3rd Gen (2009 – 2013) Subaru Forester Problems

The 3rd generation of the Forester has a cumulative PainRank™ of 8.88. 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 2009–2013 Forester model years have sent in 126 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (50%) followed by the interior (9%) and the electrical (6%).

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 2009 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2013 8
3.83
2012 14
3.77
2011 44
10.66
2010 33
12.38
2009 28
13.76

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