pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
3,150 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2019 Subaru Forester steering problems

steering problem

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2019 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 292019

Forester 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 800 miles


While driving at highway speeds, you have to constantly fight the steering wheel to keep it straight. It's as if you're driving in high winds except there are no winds. I turned off the lane keep assist feature because it over-corrects and now I have to deal with this "flaw" while driving on the highway. This steering wheel struggle seems to not occur when driving around town. I don't feel the front end is out of alignment - it's just a flaw in the engineering or design of the steering system. I feel as if I'm stuck with this problem because I suspect this is "normal" with this vehicle and will get that response if I took it in for service.

- Kenneth D., Macomb, US

problem #3

Mar 072020

Forester Premium 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 10,800 miles

Vehicle also wanders sometimes at speeds slower than 50. It is quirky to say the least. At Interstate Highway speeds 70+ in moderate wind - say 20-30mph - the wife had to get off the Interstate and take slower road. Felt like it was going to blow her off the highway.

- Rick S., Tallahassee, FL, US

problem #2

Aug 112019

Forester Sport Boxer

  • CVT transmission
  • 400 miles

The steering assist aka lane assist function on my new Subaru Sport is highly sensitive and occasionally overcorrects. Recently the steering wheel made a very hard jerk back to the center of the lane. fortunately I am an attentive driver and held the wheel and prevented it from causing an accident. I was traveling at a speed high enough to cause an accident with this malfunction- 45 mph. It was pretty scary and it felt like someone had grabbed the wheel and jerked it hard and then would not let go of it.

The problem with the Subaru lane assist is that when it corrects, it corrects hard and sometimes does not let the driver control the strength of the correction. I have also noticed that when driving through a turn that the auto correct comes on inappropriately - I am in the center of the lane but the eyesight sees the lane lines and thinks I am heading out of the lane and again, tries to auto correct. Quite dangerous in my opinion because this is how a car gets flipped.

If you drive windy roads, could be a huge problem. I live in a rural area with mountainous, winding roads.

I also have noticed that again, on winding roads, the lane assist flips out and constantly beeps and yells at me. I drive the roads slowly, not fast, and safely. Again, I think the eyesight is seeing the lane lines and not realizing the road is curving and doesn’t know how to appropriately deal with it.

Subaru needs to work on this technology. It’s pretty bad. I’ve driven the Toyota Highlander and their eyesight system is much kinder, gentler, and smarter in my opinion.

- suzqtoo, Redding, US

problem #1

Jun 042019

Forester Touring 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 500 miles

Steering is very sensitive and unpredictable on highway speed.

Car is responding too much on any very light movement of steering wheel on speed above 50mph.

Scary and extremely dangerous!!!!

- Alex F., Scappoose, OR, US

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