- Forester S5 (2018-2021)
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MY21 Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport AWD - An Excellent Small AWD SUV
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF MY SUBARU FORESTER'S MAINS DRAW CARDS...
• You don't have to pay a luxury price to get comfort and an amazing range of safety features.
• It is fun to drive!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND WHY I BOUGHT THE VEHICLE...
I have only had this MY21 Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport AWD for 5-weeks - and to-date have been really impressed. I previously owned a Hyundai i30, so it was a big jump in size and technical safety features. I have never owned or driven a Subaru prior to this purchase.
I wanted a small SUV AWD with camping as the vehicl...e purpose - but not too big for general city use and Subaru came up on my review/selection radar. I eventually chose the Subaru Forester Sport based on smart safety and driving assist features, the vehicle's drivability, and my perceived value for money on the number and type of features offered compared to similar-priced Kia, Toyota and Hyundai AWDs.
Purchased in January 2021 at Jarvis Cars for $47,000.00.
This is my review of a MY20 Subaru Forester Premium. It’s a company car and I have put 10,000k on it in 9 months, over half of which is highway driving.
In summary, I am a bit disappointed. In isolation it’s not so bad, but I can’t help but compare it with my previous company car which was an Outback. I thought new platform, new engine, it has got to be better, right? For me, the Outback is a better car and if the Forester is any indication what the new Outback will be like then I would get the current model before its replaced in 2021. I sugg...est anyone deciding whether to get an Outback or Forester read the CarAdvice comparison between them. There is one issue that would stop me from buying one and why I am not really looking forward to living with it for another 3 years when the lease finishes. In 30 years of driving, I have never had a car that feels so uneasy and unsettled when you are trying to keep a straight line on the highway, and I almost dread cross-winds. It’s not an SUV thing, I have driven plenty of SUVs that were fine. For example, a 2005 X-Trail I had that was similarly boxy and upright was fine. There is something about the on-centre steering feel combined with the responsive chassis that means that I am constantly trying to correct to keep a straight line without over-correcting. I usually turn the lane keeping assistance off because that just makes it creepier. I try to ignore it and hope my brain’s auto-pilot will get used to it but it hasn’t yet. My wife was in passenger seat and asked if it was windy outside because the car was moving around, I said no that’s what I was saying about the steering. It may not bother everyone and other drivers may not notice anything wrong but I suggest at least test driving one on a reasonably long straight highway drive before buying. After one trip up and down the Hume it bugged me so much, I did some Googling on it. Other people have reported this steering issue if you search subaruforester.org, including one Australian owner who has returned the car several times in an attempt to fix it, including wheel alignments. I don’t think it can be fixed because it is just a characteristic of the vehicle, but there is a suggestion that a larger rear sway bar may help. The forums discuss this as a general Subaru thing, but I didn’t have any problem with the Outback. Occasionally a reviewer will mention something about the on-centre feel (CarAdvice again). I think the wheel alignment is fine (tyres are wearing evenly) and when you take your hands off the wheel it tracks true. It’s maybe a bit better in Sport mode because this adds more weight to the steering, but then the engine revs too high for normal driving. I have fitted a Perrin steering damper lock-down and this helps a bit. It doesn’t change the characteristics of the vehicle but I feel more in control when correcting the steering because it removes some of the spongy on-centre feel. Handling through corners is good and pretty sharp. I suspect Subaru have tuned the chassis for turning response at the expense of straight line stability. I am interested in other people’s comments on this. It’s a difficult and subjective area to pin-point because the driver is part of the control system.
We’ve looked after it and has given us nothing but joy
We have a 2007 Forester X luxury manual and I will say that is the best car we have ever bought. It was our main family car for 7 years until we bought a Mitsubishi Pajero. The Forester is now our city car and gets used everyday, It only gets taken on long trips only so often.
It has only ever broken down twice both because of dead battery’s because we left the parking light on, not the cars fault. It has had issues one being the back left wheel baring that we fixed (the right one is now going), the head gasket and the radiator (both been rep...laced). We also stopped getting it serviced at Subaru since it doesn’t need special treatment from a dealer a third party is just as good and cheaper. We will need an upgrade soon but we are reluctant it’s such a perfect size it’s fuel efficient enough, reliable and safe. The standard petrol engine is still quick (8 seconds to 100). We have taken on the beach where other off-roaders struggle and we didn’t at all. Well done Subaru on making such a reliable and safe product I would recommend you to anyone.
Excessive oil consumption, rubbish
I have had several Subaru vehicles including 4 foresters , in the my12 and my 13 have used excessive oil , there is a class action against Subaru , they know dam well there is a problem, I’d only buy a Subaru under warranty then get rid of it , they are a joke , back to Toyota I go .
Purchased for $12,000.00.
"IT'S A CHARASTERIC OF THE VEHICLE" - REALLY!!!
We have owned 3 previous Subaru Foresters and love the quality build, performance and safety features. With this in mind , we decided to upgrade both our Subaru's to the current top model 2.5I-S. My wife was first to receive hers in August. Driving she experienced stuttering, which was in her opinion not normal. The previous Subaru she had did not have this defect. North Jacklin carried out overnight testing on the vehicle, the report stating - "THIS IS A NORMAL CHARACHTERISTIC OF THIS MODEL - TO PREVENT ENGINE STALL THE IDLE IS RAISED ON COLD ...START OPERATING TO BRING THE ENGINE TEMP UP QUICKLY - ENGINE STUTTER IS A BY PRODUCT OF THIS FUNCTION AND IS NORMAL". I could not believe that this is normal for any vehicle. My husband had his Subaru on order and it arrived 6th October. We were hopeful that the experience with our first one did not follow with his. Unfortunately he experienced jerking and shuddering issues with this brand new vehicle! Again his vehicle was taken to North Jacklin (who we must say is simply amazing) for a couple of days to try and sort out the issues. The result was the same in essence "IT IS A CHARACHTERISTIC OF THIS MODEL". We have encouraged family and friends to purchase this model Subaru and talking to them, they are having the same issues with this model, as we are. Subaru is known for its quality and this model certainly lives up to Subaru standard in that respect but one would not expect to have two brand new cars running rough. Checking out faults with this particular model (after the fact), we have found that Subaru customers are having exactly the same issues that we would like Subaru to address. It is not the fault of the seller, it is the company SUBARU that needs to address this issue. SUBARU what are you doing? Your fantastic reputation is going down the gurgler. We, along with many other loyal customers would like a fix. SUBARU I URGE YOU TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS A MATTER OF URGENCY. We can no longer recommend your company.
Great Car, a few fixable issues that they will not fix?
2020 2.5i-S. Paid the extra as I wanted a vehicle with navigation, not google maps or waze, just a simple navi system. At the time of purchase I read and was verbally told that the navi unit maps were Tom Tom and there were three years of free updates. Subaru Au web site states If your new Subaru is fitted with a factory line fit navigation unit your unit will be covered by Subaru's Map Update Program guaranteeing you'll have access to the latest maps for the first 3 years of ownership." The facts are there is only one Subaru Au update per ye...ar being a total of three updates. Tom Tom update maps every quarter, hence, the Subaru guarantee of latest (Tom Tom) maps is deceptive advertising given Subaru update once per year and TOMTOM FOUR TIMES a year! My second issue is that there are no verbal or acoustic warnings for fixed cameras or when over the speed limit etc. You need to keep checking the screen for alert icons to pop up, hardly a safe way to drive, so I had to buy and fit a portable gps to get the warnings etc. doing that defeats the extra cost in getting a vehicle with navi? Here are the replies I have received from Subaru sometime ago, as I have only ever had one update, maybe the next one whenever that is, will fix the issues, however, I am not holding my breath. You be the judge! The MY20 Forester only has a visual alert for the sat nav when approaching the camera location. It's important to remember these features are driving assists. Careful driving where the road rules are followed should be practised at all times. Thank you for contacting Subaru Australia, The Sat Nav should not be relied upon for road rules. You should be always be aware of the road when driving and there are usually road signs for speed light cameras when approaching them. We will put your feedback through to our product planning team and to the supplier of the head unit/ map provider so they may take steps in providing the feature,
Purchased in January 2020.
Two weeks back i was travelling to Calga interchange from Wisemans Ferry Rd when car started to lurch when driven at about 80km/hr. Lurches were periodic. Then all warning lights came on including oil temp. Car only 12 months old and 3500km on clock. After allowing vehicle to sit for 10 mins i turned back on and drove slowly back to Sydney with eye sight system disengaged other warning lights on but oil light off. Took to dealer 2 days later but that morning eye system back and working. Dealer found no issue. Then a week later on a 10km trip ag...ain warning lights came on and car seemed to be stuck in a high gear. I limped home and struggled with little power to make driveway. Then gear lever would not move from DRIVE. After turning off power and restarting i was able to engage PARK. Today again taken to dealer and fingers crossed there are answers. Quite obviously there are transmission issues.
Purchased in July 2019.
Not as happy as with previous Forester
Bought the Forester Luxury 2006 model in 2010 and had it for 10 years. Just got wrecked in an accident. Looking back it's been an expensive car with many more things going wrong than with my previous 97 forester. Just recently the harmonic balancer failed and it nearly cost me the engine! Other failures were the thermostat, electrical fan assembly, wheel bearings and the usual, brakes and CV boots. It also had developed an oil leak which I'm told is normal too. The cost of parts is very high as are the timing belt replacements. Will buy a different brand this time after having owned four Subarus all up.
Purchased in October 2010 for $18,000.00.
Went from a mk7 golf R to a 2014 xt premium: great so far
The golf r is a real drivers car, so the xt premium csnnot be clmpared in any way on that note with the golf R. Got the 2014 xt premium.
Bought with 92000 km on it. Its now done 108000 km and had 2 services, one done by me and travelled across the coastline of Australia east to west towing a trailer.
Issues so far: none. The right side began knocking on turns, replaced the right side cv joint and its fixed that.
Ive bought another spare cv joint from a wrecker low km, only cost 125 bucks and the cv joint can be fitted either side, so thats grea...
Purchased in April 2020.
I cannot live with this any longer
I purchased a 2.5iS in May 2020, thinking it would be my happy retirement vehicle, but have had nothing but annoyance from the CVT.
There is a jerkiness which nobody can give me a decent explanation for.
I have taken it back to the dealer 3 times, but feel that Subaru is trying to do a snow job on me.
2 branches of my dealer have done "CVT Relearns" but no change.
I have had up to 9 trained Subaru staff tell me that they have never heard of it, and then after they sent data to Subaru, I was told it was "A characteristic of the vehicle"
I have spoken to at least 50 other people who have similar age Subarus and none of them have experienced this.
I am seeking legal advice on Lemon Laws to get some form of recompense.
Purchased in May 2020 at Keystar Rothwell for $42,000.00.
A lot of fun
This is my third Subaru. I’ve had this model for about three months now and it’s been flawless. It’s very practical and Has great visibility out of the big windows. The engine is economical and has enough power when you need it. Im not a fan of the auto stop start which you have to manually turn off each time if you don’t want it on. There’s no way to permanently turn it off. However it’s not a dealbreaker for me I’m slowly getting used to it. I love the plush handling. Doesn’t corner like a sports car but then again it’s an SUV so it’s underst...andable. 99% of my driving is done On straight road so I like having the plush suspension. It’s very utilitarian with its Boxee shape which I really like. Makes you feel like just packing up and heading out. Lots of fun.
Purchased in June 2020.
Does everything so well
We bought this Forester in early 2016 and have had no issues with it. We usually replace our cars every five years however we see no reason to update soon as it drives perfectly and is economical with all the power we need.
Purchased in January 2016 for $33,000.00.
Great car, 4th year and still like new
Very happy with the car. Its been very much loved for the past 3.5 years. Maps are a bit if a lost cause. And there's no simple way to upgrade via SD card. Honest feedback, please give the system the ability to connect to mobile WiFi and read from Google Maps. Life can we so simple - you just need to listen:)
Service is on an expensive side and I refuse to keep servicing at Subaru. Some Customer service staff also need a makeover. But some are absolutely lovely.
Otherwise Mechanically and Comfort wise the car is an A+
We are happy with the car overall and that's why we rate it 5.
Purchased in December 2016 for $40,000.00.
The extras make it
After driving for a month in both city and higher speed have found the Forrester very comfortable. All the extras on the S model make it easy when you get going, auto seat & mirror reset are great. Warning alarms though some may think annoying are just a reminder we are human and make mistakes or misjudgments.
Fuel consumption is good and though driving in the fuel efficient mode has still fast pick up when required. Engine shutdown when stopped saves an amazing amount of fuel. Startup is less than a second so no delays
Room through out is good as have been passenger in front & back ,only thing missing is phone charger but has many USB outlets
Previous car was current model XTrail and Subaru wins hands down.
Purchased in June 2020.
Great family car
So far so good, though we've only had this car about 6 months, it's a fantastic vehicle to drive. No problems with driving in a bit of mud or snow either.
Purchased in March 2020.
Great, but one annoying problem, now resolved by my own investigation
My 2019 Forester has been great but for one minor annoying problem. Three times the tailgate has refused to open by any of the usual means, and I had to extract the groceries via the back seat. Once the tailgate opened of its own accord as I was about to drive off.
If you have had this problem then there is a cure. If you hold the opening button for over ten seconds, the tailgate will usually open, but this is no solution on a car that is less than one year old. Google is your friend.
There is a June 2019 USA Technical Service Bulletin to add...ress the failure of the tailgate to open by any of the usual devices. Most dealers do not have a clue therefore it is a good idea to supply the Bulletin to the dealer rather than just rock up at service and ask for it to be done. Don’t let the dealer tell you that the American vehicles are made there and ours are made in Japan, thus the bulletin is not relevant here. Of course for parts like this, they are common worldwide. It will not be a recall, it will be a repair on demand order. The link to the TSB issued by USA Subaru is below along with the repair part number. This will help you deal with the dealerships. Unfortunately our Aussie Subaru will not respond of its own accord, it needs a push from you. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10163005-9999.pdf
Purchased in May 2019 for $41,000.00.
This car saved our lives, twice! Eyesight technology should be in all cars
We bought a new Subaru Forester Special Edition with all the extra features. My first Subaru I've owned.
I liked it very much. Drove beautifully, but what stood out for me were the safety features.
We had two situations where we were nearly in a serious accident, however the eyesight technology saved our life. First was a kangaroo and wildlife at sunset jumping in front of us at 90km hour on a remote road in WA the second was when a reckless driver nearly pushed us off the road and the eyesight warned us and stopped the collision. I love my car.
Purchased in December 2017 at Subaru Dealers for $38,000.00.
Subaru Forester 2020
Best car ever had. Bought the Forester iL in Jan 2019 which has performed very well. Over the last year 7.7L per 100kms but not in a city. Very stable on both sealed and unsealed roads. The Eyesight technology and active cruise work perfectly. As a result this May my wife chose the Forester iS for work and it has additional sound system, leather, sunroof and upgraded off road called X mode. It has the same kit as Audi's or Merc at half the price.
Can’t live without it
I use my car for commuting, daily. It gets serviced at all the scheduled services.
At the 98,500km mark I needed new tyres all round.
Shortly after I noticed an odd vibration in the front end area when driving at approx 80kms or over.
Took car back to the tyre place, thinking the rims had thrown a weight or two.
I really had no idea.
Got told the balance was slightly out but nothing to be concerned about.
The vibrations got worse. Took it to a mechanic and discovered the steering arms where stuffed.
I was shocked to receive this information a...
Purchased in June 2014.
- Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2021)
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Dashboard rattle, dealer can’t fix
Dashboard is rattling crazily since new and already been to dealer 3 times. They can’t fix it.
When the weather is cold, it make one noise. When it is hot, it make another rattling noise!
Small rock got inside the driver side door panel every time I travel on gravel road!
The dealer removed the rocks but never fix it so rocks still get inside every time!
Passenger seat squeak!
Driver side mirror rattle!
The car drive smooth but all the crackling and rattling noise is driving me crazy!
Build quality on this car is equivalent to something you order from Wish website.
Happy to trade in my 8 months old car now at a lost!
Ohhh it will constantly beeping at you for no reason!
Purchased in September 2019 for $47,000.00.
Questions & Answers
Diesel engine comparison.
we have recently purchased a 2013 subaru forrester with 165000 klm , 1 week after purchase preformed a dpf removal and clean , 600klm later dpf light on , another forced regen , drove to and from work 600 klms checked and the system had attempted 4 burns and completed 2 , wife took the car on a 500 klm highway trip and 250 klm in dpf light came on system check showed 5 attempted burns none completed .
can anyone explain what drives the dpf burn and what would stop the burn from completing ?
My Forester (2010 diesel) has had this problem appear after 250K ..I took it to the mechanic and he did a "burn off" after which it was alright for a while. Now the light is coming on and sometimes the engine light as well but it also disappears as well? Anyway I have had 6 Subarus and yes I love them but I wouldn't buy a diesel again and I live in the country definitely wouldn't buy one for city driving as the diesel need long highway country runs to burn off the soot? I really hope Subaru doesn't let the quality of their cars slip. All cars/makes/brands have "issues" it just how much it takes to repairs these which you need to take into account.. VW (never buy one) is on another planet with spare parts which you WILL need in dire course..I have been happy with all my previous models and probably would buy another or a Toyota which are probably the most reliable cars out..
after 4 months of constant issues with the dpf we removed the old dpf and sent it to western australia for an inspection prior to another clean , upon a camera inspection they discovered the insides were damaged $3500 later a new dpf aftermarket , egr and manifold clean and most important change in driving style ( drive it like you stole it and do not use 6th gear unless you are in 110klm zone ) and only drive in 3rd gear around the city. fuel consumption has only increased by .5l/100 klm but no lights or mechanic bills
since this we have the dpf light come on once then went out performed a scan and we had completed a regen burn 20klm ago which is half way to town
It would be worth checking whether the excessive oil consumption issue is contributing to the DPF build up. A class action (regarding these models 2011-14 Forester 2.5-litre, 2013 Legacy 2.5-litre, 2013 Outback 2.5-litre, 2012-13 Impreza 2-litre and 2013 XV Crosstek 2-litre) was settled in the US in 2014.
I have heard that the latest release coming in last quarter2020 is increasing the tow bar load to 1800kg, has auto door locking and front corner parking assist as standard on the S version.Is this true,should I wait for this release as we like to tow a van and the 1500kg is a bit light on?
Hi @ Grime, There is the possibility that there will be changes to the Forester but we do not have any confirmed specs as of yet. Please keep an eye on our website for any new vehicle announcements. The Subaru Team.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||63 L||63 L||63 L||63 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018|
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