I am on my second Subaru Forester
(2002, 2007) and still enjoy the safety, reliability, and "loveable
dorkiness" of this small SUV. But suddenly this year the car's Consumer Reports reliability rating
slipped. After six straight years of mostly red (good) dots, the 2007 Forester fell to
half a black dot (bad) for "major engine" and "fuel line"
problems, which a CR forum moderator identified as head gaskets and timing belts.
“I don't want you to think that all Foresters will eventually experience an engine failure or fuel line defect. As I'm sure you know the life expectancy of any mechanical device is subject to many considerations. Every automobile at some time during its usage will arrive at a condition which calls for minor and sometimes even major repair work. The Warranty Policy is designed for the protection of the purchaser from defects in the material or workmanship. A lot of customers whose vehicles experience these issues, may not have take the excellent care of their vehicle that they should have. If a vehicle is properly maintained and has all servicings performed by an Authorized Subaru Dealership, the likely hood of needing major repair work is less likely and significantly decreased. I hope that helps to answer your question.” (Jeremy Samuelson, Customer/Dealer Services Representative, Subaru of America, Inc.)
I hope that someone out there has useful insights into how and why this formerly very reliable car suddenly developed major engine and fuel line problems. Please share your thoughts in plain English; I am not mechanically inclined. But I would like to get constructive feedback from anyone who owns one of these cars or who has had any experience with this particular issue. To comment, just scroll down and click the Comments link. Thank you.