2015 Subaru Forester engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,766 miles

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2015 Subaru Forester engine problems

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2015 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 052015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


2015 Subaru Forester. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle hesitation/acceleration issues. The consumer stated at low speeds, the vehicle would buck slightly as she/he accelerated. In stop and go traffic, the vehicle would lurch forward unexpectedly, or when she removed his/her foot from the accelerator pedal, the vehicle seemed to slow down abruptly. When the consumer attempted to accelerate, the vehicle would often hesitate before revving up. Subaru informed the consumer they were aware of the problem and there was a fix. However, within three to four weeks of the fix, the problem returned. There was an odd hesitation as if the vehicle did not want to go forward at idle after braking. When the accelerated was pressed, there was a delayed reaction and a lurch. Also, several lights including the engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The consumer went to another dealer and soon after the repair, the previous problems returned.

- Montebello, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 6,540 miles
I was very disappointed with my 2015 forrester.2.5I. Intermittent loss of power of 4 seconds duration. Dealer's service department states is normal and nothing is noted on the diagnostic history in the car. Felt driving this was unsafe and took a loss and traded it in for a 2015 CRV Honda. I feel the public should know this, you need to check into this or /and do a recall or whatever is necessary. Thank you for having this website.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 072014


  • 525 miles
Ever since I purchased this car, the heater does not heat the interior of the car very well. The air blowing out of the vents is weak and cold to tepid. Even after 30 minutes of driving the car, it is still lukewarm. This is for temps between 0 degrees and 40 degrees outside. The temp inside the car never goes over 45 degrees when it is cold outside. If the temp is over 40 degrees outside, the inside will warm up to about 55 degrees after 30 minutes of driving. This is a safety hazard since the defroster does not remove accumulated ice off the front window during the cold temps. I have to stop on the road, scrape the windshield after a few miles and then do that repeatedly during the 45 minute drive each day. It is also a safety hazard when you are too cold to drive, even with gloves, and your fingers are numb and your body is shaking from the cold. The dealer says nothing is wrong. There is something wrong. Maybe an incorrect thermostat, or something. But, Subaru should do something about this.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #1

Dec 012014


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the check oil warning light illuminated continuously. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the oil needed to be changed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Independence, MO, USA

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