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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Subaru Forester wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012009


  • 56,000 miles


In December, less than 3 months after buying the car used, while driving I heard what sounded like a flat tire. I was only a few hundred feet from a service station so drove to it, but driving that short distance ruined the tire. I had just put air in the tires, but didn't know about the problem with aluminum rims. Often, after putting air in the tires, they would be flat by the time I got home (just a few miles). This happened in 2003. I have had to had the rims taken off, ground/smoothed off, then resealed every year or two. Another problem with the tires/wheels is that when driving through snow, the snow packs itself around the tires completely filling the space that is supposed to be between the tires and the wheel wells. If I don't manually remove the impacted snow, it gets to the point where the wheels cannot be turned. Both of these problems, the rims corroding breaking the seal and the snow filling the wheel wells, are safety hazards.

- Archbold, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 032002


  • miles
Consumer states that after a snow storm the wheels on the vehicle will become impacted with snow causing very severe vibrations that could lead to loss of control.

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 262002


  • miles
Screeching shound coming from wheels.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #2

Oct 182001

Forester 4WD

  • miles
I have had to have the driver's side rear wheel bearing replaced twice in the last three months on a 2001 vehicle.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All wheels are collecting ice and mud while driving and causing severe vibration when traveling 60 or more mph. Dealer / manufacturer notified. According to the consumer's observation, the vibration was due defective alloy wheel, common at all alloy wheels.

- Mona, NM, USA

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