2015 SUBARU FORESTER VIN: JF2SJABC8FH549444

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Condition
Unknown
Damage
Collision
Title
Salvage

VIN JF2SJABC8FH549444 Decoding Subaru Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

SUBARU

Manufacturer Name

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES U.S.A., INC. (C/O SUBARU OF AMERICA)

Model

Forester

Model Year

2015

Plant City

OTA

Trim

2.5+

Vehicle Type

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE (MPV)

Plant Country

JAPAN

Plant Company Name

FHI(Yajima Plant)

Plant State

GUNMA

Series2

Wagon Body

Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1C: 4,001 - 5,000 lb (1,814 - 2,268 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Transmission Style

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Drive Type

AWD/All-Wheel Drive

Engine Number of Cylinders

4

Displacement (CC)

2500.0

Displacement (CI)

152.55936023683

Displacement (L)

2.5

Engine Model

2.5NA U5

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Configuration

Horizontally opposed (boxer)

Turbo

No

Engine Manufacturer

Subaru

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Other Restraint System Info

Seat-mounted side air bags on seat back and roof-mounted side curtain air bags.

Curtain Air Bag Locations

1st and 2nd Rows

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Knee Air Bag Locations

Driver Seat Only

Side Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Type

Direct

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2015 SUBARU FORESTER Crash Test Score

5

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Overall Side Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Seat
Rear Seat

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Risk:
16.9%

2015 SUBARU FORESTER Safety Features

Advanced Safety Features

Rearview Video Systems Standard

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
Advanced Belt Feature Standard
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Driver, Front Passenger
Seat Belt Reminder System Driver, Front Passenger

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
torso/pelvis Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Driver
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements No

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Rear Seat
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN JF2SJABC8FH549444

Components: SUSPENSION POWER TRAIN ENGINE

February 03, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11176023
Consumer Location: FAIR LAWN, NJ
VIN: JF2SJABC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

EXCESSIVE OIL LOSS, 1 QT PER 3,000 MILES. STARTED AROUND 90,000 MILES. MILEAGE NOW 129,000 MILES. AT 129,000 MILES, MAJOR ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ISSUE. FOUND OIL IN COOLANT. AT OIL TEMPERATURE LIGHT FLASHING. EVALUATING COST OF REPAIR THIS WEEK OF FEB 12 2019. AT 126,000 MILES, BOTH FRONT AXLES WERE REPLACED. HEARD CLICKING AT 125,000 MILES. AT 100,000 MILES, UPPER AND LOWER FRONT SUSPENSION ARMS REPLACED.

Components: POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM UNKNOWN OR OTHER

September 25, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10909572
Consumer Location: GAITHERSBURG, MD
VIN: JF2SJABC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED NEW ON OCTOBER 31, 2014 AT A MARYLAND DEALER. THE FOLLOWING ARE DATES, MILES AND THE ISSUES THAT HAVE ARISED SINCE TAKING OWNERSHIP. ALL ISSUES RELATED TO VEHICLE HAVE OCCURRED WHILE DRIVING. NO SPECIFIC ROADS, VEHICLE MANEUVERING OR WEATHER CONDITION, CHANGED OR CAUSED THE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES. 12/09/14 6680 MILES, ISSUE WITH STEERING & ALIGNMENT 12/20/14 8524 MILES, ISSUE WITH STEERING & ALIGNMENT APRIL 2015 REPLACED BATTERY 06/20/15 41,700 MILES, ISSUE WITH ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 07/23/15 47672 MILES, ISSUE WITH DRIVEABILITY 08/26/15 53037 MILES, ISSUE WITH BODY ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 08/2015 ALL ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS REPLACED 09/23/15 57923 MILES, ISSUES WITH CHECK ENGINE LIGHT & STOP LIGHT LAMP SWITCH 10/08/15 60428 MILES, ISSUE WITH POWER WINDOWS 12/03/15 68762 MILES, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REPLACED, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM JUNE 2016 ISSUES WITH STARTING VEHICLE BEGINS, UNDETERMINED CAUSE JULY 2016 ISSUES BEGAN WITH HVAC BLOWER FAN INTERMITTENT FAILURE 09/25/16 110839 MILES, UNKNOWN A/T POSSIBLE FAILURE SUBARU OF AMERICA STILL HAS AN OPEN TICKET FOR ELECTRICAL ISSUES THAT STILL PLAGUE THE VEHICLE; INCLUDING POWER WINDOWS, HILL START ASSISTANT, LOW OIL PRESSURE, AUDIO SPEAKER, VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL, ABS, BRAKE SYSTEM FAILURE LIGHTS. DEALER HAS STATED THAT FAILURE CAN ONLY BE DUPLICATED WHEN AN ON-BOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM CODE IS PRESENT. THUS THE REASON FOR OUTSTANDING ISSUES. FURTHERMORE, NOT ALL REPEATED ISSUES OR COMMUNICATIONS WITH DEALER ARE LISTED DUE TO LACK OF RECORDS.

Components: TIRES

July 10, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11441208
Consumer Location: OAK HILL, FL
VIN: JF2SJAFC9FH****

Summary of Complaint

Tire developed a bubble in the sidewall about 1.5" in diameter and 3/4" high. Tire removed from service and replaced as a safety issue. I have the tire in my storage. Car is a Subaru Forester used light duty and on paved roads. Approximately 75% to 80% of tread remaining. TPMS operational, so tire was not run low on air. When tire pressure removed (to replace tire), bubble disappeared. Vehicle has 70,000 miles. Vendor declined to reimburse.

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 01, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11441067
Consumer Location: WILMINGTON, DE
VIN: JF2SJAHC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

PREMATURE WHEEL BEARING FAILURE, SUBARU ALREADY HAS A SERVICE BULETIN (#05-70-19 ANNOUNCED ON SEPT 30, 2019) RECOMENDING INSTALLING REVISED BRAKE BACKING PLATES DUE TO FACTORY INSTALLED NON-FLAT BACKING PLATES WHICH DISTORT THE REAR WHEEL BEARINGS/HUBS CAUSING PREMATURE WHEEL BEARING FAILURE. THIS IS A WELL DOCUMENTED OCCURANCE NOTED ON NATIONAL SUBARU WEB PORTALS FOR MULTIPLE MODELS WITH POSSIBLE CATASTROPHIC OUTCOMES.

Components: STRUCTURE

November 15, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11440736
Consumer Location: WATERTOWN, CT
VIN: JF2SJADC3FH****

Summary of Complaint

Rear hatch lift struts failed (pneumatically) unexpectedly causing hatch to fall down on me while loading groceries.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE

November 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11440210
Consumer Location: LONG BEACH, CA
VIN: jf2sjgwc1fh****

Summary of Complaint

On Wednesday November 10 I was arriving at Chase Bank 4229 Woodruff Ave Lakewood Ca. I was turning right into a parking stall heading due east, parking between a pickup truck to the right and a passenger car to the left. I was braking with my right foot only traveling 5 miles per hour and suddenly the car accelerated over a parking stop and into the bank building. It was so sudden I couldn't react and pull up the parking brake. The collision caused major front end damage to my 2015 Subaru Forrester XT. It also caused damage to the Chase Bank building. I was lucky to be a couple of parking spaces south of the ready teller , as there was a male white customer at the outside teller and he would of been killed or at least very severely injured. My wife selected this car new in 2015 because of the safety of it.

Components: ENGINE

November 05, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11439452
Consumer Location: WESTFIELD, IN
VIN: JF2SJADC2FH****

Summary of Complaint

I have done research and noticed that the engine is a problem with the 2015 Subaru Forester. The engine consumes oil at a very high rate. I get my oil changed (fully synthetic) every 5,000 miles. However, at about 3,000 miles of use, my oil light comes on at the dash. I then have to take my vehicle to the dealership to get the oil "topped off" to hold me over until my oil change date. This engine burns off oil at a very high rate. Also, the vehicle has consistently smelled like a burning or burnt oil type smell in the cabin of the car after driving it. After I park the vehicle in the garage and get out, you can smell the "burning/hot" smell of the engine or oil. This has been an issue for over 2 years and I have notified the dealership where I bought the vehicle. They said there is nothing that they can do, because there is no recall and that these cars just burn oil fast. The dealership also stated they don't know what the "burning" smell is. I feel that this is an insufficient engine and can be dangerous. I'm not sure how toxic the fumes are from the engine to be smelling it on a consistent basis, but also burning oil at a fast rate could cause more expensive and dangerous issues with other parts of the vehicle.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

December 31, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11439324
Consumer Location: WOODBURY, MN
VIN: jf2sjadc3fh****

Summary of Complaint

The contact owned a 2015 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, pulling into a parking space, and while attempting to park the vehicle on the street, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. The contact had to depress the brake pedal several times before the brakes were engaged. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the dealer could not replicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and was later sold to St. Cloud Subaru (141 Park Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately under 60,000.

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

October 13, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437208
Consumer Location: BOXBOROUGH, MA
VIN: jf2sjahc2fh****

Summary of Complaint

Noticed that there was a crack in the windshield when starting up car. Not sure why windshield should crack when parked. I can understand if this happened when driving on highway or next to construction vehicles.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES ENGINE

July 15, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11436231
Consumer Location: PLAINFIELD, VT
VIN: JF2SJADC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

At about 101,000 miles I took the car in to the dealership where I bought it for another issue. When the tech got it up on his lift he came in and notified the service manager that there was bubbles on my brake line. The service manager came to us and she said “I really shouldn’t let you drive out of here with those bubbles because I would be an unsafe condition”, the implication was that if they burst I would have no brakes. The road salt on the roads in the winter in Vermont was indicated as the cause of the problem. They installed all new brake lines behind the cabin. I had asked them to save a section of the brake lines showing the bubbles and that DID NOT happen. I do much of my own maintenance and to have steel brake lines bubble it’s hard to understand. Maybe the hose between the end of the steel brake line and the wheel could bubble but having the brake line bubble is nightmarish.The safety concern is if other Subarus in salty climates have that problem and the owner is not aware of it, the brakes are liable to fail. Scary. As to the engine, since the car was a new, putting pressure on the accelerator caused the car to lurch, Irritating and dangerous in tight settings. Notified the dealership on the day we got it and when mentioned, nothing could be done for the 5 years since it was new.

Components: POWER TRAIN ENGINE

September 13, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11435841
Consumer Location: GRAND RAPIDS, MI
VIN: JF2SJAHC9FH****

Summary of Complaint

The car regularly lurches or feels as it will stall. This occurs when trying to go from stops to starts both in a slow and faster manner. Has occurred while trying to turn left with oncoming traffic and I was concerned I may get hit. Dealership said “all 2015 Forrester do this. It drives like the others on the lot. There aren’t any issues and if there were we would see light”. Obviously this is a know issue and Subaru doesn’t want to address it. When it happens the rpms shutter abs the speed doesn’t change

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 05, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11432282
Consumer Location: NEW HAVEN, CT
VIN: Jf2Sjahcxfh****

Summary of Complaint

We were driving on the highway going 65 and then there were two quick shudders and jerks of the car. Seemed to lose power in those moments. Immediately after that, we could hear a faint whoosh sound when on the accelerator but the car did accelerate. That sound was not there before the shudders. Then about 30 seconds later the power gave out and the car started slowing down very quickly. Luckily we were in the right lane and could pull off to the shoulder quickly, though the shoulder was very narrow and dangerous. The car slowed down very quickly without applying that much brake. When we were stopped on the shoulder, I applied the accelerator, and the car was in Drive, and it didn’t go anywhere. Then we put it in park and the car rolled forward. So both the drive and park gears were not working. We turned the car off and then back on to try the gears again. Same issues happened again with drive and park. This was a very dangerous situation that occurred quickly on a highway. The issue described and what we experienced seems to be consistent with similar issues with other CVT transmissions. We hope the NHTSA follows up with Subaru as we will be as well.

Components: SEAT BELTS

August 25, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11430760
Consumer Location: BREVARD, NC
VIN: JF2SJAFC0FH****

Summary of Complaint

The contact owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the seat belt warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed but not repaired. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V701000 (Air Bags) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was informed of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 26, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11430687
Consumer Location: TRENTON, FL
VIN: JF2SJADC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

My 2015 Subaru Forester developed a high pitch noise emanating from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle currently has less than 50,000 miles on the odometer and I am the original owner. I discovered that Subaru has issued a TSB regarding the issue (NUMBER: 05-70-19). The noise is loud and distracting and it appears that a complete bearing failure is imminent. Subaru should extend the powertrain warranty for this item to 10 years and or 100,000 miles and cover any owners previous repair costs.

Components: POWER TRAIN

July 01, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11429119
Consumer Location: LITTLE ROCK, AR
VIN: JF2SJADC4FH****

Summary of Complaint

Key will not remove from ignition when put in park. Happens about 40-60% of the time and must shift several times in and out of park to get key out of ignition. This is a known faulty part with several models (see Subaru Service Bulletin 16-112-18R) yet Subaru has not issued a recall. Replacement of known faulty part is at customer's expense. Safety issue - unable to exit car upon parking.

Components: AIR BAGS

August 13, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11429058
Consumer Location: BLACKSBURG, VA
VIN: JF2SJADC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

The passenger side airbag warning light goes on and off. It came on when I went for a state inspection and caused a rejection. Computer reading listed 3 possible codes for repair investigation. When I took it to a repair center, the light did not come on and stay on and was told that it should pass inspection. I took it back to the inspection station, and the previous 3 codes did not come on the computer, but a different one did suggesting it may be in the sensor in the passenger seat. (The front driver and passenger seats have independent seat heating elements--not in use at this time, but was listed in Subaru recall information for 2015-2018 Forester's.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM SEAT BELTS

August 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11428544
Consumer Location: TOMS RIVER, NJ
VIN: Jf2sjadc4fh****

Summary of Complaint

1) OIL CONSUMPTION. My 2015 Subaru was purchased used in 2017 with approx 56k on engine. From the first oil change I had done one month later the car’s computer would say that the oil level was low. I would check the dip and it would be at least a quart low. From that point on the car would burn oil that I would keep the 5 gallon oil container in my car. 2) My Subaru is and has been driven consistently until one week I did not use it for a few days not more than 3. The battery completely drained water and all. Filled the battery with appropriate water and trickle charged it for about 5 days. I then was able to jump start the car just to drive to the auto parts store to buy a new one. Noticed the signal lights would not work but the car was driving fine. I thought it may be a fuse so I pulled the proper fuse out and replaced it with the proper fuse. I started the car and every single light on the dash board lit up. Oil temp, check engine light, the up hill etc. I drove the car back home from the auto parts store and it was jerking, revving, stumbling all over the place. Nearly drove into the car in front of me and just about made it home without it stalling. I was scheduled to have two recalls fixed but I had to have my insurance company tow it to the dealer. They said it could be a number of things. I paid them 149 to do a diagnostics check but said they needed an additional 500 to do a thorough check and it would not go towards any fix of any issue. He printed me a list of items that needed to be done but none would fix that issue. He said maybe the wire harness but not sure. I was just basically screwed. So I have a 2015 Subaru Forester that I have no idea what is wrong with the engine. 3) seat belt warning on the passenger side will not stop alerting to fasten seat belts even though no one is in the seat. I have to keep it buckled at all times. I have notified the dealer the day the recalls were done but he said he didn’t know why it was doing that.

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

August 07, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11428178
Consumer Location: LITTLETON, CO
VIN: Jf2sjadc4fh****

Summary of Complaint

This 2015 Subaru accelerates without warning and without gas pedal input. The issue arose about a month ago (July 2021) and has persisted ever since. The vehicle will rev while in park and once put into drive will jolt aggressively and without warning. Additionally, the vehicle will enter low-power mode at random and decelerate to 15-20mph. This has caused multiple hazards when driving on highways/interstates where pulling over is difficult or impossible.

Components: POWER TRAIN SERVICE BRAKES

July 31, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11427439
Consumer Location: POINT LOOKOUT, NY
VIN: JF2SJAFC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

The contact's wife owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. The contact stated while reversing into the driveway, the vehicle inadvertently accelerated while the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated he depressed the brake pedal all the way to the floorboard and he pulled up the parking brake to stop the vehicle from crashing into the wall. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and the manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,002.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 30, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11425173
Consumer Location: REYNOLDSBURG, OH
VIN: JF2SJADC3FH****

Summary of Complaint

There have been numerous instances of the battery being drained when nothing was left on or running. This has happened on at least four different occasions, with two of these leading to a need for calling for assistance. I am unsure of the cause of this problem.

Components: AIR BAGS

July 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11424432
Consumer Location: LIVERPOOL, NY
VIN: JF2SJADC3FH****

Summary of Complaint

Airbag warning light comes on when passenger is in seat. Information panel indicates that the passenger airbag is deactivated. This issue appears the same as NHTSA 19V701, but the VIN for my car does not appear to be included. When this occurs it is necessary for the passenger to move to the back seat. Currently this issue only happens occasionally. An appointment for the car has been made on Aug. 9 and a call has been made to Subaru of America.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

July 01, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11424515
Consumer Location: BOTHELL, WA
VIN: JF2SJAHC2FH****

Summary of Complaint

Battery drains while parked. Battery needs to be replaced more frequently than it should

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

May 19, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11419827
Consumer Location: MILTON, MA
VIN: JF2SJAHC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

unusual battery drain. Had battery replaced.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

April 30, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11419658
Consumer Location: BLUE MOUNDS, WI
VIN: jf2sjguc2fh****

Summary of Complaint

This vehicle currently has about 65,000 miles on it. I have had to replace the battery twice since owning it (new). The first replacement was at 50283 miles and then again at 57335 miles. I have recently been made aware that it is alleged that this Subaru model is defective in such a way to precipitate early battery failure. I want my experience added to that of others. I have documentation of these two battery replacements which I could supply upon request.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

May 21, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11418574
Consumer Location: FARMINGTON, MN
VIN: JF2SJAHC6FH****

Summary of Complaint

The 2015 Subaru Forester accelerated unexpectedly while slowly turning into a a Walgreens parking lot. The acceleration could not be stopped by stepping on the brake, and the car crashed into the brick building. The vehicle is at Phil's Auto Body Shop in Rosemount, MN. The estimate on the car is complete, and waiting on State Farm insurance to approve. The police were at the scene of the accident. Walgreens has video of the accident from their security cameras.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 27, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11418265
Consumer Location: NYACK, NY
VIN: JF2SJAAC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

Fuel gauge sending unit not functioning causing car to over report remaining gas mileage. Car runs out of gas though gas gauge still reports roughly 20% tank capacity remaining and ~60 miles or range left. This has happened to me multiple times,racing me stranded on highways at least 6 times.

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 18, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11417959
Consumer Location: HENDERSON, NV
VIN: JF2SJGUC5FH****

Summary of Complaint

Merging onto a a 70mph highway and vehicle stopped accelerating around 45 mph. RMPs kept increasing, black smoke-type substance was coming out of the exhaust pipes when I tried to accelerate. No lights, warning noises, or any other indication of anything wrong with the car. Vehicle kept lurching and rev'ing but no acceleration.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

April 12, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11416785
Consumer Location: LAKE KATRINE, NY
VIN: JF2SJADC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE HAD A SUDDEN BATTERY DRAIN. I HAVE REPLACED THE BATTERY TWICE IN THE PAST YEAR. THE CAR HAD BEEN STATIONARY FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 09, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11416747
Consumer Location: BENNETT, CO
VIN: JF2SJGWC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

THE BATTERY DRAINS OFTEN AND QUICKLY. IT HAPPENS LONG BEFORE THE WARRANTY IS UP ON THE BATTERY. THIS INTERRUPTS KEY SYSTEMS AND MAKE IT UNABLE TO BE DRIVEN. EVEN CHARGING THE BATTERY DOES NOT HELP. IT HAS TO BE REPLACED. I HAVE GONE THROUGH THREE BATTERIES IN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR. EACH TIME I HAVE TO HAVE A MECHANIC RESET ALL SYSTEMS.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

May 08, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11415816
Consumer Location: MANSFIELD, MA
VIN: JF2SJAHC2FH****

Summary of Complaint

AUTO ACCELERATED UNEXPECTEDLY AFTER LEAVING CAR WASH BAY. AUTO SPED THROUGH PARKING LOT INTO STREET AND CRASHED INTO ANOTHER AUTO TRAVELING ON A ROAD.

Components: ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

April 23, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11413873
Consumer Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
VIN: JF2SJAHC3FH****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS TRAVELING ON THE FREEWAY GOING 65MPH, WHEN WITH NO WARNING MY CAR'S ENGINE STOP. I TOUGH IT WAS OUT OF GAS, BUT THE COMPUTER WAS TELLING ME I HAD 30 MORE MILES OF FUEL. AT THE TIME OF THIS ACCIDENT THERE WAS NO SHOULDER TO PARK BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE FREEWAY. THIS UNFORTUNATE EVENT CAUSE 3 OTHER CARS TO BE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT. SOME HOW MY CAR WAS OK, I DROVE THE CAR BACK TO MY HOUSE PRAYING THAT IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. MY HUSBAND DROVE IT FOR A LITTLE TO SEE IF IT WILL BE OK TO DRIVE. SAME THING HAPPEN TO HEM, BUT THIS WAS IN A MUCH CONTROLLED WAY.

Components: POWER TRAIN AIR BAGS ENGINE

January 04, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11413243
Consumer Location: PALMER, MA
VIN: JF2SJAHC2FH****

Summary of Complaint

PULLING INTO PARKING SPOT, VEHICLE STARTED TO STALL, GAVE A LITTLE MORE GAS AND VEHICLE LAUNCHED FORWARD AND HIT CEMENT POLE. NO DAMAGE TO POLE CAR DAMAGE AROUND 8K.AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THIS HAS HAPPENED WHEN PULLING OUT INTO TRAFFIC ALSO

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE

April 07, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11407997
Consumer Location: DES MOINES, IA
VIN: JF2SJGWC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

SUDDENLY IT STARTED TO ACCURATE AND THE OTHER WAS ALL IN BORD CONTROL SYSTEM DEFAULT ARE LIGHTING UP

Components: ENGINE

April 11, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11407472
Consumer Location: NASHVILLE, TN
VIN: JF2SJAACXFH****

Summary of Complaint

CAR BURNS OIL. NO LEAKS AND OIL LIGHT COMES ON EVERY 2,000-3,000 MILES WHEN IT SHOULDN'T BE CHANGED BUT EVERY 5000. AC MAKES HORRIBLE NOISE AND INTERMITTENTLY WORKS BUT HARDLY EVER. WILL RUN FOR A COUPLE MIN THEN NOT WORK THE REST OF THE DRIVE TIME

Components: SEAT BELTS SEATS

April 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11407410
Consumer Location: STAMFORD, CT
VIN: JF2SJADC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE TAKING GROCERIES OUT OF BACK SEAT, I FOUND A 14MM SHINY NUT ON BACK FLOOR, LEFT BACK SIDE OF FRONT PASSENGER SEAT. IT FELL OFF THE BOLT HOLDING THE FRONT PASSENGER SAFETY BELT RETAINER (PART YOU CLICK BUCKLE INTO). AFTER PUTTING IT BACK ON, AND TORQUING THE HECK OUT OF IT, I FOUND THAT THE TWO BOLTS HOLDING FRONT PASSENGER SEAT DOWN, WERE LOOSE AND STANDING ABOUT 0.75" ABOVE BRACKET SURFACE. I ALSO TORQUED THOSE DOWN TO AVOID SEAT BECOMING LOOSE. I THEN CHECKED ALL OTHER BOLTS FOR FRONT SEATS AND FOUND NO PROBLEM. WE WERE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAD THE SEAT BELT NUT FALL WHERE IT DID, OR MY WIFE COULD HAVE BEEN HURT.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

November 01, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11404029
Consumer Location: HERRIMAN, UT
VIN: JF2SJAHC4FH****

Summary of Complaint

MY WIFE AND I WERE LOOKING SPECIFICALLY FOR THE 2014-2018 SUBARU FORESTER. WE LOOKED OVER 25 OF THE SAME CAR AND MOST OF THEM HAD THIS NOISE COMING FROM THE AC COMPRESSOR. THE ONE WE BOUGHT WAS 27000 MILES ONLY AND DID NOT HAVE THE LOUD NOISE ON THE AC COMPRESSOR WHEN WE BOUGHT IT, BUT ABOUT 2000 MILES LATER THE NOISE STARTED, AND AFTER A LITTLE RESEARCH WE FOUND THAT IS SUPER COMMON ON THOSE YEARS MODELS TO HAVE THE ISSUE, AND EVENTUALLY IT CAUSES AC COMPRESSOR TO FAILURE. I WOULD ATTACH A VIDEO IF POSSIBLE.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

September 15, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11403754
Consumer Location: MAKAWAO, HI
VIN: JF2SJABC7FH****

Summary of Complaint

I'M WRITING EVERY OFFICE I CAN THINK OF. THIS IS ABOUT THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRIES DECISION TO PUT SOY IN THE PLASTIC OF ALL MAKES AND MODEL CARS AFTER 2012. WHO EVER THE GENIUS IS THAT THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA SHOULD START PAYING FOR ALL THE DAMAGE THE RATS ARE DOING TO THE WIRING SYSTEMS, WIRING HARNESS AND FUEL LINES. I BOUGHT A 2015 SUBARU FORRESTER IN JUNE OF 2015. BY SEPT. I HAD MY FIRST OF 7 VISITS TO THE DEALER TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE BY RATS. I UNDERSTAND RATS HAVE BEEN CHEWING ON WIRING EVER SINCE CARS WERE INVENTED. BUT THE RATS HAVE NEVER CHEWED ON THE FUEL LINES BECAUSE THEY USE TO BE MADE OF STEEL BELTED CABLE COVERED IN THICK RUBBER. NOW, YOUR FUEL LINES RESEMBLE PLASTIC DRINKING STRAWS. I'VE HAD MY FUEL LINES REPLACED 3 TIMES, MY WIRING HARNESS 2 TIMES AND I'VE HAD A LITTER OF NEW BORN RATS BORN IN A NEST MADE ON THE DRIVERS SIDE DOOR HINGE! I'VE PUT OUT EVERY RAT OR MICE TRAP KNOW TO MAN BUT THE RATS GO RIGHT AROUND IT AND GET INTO THE FUEL LINE BOX. I UNDERSTAND THE REASONING BEHIND THE SOY PLASTIC. MORE ECONOMICAL, MORE LIGHTWEIGHT AND COST LESS TO USE. THAT'S FINE BUT YOU SHOULD PAY FOR MY DAMAGE. YOU SEE WHAT'S HAPPENED??? WE, THE CONSUMERS ARE STUCK WITH YOUR BRIGHT IDEA. WE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. THIS IS NOT FAIR AND I'M ANGRY. I CAN'T SELL MY SUBARU AND BUY A TOYOTA OR FORD OR NISSAN BECAUSE THEY ALL ARE USING SOY. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST EVERY MAKER. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. SOMEONE HAS TO PRESSURE THE CAR MAKERS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION. HONDA AT LEAST HAS RECOGNIZED THE PROBLEM AND COME OUT WITH RAT TAPE SOAKED IN CAPSAICIN. I BOUGHT THIS TO WRAP AROUND MY FUEL LINES. WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO PAY 40 TO 50 DOLLARS A ROLL WHEN IT'S NOT MY FAULT? I ALSO SPRAY MY ENGINE AND TOP OF TIRES WITH COYOTE URINE. RAT PROBLEM STARTED IN 2015 AND STILL GOING ON TO THIS DAY.

Components: ENGINE

January 19, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11403535
Consumer Location: HARTLAND, VT
VIN: JF2SJADC8FH****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE HAD 82,401 MILES WHEN ON JANUARY 19, 2021 THE "ENGINE LOW LEVEL WARNING LIGHT" ILLUMINATED. OIL LEVEL ON DIP-STICK MEASURED AT VERY END OF STICK. ADDED 1QT 0-20W SYNTHETIC OIL, SCHEDULED A COMPLETE "LEAK-DOWN TEST" AT DAN O'BRIEN SUBARU IN VERMONT. THE SERVICE ALSO PERFORMED A 2K MILE "CONSOLIDATED ENGINE OIL CONSUMPTION TEST". THE RESULTS MEASURED NO OIL CONSUMPTION BUT THE "COMPRESSION & LEAK-DOWN TEST" MEASURED: CYLINDER #1 = 160PSI & 5%, #2 = 148PSI & 25%, #3 = 165PSI & 5%, #4 = 153PSI & 20%. THEY REPORTED MOST OF "LEAKAGE WAS GOING INTO BLOCK PAST PISTONS AND SOME WAS "LEAKING" BY INTAKE VALVES. RECOMMEND REPLACING SHORT-BLOCK". TO DATE, DUE TO THE "OIL CONSUMPTION TEST" AND NOT THE "COMPRESSION AND LEAK-DOWN TEST" RESULTS, THE DEALER IS NOT WILLING TO REPAIR AND/OR REMEDY THE PROBLEM, EVEN THOUGH, THE COMPRESSION AND LEAK-DOWN TEST INDICATES A "SEVERE" DEGRADATION TO THE ENGINE WITH ONLY 84,770 MILES. THIS IS WELL BELOW SUBARU'S ADVERTISED 100,000 MILE DRIVE-TRAIN WARRANTY PUBLICIZED. NOTE: THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN SERVICED REGULARLY BY ONLY SUBARU DEALERSHIPS SINCE IT WAS PURCHASED IN 2017, AND THE CARFAX REPORT STATED IT WAS ONLY USED BY SUBARU DEALERSHIP AS A CORPORATE PERSONNEL RENTAL BEFORE THEN. ADDITIONALLY THE CURRENT CARFAX REPORT SHOWED NO INCIDENTS OR ACCIDENTS AND ALL VEHICLE SERVICES MAINTAINED PROPERLY.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

January 30, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11402857
Consumer Location: ATHENA, OR
VIN: JF2SJAGC4FH****

Summary of Complaint

AFTER 4HRS OF DRIVING WITH 2 PIT STOPS IN BETWEEN, I WAS IN 3 LANE TRAFFIC AND DOWN TO 1 BAR ON FUEL GAUGE STATING I HAD 50MI LEFT OF DRIVING REMAINING IN TANK.. LOW FUEL LIGHT HADN'T EVEN TURNED ON YET, ONLY TO FIND THAT THE CAR HAD LOST POWER AND REDUCED SPEED AND WOULDN'T ACCELERATE WHEN I USED HAS PEDAL. HOWEVER THE INTERIOR LIGHTS AND POWER WINDOWS STILL WORKED. I WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF TO THE SIDE OF ROAD AND SHUT THE CAR OFF. I LOOKED UNDER THE HOOD AND FOUND NOTHING TO BE OUT OF SORTS. NO DASH LIGHTS WENT OFF EITHER SUCH AS BATTERY OR CHECK ENGINE. I STARTED THE CAR BACK UP IN 5MINS AND FUELED MY CAR UP. ALSO, DURING THE TRIP MY FUEL MILEAGE WAS CONSISTENTLY GOING DOWN WHICH THE LOWEST READING DAYS 17MPG WHEN NORMALLY 30MPG. THIS HAPPENED THE DAY AFTER TAKING MY VEHICLE IN FOR NEW TIRES AT A CORPORATE TIRE COMPANY. 2 WEEKS LATER CAR HAVING TROUBLES STARTING. BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR CHECKED OUT GOOD, SO SUSPECTED FUEL PUMP. CAR DEALERSHIP STATES FUEL FILTER INSIDE THE PUMP AND EVEN IF THERE WAS A WAY TO TEST THE PRESSURE IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE BECAUSE IT COULD BE INTERMITTENT FAILURE AND DOESN'T RECOMMEND ME REPLACING IT. THEY WANTED ME TO WAIT UNTIL IT HAPPENS AGAIN BEFORE LOOKING INTO IT ANY FURTHER. THEY CHECKED FOR DTC CODES AND FOUND NONE. ALSO SUGGESTED I JUST UPGRADE TO A NEWER VEHICLE AND I STATED THAT AT 138,000 THE CAR SHOULD STILL BE REPAIRABLE AND DRIVEABILITY OTHERWISE WHAT'S THE POINT OF PURCHASING TO OWN THE VEHICLE. OBVIOUSLY THE SITUATION WAS DANGEROUS AND COULD LEAD TO A SLEW OF PROBLEMS SUCH AS STANDING, ACCIDENT OR EVEN DEATH.

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

March 09, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11400212
Consumer Location: EL MONTE, CA
VIN: JF2SJAWC3FH****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER SIDE WINDOW SUDDENLY SHATTERED. NOBODY WAS NEARBY, NO ROCKS, CAR WAS JUST LEAVING GAS STATION ON SURFACE STREET, TURNING LEFT TO ENTER FREEWAY IN A QUARTER MILE WHEN THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW SHATTERED FOR NO EXPLANATION. TRAVELING APPROXIMATELY 5 MPH.

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