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  1. Lighting and Electrical
    Hello! I love my ‘19 Forester (first new car I ever bought). I’m a travel nurse who has driven from Boston to California to help with the pandemic and am hoping to car camping (especially along the beach so I can fall asleep to the waves and catch those incredible sunsets!) I’m excited to...
  2. Lighting and Electrical
    Hello Everyone, I just got a 2020 base model (first Subaru) three weeks before this post. When I got it, I flipped all switches, to be sure lights would stay off when doors were open. I noticed a few days in that the engine takes a few moments to turn over despite being new. I brushed this off...
  3. Lighting and Electrical
    I've seen a lot of posts about dead batteries and my 2017 XT has gone through 2 batteries in the 3.5 years I've owned it. If anyone has any information about what SOA is doing about this problem I would be quite interested. I'm suspecting that there may be a problem with parasitic current...
  4. Lighting and Electrical
    Hi, I turned off my Subaru Forester (2014, 80K miles) during stopped traffic recently. I left the key in the ignition. When the traffic started moving again after 10 or 15 minutes, I couldn't start the car-- the battery was completely dead. What's up with that? AAA jumped the battery and off I...
  5. Lighting and Electrical
    First problem is that the battery was dead on a 6 month old car. I followed the manual to the letter on how to jump and when I try to connect the negative ground (to the strut mount, per the manual) sparks fly. I have jumped many a car in my life and never experienced this. Because it is a...
  6. Forester Shopping
    Greetings! I am a new member and am considering the purchase of a new 2020 Forester Limited. One of Subaru's key selling features over the years is reliability but I've learned that there are many issues with excessive battery drain and dead batteries. A Google search brings up a recent class...
  7. Lighting and Electrical
    Took my Subaru Forester (2011) to my local mechanic as the new battery they put in had died on me. The old one had died previously due to age (but also this issue potentially). Alternator, battery, and other things checked out so they started pulling fuses and checking where the parasitic drain...
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