pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 202006

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


There are two problems with the 2006 Subaru Forester that I have. It has less than 5000 miles on it and continually fails to start, whether from a cold start or a warm start. The engine will attempt to crank but will not catch and actually turn over. This issue has happened multiple times. I took the car into the dealership and they stated that I had to hold the ignition switch in the acc position to "prime the lines." I've never head of having to prime a car in this day and age. However, I since have tried doing that and the issue still persists. Also, the care will surge in power at various speeds. When I let up on the gas when trying to slow down, the car will actually rev up. This happened in the snow the other day and I almost completely lost control of the car. If that car is going to surge like this it completely negates the purpose of having all wheel drive. This is a grave safety concern. I thought Subaru's were supposed to be good cars. I guess I thought wrong. I've taken the car in for the surge issue and the dealership said there was nothing they could do and that there were no recalls for the problem.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

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