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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,233 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.

2004 Subaru Forester electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 292014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 177,700 miles


While running the blower motor on high, the cabin began to fill with toxic smoke. The blower's hot wire connection had overheated, charred/melted the plastic housing around the terminal, charred/melted the wires insulation at this connection, and melted the copper until it fell loose. The blower resides exposed under the glove compartment. No easily combustible materials were located underneath the blower at that time.

- Lewisburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Jan 152014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
In very cold weather (less than 10 F) the rubber gas lines leak very significant amounts of gas onto the engine and verynear the hot turbocharger. Another Subaru just caught fire in the O'neill tunnel.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 032008

Forester 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The air bag system will not function in the event of a collision due to an electrical connector malfunction. The connector is located under the driver's seat and is constantly stressed by seat movement or contact by the driver's feet. As a result, the air bag warning light is chronically but intermittently on. This has been a problem since first identified when this vehicle was approximately 1 year old. The repair of the connector was eventually ineffective. When the air bag warning light is on the air bags are inactive and will not deploy in the event of a collision.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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