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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,600 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2013 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 302013


  • 4,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Forester. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would not shift into any up gears without warning. The contact stated that the floormat on the front driver side would catch on the clutch while the vehicle was in motion. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 4,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
I had a side impact on the driver's side that crushed the driver and passenger doors and blew out the driver's window. The impact nearly caused the vehicle to roll over and again the side air bag did not deploy. I was slightly injured but there were serious injuries in the other vehicles involved. I am concerned this may be a defect in the sensor system. The driver's door was crushed all the way in to the seat.

- Coeur D Alene, ID, USA

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