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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
365,000 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.

2005 Subaru Forester engine problems

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 082008


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the catalytic converter was replaced three times. The warning light for the check engine and the vehicle speed control indicators were constantly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least three times for the failure and each time, the dealer would replace the catalytic converter but the failure would recur shortly thereafter. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised that they would return his call within 24 hours. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- New Haven, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012009


  • 980,000 miles
After taking my Subaru forrester in for a recall for a valve in the gas tank. I was told the headgasket leaked and needed replacement! during the repair of the headgasket I received a call from the dealership informing me I also had a cracked cylinder head. This is my 4th Subaru I never experienced anything like this before. When I researched the issue I noticed that Subaru had a ton of headgasket recalls starting in 1997. There seems to be a general lack of quality in regards to this.

- Penn Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 312008

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My car hesitates, sputters and bucks when the weather is wet. At first this only happened when the engine was cold. While this problem is sporadic, it has occurred many times since we bought the car. It now happens when the engine is warm and the car is being driven on the highway, causing a dangerous situation. The dealer at first told us many times to ignore the problem because it would go away when the car warmed up; they failed to find the defect at first. Now, after finding the cylinder misfire problem they now claim the defect isn't covered by warranty. The incident date below is the most recent one; the problem began early in 2005 soon after the car was bought.

- Towson, MD, USA

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