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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,900 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 252012

Forester 4WD 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


Driver was pulling onto route 66 when her right rear wheel almost came off. Turns out the wheel bearing failed, which apparently caused the brakes to go out. The car went off the right shoulder of the on ramp, then skidded to the left completely across route 66, and ended up almost at the jersey wall in the median, facing the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, the oncoming traffic was able to stop. By this time the right rear wheel was actually tilting out at the top, but she was able to drive back across route 66 and park on the shoulder. A young man who saw the mishap stopped and helped her jack the car up and take the wheel off. Car was towed away. Next day she found a car part about five feet away from where her car had been parked. Showed Subaru service people the part -- it was the end of the right rear axle, which had sheared off, and apparently flew off the car. It looks like the wheel bearing had failed, and the weight of the car had snapped off the end of the axle, before she drove off. The wheel eventually started to come off, and fortunately it happened without fatal consequences.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 292009


  • 87,800 miles
Noise from left rear wheel grew louder for weeks on a 2004 Subaru Forester xt turbo with 87,800 miles. Tires plus in cooper city, fl, replaced the left rear wheel bearing. It seemed unusually soon for normal wear, and I found similar online complaints about Subaru wheel bearings.

- Davie, FL, USA

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