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 A$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 A$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 A$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 A$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.
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 (2018-2020)
- Verified purchase
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 A$47,000.00.
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.
Questions & Answers
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 ?
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.
The tyre pressure as shown on the inside door panel is 230Kpa or 32.8 psi. The dealer who sold the car to me advised that the tyre pressure should be 38psi or 266Kpa. Could you please advise the correct pressure?
Regards Robert cowley
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