2013-2018 Subaru Forester, 2013-2018 Crosstrek, engine recall
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Another Huge Recall For Subaru Forester And Crosstrek is Coming

Subaru announced another global recall for certain Forester and Crosstrek models is coming for suspension and engine problems. See if your vehicle is on the list.
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Subaru Corporation is being hit with another large global recall that will affect Forester SUV and Crosstrek crossover models. The report from the Japan Times says the recall has been issued for Japan spec models that will number 81,343 cars and will then be another large global recall that will include 760,000 units worldwide.

The report says the 2013-2018 model year Subaru Forester models and 2013-2018 Crosstrek (XV outside the U.S.) are being recalled due to faulty rear suspension springs and also engine valves that can fail. The Forester and Crosstrek models being recalled were manufactured between March 2013 and October 2018.

2016 Subaru Forester
2016 Subaru Forester

The Forester models have a “design glitch” in the rear suspension springs that may corrode and break, according to the Japan Transport Ministry. Both Forester and Crosstrek engine valves have durability issues possibly causing their engines to stall. There have been 375 cases reported so far that are related to the suspension and engine defects.

This seems to be a similar problem that effected 2008-2013 Forester SUV, Crosstrek, Impreza and BRZ sports coupe models that were recalled for a flaw in the design of the valve springs in the vehicle’s FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine late last year. Those models were manufactured between June 2008, through January 2013.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek
2016 Subaru Crosstrek

This new recall starts in Japan and will expand to U.S. models, Australia, Europe, and Asian models. Subaru of America has not issued a recall yet, and there is no announcement yet from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What should 2013-2018 Subaru Forester and Crosstrek owners do? It’s likely Subaru will be recalling these same model year Forester and Crosstrek models with the FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Stay tuned and Torque News will give you a report as soon as the official announcement has been made.

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Is this the problem that is causing my 2016 forester to hesitate?
What did Subaru do about the leak between head casket and engine block ? Is it possible to get a regular gear transmission vs a cvt ? in a Subaru ? Or do they just come w/cvt transmissions ? If so w/ all the problems they have and the cost to repair/replace, why are Subaru’s and other manufacturers sticking with them ?
Subaru makes their own CVTs and that's the only automatic they provide. Nissan owns a controlling interest in JATCO which makes transmissions for other manufacturers. From what I've read if a manufacturer buys transmissions from JATCO they can specify the quality. Ironically some of the worst are in Nissans.
The head gasket was fixed nearly a decade ago. The engine was redesigned. The new FB25 engines (used in all new non-turbo subarus that are 2.5L) is now a semi-closed deck design with its own cooling passages that keep the engine much cooler and provides more support around the piston cyclinders. They also now use a double metal gasket. The older engines were open deck and used a flimsy gasket, over time and constant use these were prone to fail. Also as far as I remember the head gaskets were never an issue in the turbo model engines because they were always semi closed and used a thicker head gasket.
Thanks for that information. It's good to know the head gasket issue is finally resolved. It did seem to take longer than it should have.
You seem quite knowledgeable about Subaru engines so maybe you can answer a question for me, our service manager may not be forthcoming.. After driving, if we walk around to the grill and stoop down, we can smell coolant. Although the coolant level doesn't drop much, I thought this indicates a leak and the SM maintains that if there's no puddle under the car then it's not a leak.
I think Subaru needs to shut down their factory for a week, and shut down their assembly line, and work through these issues. Seriously. I have lost track of what number recall this is for them at this point. Hard to market a safe car with constant recall issues.
They can keep everything rolling and call in the people who decide which suppliers to. use. The have had the worst suppliers I can imagine - head gaskets, piston rings, valves, transmissions. Ask these people if they have a brother-in-law at the company they order from.
Subaru had a problem about 10-15 years ago with a chassis and suspension that would rust and become a hazard. With an engine that requires head gaskets after 100K miles as expected maintenance, how can people think this is a good car company? At this point, they are just over-priced junque...that's fancy junk!
Advertising, social media and forums have created the cult of wack-a-doo's.
Affected not effected This seems to be a similar problem that effected 2008-2013 Forester SUV, Crosstrek, Impreza and BRZ sports coupe models that were recalled for a flaw in the design of the valve springs in the vehicle’s FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine late last year
When are we going to get the recall letters for the PVC valve to be fixed I would like to drive my new car with the same motor that came with the car. The dealer said they can not fix until they have the letter how soom.
Please reply to my post that I sent thank you
I got my son to buy a '18 Crosstrek Limited w/14 K mi. @ a Carmax in Aug. '19. Today's mail (12/7) from Subaru received the recall notice for the PVC fracturing issue (NHTSA Campaign :19V744000). His car has a Nov. '17 build date. Figure additional recall notices will come later, such as the current Ignition coil reprogramming (NHTSA Campaign :19V743000) Now with these newer issues, more things to come in 2020, Subaru needs Toyota to source their parts..
Just started hearing some banging noises coming from the suspension that I never heard before . Sounds like metal on metal when I go over certain bumps and cracks. I am a bit concerned after seeing this story I have a 2015 Forester premium
Haha! They will change couple of things and then sell it as a 2021 model subaru. Come on!!!
I would love to know what can be done for someone like myself who owns a 2015 Forester and has had both rear coil springs fail.
I just had major work done on my 2016 forester It's symptoms is just like described in this article. Shouldn't I be entitled to a reimbursement because of this imminent recall?
when are they going to recall due to stud/lugs breakage and for bushings? On my 2017 Crosstrek I have replaced every stud/lug on the vehicle at least 4 times, you blink and another stud snaps. Then I also have issues with needing to replace bushing a couple of times a year. All I get from Sabaru is, that should not happen. Both issues have resulted in real money being flushed down the drain. No one could continue to push cash at repairs and it is even worse when on a fixed income. As a result, I have not driven a single mile using the Crosstrek since February.
My '09 Corolla has 185,000 miles on it. Starting to look at vehicles for a future purchase. Every time I put Subaru back on the list to consider, this happens.
Should wait longer to upgrade your 2009 Corolla anyway. More electric vehicles are on the horizon.
Does this recall include 2.0 XT Turbo engines?
Is anyone having problems with the paint on their 2018 Crosstreks? I have several areas where the paint is chipping.
How can a company make any money with the number of significant recalls Subaru has? We're not talking about reprogramming transmission shift points. The springs might not be a big deal but the valves are a huge deal. How do other manufacturers avoid buying defective engine parts like piston rings and valves and head gaskets?
They have insurance. They are a business of scale to have figured out how to deal with product recalls
The springs can be a big deal. One of ours broke in half and shot out the back while driving. Picture that happened at highway speeds. Dangerous for handling, but also traffic behind the car.
I bought a new 2012 outback, at 118.000 miles the no. 4 compression went out and ruined the engine, had to replace engine. Less then 90,000 I started noticing some thing going on that hadn't been. At 115.000 Subaru couldn't find anything wrong, it wad getting worse, at 122.000 Subaru finally diagnosed it as being the torque converter. These issues should be covered by a recall. I know of 2 other people who have had the same problem. No more Subarus for me
I am (was) planning to buy a Crosstrek but this recall has me skittish. Usually I buy a new car ( would be 2019 or 2020). Would you recommend I wait until these problems are worked out by Subaru? Thank you, Gale
Buy a Hyundai ... They have your back for over 100K miles, better built car for far less money.
Whatever makes you happy. Hyundais have their problems as well. I can't speak for Foresters but I can tell you that a high-trim Outback is an incredible car. If Subaru would just get their suppliers under control and quit buying defective parts it would be one of the best cars in the world.

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