3rd Subaru but quality has slipped badly.
Whole dash rattles since almost new. Cracking sounds around B Pillar on both sides everytime body flexes. No thigh support for front seats. Subaru Australia don't care nor does dealer.
Does the job nicely
My wife wrote off her beloved Ford Territory in 2015, so we needed to find a replacement - quickly. I gave her a brochure for the Subaru Forester, and initialy she wasn't interested. We test drove a number of cars, none did it for her. The Forester was the last one - and she loved it straight away. Why so ? Is like a mini Territory, great visibility, functional, easy to drive, comfortable - and the AWD is a bonus. It ticks nearly every box. She would have been happier with a bigger storage space in the rear, but as the kids have grown up, she ...no longer needed a big car. That said, the 3 (adult) kids fit in the 2nd row seat. The only downside (or is it a good side ?) is that it's had a few recalls. I'm thinking she'll get a new car in say 5 years or so, and the Forester will stay in the family, and still be going strong !
2.0D Premium by name and nature
Bought new in 2011 for $43K with the SAT Nav option. Wanted a diesel that I could sleep in the back if got too intoxicated. Got more thn I bargained for although sleeping in the back is a little tight. Whilst only done 70,000km I lent it to a mate that traveled Perth to Broome and back a few months ago and wanted to buy it. No massive mechanical issues and certainly nothing that ever stopped me. Drives great, handles well awesome visibility, good ergonomics and well thought out cabin. Averaged 7 litres per 100km since new with mainly city drivi...ng. Kids getting bigger so just signed up for a Merc X Class 350d Power with a canopy to fit bikes and all that other necessary crap in. Will be sad to see the Forrester gone soon as the engine is probably just worn in after 9 years :).
Purchased in May 2011 for A$43,000.00.
Very comfortable fabulous safety features,
Easy to get in and out of, very comfortable, great colour range, best of all the excellent safety features. Easy to read large infotainment screen. plenty of leg room in the back. Excellent visibility. Love it
Purchased in March 2019 at Subaru Docklands for A$45,000.00.
Fantastic car combines performance & practicality.
Purchased used through a dealer the XT is my 4th Subaru. It offers the combination of useable performance & good internal space that I need.
I have found it great for day to day commuting and for fun on the weekends,
The only issue I have is the Bluetooth connectivity not working which my research seems to show is a common fault with the 2014 Forester.
I will look to get this sorted & then the XT will be the perfect car for me!
Purchased in January 2020.
If only it would start!
Purchased new in 2015 and had 2 years with no worries. All good, except for 6 month service intervals and expensive at that. Still, for the reliability and ruggedness of a Subaru that was acceptable. Or so I thought.
Then the starting problems started.
Get in, foot on brake, press button, christmas lights everywhere, then no crank over. Nothing. Eventually found that the car would start if it was shaken from outside while pressing the starter button.
Short story ... been back to dealer under warranty 4 times (once on the back of a flat bed tru...
Hoping i can change someones fortune before they buy a Subaru like i did on the guise of Japanese Engineering is fantastic and reliable.
I bought my 2014 Subaru Forester XT off the show-room floor, first new car i have ever had and obviously super excited! I had done plenty of research prior to this but had either not done enough or the issues hadn't been found throughout lots of people so far.
Here is the list of things that have been wrong with my car:
A few months into owning my car, I noticed a large knock every time i went over a bump so...i took it back to the dealer - the Tie Rod End nuts were completely loose. I had and still do have lag and clunking when trying to move between gears at certain RPM ranges at seemingly random times. Talked to Subaru every time i got it serviced, could never replicate so it was always shrugged off. My A/C compressor clutch started squeeling so loud every time it engaged i had to drive without A/C until it was fixed. Subaru did not want to have a bar of this as it was deemed "normal function" My "leather" seats, which im sure, aren't actually leather, has started to crack quite badly (i am 80-85kg's. (175-185 pounds)). Just now, every time i drove over 85km/hr, my whole car started to vibrate so much it couldn't be driven over that speed, i originally thought that it might have dropped a weight from a wheel, nope, my Front Control Arm Bushes are completely flogged out and the rear bushes are cracked. Obviously my car is out of warranty but these bushes should be nowhere near that damaged for the Km's i have put on it and the way i drive it so i got my local Subaru dealer to ask Subaru Australia for good will and their response was that it was denied.
Purchased in March 2014.
Long time Mercedes owner, including ML 350, had one of first Forester GT in Australia. My Forester XT Premium s4 is a delight. All the negative about the CVT , crap, a great transmission. Sits nicely beside our Mercedes c200
Purchased in January 2020.
After having owned a WRX the Forester took a little getting used to, but it is such a refined a driver friendly car that this was an eady transition.
It handles really well for such a high car, and the cvt is crisp and responsive. The adaptive cruise control is really well sorted and helps make commuting far more palatable. It is a perfect size for the teens in the family and is a very manoevorable car in shopping centres. It is engaging enough in the twisties and manages light off-roading consumately.
Purchased in November 2019.
Incredible value for money
Want to pay double the price and get less? Buy a flash badged European car!
This car is incredible value I think for all the included safety features. Too many to list but the most important ones are.
Collision avoidance (brakes hard! to avoid rear end crashes)
Adaptive cruise control. Set the speed and it will keep a safe distance from the car in front and....collision avoidance will stop you hitting the idiot who turns at the last minute without indicating. Will even come to a complete stop at lights (when you have a car in front). Touch the ...
Purchased in March 2019 for A$43,000.00.
the best for this category of car
After test driving a number of other vehicles in this category including the Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota Rav 4, we concluded that the Forester had a lot more bang for buck and drove much nicer than the other cars. The Nissan X-Trail came closest and was a very quiet and smooth ride but the Forrester just came with more tech and had really good vision from the enlarged front, rear and side windows. We had a battery fail and Subaru covered this under warranty without any issues.
The transmission (CVT) is great and shifts real...
- Forester S5 2.5i-S (2018-2020)
- Verified purchase
It is great as a car, but not as a mobile entertaining tool.
I bought this car because I was expecting my baby and I need a solid car. This car came to my sight because it looks very tough, and it is. But what I did not expect was the horrible interior/ computer system design.
1. only 2 USB porters, and at the trunk near the elbow of the driver, seriously?? How can you access that??
2. no Apple or Google play system inbuilt in this car (2018MY). omg that's such a pain! every time you want to use the navigator, you'll have to use the outdated one inbuilt in your car, or you'll have to pay a good deal of...
S Edition for the money
Picked up a nice S Edition Foz last month. It's had some extras put into it, such as bigger intercooler, cold air intake, brembo brakes, full stainless system, upgraded coilover suspension, heavy duty front and rear sway bars and a host of other things, and it runs hard, sounds great and steers beautifully on the road. I sold a beautiful 370Z and bought this and have not regretted it in the least. In fact, the Foz is much more fun to drive, much better handling and has room for tons more things. I've pretty much driven sport's cars and nothing...else for the past 10 years, but now I've driven a Foz, I won't be buying another sport's car. They have tons of character and the S edition has plenty of poke. The seats aren't what you would call super comfy, but nor are they that bad. Air con works very well, Inbuilt satnav is nothing special No USB port 'field of vision is outstanding Stereo is good without being brilliant. My only gripe is the automatic; even though its a five speed and from a wrx, it saps a lot of the engine's performance. A six speed manual would really bring this car to life, but the S edition only comes in semi auto. Such is life. Would I reocommend a Forester? You bet! Great fun and loads of character.
Purchased in August 2019 for A$22,000.00.
Ticks many boxes, very versatile.
With baby on board we decided to upgrade the Impreza to a Forester as we needed the extra space and enjoy heading out on camping trips. The sedan wasn't cutting it any longer. I've been generally unimpressed with the performance of previous cars so this was an opportunity to pick up something with a bit more oomph. I test drove the current version and whilst nicely packaged, the performance was lacking and reminded me of the Impreza and some engine whine. With a bit of searching and test driving, I managed to pick up one of the very last XTs fu...lly optioned for a great price down at Subaru Docklands. Good sales process overall. About 3.5 months in now, the car is going well. I ensure to warm it up each time and most of the driving has been city based which is not great on the fuel efficiency side TBH. Over 12 litres per 100, with some motorway driving into the high 9s. Have had a couple longer country trips and this brings the fuel consumption into high 7s. So I think the official numbers are not accurate but that's usually the case with most cars from what I've read. But on the other hand, the performance is there on demand and it really goes. Not many cars in this category and price range that can complete. Also it's very sturdy and a comfortable ride on rough roads. Lots of features in the XT premium category. I like the adaptive cruise, lane assistant is good, autonomous breaking a little too sensitive but has helped me on a couple occasions at the start. Excellent sound system. Great outward sight (including huge sunroof) and easy to judge dimensions so it feels like a nice and compact SUV. Stepping up to a proper 4WD would be a bit too much for city parking and was not preferred by my partner. Overall, I really enjoy driving the car and it's perfect for a small family. Time will tell but the experience so far with Subaru has been positive and their cars seem reliable.
Purchased in May 2019 at Subaru Docklands.
Love this car
I use this car everyday for work and family and outings.
This car is brand new so it will be serviced yearly.
No issues at this point.
Fantastic car i would recommend it for all ages so comfortable and spacious .
Purchased in March 2019 at subaru sutherland for A$43,000.00.
Love this car, I almost live in it.
I have owned this car since March and it has not skipped a beat on the road or off the road. Great safety features that suit me for long driving trips and goes really well off the beaten track.
$170 diagnosis fee after Takata Air Bag Recall
AirBag Recall Time: 29/09/2018
AirBag signal displayed on the instrument panel in May 2019
Airbag signal disappeared on the day 31/05/2019 when sent to 174 High Street Maitland NSW 2320
Airbag signal appeared again from 15/06/2019
I called the customer service on 21/06/2019, [name removed] gave me a quote "$170 for diagnosing the issue" and "more for fixing the issue"
I called 130 550 994 and [name removed] serviced me. [name removed] also suggested me writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subaru Official reply: if the airbag warning issued proved to not relating to the airbag recall, the dialog and fixing fee apply still.
My arguments are: (1) how to prove that if no airbag recall installed, the airbag warning will be on? ...(2) how to trust another review comments from the Subaru Service Centre? If you have similar issue about the airbag warning, please show your details here. So we could present our complaints to NSW Fair Trading.
Purchased in July 2014.
Love this car.
Great for everyday use in suburban and off road. So great for camping because high ground clearance (same as land cruiser). AWD is great.
If serviced regularly it's a Good reliable car.
Purchased in February 2019.
Navigation System Outdated And Not Current
2019 Subaru Forester
We purchased a new Forester in February 2019 from Liverpool Subaru. We are happy with the car with 1 major exception.
The in car navigation system is out dated and not reliable. I have checked the version of the navigation system and it is 2017. As we purchased the vehicle new in 2019 I would have expected the navigation system to be current. I was not told this was out of date and this may have had some impact on our decision as we were comparing similar vehicles.
We live in an estate and moved into our address in 2016...
Purchased in February 2019 at LIVERPOOL SUBARU.
- Forester S3 (2008-2012)
- Verified purchase
Reliable and maintainable family car
Bought it when it was 7 years old.
We used it for our family and it is always reliable.
We drove it across states, went to the snowy mountain. Never had a problem.
Purchased in December 2013.
Questions & Answers
Started the vehicle this morning and let it idle for 90 seconds with my foot on the clutch...dog escaped so I took foot of clutch and got out to retrieve dog (all up...about 30seconds).
Heard a gear grating noise behind me and watched the car jump forward, then stall. Bugger said I.
Put dog away and went back out to the car.
Got in - tried the gear stick and it balked at all gears. Started the car with foot on the clutch and engine started, no problem. No engagement of gearbox.
Went to engage gears - which I couldn't, so I took my foot of the clutch which promptly stalled the engine.
Gearbox stuck in 5th gear.
Any body had a similar experience? Time for a new gearbox?
Hi @ Jon M, We're sorry to hear of your experience with your Forester. We recommend having your vehicle inspected and diagnosed by a Subaru service retailer to see what can be done for you and your vehicle. The Subaru Team http://bit.ly/2WZZ8yv
I own a 2014 Subaru forester, 2.5i petrol engine and I'm wondering if I need to change the intank fuel filter or not? The car is at its 125,000 km and the fuel consumption is around 9.5 to 10.5 L/100km. I'm wondering if I change the fuel filter, I might get better mileage on gas or not? Your answer to my question is highly appreciated.
Hi Jeff, Sorry I cannot help with this but a quick call to a Subaru Service centre will help with that
Hi all. My understanding is that poor fuel economy is not a symptom of a dirty fuel filter. It's more so bad idling, poor performance. That said, you can never be sure - until you replace it ! Our Forester gets the same economy numbers as yours, Jeff. Has since new, and never seems to vary. As Jeanette suggests, ask your trusted mechanic or Subaru.
Thanks Ted and Jeanette for your responses. As fot the fuel filter, many mechanics say that you don't need to change it unless there is something wrong with it. Since the intank fuel filter for FB engines comes with the fuel pump, I have to buy the whole kit together which will cost me around $250 and $200 for labour. I'm not sure if it worth it or not but it's in the logbook to change at 125000 Kms. Anyhow, I'm more relaxed now to hear that your car's consumption is the same. Maybe I just leave it like this for a while and see what happens :)
By the way, does anyone here has issue with the oil leak from the camshaft right on top of the exhaust manifold? I'm having this issue recently and the smell is just horrible. Any ideas that the oil leak stop products could help or not? (I think it's really time for me to change my car :D)
Before getting to my queries, I love my MY19 Forester Premium, bought May last year, under 6500kms as I have not done any long trips and the country is now in lock down. Fuel consumption from day one worked down from 9.6l/km to 8.5l/km as the motor "ran in".
Is it possible for a front seat passenger to lock the car? (My 2013 dual cab has this security feature)
As I drive out of my home street there is a very slight ridge in the road and as I go over it there is a very minor thump. Will have the dealer check it at one year service but just ask if this would be normal with this type of suspension?
I had the impression that there was a "maximum speed" button but I have not been able to find it. It would be a pretty good feature for roadworks speed restricted areas.
The Infotainment/navigation system seems to have an obscure and sealed operating system. Can an owner put any more programs on the system? If it was Windows or Android then I could use Oziexplorer on it.
Thanks for your advice on these matters.
Angie E. received a response directly from Subaru Australia and I hoped I may be lucky with a similar response.
Hi @ Ron, Thank you so much for your review and congratulations on your new Forester - a great choice!
Passengers can only lock/unlock their own door using the lock/unlock lever. With the minor thump, it is best to have your Subaru service retailer check that out for you as its difficult to say if there’s an issue without firsthand knowledge. The MY19 Forester does have a Manual Speed Limiter function which is a part of the eyesight technology so please check the Eyesight Manual and/or your dealer can also help you with it. As for the infotainment unit, it’s not possible to add any software aside from what is provided by the factory through any updates. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. The Subaru Team.
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