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%).