Pros

  • The same recipe, just improved nearly everywhere.
  • Intelligent packaging in terms of accommodation and practicality.
  • The security and ability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
  • Many on the used market have been well cared for.
  • Excellent range of features, equipment and safety tech.

Cons

  • Concerns surrounding reliability, especially concerning the CVT.
  • Levels of fit and finish not what they used to be.
  • For similar money, a used Outback may make more sense.
  • Interior design very busy and not wearing all that well.
  • Driving experience a little lacklustre.

Even the most perfect used fifth generation Subaru Forester has a couple of problems. The first being one of its siblings.

For the same asking price as this generation Forester, you can buy an ever so slightly older Outback, which will be ever so slightly larger and ever so slightly...

Publish: January 18, 2023

The initial Impreza based Forester first appeared way back in 1997, representing Subaru’s take on a compact crossover SUV, and in the ocean of soft roading SUVs out there, the Forester built its reputation on being one of the more rugged and capable alternatives with symmetrical all wheel drive, a boxy shape and Subaru’s reputation for making ultra reliable vehicles.

Since then has transitioned through five generations, bringing us to the current SK Forester, which first appeared here in Australia in 2018.

Initially only available here in Australia with a 2.5-Litre non-turbo engine, a 2.0-Litre Hybrid engine joined the range during 2019 with both power plants sending their drive through all four wheels, via a 7-speed CVT.

In Terms of trim specs, the range here in Australia initially consisted of four variants kicking off with the 2.5i then 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and this, the top spec 2.5i-S, while a Sport variant joined the team late in 2020.

Meanwhile the Hybrid models were split between the base spec L and higher spec S.
A pretty substantial mid-life update was bestowed upon this generation for the 2022 model year, featuring updates both cosmetically and mechanically.

The initial Impreza based Forester first appeared way back in 1997, representing Subaru’s take on a compact crossover SUV, and in the ocean of soft roading SUVs out there, the Forester built its reputation on being one of the more rugged and capable alternatives with symmetrical all wheel drive, a boxy shape and Subaru’s reputation for making ultra reliable vehicles.

Since then has transitioned through five generations, bringing us to the current SK Forester, which first appeared here in Australia in 2018.

Initially only available here in Australia with a 2.5-Litre non-turbo engine, a 2.0-Litre Hybrid engine joined the range during 2019 with both power plants sending their drive through all four wheels, via a 7-speed CVT.

In Terms of trim specs, the range here in Australia initially consisted of four variants kicking off with the 2.5i then 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and this, the top spec 2.5i-S, while a Sport variant joined the team late in 2020.

Meanwhile the Hybrid models were split between the base spec L and higher spec S.
A pretty substantial mid-life update was bestowed upon this generation for the 2022 model year, featuring updates both cosmetically and mechanically.

The initial Impreza based Forester first appeared way back in 1997, representing Subaru’s take on a compact crossover SUV, and in the ocean of soft roading SUVs out there, the Forester built its reputation on being one of the more rugged and capable alternatives with symmetrical all wheel drive, a boxy shape and Subaru’s reputation for making ultra reliable vehicles.

Since then has transitioned through five generations, bringing us to the current SK Forester, which first appeared here in Australia in 2018.

Initially only available here in Australia with a 2.5-Litre non-turbo engine, a 2.0-Litre Hybrid engine joined the range during 2019 with both power plants sending their drive through all four wheels, via a 7-speed CVT.

In Terms of trim specs, the range here in Australia initially consisted of four variants kicking off with the 2.5i then 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and this, the top spec 2.5i-S, while a Sport variant joined the team late in 2020.

Meanwhile the Hybrid models were split between the base spec L and higher spec S.
A pretty substantial mid-life update was bestowed upon this generation for the 2022 model year, featuring updates both cosmetically and mechanically.

In terms of the exterior, there have been a few reports that the OEM windscreens can crack quite easily. Obviously it generally only happens when small rocks or pebbles hit the the glass.

However the problem is, some aftermarket windscreens can play havoc with the safety cameras and sensors, requiring any replacement windscreen to be an OEM part. The problem with that is that, for some owners, the windscreen may crack multiple times.

There are a few sporadic reports of the electric windows being faulty or not working at all.

And there are a few complaints that the Reversing Camera can be very unclear at night.

Inside there are reports that the airbag indicator light can turn on sporadically.

Also that the air conditioning can be faulty or fail all together due to issues with the compressor. The repair for this requires much of the dashboard to be removed and this will become expensive.

The A pillar is known to rattle and the seat belt can squeak where you clip it in. The good news is a pool noodle cut to size fixes this.

And most concerning for left hand drive markets is that there have been reports of Steering Problems, specifically a loss of power steering, harshness or rattles. The good news is there has been a recall addressing this and these problems haven’t seemed to effect Foresters in right hand drive markets.

Mechanically, if you had asked a mechanic or service technician 10 years ago, are Subarus reliable? Most

In terms of the exterior, there have been a few reports that the OEM windscreens can crack quite easily. Obviously it generally only happens when small rocks or pebbles hit the the glass.

However the problem is, some aftermarket windscreens can play havoc with the safety cameras and sensors, requiring any replacement windscreen to be an OEM part. The problem with that is that, for some owners, the windscreen may crack multiple times.

There are a few sporadic reports of the electric windows being faulty or not working at all.

And there are a few complaints that the Reversing Camera can be very unclear at night.

Inside there are reports that the airbag indicator light can turn on sporadically.

Also that the air conditioning can be faulty or fail all together due to issues with the compressor. The repair for this requires much of the dashboard to be removed and this will become expensive.

The A pillar is known to rattle and the seat belt can squeak where you clip it in. The good news is a pool noodle cut to size fixes this.

And most concerning for left hand drive markets is that there have been reports of Steering Problems, specifically a loss of power steering, harshness or rattles. The good news is there has been a recall addressing this and these problems haven’t seemed to effect Foresters in right hand drive markets.

Mechanically, if you had asked a mechanic or service technician 10 years ago, are Subarus reliable? Most would’ve said yes, they’re not too bad. But ask a mechanic these days you’ll most likely get a different answer.

Over the years things like, head gasket issues, CVT transmission complications, and wheel bearings failures have just become way too common.

The FB25D (the direct injected version from 2018 onwards) so far isn’t too bad in terms of reliability, however it is early days.

Oil consumption has been an issue as have oil leaks. Also being direct injection, they are prone to clogged up inlet systems so Subaru’s upper cylinder cleaning process (which is basically a spray-in chemical cleaner), is now needed more than ever. Interestingly, Subaru have been doing this for years.

Gone is the timing belt of the older generation Foresters so overall serving costs are much lower.

There’s not a great deal of information around about problems with the FB20 mild Hybrid, which doesn’t really mean they don’t have problems.

Currently in Australia they simply have not sold as many hybrids when compared to non-hybrid and this can lead to a whole other set of problems related to poor or non-existent ongoing factory support and availability of parts in the long term.

The CVTs yes, are still problematic with many issues with shuddering, noisy operation and catastrophic failures even at relatively low mileage.

From 2019 onward in Australia Subaru have a 5-year warranty so many of these problems are still covered. Plus, even outside of warranty periods, Subaru are still covering some issues with the CVTs however that’s not going to be the case for ever.

If you have this generation of Forester or you’re looking at buying one, you can mitigate the likelihood of CVT failure by ignoring the “fill for life” recommendations and serving them at least very 50,000km.

In terms of the exterior, there have been a few reports that the OEM windscreens can crack quite easily. Obviously it generally only happens when small rocks or pebbles hit the the glass.

However the problem is, some aftermarket windscreens can play havoc with the safety cameras and sensors, requiring any replacement windscreen to be an OEM part. The problem with that is that, for some owners, the windscreen may crack multiple times.

There are a few sporadic reports of the electric windows being faulty or not working at all.

And there are a few complaints that the Reversing Camera can be very unclear at night.

Inside there are reports that the airbag indicator light can turn on sporadically.

Also that the air conditioning can be faulty or fail all together due to issues with the compressor. The repair for this requires much of the dashboard to be removed and this will become expensive.

The A pillar is known to rattle and the seat belt can squeak where you clip it in. The good news is a pool noodle cut to size fixes this.

And most concerning for left hand drive markets is that there have been reports of Steering Problems, specifically a loss of power steering, harshness or rattles. The good news is there has been a recall addressing this and these problems haven’t seemed to effect Foresters in right hand drive markets.

Mechanically, if you had asked a mechanic or service technician 10 years ago, are Subarus reliable? Most would’ve said yes, they’re not too bad. But ask a mechanic these days you’ll most likely get a different answer.

Over the years things like, head gasket issues, CVT transmission complications, and wheel bearings failures have just become way too common.

The FB25D (the direct injected version from 2018 onwards) so far isn’t too bad in terms of reliability, however it is early days.

Oil consumption has been an issue as have oil leaks. Also being direct injection, they are prone to clogged up inlet systems so Subaru’s upper cylinder cleaning process (which is basically a spray-in chemical cleaner), is now needed more than ever. Interestingly, Subaru have been doing this for years.

Gone is the timing belt of the older generation Foresters so overall serving costs are much lower.

There’s not a great deal of information around about problems with the FB20 mild Hybrid, which doesn’t really mean they don’t have problems.

Currently in Australia they simply have not sold as many hybrids when compared to non-hybrid and this can lead to a whole other set of problems related to poor or non-existent ongoing factory support and availability of parts in the long term.

The CVTs yes, are still problematic with many issues with shuddering, noisy operation and catastrophic failures even at relatively low mileage.

From 2019 onward in Australia Subaru have a 5-year warranty so many of these problems are still covered. Plus, even outside of warranty periods, Subaru are still covering some issues with the CVTs however that’s not going to be the case for ever.

If you have this generation of Forester or you’re looking at buying one, you can mitigate the likelihood of CVT failure by ignoring the “fill for life” recommendations and serving them at least very 50,000km.

Body Style:

  • 5-door SUV

Engines:

  • 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol (2.5X, 2.5i, 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i-S, 2.5i Sport)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor (Hybrid L, Hybrid S)

Power:

  • 136kW – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Torque:

  • 239Nm – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 196Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Transmission & Drive:

  • 7-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), all-wheel drive (AWD)

Fuel Consumption:

  • 7.4L/100km

Dimensions:

Length:

  • 4625mm

Width:

  • 1815mm

Height:

  • 1730mm

Kerb Weight:

  • 1563-1656kg

Towing (braked/unbraked):

  • 1500kg/750kg
  • 1800kg/750kg (from 2021)

Body Style:

  • 5-door SUV

Engines:

  • 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol (2.5X, 2.5i, 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i-S, 2.5i Sport)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor (Hybrid L, Hybrid S)

Power:

  • 136kW – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Torque:

  • 239Nm – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 196Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Transmission & Drive:

  • 7-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), all-wheel drive (AWD)

Fuel Consumption:

  • 7.4L/100km

Dimensions:

Length:

  • 4625mm

Width:

  • 1815mm

Height:

  • 1730mm

Kerb Weight:

  • 1563-1656kg

Towing (braked/unbraked):

  • 1500kg/750kg
  • 1800kg/750kg (from 2021)

Body Style:

  • 5-door SUV

Engines:

  • 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol (2.5X, 2.5i, 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i-S, 2.5i Sport)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor (Hybrid L, Hybrid S)

Power:

  • 136kW – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Torque:

  • 239Nm – 2.5 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (boxer) petrol
  • 196Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed (e-boxer) petrol hybrid with 12.3kW electric motor

Transmission & Drive:

  • 7-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), all-wheel drive (AWD)

Fuel Consumption:

  • 7.4L/100km

Dimensions:

Length:

  • 4625mm

Width:

  • 1815mm

Height:

  • 1730mm

Kerb Weight:

  • 1563-1656kg

Towing (braked/unbraked):

  • 1500kg/750kg
  • 1800kg/750kg (from 2021)

Warranty:

3 years/unlimited kms
5 years/unlimited kms (from January 2019)

Servicing:

12 months/12,500kms

Model range, pricing & features

2.5X

Price when new: $37,890

Price used: $37,000 - $45,000

Introduced in 2022 as a special edition, the 2.5X differs from the 2.5i (originally the base model) with a 7.0-inch Alpine infotainment system fitted vs the Subaru 8.0-inch infotainment system and one less USB port up front. However all other specs remain the same for the 2.5X compared to the 2.5i.

 

Standard features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Full-size spare wheel
  • Body coloured mirrors and door handles
  • Privacy glass – rear door, rear quarter and rear windscreen
  • Rear mud guards
  • Rear spoiler
  • Wheel-arch mouldings
  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2019)
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Front curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • 3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for all occupants
  • Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
  • Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
  • ISOFIX points for rear outboard seats
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Headrests for all occupants
  • Active head restraints for driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Traction control
  • Active torque vectoring system
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane sway warning
  • Emergency lane keep assist
  • EyeSight Assist Monitor
  • Brake light recognition
  • Lead vehicle start alert
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear camera washer
  • Electromechnical brake with auto hold feature
  • Auto start-stop feature
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • LED headlights
  • Auto headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear LED stoplight
  • Blue interior illumination
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing (auto) wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • DataDotDNA security system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Electric side mirrors
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Manually foldable side mirrors
  • Electric windows, front and rear with driver’s and passenger’s auto up/down
  • feature
  • Proximity entry
  • Push button start
  • Power steering
  • Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear air vents
  • Manually adjustable driver and front passengers seats
  • Driver’s seat – manual seat adjustment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 4.2-inch LCD trip computer screen
  • 6.3-inch LCD multi-functional display
  • 7.0-inch LCD Alpine infotainment system
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay – wireless
  • Android Auto – wireless
  • AUX (3.5mm) input
  • Front USB inputs – 1x
  • Rear USB inputs – 2x
  • 12V power outlets – 3x
  • 2x cup holders – front
  • 2x cup holders – rear
  • 2x bottle holders – front
  • 2x bottle holders – rear
  • Centre console storage
  • Glovebox
  • Front seat map pockets
  • Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger
  • 60:40 rear folding seats

2.5i

Price when new: $33,490 - $37,890

Price used: $25,000 - $43,000

The 2.5i is the entry-level model to the Forester range receiving a wide variety of of safety, comfort and infotainment features as standard when launced in 2018. The 2.5i model is powred by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder Boxer engine, mated to a CVT transmission.

An update in 2022 added a 8.0-inch (previously 6.5-inch) infotainment screen, two (formally one) USB ports at the front, retuned front coil springs and dampers as well as new aluminium engine mount brackets.

 

Standard features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Full-size spare wheel
  • Body coloured mirrors and door handles
  • Privacy glass – rear door, rear quarter and rear windscreen
  • Rear mud guards
  • Rear spoiler
  • Wheel-arch mouldings
  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2019)
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Front curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • 3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for all occupants
  • Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
  • Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
  • ISOFIX points for rear outboard seats
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Headrests for all occupants
  • Active head restraints for driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Traction control
  • Active torque vectoring system
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane sway warning
  • Emergency lane keep assist
  • EyeSight Assist Monitor
  • Brake light recognition
  • Lead vehicle start alert
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear camera washer
  • Electromechnical brake with auto hold feature
  • Auto start-stop feature
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • LED headlights
  • Auto headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear LED stoplight
  • Blue interior illumination
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing (auto) wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • DataDotDNA security system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Electric side mirrors
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Manually foldable side mirrors
  • Electric windows, front and rear with driver’s and passenger’s auto up/down feature
  • Proximity entry
  • Push button start
  • Power steering
  • Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear air vents
  • Manually adjustable driver and front passengers seats
  • Driver’s seat – manual seat adjustment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 4.2-inch LCD trip computer screen
  • 6.3-inch LCD multi-functional display
  • 6.5-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay – wired
  • Android Auto – wired
  • AUX (3.5mm) input
  • Front USB inputs – 1x
  • Rear USB inputs – 2x
  • 12V power outlets – 3x
  • 2x cup holders – front
  • 2x cup holders – rear
  • 2x bottle holders – front
  • 2x bottle holders – rear
  • Centre console storage
  • Glovebox
  • Front seat map pockets
  • Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger
  • 60:40 rear folding seats

 

2022 updates:

  • 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system
  • Retuned front coil springs and dampers
  • New aluminium engine mount brackets
  • Front USB inputs -2x

2.5i-L/Hybrid L

Price when new: $35,490 - $43,290

Price used: $27,000 - $51,000

The 2.5i-L adds key safety assist features in the Forester comprising of front view camera, reverse automatic braking, auto-high beam and side view monitor. Models prior to 2022 also got two USB ports over the one in the 2.5i and heated front seats.

A 2022 update added an 8.0-inch infotainment system.

Additional features:

  • Front view camera (front view monitor)
  • Reverse automatic braking (RAB)
  • Side view monitor (SVM)
  • Auto high-beam (adaptive driving beam)
  • Front USB inputs – 2x
  • Heated front seats

 

2022 updates:

  • 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system
  • Retuned front coil springs and dampers
  • New aluminium engine mount brackets

2.5i Premium

Price when new: $38,490 - $43,090

Price used: $28,000 - $54,000

The 2.5i Premium is the middle tier model in the Forester range adding 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding side mirrors (and auto-dipping), memory settings, sports pedals, SI-Drive, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, premium cloth upholstery and satellite navigation.

 

Additional features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome type window sills
  • Electrically folding side mirrors
  • Auto-dipping electric side mirror (passenger side)
  • Memory settings: side mirrors, driver’s seat adjustment
  • Sports pedals
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • 8-way electrically adjustment of the front seats
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation
  • One-touch folding rear seats
  • Powered rear tailgate

 

2022 updates:

  • Retuned front coil springs and dampers
  • New aluminium engine mount brackets

2.5i Sport

Price when new: $41,990 - $44,840

Price used: $42,000 - $53,000

The 2.5i Sport was introduced in 2021 and added a range of cosmetic enhancements to the Forester range including 18-inch black alloy wheels, black styling package as well as LED front fog lamps, electric sunroof and sport seats.

An update in 2023 added an auto-dipping rear view mirror.

  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • Black front grille
  • Front, side and rear under guards with orange highlight
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Electric sunroof
  • Grey colour trim
  • Sports seats

 

2022 updates:

  • Retuned front coil springs and dampers
  • New aluminium engine mount brackets

 

2023 updates:

  • Elecrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror

2.5i-S/Hybrid S

Price when new: $41,490 - $49,340

Price used: $32,000 - $62,000

The 2.5i-S model is the top-of-the-range model in the Forester range and adds LED front fog lamps, electric sunroof, leather upholstery and an 8-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system.

An update in 2023 added an auto-dipping rear view mirror.

 

Additional features:

  • Silver mirror surroundings
  • Silver side cladding inserts
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system

 

2022 updates:

  • Retuned front coil springs and dampers
  • New aluminium engine mount brackets

 

2023 updates:

  • Elecrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror

Even the most perfect used fifth generation Subaru Forester has a couple of problems. The first being one of its siblings.

For the same asking price as this generation Forester, you can buy an ever so slightly older Outback, which will be ever so slightly larger and ever so slightly better in basically every conceivable way.

However, that brings us to the second problem the Forester has, and it impacts the Outback too.

Subaru’s simply aren’t what they used to be, they once were seen as the most European of the Japanese brands, offering a near perfect blend of Euro panache with precision Japanese engineering and reliability

However more recently, it seems that Subaru have swapped out Japanese reliability for the lower end European reliability, hence quite a few Subaru’s are having major mechanical tantrums.

Overall, there’s no denying, and when ignoring any potential issues, the Forester is a great SUV, when new and with a full factory warranty, they are easily one the very best SUVs in their class and there are thousands of owners around the world that have never, and will never have an issue, but it’s pretty foolish to ignore potential issues isn’t it.

If you just must own a Forester and you find one with a perfect service history that has clearly been looked after, sure, buy one.

Even the most perfect used fifth generation Subaru Forester has a couple of problems. The first being one of its siblings.

For the same asking price as this generation Forester, you can buy an ever so slightly older Outback, which will be ever so slightly larger and ever so slightly better in basically every conceivable way.

However, that brings us to the second problem the Forester has, and it impacts the Outback too.

Subaru’s simply aren’t what they used to be, they once were seen as the most European of the Japanese brands, offering a near perfect blend of Euro panache with precision Japanese engineering and reliability

However more recently, it seems that Subaru have swapped out Japanese reliability for the lower end European reliability, hence quite a few Subaru’s are having major mechanical tantrums.

Overall, there’s no denying, and when ignoring any potential issues, the Forester is a great SUV, when new and with a full factory warranty, they are easily one the very best SUVs in their class and there are thousands of owners around the world that have never, and will never have an issue, but it’s pretty foolish to ignore potential issues isn’t it.

If you just must own a Forester and you find one with a perfect service history that has clearly been looked after, sure, buy one.

Even the most perfect used fifth generation Subaru Forester has a couple of problems. The first being one of its siblings.

For the same asking price as this generation Forester, you can buy an ever so slightly older Outback, which will be ever so slightly larger and ever so slightly better in basically every conceivable way.

However, that brings us to the second problem the Forester has, and it impacts the Outback too.

Subaru’s simply aren’t what they used to be, they once were seen as the most European of the Japanese brands, offering a near perfect blend of Euro panache with precision Japanese engineering and reliability

However more recently, it seems that Subaru have swapped out Japanese reliability for the lower end European reliability, hence quite a few Subaru’s are having major mechanical tantrums.

Overall, there’s no denying, and when ignoring any potential issues, the Forester is a great SUV, when new and with a full factory warranty, they are easily one the very best SUVs in their class and there are thousands of owners around the world that have never, and will never have an issue, but it’s pretty foolish to ignore potential issues isn’t it.

If you just must own a Forester and you find one with a perfect service history that has clearly been looked after, sure, buy one.

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