What's Wrong with the Subaru Forester?

Forester owners have made 528 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (41%), followed by the transmission (11%) and the interior (10%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Forester.

Comparing Forester Generations

You should avoid the 4th generation (2014–2018) Forester because of its overall PainRank™ of 15.79. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
4th Gen Forester 2014–2018
238 15.79
3rd Gen Forester 2009–2013
126 8.88
2nd Gen Forester 2003–2008
107 6.73
1st Gen Forester 1998–2002
57 6.29

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    The Worst Forester Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2006 (25), 2001 (23), 2016 (22), 2007 (17), 2005 (17), 2012 (14), 2004 (13), 1999 (12), 2000 (11), 2002 (10), 2013 (8), 2008 (4), 2018 (2), and 1998 (1).