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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,295 miles

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2007 Subaru Forester electrical problems

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2007 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 132015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 137,300 miles


Dear sir, I recently purchased this Subaru Forester car ([xxx]) in Georgia, but had noticed that before allowing it to be sold at auction, the manchester center, vt/motor vehicle department Vermont didn't ensured this vehicle had passed all the recalls requested by your Subaru company for this model of Forester (I see at least one open recall no.wvu31 reprogram ECM now which was not passed). Beside, according to carfax and autocheck reports, it seems the car din not went through 2010 recall (wvn24: Engine control module (ECM) reprogramming & fuel tank one-way fuel valve). I presume because of this, the error code P1400 appears currently on the car display. Therefore, I would like asking your assistance in identifying which entity is bearing responsibility for these 2 problems" I asked also Subaru Inc. To allow servicing my car free of charge for inspection and removal of errors to the closest Subaru dealer, but not reply yet. How is possible that the car was allowed by Vermont motors department to be sold outside of usa, even if recalls were active" as a citizen of eu member state, I reserve the right to start a case for allowing selling outside of usa a car being under Subaru recalls. I mean Subaru recalls no. Wvn24 and wvu31, the last even has not been reported neither to carfax, nor to autocheck, which reports I purchased before. Hope you'll offer me entire assistance. Thank you for consideration. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tbilisi, Republic Of Georgia, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 172013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds and running the air conditioner, the blower fan quit. After removing the blower fan it was found that power connection to the fan had completely melted. The wires had burned through and plastic around them was completely burnt and deformed. No fuses were blown which is worrisome because this is the exact type of thing fuses are designed to prevent. Had the wires not burned through and cut the power to the fan this could have caused a serious fire.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 022013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 56,175 miles
Sunroof was not closing properly. It was later determined that the electrical sunroof motor was going bad and needed to be replaced due to a bent sunroof frame. The sunroof motor was covered under my Subaru extended warranty, however the bent sunroof frame was not. Since the sunroof was hardly used in the past 5 years, I maintained that it was either a manufacturing defect or an assembly error. Subaru refused to pay for the frame replacement. Therefore, by replacing just the motor I still have the problem of the bent sunroof frame which in time will make the sunroof motor go bad. I encourage others with similar sunroof problems to file complaints. With enough complaints, Subaru may decide to cover these repairs under their classic extended service warranty.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 252012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The check engine light illuminated and the cruise control light was flashing upon starting the engine. No other engine symptoms presented themselves. Took vehicle to independent repair shop and was informed the front converter is damaged in addition to the front sensor being bad. Ended up having them all replaced at substantial cost of approx. $2,000. Additional research done in a Subaru Foresters owners forum shows that many owners are experiencing costly and unnecessary repairs due to faulty O2 sensors, not bad catalytic converters. Any expenses current owners have had to incur should be reimbursed by Subaru to those owners, and a recall should be issued to other owners to prevent unnecessary and costly repairs.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 192010


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Subaru Forester. The contact was sitting in park with the air conditioner activated. The air conditioner shut off independently. The contact attempted to restart the air conditioning unit but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to her independent mechanic where she was advised that the wiring harness was melted. The mechanic cut the wires and reconnected the wiring harness with an after market part. On a later date, the defroster failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the wires had overheated and fractured from the vehicle. The dealer was able to reapply the wires but advised the contact that the entire wiring harness would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 57,000.

- Marion , MA, USA

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