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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,984 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 032010


  • 69,968 miles


The contact owns 2004 Subaru forster. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph the turbo charger failed and the vehicle lost all power and the contact was unable to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where it was diagnosed that due to a lack of oil going to the turbo charger. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the failure recurred after repairs due to a leak in the oil intake resulting in the turbo charger failing. The failure mileage was 69,968 and the current mileage was 84,500.

- Minneapolis , MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 192010

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles
Consumer writes regarding automobile manufacturer design flaw exclusive dealerships repairs the consumer stated he experienced a catastrophic failure with his engine due to a blown turbo. The local dealership refused to sell the replacement part to his local mechanic due to the cause of the failure and the installation process. Subaru later responded in writing denying all claims even when the consumer supplied them with valid reasons. The consumer learned Subaru was aware of the problem dating back to 2005 and a tsb was issued. The tsb stated that oil starvation to the turbo was the main cause for the turbo failure. The oil starvation happened when the oil feed filter bango became clogged. Subaru realized the design flaw in the turbo system and later redesigned the turbo to address the problem.

- Monroe, CT, USA

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