2nd Gen (2003 – 2008) Subaru Forester Problems

The 2nd generation of the Forester has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.73. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 2003–2008 Forester model years have sent in 107 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (32%) followed by the windows (11%) and the body (7%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2008 4
3.2
2007 17
10.32
2006 25
10.5
2005 17
5.36
2004 13
4.68
2003 31
6.34

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