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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,850 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 092014


  • 137,700 miles


The two front sub frames have to be replaced due to rust and thin metal.

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 202008


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. While driving approximately 65 mph, the front hood released unexpectedly. The contact was able to control and direct the vehicle to the side of the road. The police arrived to escort the vehicle off the highway, which was a state regulation, and filed a report. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for repair. The contact stated that the failure was related to the two bolts that attached the hood. The failure and current mileages were 130,000.

- Pennington , NJ, USA

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