Subaru Forester (2013–2019)

What to watch out for

The 2.0-litre diesel engine (110PS) was recorded at over eight times the Euro6 limit for NOx emissions in the 2017 EQUA Index.

28-4-2016: Report of Subaru Forester failing to start in Northern Spain. Spanish Subaru dealer unable to help because immobiliser system was fitted by the UK importer. Suggested a phone call to the supplying UK dealer in case there is a simple solution.

31-8-2016: Report of DPF warning light flashing on 8 month old (January 2016) Subaru Forester 2.0 diesel. Dealer recommended an oil and filter change. Also a problem with getting into gear. Suspect some air or moisture in the clutch hydraulics or a failing clutch slave cylinder.

13-9-2016: Report of conrod of 2013 Subaru Forester failing, wrecking the engine. Engine rebuilt by dealer under warranty but now, nearly 4 months after it broke down, has a misfire dealer seems unable to fix.

4-9-2017: Report that battery of 2014 Subaru Forester will not hold its charge sufficiently to start the car after 7 to 10 days parked in the garage. This car is not in daily use. Both the dealers and Subaru itself refuse to accept that this is a fault which should be rectified under the warranty which is about to expire. Probably caused by the immobiliser fault notified on 28-4-2016.

5-11-2017: Report of 2014 Subaru Forester XT petrol needing a new engine in December 2016 after 40,000 miles due to carbonisation of the valves. Paid for under Subaru warranty. Owner exchanged it for a new Forester XT on January 2017 and noe 11 months and 19,000 miles later needs a new gearbox.

24-2-2018: Complaint that 2015 Subaru Forester Boxer diesel is not regenerating its DPF under the owner's normal use. Handbook says it needs a run of about 20 minutes at 2,300 rpm which does not happen under normal driving.

20-11-2018: Complaint of Subaru Forester 2.0 boxer diesel DX manual going through clutches every 25,000 miles. Now on its 2nd replacement clutch.

13-5-2019: Report of car alarm going off repeatedly in 2019 Subaru Forester. "Super-helpful" mechanic at local Subaru dealer suggested that owner look to see if anything metallic had fallen into the cup holder in the central console. Turned out to be a 2p coin. Maybe the same problem might be solved by the same solution with other Subaru models.

18-8-2019: Report of Starlink unit of 2017 Subaru Forester XT failing. On starting the unit shows either the default 'warning screen' or switches on the reversing camera (without reverse gear actually being selected) and that screen then remains on until the engine is switched off again. Its been tested by the Subaru dealership who tell owner that the unit will not re-boot or accept software upgrades for the system. The only 'fix' is to replace the 'head' with a new unit at the cost of approximately £1,500. According to the dealer, this is an 'unusual' failure, but see Subaru Owners Club website. Means that satnav, radio, Bluetooth, etc. don't work and driving with the reversing camera on is distracting.

22-10-2019: Report of multiple problems with 2013 Subaru Forester diesel manual: In 2016 it needed a replacement clutch, dual mass flywheel and gearshift cable. Then in June 2019 the clutch release arm pivot broke.

2-11-2019: Report of problem with power steering of 2015 Subaru Forester Diesel XC Premium manual. Steering has recently gone: rather vague and floaty (straight line); rather heavy (turning to right); very light and imprecise (turning to left).

12-11-2019: Report of glow plugs problem with 50,000 mile 2015 Subaru Forester Diesel Lineratronic with full Subaru Service history. Some months ago several "fault lights" appeared on the dash. Orange exhaust emission and hill control lights with the cruise control and x-mode LED indicators flashing. Local dealer initially "reset" the fault but it manifested itself again within a couple of days. Thereafter, all four glow plugs were replaced under warranty. This being desite the fact that they were not covered under the 4th or 5th year of the Subaru Warranty. All seemed well until a few weeks ago when the same problem occured. The garage concluded that one of the new plugs fitted was faulty and this was replaced which cleared the fault. Then again at the weekend just passed the same fault lights appeared. Car is currently with Subaru dealer having the other three "faulty" glow plugs replaced. Dealer seems to offer a good service and has been in contact with Subaru over the issue but owner suspects an underlying electrical fault.

23-1-2020: Report of repeated failure of glowplugs of 2018 Subaru Forester Boxer diesel, now at 36,000 miles. Problems began at 6 months old. Since then has had had 14 glow plugs replaced. Subaru in an effort to cure the problem has replaced the glow plugs - sometimes just the one that failed; sometimes all four. They have also replaced the loom and control panel. Subsequently a glow plug failed again and has been replaced.

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