definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,111 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester engine problems

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2006 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 102010


  • 73,000 miles


Vehicle was repaired several months ago pursuant to a safety recall involving the fuel filter. As a result, the catalytic converters were damaged and required replacement, conducted as part of the recall. Recently, the vehicle unexpectedly overheated and caused significant damage to the engine, without any check engine sensor or other indicator signifying such a problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 102009


  • 49,000 miles
Head gasket leaking oil again (5000miles later) after being repaired by Subaru dealer while car was under warranty. Can smell hot oil after a long drive on freeway and have seen wisps of smoke coming from under hood. There is the potential for an underhood oil fire if leak gets worse.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 282008


  • 43,944 miles
I have a hesitation when accelerating from a stop caused by my vehicle's drive by wire throttle body. This hesitation is ongoing despite an ECM reprogramming done by the dealer on 12/16/08. It is bad enough that I'm afraid I'm going to get into a collision sometime.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

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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