Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,500 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.

2003 Subaru Forester body / paint problems

body / paint problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Subaru Forester:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 222015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. While driving approximately 35 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and a grinding noise emitted outside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who informed that the front passenger side subframe completely rusted. In 2012, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension) and a rustproof solution was applied to the front lower control arms. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Winooski, VT, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011

Forester 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being inspected, it was discovered that the front passenger wheel assembly was found severely corroded. The vehicle was repaired. The front wheel assembly was replaced. The failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 183,000. Updated 7/9/12 the right side frame assembly was rusted and corroded. Updated 07/10/12

- Elizaville, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 292011

Forester 4-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester.the contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V464000 (suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower arm) when the contact was advised that the front end of the sub-frame was corroded. The manufacturer advised the contact that the failure was not covered under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired for the frame issue. The failure mileage was 157,000 and current mileage was 160,000. Updated 05/08/12

- Belsano, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 292012

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V464000. (suspension: Front:control arm:lower arm) and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for repairs. The dealer advised the contact that the repair could not be performed because the sub frame was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 69,000. Updated 03/28/12 the consumer stated after contacting Subaru of America, they agreed to cover all costs associated with the repair, including the replacement of the subframe. Updated 03/30/12

- Oswego, NY, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

Not what you are looking for?