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I have the 2012 Forester which I truly like, the only problem so far has been the way the front license plate is attached to the bumper. For some reason Subaru, in their infinite wisdom, decided the spacing of the threaded receptacles on the front bumper should not match the American license plate and dealers simply use a couple self taping screws to attach it. I found out about this the “hard way” by going through car washes. At first I noticed the license plate would be bent after going to the car wash, then one day after I got home I noticed my license plate was missing, that's when I discovered self taping screws had been used.

Yesterday I went to the Subaru dealer where I purchased the Forester and asked the service writer what they had to remedy the problem and his suggestion was:
1- don’t use the bosses already molded into the bumper because that could damage the bumper and
2- always take a screwdriver with me so I can tighten any loose screws and also straighten the license plate.

What??? This is the remedy for a $30,000 vehicle? Personally I think the one with loose screws is the service writer. I can’t believe I’m the only one with this problem and would appreciate suggestions.
 

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Right, the front plate mounting is weak, I Drilled through my license plate and used the factory holes in the bumper and then used stainless steel hardware. the hard part is reaching through opening to put a nut on the bolt. I taped the nut to a wrench which I held with longnose vice grips. So now my front plate has the two dealer installed screws and my two SS bolts.
 

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what about a grimmspeed relocation bracket? Dont know the specifics of your model year but the legacy gt bracket fits the 2014 forester.
 
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