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  1. ('09-'13) 2009 - Loud bangs and clunk from the rear diff whenever the car shifts?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    For a while now my car has been having some problems with the transmission and I just haven’t been able to get it looked at or fixed (I’m 17 and really broke). So sometimes whenever I put the car into drive it jolts forward and whenever I accelerate and the car shifts (into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear...
  2. ('09-'13) 2009 - Entering no man's gasket land - fix or sell, want opinions (poll)?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    I have a 2009 Forester XT with 144k miles on it. Its been a good car and compared to our Outback (totally coincidental that we ended up with two Subarus) that cost us 3k right off the bat with bad head gaskets, I've had relatively few problems with it...but that head gasket problem has been...
  3. ('19+) 2020 - What is covered (FREE) in the "basic" maintenance schedule 3 year / 36000 mi?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hi, I purchased a 2020 New Forester few weeks ago, I see the basic warranty is 3 year / 36000 mi with every 6 month / 6000 mi checkpoint. Based on the 2020 Normal Maintenance Schedule PDF file: Questions: 1) Are all the items in the list at every 6 month check point FREE? 2) If not all...
  4. ('14-'18) 2017 - Oil/tires maintenance warning; car is new to me

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    I have a 2017 2.5i Premium that I bought from a dealer about 3.5 months ago. Due to COVID, I haven't driven much. The oil change sticker on windshield (from dealer) tells me I have a few thousand more miles to go before I need an oil change. A couple of weeks ago, I took a 1,000-mile road trip...
  5. ('14-'18) 2014 - Best aftermarket stuff for general maintenance?

    Parts & Accessories
    I'm wondering about the best aftermarket maintenance stuff for a 2014 XT: • Best Oil? • Best Spark Plugs? • Cleanable/reusable oil filter, Y or N - Best one? • Cleanable/reusable air filter - best one? Wondering about Marvel's Mystery Oil - either in the gasoline or the crankcase. I've used...
  6. ('14-'18) 15 Forester 2.5i Touring. Possible oil issue?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    I am not near my vehicle due to traveling for work... So I don't have exact mileage numbers... I purchased my forester from a Subaru dealership. It was leased and recently returned due to end of the lease when I picked it up.(27k miles) A few months later I moved across the country for...
  7. ('06-'08) 66k miles and no 30k or 60k maintenance performed; what do I actually need done?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Inherited a 2008 Forester that has 66k original miles on it; no scheduled maintenance has been done. Do I need to pay for all of the items included in both the standard 30k and 60k service, or is some of this redundant and unnecessary? Was quoted about $800 for a combo of the two services, which...
  8. ('14-'18) Article on most expensive vehicles to maintain over 10 years - Subaru Forester #14/15?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Here's a link The gist is that the forester is listed as an expensive vehicle to maintain based upon (common dealer costs): 1. Oil Change and Filter - $161 2. Replace brake...
  9. ('19+) 2019 - New Forester Owner - can I get cheaper maintenance plans from other dealers? - Updated!

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hi everyone, I am a first-time Subaru owner and I just purchased a 2019 Forester Sport two weeks ago. I also bought a 3yrs/42000miles maintenance package for an additional $1900 from the dealer because the salesperson told me that it's cheaper when you buy maintenance with the car. Until I...