Subaru Foresters can be expensive to maintain. I knew that when we bought our brand new car in December 2002, but it got ridiculous at our last service done by City Automotive Group. Our car is four years old and has 60,000 km on the clock. Because the car is four years old, that put it on schedule for its 100,000 km major service, even though it had only done 60,000 km of easy city driving.
- 100,000 km major service $1,078.97 – okay, so we had braced ourselves for this knowing that it was coming
- rear brake pads needed replacing and discs machining $287.38 – so a little extra is not a problem
- cylinder head gaskets were leaking, and the only way to replace them was to remove the engine, which is a 14 to 16 hour job $1,905.65 – absolutely f*cking ridiculous on a car with an easy 60,000 km on the clock
- to top it all off, the wheels were aligned and balanced, which hadn’t been done the previous service $65.
A routine service on our four-year-old Subaru Forester became a $3,337.00 exercise. This on a car that Red Book gives a trade in price of $13,400 – $15,200. Outrageous in my opinion.
We will be selling the Forester. It is way too expensive to maintain.
Before you buy a second hand Subaru Forester, consider how expensive the cars are to maintain when they get older. They have a gutless boxer engine which does not allow easy access. Foresters have complex engine management systems, which always seem to spin the engine at the wrong speed. And they have a complicated four-wheel-drive system, which is really all-wheel-drive rather than four-wheel-drive.
If you are after a four-wheel-drive, buy a real one, not a Subaru Forester. If you are after a suburban runabout, do not buy a Subaru Forester!! In fact, just do not buy a Subaru Forester full stop — they are too expensive to maintain!!!
Let’s face it, Subaru Foresters are over-rated.
See the update on our Subaru Forester.