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SUBARU FORESTER - 2004 SUBARU FORESTER Problems & Complaints

 
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by Subaru of America, Inc.

There are 194 complaints filed for the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

3/18/2018 - SEATTLE, WA
MY FORESTER HAS BEGUN TO SMELL LIKE GAS WHEN IT IS TURNED ON WHILE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE. A FUEL LINE IS LEAKING ON THE RIGHT SIDE FUEL RAIL. THE FUEL IS LEAKING RIGHT NEXT TO THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD AND THE TURBO (SEE, REALLY HOT PARTS, SEE ALSO, DANGEROUS). THIS IS A WELL KNOWN ISSUE WITH THE CAR AND IS A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS RIGHT TO REQUIRE OWNERS TO PAY HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO KEEP THEIR CARS FROM BURSTING IN TO FLAMES. PLEASE SEE ALL THE OTHER COMPLAINTS ON THIS SAME ISSUE AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT AND REIMBURSE THE OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES FOR THIS SAFETY ISSUE. THANK YOU.

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WHEELS

3/14/2018 - SIDNEY, NY
FAILED RECALL ON 2004 SUBARU FORESTER XT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY FORESTER RUSTED IN HALF. WHEN BACKING OUT OF A FLAT CONCRETE DRIVEWAY ONTO A CITY STREET, AS I BEGAN TO TURN THE WHEEL I HEARD/FELT A POP IN THE FRONT END. AS I BEGAN TO STRAIGHTEN THE WHEEL IT STARTED MAKING A GRINDING NOISE AND I NOTICED THE STEERING FELT FUNNY/LOOSE. BEFORE FOING ANY FURTHER I PULLED THE CAR STRAIT BACK INTO THE DRIVEWAY TO INSPECT THE PROBLEM. WHILE I WAS JACKING THE CAR UP I NOTICED IMMEDIATELY THE FRONT PASSENGER WHEEL APPEAR TO GO LIMP AND SLOPPY. AFTER CRAWLING UNDERNEATH TO CHECK I FOUND THAT THE CONTROL ARM HAD COMPLETELY BROKE/RUSTED IN HALF. A FEW WEEKS EARLIER I NOTICED THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS ON BOTH SIDES WERE QUITE RUSTED. AFTER A LITTLE RESEARCH I FOUND THAT SUBARU HAD A RECALL ON THE CONTROL ARMS AND WOULD EITHER REPLACE THEN OR RE COAT THEM. I THEN CONTACTED A LOCAL DEALER ABOUT THE RECALL. AFTER RUNNING MY VIN THE TOLD ME THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THAT RECALL IN 2012 AND THAT MY CONTROL ARMS WERE UNDER COATED AND THEREFORE WERE NOT COVERED FOR REPLACEMENT. SO NOW AFTER MY CONTROL ARM IS COMPLETELY BROKEN I CONTACTED THE SAME DEALER AGAIN AND WAS TOLD TO TRY CONTACTING SUBARU OF AMERICA BUT THAT THEY COULD DO NOTHING. I THEN CONTACTED SUBARU OF AMERICA AND AFTER GIVING THEM ALL MY INFORMATION WAS TOLD AGAIN THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THE RECALL AND WAS NOT COVERED, BUT IF I TOOK IT TO A DEALER THEY WOULD "LOOK AT IT". I THEN CONTACTED ANOTHER LOCAL DEALER AND I WAS ABLE TO TRAILER IT THERE MYSELF. I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SOMEONE IS HURT. HAD THE CONTROL ARM BROKE WHILE DRIVING DOEN THE ROAD AT ANY RATE OF SPEED THE RESULTS COULD BE CATASTROPHIC OR EVEN FATAL.

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SUSPENSION

3/14/2018 - SIDNEY, NY
FAILED RECALL ON 2004 SUBARU FORESTER XT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY FORESTER RUSTED IN HALF. WHEN BACKING OUT OF A FLAT CONCRETE DRIVEWAY ONTO A CITY STREET, AS I BEGAN TO TURN THE WHEEL I HEARD/FELT A POP IN THE FRONT END. AS I BEGAN TO STRAIGHTEN THE WHEEL IT STARTED MAKING A GRINDING NOISE AND I NOTICED THE STEERING FELT FUNNY/LOOSE. BEFORE FOING ANY FURTHER I PULLED THE CAR STRAIT BACK INTO THE DRIVEWAY TO INSPECT THE PROBLEM. WHILE I WAS JACKING THE CAR UP I NOTICED IMMEDIATELY THE FRONT PASSENGER WHEEL APPEAR TO GO LIMP AND SLOPPY. AFTER CRAWLING UNDERNEATH TO CHECK I FOUND THAT THE CONTROL ARM HAD COMPLETELY BROKE/RUSTED IN HALF. A FEW WEEKS EARLIER I NOTICED THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS ON BOTH SIDES WERE QUITE RUSTED. AFTER A LITTLE RESEARCH I FOUND THAT SUBARU HAD A RECALL ON THE CONTROL ARMS AND WOULD EITHER REPLACE THEN OR RE COAT THEM. I THEN CONTACTED A LOCAL DEALER ABOUT THE RECALL. AFTER RUNNING MY VIN THE TOLD ME THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THAT RECALL IN 2012 AND THAT MY CONTROL ARMS WERE UNDER COATED AND THEREFORE WERE NOT COVERED FOR REPLACEMENT. SO NOW AFTER MY CONTROL ARM IS COMPLETELY BROKEN I CONTACTED THE SAME DEALER AGAIN AND WAS TOLD TO TRY CONTACTING SUBARU OF AMERICA BUT THAT THEY COULD DO NOTHING. I THEN CONTACTED SUBARU OF AMERICA AND AFTER GIVING THEM ALL MY INFORMATION WAS TOLD AGAIN THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THE RECALL AND WAS NOT COVERED, BUT IF I TOOK IT TO A DEALER THEY WOULD "LOOK AT IT". I THEN CONTACTED ANOTHER LOCAL DEALER AND I WAS ABLE TO TRAILER IT THERE MYSELF. I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SOMEONE IS HURT. HAD THE CONTROL ARM BROKE WHILE DRIVING DOEN THE ROAD AT ANY RATE OF SPEED THE RESULTS COULD BE CATASTROPHIC OR EVEN FATAL.

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STEERING

3/14/2018 - SIDNEY, NY
FAILED RECALL ON 2004 SUBARU FORESTER XT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY FORESTER RUSTED IN HALF. WHEN BACKING OUT OF A FLAT CONCRETE DRIVEWAY ONTO A CITY STREET, AS I BEGAN TO TURN THE WHEEL I HEARD/FELT A POP IN THE FRONT END. AS I BEGAN TO STRAIGHTEN THE WHEEL IT STARTED MAKING A GRINDING NOISE AND I NOTICED THE STEERING FELT FUNNY/LOOSE. BEFORE FOING ANY FURTHER I PULLED THE CAR STRAIT BACK INTO THE DRIVEWAY TO INSPECT THE PROBLEM. WHILE I WAS JACKING THE CAR UP I NOTICED IMMEDIATELY THE FRONT PASSENGER WHEEL APPEAR TO GO LIMP AND SLOPPY. AFTER CRAWLING UNDERNEATH TO CHECK I FOUND THAT THE CONTROL ARM HAD COMPLETELY BROKE/RUSTED IN HALF. A FEW WEEKS EARLIER I NOTICED THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS ON BOTH SIDES WERE QUITE RUSTED. AFTER A LITTLE RESEARCH I FOUND THAT SUBARU HAD A RECALL ON THE CONTROL ARMS AND WOULD EITHER REPLACE THEN OR RE COAT THEM. I THEN CONTACTED A LOCAL DEALER ABOUT THE RECALL. AFTER RUNNING MY VIN THE TOLD ME THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THAT RECALL IN 2012 AND THAT MY CONTROL ARMS WERE UNDER COATED AND THEREFORE WERE NOT COVERED FOR REPLACEMENT. SO NOW AFTER MY CONTROL ARM IS COMPLETELY BROKEN I CONTACTED THE SAME DEALER AGAIN AND WAS TOLD TO TRY CONTACTING SUBARU OF AMERICA BUT THAT THEY COULD DO NOTHING. I THEN CONTACTED SUBARU OF AMERICA AND AFTER GIVING THEM ALL MY INFORMATION WAS TOLD AGAIN THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THE RECALL AND WAS NOT COVERED, BUT IF I TOOK IT TO A DEALER THEY WOULD "LOOK AT IT". I THEN CONTACTED ANOTHER LOCAL DEALER AND I WAS ABLE TO TRAILER IT THERE MYSELF. I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SOMEONE IS HURT. HAD THE CONTROL ARM BROKE WHILE DRIVING DOEN THE ROAD AT ANY RATE OF SPEED THE RESULTS COULD BE CATASTROPHIC OR EVEN FATAL.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

2/8/2018 - CEDAR FALLS, IA
LEAKING FUEL LINE UNDER MANIFOLD, FUEL SMELL VERY STRONG AND LEAKS INTO ENGINE BAY.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

1/4/2018 - TRAVERSE CITY, MI
GOT UP TO AND STARTED MY CAR TO GET IT WARMED UP SINCE IT WAS 8¦ F OUTSIDE. 20 MINUTES LATER WHEN I GOT INTO THE CAR THERE WAS A STRONG SMELL OF GAS. UPON INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT I FOUND THAT THERE WAS A FUEL LINE ON THE DRIVERS SIDE DRIPPING GASOLINE ONTO THE ENGINE BLOCK, WHERE IT WAS POOLING. WHILE SEARCHING ONLINE FOR INFO ON THIS, I FOUND THAT THIS IS A COMMON ISSUE WITH EARLY 2000'S SUBARUS, EVEN TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY RECALLED THE WRX MODELS FOR THIS EXACT REASON, BUT MADE NO MENTION OF THEIR OTHER MODELS.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/30/2017 - PRATTSVILLE, NY
GAS SMELL COLD WEATHER CAR IDOLING

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/12/2017 - BANGOR, ME
JUST LIKE 60 OR SO OTHER 03-05 FORESTER XT OWNERS, I+M EXPERIENCING THE FUEL LEAK FROM THE RUBBER FUEL LINE WHERE IT CLAMPS ON TO THE METAL LINE TO THE FRONT DRIVERS SIDE INJECTOR. JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THE ISSUE ONLY OCCURRED WHEN TEMPERATURES DROPPED BELOW ABOUT 20¦F - UNCOINCIDENTALLY, IN MY OPINION, THIS WAS THE FIRST NEW ENGLAND WINTER THIS CAR HAD EVER SEEN. SUBARU HAS ISSUED A RECALL FOR WRX WITH THE SAME EXACT ISSUE INVOLVING THE SAME EXACT HARDWARE. GET ON IT SUBARU, THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE AND AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DESIGN FLAW. YOU+VE ALREADY FESSED UP TO THE ISSUE WITH OTHER VEHICLES USING THE EJ255 NOW DON+T FORGET ABOUT US FOZZY OWNERS.

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ENGINE

11/24/2017 - NEWBURGH, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHETHER THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED OR BEING DRIVEN, A FUEL ODOR WAS DETECTED IN AND OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE. THE FUEL ODOR WAS MOST NOTICEABLE WHILE OPERATING THE HEATER. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO MID-HUDSON SUBARU (1715 U.S. 9, WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY 12590 (866) 678-2048) SEVERAL TIMES, BUT NO LEAKS OR FAILURES WERE DETECTED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE DEALER FINALLY DETECTED A FUEL ODOR AND DIAGNOSED THE FAILURE AS A MALFUNCTION WITH TUBING OR PIPING WITHIN THE ENGINE. THE PARTS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED DUE TO THE COST. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THEY WOULD CONTACT THE LOCAL DEALER. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120,000.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/24/2017 - NEWBURGH, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHETHER THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED OR BEING DRIVEN, A FUEL ODOR WAS DETECTED IN AND OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE. THE FUEL ODOR WAS MOST NOTICEABLE WHILE OPERATING THE HEATER. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO MID-HUDSON SUBARU (1715 U.S. 9, WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY 12590 (866) 678-2048) SEVERAL TIMES, BUT NO LEAKS OR FAILURES WERE DETECTED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE DEALER FINALLY DETECTED A FUEL ODOR AND DIAGNOSED THE FAILURE AS A MALFUNCTION WITH TUBING OR PIPING WITHIN THE ENGINE. THE PARTS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED DUE TO THE COST. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THEY WOULD CONTACT THE LOCAL DEALER. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120,000.

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