I’m considering buying a Forester, but am feeling very turned off by the on-going problem with excessive oil consumption and what appears to be Subaru’s refusal to fix it or even acknowledge that it is a problem. (One person told me it has to do with the way the engine is designed. A salesman told it is pretty much restricted to cars with manual transmissions. Two people warned me to stay away from Subarus completely.)
I am hesitant about buying a car with a known problem, especially when that problem has existed for years and the company has not appeared to take steps to fix it. Is this just an issue with a small percentage of the cars or is it one that becomes a problem with more vehicles over time? Is adding oil every 1,000 or so miles as needed the best solution?
There have also been quite a few complaints about excessive vibration in the Honda CR-V. How much of an issue is the vibration? Is there a repair for it? (I’ve not read about one.)