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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,340 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 122016

Forester

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. While attempting to reverse at 5 mph, the vehicle failed to move. The contact discovered that the front lower control arm was fractured. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Killingworth, CT, USA

problem #8

Dec 142015

Forester

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in for routine maintenance, the contact was notified that the front suspension had severe corrosion and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the lower control arms was corroded. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension) however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 032014

Forester

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. While reversing at approximately 5 mph, the front driver side wheel fractured without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front driver side lower control arm fractured and needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Swiftwater, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012015

Forester

  • 132,819 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Today I was at my mechanics to replace a muffler. After raising the car up on the rack he noticed destructive rust that was covering and inundating the K frame and front lower control arms (transverse links). In September of 2012 I was at gary lang Subaru (Illinois) for an unrelated issue. The safety recall for my vehicle, wvx-34, required an inspection and repairs, and if necessary, replacement or corrosion treatment of the lower control arms (transverse link). According to Subaru of America, that recall was "completed". the Subaru operator (kayla) could not elaborate on the term "complete". no mention of any specific action was reported. Today, during the inspection of said area, my mechanic indicated that no proof existed of either corrective action, either undercoating or mechanical repair or replacement. This is a safety concern, and at some point it is possible that loss of control will follow if the lower control arm breaks. I will pursue the Subaru dealer for repairs but have no idea if they will assume responsibility.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 082011

Forester

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension). The contact stated that the dealer coated the control arms, but the control arms were rusted through. The dealer stated that the control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Strodsburg, PA, USA

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problem #4

Sep 052014

Forester

  • 157,000 miles
Upon changing the oil in my 2003 Subaru Forester I noticed that my sub frame is totally rotted out. I don't know how my car has even stayed together its so bad. I looked the problem up online and I found that it is a major issue with Subaru cars. I called Subaru to see if they could help to get it fixed and they said its a cosmetic issue and they will not help me. But they did say they will offer me $500 towards the purchase of a new Subaru. I asked if they will apply the $500 to fixing my current Subaru and he told me no. I am a single mother that depends on my car 100% and I can't afford the repair in the first place, but Subaru will give me $500 toward the purchase of a new car.

- Larksville, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 112014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 126,244 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving at 55 mph when my right front control arm snapped. I looked to ensure no vehicles were coming, and made the decision to turn left to get back on the road with all four tires as I could only turn left. I could not control the vehicle, and the vehicle turned side ways and then rolled three consecutive times landing on its wheels facing South. I was transported to the hospital. On the way to the hospital in the ambulance the driver had to stop, because I was throwing up convulsively while being strapped to a backboard and I thought I was going to die of not being able to breath due to my airway being filled with vomit. I sustained the following injuries: 2 forms of vertigo which I still have, a shoulder injury which I was in a sling for six weeks, severe muscle injuries in my back and neck, I now have severe muscle spasms and cramps throughout my whole body, loss of memory, and severe contusions throughout my whole body, and also a right leg injury which affects my walking capability, ptsd and severe flashbacks of my accident with me rolling over and over again, because I was conscious through the whole accident. There was an open recall on the lower control arms on my vehicle which was never repaired. The suburu recall campaign # is wvx-34, and the NHTSA campaign number is 11V-464. The necessary repairs were never performed. The airbag NHTSA complaint number I filed for the airbags not deploying is 10598597. There were 22 other reports to the NHTSA regarding the airbags not deploying due to the wiring harness attached to the drivers seat being not long enough, there are several complaints to the NHTSA. The federal trade commission is in the process of investigating my accident also. The federal trade commission reference number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)....updated 08/12/15

- Tionesta, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 172014

Forester

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for unrelated repairs when they noticed that the front lower control arm was fractured. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 11V464000 (suspension), however the remedy did not correct the failure. The vehicle was currently being repaired by the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baldwinsville , NY, USA

problem #1

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

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