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View Poll Results: How bad are the 2014-15 Forester seats?

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  • My Butt hurts the seats are so bad

    2 22.22%
  • Seats are tolerable but still below averge on long trips

    2 22.22%
  • Meh, seats are average

    4 44.44%
  • Seats are better than average

    1 11.11%
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeggous View Post
    How could an issue like this go on so long without being fixed? It blows my mind. At least in the case of BMW and Audi I can see some handwaving answer about a compromise with performance. Those German cars are known to be maintenance nightmares and buyers seem to accept that. But Subaru? This surprises me, but it seems to be the case.
    Agree 100%. Subaru customer service really sucks. I had a starter issue that was an even bigger deal. I can't believe the lengths I had to go through to finally get fixed.


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    Never had any of these issues; never heard of a car just losing oil. Where does it go?

    Maybe it's new Subis, mine are(were) 1996, 2004, 2005, 2005, and 2011.

    Never had a bad CS experience either. Just sayin'.

  3. #43
    I'll be interested to hear the class action lawsuit results.

    Does it involve the head gasket? As far as I'm concerned, pretty much every Subaru owner who has paid to have a head gasket repaired should get a refund. It sounds like the problem still persists. That's a $2k fix. When a problem is that common, it is a design flaw. Head gasket replacement is an extremely rare issue with all other brands. It's not routine maintenance. How Subaru has gotten away with defrauding their customers over that issue for all these years blows my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimG. View Post
    Never had any of these issues; never heard of a car just losing oil. Where does it go?

    Maybe it's new Subis, mine are(were) 1996, 2004, 2005, 2005, and 2011.

    Never had a bad CS experience either. Just sayin'.
    Same here. I've had a 2002 and a 2010; very fortunate with reliability.

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    we have had 3 outbacks and 1 imprezza, no oil burning issues

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    I've had good experiences with Subi's customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    I'll be interested to hear the class action lawsuit results.

    Does it involve the head gasket? As far as I'm concerned, pretty much every Subaru owner who has paid to have a head gasket repaired should get a refund. It sounds like the problem still persists. That's a $2k fix. When a problem is that common, it is a design flaw. Head gasket replacement is an extremely rare issue with all other brands. It's not routine maintenance. How Subaru has gotten away with defrauding their customers over that issue for all these years blows my mind.
    There is an existing class action lawsuit that is still open for new customers. I think the settlement is extended warranties on the engine. I'm with you, how they manage to tout "reliability" is beyond me. The things really start failing around 65k.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cannonball View Post
    My 2013 Crosstrek has $60K miles on it. I've owned it since new. Occasionally and randomly it goes from completely full oil to almost empty oil instantly. I have to always carry oil just in case. The dealer shrugs.

    My Mom's 2014 Impreza has $30K on it. She's owned it since new. Starting at brand new, it was frequently losing all of its oil instantaneously. She had it back to the dealer at least a dozen times for "seal and gasket" repairs. Eventually they replaced the engine.

    My Wife's 2015 Forester doesn't seem to have any oil issues.

    Has the 2014 had any issues since?

    My 2015 Impreza with 6k on the clock is scheduled for a new engine. Since mile 1, it has consumed approximately 2.5 quarts of oil per 3,000 miles. The oil consumption test didn't take long to determine that someone is seriously wrong with the engine. My guess is that they're going to send the small block back to the manufacturer and test/try to diagnose what is causing their equipment to not operate so spectacularly.
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    In my case, it was a company car, so I wouldn't be entitled to a benefit. It was a 2005 Legacy Wagon with 94K miles on it when it completely went to hell. Head gasket gone, tie rods, timing belt, CV boots, rotars. It was basically a $4K repair bill.

    I took over the vehicle when it was 3 years old and had 67K miles and it felt like I was driving a 10 year old vehicle. Granted the prior rep lived in Manhattan. That said, I spend a great deal of time driving around Boston for work and haven't had any issues with my Mazda 3 (124k miles) or the Hyundai Sonata (167K) miles before it.

    I'd like to think I had a lemon, but then I read about your experience and that of so many others and I question whether I buy a Subaru someday even if the utility makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    In my case, it was a company car, so I wouldn't be entitled to a benefit. It was a 2005 Legacy Wagon with 94K miles on it when it completely went to hell. Head gasket gone, tie rods, timing belt, CV boots, rotars. It was basically a $4K repair bill.

    I took over the vehicle when it was 3 years old and had 67K miles and it felt like I was driving a 10 year old vehicle. Granted the prior rep lived in Manhattan. That said, I spend a great deal of time driving around Boston for work and haven't had any issues with my Mazda 3 (124k miles) or the Hyundai Sonata (167K) miles before it.

    I'd like to think I had a lemon, but then I read about your experience and that of so many others and I question whether I buy a Subaru someday even if the utility makes sense.
    I don't get why Subaru has such a cult following. When I was car shopping they just did not make sense. If you're after utility, there are more reliable and more practical vehicles for the money.

    You should never have to put oil into a car between changes which should be at least 7,500 miles apart. It is not normal to need to refill the oil.

    There are a lot of reliable manufacturers on the market today, but Subaru is not one of them. Who has looked at the J.D. Power's Dependability studies? You might be interested by the results. It's not pretty if you're Subaru.

    2016: http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/V...ategory/843ENG
    2015: http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/V...ategory/433ENG
    2016-2017: 79 days
    2015-2016: 54 days
    2014-2015: 63 days
    2013-2014: 68 days

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    I change my oil at 5K, but that's mainly due to rotating tires at the same time. Perhaps I'll push it out to 7500. I wonder if I'll notice any appreciable loss in tread life on the tire. I like doing both oil and rotation at the same appointment out of convenience.

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