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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012015

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles


2005 Subaru Forester. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle shudders in front when executing sharp turns either left, right, driving forward, reverse and at very low speeds.. an inspection revealed the all-wheel valve mechanism housed inside the transmission case needed to be replaced.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 202006

Forester 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
On March 20, 2006, the symmetrical all wheel drive system of my 2005 Subaru forrester xt failed, the vehicle fishtailed and drifted, resulting in a rollover, and severe bodily injury. The vehicle was so flimsy, it was disgusting. Every door and window opening collapsed, glass flew everywhere. The ceiling collapsed on the passengers' heads. This is a death car.

- Buena Vista, CO, USA

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