Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Subaru Forester 4x4?
The Forester is surprisingly good off-road and therefore may well have been used as such, so check for damage to the undersides of the car, especially at the front and rear entrance and exit points, and to the alloy wheels. It’s worth making sure all seats lower and raise as they should, too, and look at the condition of the fabric or leather.
What are the most common problems with a used Subaru Forester 4x4?
Subaru is known for the quality of its manufacturer and there are remarkably few reported problems with the Forester. Most that have been mentioned centre around non-engine electrics and some concerns with failures in the cooling system causing premature engine wear and tear.
Is a used Subaru Forester 4x4 reliable?
Yes, very. Subaru build quality is great. The brand finished 10th out of 32 manufacturers in our most recent Reliability Survey, and in surveys past has finished even higher than that.