About Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester is a compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Japanese automaker Subaru division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) since 1997. When Subaru Forester was first introduced in 1997, it was actually a compact crossover wagon. As a vehicle with such a profound history, Subaru Forester has won many awards ranging from Car and Driver's 5Best Trucks for three years in a row Motor Trend's SUV of the Year to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick. Until now, Subaru Forester has been produced through four generations.
Though the third generation Subaru Forester (SH, 2008-2013) was introduced in Japan on December 25, 2007, it did not debut at the North American International Auto Show as North American version until 2008. In United States, Subaru Forester was offered in 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5XT and 2.5XT Limited trim levels. It then was powered by 2.5 L 224 hp, 263 hp H4 turbo engines and 2.0 L H4 turbodiesel engine, and engines were mated to 4-speed automatic, 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions. Then the fourth generation Subaru Forester (SJ, 2012-present) was unveiled in 2012 Guangzhou Motor Show and 2013 New York International Auto Show. It was available in United States in March 2013 as a 2014 model. Trim levels include 2.5i in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions, 2.0 XT in Premium and Touring versions. Now, Subaru Forester gets power from 2.0 L, 2.5 L H4, 2.0 L H4 turbo, 2.0 L H4 turbodiesel engines and 6-speed manual transmission and Lineartronic CVT.
Subaru Forester Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As an SUV, people ride Subaru Forester across over mountains and river, which in return causes some damages to it. Though Subaru Forester would wear out eventually, you can learn how to slow down this process. So here are some common problems for your reference:
First, high oil consumption and head gasket failure. Actually, based on the most complained problem collected from Subaru Forester owners, we can assume the engine in it goes wrong. Drivers also told that the engine performance decreased dramatically such as loss of power when acceleration, inability to start, poor fuel economy and so on. Blown head gasket you should check certainly. And if you do not want to waste more money on oil in your Subaru Forester, you had better get the Forester air filter, Forester oil filter, Forester lash adjuster and other engine parts.
Second, braking and transmission failures. As braking system basically decides your driving safety, so you should never be too careful. According to Subaru Forester drivers, they would have a noisy brakes and pulsating brake pedals. Sometimes, the brakes would respond poorly. This problem could be solved simply by replacing the old brake pad set. As for transmission failure, it manifests as difficulty shifting gears, making grinding noises and inability to switch back to two-wheel driver or four-wheel drive modes. Once these symptoms also appear on your Subaru Forester, you should get the transfer case cover checked.
As a matter of fact, there are many auto parts in Subaru Forester should be maintained well if you want it to give its full play all the time. It is very common that modern vehicles are all equipped with many electrical parts. In Subaru Forester, power window switch is a more vulnerable part if be exposed to too many repeated usage times. If windows could not work properly or not work at all, you should replace the power window switch. Wiper blade and wiper arm, however, are responsible for providing better driving visibility. They should be on your maintenance list, too.
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