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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)
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.
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.
Purchased in November 2014 at Subaru Dealers for $38,000.00.
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 !
Purchased in July 2015 at Subaru Dealers for $34,000.00.
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 $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 $45,000.00.
Questions & Answers
I have a 3000 model Forrester
When driving the rear of car moves from side to side and has a scaping noise
Hi Terrance, thank you for reaching out. We encourage you to visit your local Subaru service team for a diagnostic service to determine the issue with your vehicle. I have attached the below link to locate your nearest Subaru Service team https://bit.ly/3etXoIK .If there is anything further that we can assist you with please do not hesitate to get into touch 1800 22 66 43 (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm AEST).
The Subaru Team
I have a Subaru Forester only done 107596 kms and is repeatedly failing to start for now reason.
Ignition lights all Ok but just dies on key operation.
No response from starter motor at all.
Can happen anywhere stuck at home some 45 Kms from home and have had it towed to workshop twice after being stuck in city.
Can anyone offer a solution
Hi Bob, We are so sorry to hear this and would like to hear more. Could you please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call our Customer Relations Team on 1800 22 66 43 (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm AEST). We look forward in hearing from you.
The Subaru Team
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|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|
|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)|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm|
|Release date||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018|
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