not a question but a comment

Asked by Oct 29, 2016 at 09:06 AM about the 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2013 Forester. Massive problems from the get go. Oil consumption
(every oil change I make the service dept aware of), anti freeze smell (every
oil change I make service dept aware of), gone thru three axles, three set of
brakes, back wheel bearings and yesterday heard a humming noise from
back of car and bearings need to be replaced again  but real killer is my
head gasket is shot and needs to be replaced.  So far this is my 7 th
subaru...last Forester I owned was first year model and massive problems
also with axles and bearings and head gasket too. Current care very high
mileage for 2013 ...127K...first year model got rid of with less than 70K miles
at a loss of 4K. Hoping to keep this 2013 1 1/2 years more but very
concerned with these cars now. I think I may be done with Subaru going
forward. 97% sure I am but I am awaiting an email reply from Subaru
America to see if they will own up to this defective model. Oh by the many of you have had 18 wheel studs break when you get tires
rotated BY SUBARU techs? In my lifetime I have maybe one with other
cars...this one...18! One toher thing...Subaru if you are listening...get a
better tire with new cars. Origianl tires lasted 36K miles. Replaced them with
a Goodyear model and I still have good tires 90K miles later.

One side not...have owned three legacy models. Loved all three and they
too had high miles and like all of my Subarus I took them religiously to
dealer for everything and they lasted a very long time. Something about
Foresters though that stinks. By the way...have loaner car now for three
days will repairs done and this is a 2015 Legacy and I love the car!

4 Answers


Noted? Sounds like you got the Friday closing special built from the lost an found parts bin and live somewhere more suited for a tank or air drop. I've broke less doing autox and demolition derby. Statistically based on daily output volume of the factory your not alone but its a small club. If you're breaking studs, don't fix your car angry hulk, if the shop is, get a different shop. Some oil consumption isn't that abnormal, granted not ideal. Boxer engine and such, seeping gaskets. No reply needed here just bored dont want you to feel neglected on the internet too

The shop breaks the studs...the Subaru dealer. Never heard of such a thing happening as much and I do religiously rotate tires every oil change. One to two quarts of oil per change is quite a fact a class action suit was filed. Did you know that? Imagine buying this car...after 2500 -3000 miles discovering you are down one quart on a new car. A bit disturbing. Dealer should have explained that prior to selling it to consumer. No I don't take care off track. Never did. Just tons of highway miles. In fact most miles are highway miles. BUT...thanks for the reply anyway.


Japanese production small platform Imp/For have generally NOT been as reliable as the domestic (Lafayette, IN) larger platform Leg/OB vehicles, interestingly. Chase SOA on the oil may be able to get a short block out of them; yet HG failure on post-2010 2.5i is relatively rare. But if it's been overheated due to oil loss than anything's possible. 0w20 oil isn't helping either. If you can't get corporate relief switch to 15w40 synth to reduce consumption dramatically. I've always hated Foresters, but for poor handling reasons...not lack of reliability. I'm chasing a clockspring on one '12 Imp and a climate control panel on another '12 Imp...stuff that's unheard of on the domestic production Legs 'n OBs. Weird.... One qt loss of 0w after 3k isn't terrible, but some folks are showing up at dealers for their first oil change at 7.5k with a DRY engine!! Oyoyoy.


My local Subaru dealer is worse than yours! Yes it is true as they actually destroyed a brand new engine and they are pathological liars to boot! I found a great Subaru dealer but they are 150 miles away. I would make a case to SOA for a new engine.

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