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problems with '19 Forester Sport

I've had my '19 Forester Sport (package 21) for a week now and I'm a bit frustrated at all the tiny problems the car has had:

1. Rear Gate won't open using key fob. I've read about these issues on this forum. Haven't tried disconnecting the negative cable from the battery but seems to have worked for many people.

2. FM radio presets disappeared after 1 day and I had to reprogram them.

3. Lots of wind noise coming from the moonroof. I'm going to try to reposition the crossbars or take them off all together to see if that reduces the noise.

4. When using bluetooth to make a phone call, a 'call in progress' sign is shown in the dash, where my digital speed reading was. Does anyone know if there is a setting to make the 'call in progress' go away? It's really not helpful when I am driving.
 

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Got my 2019 Touring in early October 2018. I experienced #1 and #2 (but my presets were all SiriusXM stations) immediately, within 2-3 days of delivery. I went back to the dealership and they reprogrammed the rear gate. I reprogrammed the presets the same day, immediately after visiting the service department.

I haven’t had any recurring issues since then, so my thought is that there was a step that someone missed when setting the vehicle up for delivery, as I’ve heard of several other new Foresters with the lift gate issue very soon after taking delivery.

As for #’s 3 and 4, no, fortunately for me, I haven’t experienced either of them.
 

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Why do people buy cars with all the bells and whistles and the latest technology and then complain when the technology doesn't work? I purchased a plain jane Forester with no options and old-fashioned key start. I don't want remote start or anything that works with a tablet or smartphone. I don't want my trunk door opening accidentally or my car starting when I'm miles away from my car. I dread the day when self-driving cars are the norm.
Im right there with you Fred!
Has anyone noticed when switching sources on the headunit, using the wheel controls ,there is a delay ???....switching tracks on a CD is painfully slow
 

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Sound died.

We have a Limited and two months after we have had it, one day the sound just died. No music, no voice navigation, no messaging, nothing from the radio unit. We even re-booted the system by holding down the power button for 10 sec, several times, and re-set to factory setting, but still no sound at all. Anyone has a fix? Appointment made with the dealer though ...
 

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Issues I have so far, even though I love the car:

- I hate that the radio turns on every time I turn on the car before I plug my phone in Android auto comes up. I'd rather have no noise then anything.
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Pressing the power button once works as a "pause," so next time when you turn on the car, the radio will be turned on automatically. To turn off the radio completely (so it won't be turned on on its own when you restart the car), give a power button a long press. However don't press too long — a long press for 10 sec will reboot the whole unit.
 

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Whether it is worth it to you probably depends on how long you expect to have the car and the number of beeps and flashes you have on it. By that I mean do you have the basic vehicle or do you have the Touring with all the electronic extras? I happen to think the biggest risk that makes the plan worthwhile for someone who plans to keep the car is all those electronic extras. That is a lot of things that are relatively new that could go wrong and be expensive to fix. One of my employees had the blind spot detectors go out on his Mazda, - $2000.

As to the cost, it depends on the particular plan, there are a lot of options, and the dealer you get it from. You can buy from any dealer. Some dealers around the country offer much better prices than others. Do some searching on this forum for more information.
 

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My new Forester has Amnesia

Been having a problem with the Safety and Security Red light between the Red and Blue buttons on the overhead console coming on. Light switches back and forth between the lower and upper lights which I am told are green-lower and red-upper.
(I have color vision limitations) The Red light indicates a system problem. This has been accompanied by a couple of warnings of a problem on the 8 inch display and several emails from Subaru saying I need to get it checked because the emergency system (Red Button) may not work. Got it to a dealer today. Said they had never seen anything like what they found. The cars brain (ECM) did not know who it was, it did not know its VIN. They called Subaru factory specialists who are sending a new ECM and want to see this one. I guess the problem could be that if the system called Subaru because of a crash, it would not be able to identify the car to the call center if it could not get the VIN from the ECM.
 

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As to the cost, it depends on the particular plan, there are a lot of options, and the dealer you get it from. You can buy from any dealer. Some dealers around the country offer much better prices than others. Do some searching on this forum for more information.
Read the warranty thread...do NOT buy the warranty from your dealer as you will pay far more than you should. Call Luke at Stamford Subaru...he is our forum contact for Subaru Gold Plus plans at his cost.
 

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Took delivery of my 2019 white touring about two weeks ago very happy with the car but unfortunately it came with a very inconvenient issue. The steering wheel is off center by a slight tilt to the right making driving not so pleasant. Went to the dealership they check the alignment and according to them the right side was a bit off specs they fixed it but it didn't resolve the issue. If I drive with the steering wheel centered the car goes to the left I have to move it clockwise about 1/2 inch - 1 inch to have the car drive in a straight line. The dealer claims that the steering wheel is centered and the car is aligned, I was told that I have to drive with the lane assist off because supposedly its making the car act erratic or that I have to simply fight it since is just a slight tilt. I ended up leaving and I'm supposed to reschedule to have the vehicle rechecked. Is anyone having this issue? They tried to make me feel I'm erroneous but is rather very noticeable, so I'll continue fighting them for a resolution. Anyways any help and guidance is much appreciated.
We are having identical issue on our 19 Premium. I have an appt on Monday to have the dealer check it. Will mention this post. Thanks!
 

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I must inform everyone I was able to have my issue resolved, so happy! I took the Forester to a local shop that specializes on alignments, is all they do alignments. The forester was misaligned, the steering wheel was way off center, and the tires came with some factory issue which I was told by the shop is a common issue. Anyways they align the car, fix the steering wheel, switched the front tires and the Forester now drives amazing! All in just under 30 minutes.

I am very disappointed at the dealer's service department they clearly have no clue what they are doing, they took well over 8 hours with the car to tell me the car was fine that it was all in my head that I should drive "fighting it" and with safety features off. I will definitely be reporting to SoA all the nonsense I experienced with them.
Also - what was the deal with the tires? Did you get 2 NEW tires or did they just swap them L/R or F/R? Thanks!
 

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Let’s be fair to both sides here, and mechanical controls aren’t always easy to fix. In fact, one could easily argue software problems are much easier to fix...

No software or electronics involved in Takata airbags or faulty valve springs Subaru recently recalled, and the problems with both of them weren’t discovered until years of service (in tens of thousands of vehicles) had transpired.

IMO, it’s a “crap-shoot”. Anything as complex as a modern vehicle will always have weak spots... sometimes software, sometimes mechanical.
 

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Let’s be fair to both sides here, and mechanical controls aren’t always easy to fix. In fact, one could easily argue software problems are much easier to fix...

No software or electronics involved in Takata airbags or faulty valve springs Subaru recently recalled, and the problems with both of them weren’t discovered until years of service (in tens of thousands of vehicles) had transpired.

IMO, it’s a “crap-shoot”. Anything as complex as a modern vehicle will always have weak spots... sometimes software, sometimes mechanical.
After years of being a tech I'll just say I disagree.

Trying getting a dealer to figure out why your electronically controlled climate control system does whatever the hell it feels like. That is if it actually acts up while they have it.

I'll take a cable or a vacuum line any day.
 

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Been having a problem with the Safety and Security Red light between the Red and Blue buttons on the overhead console coming on. Light switches back and forth between the lower and upper lights which I am told are green-lower and red-upper.
(I have color vision limitations) The Red light indicates a system problem. This has been accompanied by a couple of warnings of a problem on the 8 inch display and several emails from Subaru saying I need to get it checked because the emergency system (Red Button) may not work. Got it to a dealer today. Said they had never seen anything like what they found. The cars brain (ECM) did not know who it was, it did not know its VIN. They called Subaru factory specialists who are sending a new ECM and want to see this one. I guess the problem could be that if the system called Subaru because of a crash, it would not be able to identify the car to the call center if it could not get the VIN from the ECM.
I had the same problem on my 2019 Touring. There have been two trips to the dealer service department (the second one driven by an unrelated issue, but they checked the STARLINK issue again, as I had another red light after the first visit), and no one knows for sure what might be causing it. One suggestion was to remove the Automatic OBD-II dongle from the vehicle. I did this, since its functions are more or less duplicated by STARLINK, anyway. The problem has not recurred.
 

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I just got a call from the service adviser who had been in further contact with Subaru. Like you apparently I had an auxiliary gauge and code scanner plugged into the OBD. They had earlier speculated that might be part of the problem and have now concluded it was probably the problem. I have not had a red light since I unplugged it. Can you confirm that the upper light is green and the lower light between the buttons is the red light. Book is not clear, saying only that red light means a problem.
 

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Recirculation make your vehicle a wet box, trapped humidity and humans breathing add to the humidity. My Foresters do not fog up. I only use recirculate for short periods. High outside humidity adds to the problem.
My 2010 Jetta fogged up regularly.
Except when you don't want to breath the fumes and exhaust of cars around you or foul smells in the air. This is the first car we can remember where it fogs up so badly, save for some early 1980's cars.
 

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My Mitsubishi is the same...worse maybe. Regardless...you don't have to do it for a long period. Blast the AC for a short period...with non-circulated...problem solved...then switch to circulated if that is your presference
 

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Is it worth to purchase the Added Security Service for the 2019 Forester? What is a reasonable price for Classic plan?, Gold Plus?
there is a warranty thread that will give you lots of info on this. Wholesale for a Gold Plus 0/100000/10 (deductible/miles/total years from new) is about $1550. Best price seems to be $1550+$200= $1750.
 

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Logged 400 miles. This morning apple car play would not come up. Tried connecting my android with no success either. Anyone else having this issue?
 
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