pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
63,800 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace it with all supporting parts (4 reports)
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problem #4

May 102022

Forester Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,508 miles

Dealer said it was still drivable . Took it to another mechanic who stated they would not recommend driving it as it is dealing with the coolant system . If driven it could affect the engine. Part was on back order and dealer stated it was an issue part with many failures. No guarantee on the new part as it is the same part that is failing. Quote was for $1300 when ordered . Part came in and then the quote went to $1800 as now the part cost more .

- Stacey S., Greenville, US

problem #3

Dec 052022

Forester UT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,439 miles

I think this part ought to be recalled, since the Subaru repair tech. said I was the 3rd car that week to have a repair. It was a good thing I came when I did it would have been a couple weeks wait to repair since it is a worldwide problem with the Subaru Forester 2019. I paid 1700.00 to repair something that should have never been bad. The Repair tech also said it was a faulty part. Thats a lot of money don't you think? and I live over an hour away from the Subaru dealer/ repair.

- Holly D., St. Augustine, US

problem #2

Jan 242023

Forester Premium 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 9,248 miles

VERY disappointing for a low mileage vehicle.

Gassed up, drove away and no heat plus the dash lit up like a Xmas tree!

Same as the last list from Tommy B's complaint.

Got it to the dealer who repaired it free under extended warranty.

I noticed via Subaru Forester forum look ups (and confirmed by the service writer), many 2019 Subarus have this part failing.

This is unbelievable that Subaru hasn't issued a recall!

- skipo, Winfield, US

problem #1

Sep 012022

Forester Limited 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 104,000 miles

A Thermo Control Valve Assembly, which is on the engine caused eye sight driver assist / collision avoidance light to come on and stay on as well as lane correction light, check engine light, I believe air bag lights and other lights, and all of these systems stopped working. The cruise control completely stopped working because it is adaptive and since the eye sight driver assist wouldn't work, neither would the adaptive cruise control. The engine would not get warm and caused additional problems, such as high idle rpm's as the computer was telling it that it still needed to warm up, could not get heat out of the vents as the engine was not getting warm enough. The higher rpm's cause the fuel economy to go from around 28 mpg to 21 mpg or lower.

I think it is TOTALLY RIDICULOUS AND SHORT SIGHTED for Subaru to engineer a vehicle, that when you have an engine sensor bad or engine problem, for it to disable a lot of your safety features. This is shortsighted, unsatisfactory engineering. It forced me to drive a vehicle without many of the safety features for about 90 days since they couldn't get the parts to me for that length of time. I paid for these safety features and could not use them because of a engine sensor problem. I was paying less insurance premium due to my insurer thinking that I had satisfactory working safety features, yet, I did not. I think this is SUPER HIGH RISK for Subaru. Had I been involved in an accident that may have been prevented by properly operating safety systems, this would have left Subaru at high risk for a successful lawsuit remedy for me, any other injured party and even the insurance company for having to pay out a claim that could have been avoided or mitigated if the safety systems were operating. This is totally foolish on Subaru's part to have an engine sensor problem disable many of the very important safety systems features !!!

- Tommy B., Tuscaloosa, US