s high-performance engines, found in WRX and WRX STI vehicles, can’t create enough lubrication to properly protect the engines from failing.
_…the engines allegedly have severe problems with oil lubrication to the bearings and crankshafts which doesn't create enough lubrication to properly protect the engines from problems.
Those engines have a secondary air injection pump that can overheat, melt, and catch fire.
Burning through a quart of oil every 2,500 miles is a drag. Blowing up your engine because you pushed it to 2,600 miles is an even bigger drag.
So it's no wonder Subaru owners filed a lawsuit in 2014 over worn out piston rings, excessive oil consumption, and the frowns associated with an $8000 repair bill.
The 2015-2016 Subaru WRX and Forester 2.0XT have turbocharger air intake ducts that may crack and cause problems with engine performance while driving.
Subaru has agreed to settle a lawsuit that says certain cars require a small fortune to keep the engine full of oil.
The plaintiffs say there aren't enough dead dinosaurs and other fossil fuels to keep these engines fed.
TorqueNews.com has an update on the Girard Gibbs Law Group class-action suit which accuses Subaru FB engines of burning through too much oil.
The update includes a Q&A that might be helpful to owners.