Subaru Forester 2015 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Subaru Forester 2015 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Cruise-control not working in 2015 Subaru Forester

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Aug 2020

Without being able to scan the car from here, this sounds like a classic case of a body computer that is suffering a slow death. This computer is the one that links all the car’s major functions, including those ones you’ve listed as being on the blink. Random failures of these systems all at once point to the computer itself rather than the systems themselves.

Hooking the car up to a scanner at a workshop will tell you a lot more about what’s going on as the mechanic should be able to read the fault codes and make a diagnosis from there. The alternative cause is a poor earth somewhere in the car or a dodgy battery that is playing hell with the computer’s power source. Modern cars will not tolerate a poor power supply or earthing problems.

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Subaru Forester 2015: Diesel particulate light flashing

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Jun 2019

To start you need to have the filter cleaned out by what it called a manual regeneration. It’s not a warranty issue. Take it to a Subaru dealer and get a quote from them. The reason the light has come on is that the car hasn’t been driven in a way that ensures the regeneration takes place automatically. It could be because of the way you drive it, or the way previous owners have driven it. When you talk to the Subaru dealer about regenerating the filter also ask about the way to drive it so the regeneration happens automatically.

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Subaru Australia recalls more than 121,000 vehicles: Forester, XV, Impreza, and WRX models impacted

Subaru Australia recalls more than 121,000 vehicles: Forester, XV, Impreza, and WRX models impacted

4 Mar 2019 · by Andrew Chesterton

Subaru has launched a major 121,754-vehicle recall to fix a potential fault which can cause the brake lights to fail (though the brakes themselves will still work), with every Forester, WRX, Impreza ...

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Subaru Forester 2015: What is the towing capacity?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 May 2017

There are no hard and fast rules for how fast you should drive when towing, but many companies recommend driving at a lower speed when towing. Subaru say you should not drive its vehicles, including the Forester, at speeds in excess of 80 km/h when towing. It's done for safety.

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The most car-like SUV?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2016

Without wanting to get involved in a family feud, the best choice is the Subaru Forester. It rides a bit higher like an SUV but is a classy family wagon. It gets The Tick from me and remind her that it's the safest in the class.

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Best midsize SUV to update CR-V

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Dec 2015

For your needs, I would recommend the Subaru Forester. It is a great country drive, comfortable and safe, and gets The Tick. The Koleos is getting very dated.

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Good all-wheel drive SUV options

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Nov 2015

With modern stability control systems and on-demand all-wheel-drive you are far less likely to get caught out with understeer (where the nose of the car pushes wide) than you once were. Having said that, the Kluger — and the LandCruiser for that matter — aren't city-friendly vehicles. If you no longer need to tow but still like the safety net of all-wheel-drive, why not look at a Subaru Outback or Forester?

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New or second-hand Forester better?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Sep 2015

The Forester gets The Tick from me but only the latest model. It has improved quality and refinement, which came after Subaru — and a lot of Japanese brands — cut costs through the GFC.

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Best SUV for metro driving

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Aug 2015

A Mazda CX-5 would be the best bet, and gets The Tick, but also look at a Subaru Forester which is more car-like and will be better around town when you're not towing.

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Subaru Forester 2015: Petrol or diesel?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Aug 2015

The salesman is right you really do need to run them over long distances to get the most out of them, and they can be noisy, although modern diesels are less so than old ones. You really need to do the maths on the running and servicing costs of the diesel versus the petrol to see which is best suited to your use. Diesels generally cost more to service, and they are prone to blocking of the diesel particulate filter if not used in a way that allows the automatic regeneration of the filter to happen. I would buy the petrol engine.

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