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What's Wrong with the Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester has a total of 513 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the engine (41%) followed by the transmission (11%) and the interior (10%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 4th generation (2014–2018) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 15.22

How Forester Generations Rank

Worst Overall Forester Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common Forester complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About Forester Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on