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My Subaru Forester is a Lemon!



  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,920
    Yep, sounds identical to the problem I have with mine (and I had with my last Outback as well!).

    For the Legacy/Outback, the TSB is 12-96-06. Go to and you can look at the entire TSB. Dash clips are indeed the problem. The "fix" itself seems somewhat hokey, but if it works and the dash remains securely attached then no big deal. I will try to update once my car has gone through the ringer again on Monday.

    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Just unloaded my 2010 Forester 2.5x at 4,800 miles, it was a cheesy car. The cabinet noise was so loud that I didn't need the radio. Plus, the radio in the car was lousy...static most of the time. I traded it in for a Nissan Rouge SV w/P package. Love it! If you haven't brought the Forester yet, don't buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Something must have happened between 2008 and 2010. I did quickly change my 2008 to quieter Michelin tires, but after that it was an almost silent touring car. I have made high speed trips from Kentucky to Minnesota, Maine and Florida. No problem with the radio, either, though I prefer listening to the iPod through it.
  • What a coincidence; my older brother's wife had a Nissan Rouge SV as well as my aunt in North Carolina. Both of them no longer have the Nissan Rogue because they traded it in after less than 1 year of miserable ownership.

    Yet they don't go around saying the Nissan Rogue is a horrible car based just on their experience. Then again, it's not like people with half a brain will pay heed and take words like yours to the grave. Those who do, I wonder how they've gotten this far in life.

    Funny how the people in this world act based just on their own personal experience.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What do you call a guy who posts one severely negative comment and then vanishes?

  • My husband had a 2004 subaru forester xs, now for sale w/ 131k miles on it, and the only reason we are selling is because a friend of the family wanted to buy a brand new car and so she was selling her 2007 forester w/ 40k miles. Lost a few of the "extra" features, but gained a newer less mileage car.
    My husband is in love with the foresters, we have had no mechanical problem in over 3 years, only had to replace brake pads, we did replace front rotors although they probably would have been okay, and of course tires.
    I traded my old Santa Fe in for a 2008 CR-V in February, with only 12k miles on it and I love my CR-V but its not the same in the snow, its more comfortable than the subaru, but they each have their pros and cons.
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783
    Oh, wow!

    It has been years since we had a troll on these boards.

    Welcome and lets have some sport with you!

  • clarkkentclarkkent Posts: 154
    edited September 2011
    It just depends (sometimes on the luck of the draw.)

    I have 3 jeeps. NEVER had any trouble with them and they all have over 200k on them. 91 Cherokee, 2000 GC 98 Wranger.

    I have had 5 Subarus. Never a problem.

    I have had 1 Honda, 1988 Van-O-Wagon. Biggest POS I have ever had.
    And Hondas are good cars. However, the CRV 4x4 system is very poor.

    Hondas are great cars. I just got a very poor example of their work.

    I have 3 Honda MC and they are all Fantastic. No porblems at all.

    So it really is just the luck of the draw sometimes.
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