really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,450 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester suspension problems

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 262016


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. While driving at an unknown highway speed, a burning rubber odor emitted into the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and parked. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the bucket suspension plate under the shock absorber failed, which impacted the suspension assembly on the rear passenger side and caused the strut to fracture on the tire. The dealer replaced the struts, shock assemblies, and both rear tires. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #6

Sep 032015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. While driving at 10 mph, the contact heard an abnormally loud noise emit from the vehicle. The contact was able to stop and inspect the vehicle. The contact noticed that the drivers side front wheel had lodged up into the wheel well. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the control arm fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Alden, NY, USA

problem #5

May 102015


  • 132,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. While driving at 25 mph, the vehicle veered to the left into a ditch. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the front passenger side control arm fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V464000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 132,400.

- Clinton , NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 242015


  • 156,720 miles


After a scratchy, metallic noise that appeared suddenly in the lower front, while vehicle was in motion, steering was ceased. The steering wheel was locked and the vehicle could not be controlled. This resulted in a crash. The vehicle hit a tree. Substantial damage was done to the vehicle and it was declared as a total loss.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 202015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 80,230 miles
My car was at my mechanics getting looked at. He noticed the lower front control arm brackets were corroded (the passenger side is severely corroded), told me about it and stressed that I needed to take it to a dealership asap to have it replaced. When I contacted the dealership, they confirmed the recall for my car, mentioned the service had already been performed (by the previous owner) and scheduled an appointment. The dealer ended up taking pictures of the lower front control arms and sending them to Subaru of America for approval to repair/replace the affected parts. The recall service was performed, however, the problem came back.

- West Lawn, PA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 102013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Lower control arm separated at weld due to rust through and caused car to loose control and crash. Both front airbags deployed. Minor injuries were sustained. The control arms were inspected by dealer approximately six months before the accident due to the recall for this component. They were deemed to be safe after a "punch test" and rustproofing applied. The recall also provided for replacement, however my car was not determined to need replacement as a result of the punch test. It appears that the testing procedure for this recall may be too subjective and/or ineffective and that continued failures will be forthcoming.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 800 miles
The consumer stated that 2006 Subaru was not driving correctly. Vehicle was all over the road, it did not drive straight and it went to the left or to the right. It was more noticeable when going fast. It was doing this all the time. The consumer took vehicle to the dealership, and they said that there was no problem. The consumer insisted vehicle did have enough caster. The dealer told the consumer that all of the Subaru did that and could not fix the car, the consumer did not want the car. He paid cash for vehicle, and was upset. The consumer had not called Subaru, but planned doing so. The consumer owned this vehicle for 3 weeks. The first 800 miles the car did not do this. It was a 2006 model. The consumer insisted that it was a suspension failure.

- Woodhaven, MI, USA

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