Subaru Forester 2005 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Subaru Forester 2005 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Subaru Forester 2005: Window wipers and radio take a while to come on

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Nov 2018

Now, that’s a mystery. You’re best to take it to an auto electrician and get it checked over.

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Subaru Forester 2005: Service intervals

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Oct 2012

If you are not doing many kilometres, which you obviously aren't, I would suggest you service it every year or 10,000 km, whichever rolls around first.

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Subaru Forester 2005: Auto gear stuck in 'Park'

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2010

We asked Subaru to help us answer your questions and they have told us that the "manual release mechanism is to provide for emergency recovery if the vehicle becomes stuck in Park for any reason." We were told that there is no current or historical problem with the car, and that this type of mechanism is not uncommon. It was recommended that you discuss the issue of the recurrence of the problem with your dealer. We were also informed that the original switch should have been covered by Subaru's 24-months parts warranty, which applies when an authorized dealer installs a genuine part. Subaru says that it is possible that the extensive electrical modification and subsequent restoration that is made to emergency vehicles could have contributed to the problem with your vehicle, but that it is equally likely that the switch simply failed. It was suggested that you go back to your dealer and request that the warranty be honoured, and also request that the issue be referred to the Subaru regional office for technical review if it reoccurs.

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Subaru Forester 2005: Shocking knocking under light acceleration

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jan 2006

WE APPROACHED Subaru for its thoughts. The company said it is difficult to accurately diagnose the engine noise without hearing it or knowing the specific conditions when it occurs. It is possibly caused by pinging or by pre-detonation of the fuel in the combustion chamber and this can be the result of the quality and/or octane rating of the fuel. If the dealer cannot determine the actual cause, it can ask for help from Subaru Australia's technical support department (ph: 1800 226 643) so more specific information can be obtained to assist the diagnosis.

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