How Affordable is a New Subaru Forester Windshield Replacement?

By Shawn Longmore •  Updated: 03/08/22 •  10 min read
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Subaru Forester Windshield Replacement Cost

If you own a Subaru Forester, chances are you’ll need the windshield replaced or repaired at some point, so we’ve written this to help you better understand what a Subaru Forester windshield replacement costs. After reading this article, you’ll know the average price most Forester owners pay for auto glass and what types of services we recommend to help your Forester run better and last longer.

The average cost to replace a Subaru Forester windshield in the U.S. is $350 to $450, including labor. However, the price will vary depending on the glass type you select. For example, an aftermarket windshield won’t cost near as much as one from a Subaru dealer.

Another critical factor in the price you’ll pay depends on whether you have advanced safety systems such as the EyeSight feature or heating elements. For example, a heated windshield is more expensive than a basic one, and EyeSight calibration also increases the costs.

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Recommended Subaru Forester Maintenance

Is your maintenance service record up to date? It’s essential to keep your vehicle running well. That means ensuring that all its components are working correctly and that there aren’t any problems with the engine, transmission, brakes, steering, suspension, or other major moving parts. If you haven’t had your car serviced recently, now is the time to get it done. Below are some automotive services we recommend to help avoid expensive repairs.

  1. Oil Changes: A regular oil change helps keep your engine running smoothly and extends its life. Always use the manufacturer’s recommended grade and amount when changing the oil. Check out the page we wrote on oil changes to learn more about this service type.
  2. Timing Belt Service: Your timing belt should be changed every 60,000 miles or less to prevent getting stranded on the roadside. The timing belt connects to the crankshaft & camshaft to ensure valves and pistons move accordingly.
  3. Tune-Up: Your vehicle needs a tune-up to check all moving parts and ensure they’re working correctly every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Most mechanics recommend tune-ups annually at a minimum. This service includes checking several engine components. To learn more about this service type, check out our page on automotive tune-ups.
  4. Tire Rotation: Rotate tires with new treads every 6,000 miles to avoid premature wear and damage. Tires that don’t rotate properly can cause uneven wear, affecting handling and braking. Some vehicles might require rotating the tires on shorter intervals like 2,500 to 3,000 miles. To learn more about this service type, visit our tire rotation article.
  5. Brake Replacement: Brake pads and rotors typically need replacement after roughly 50,000 miles. If you notice excessive brake noise, replace both brake pads and rotors. However, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often to perform this service. Learn more about this service type by visiting our brake replacement article.
  6. Windshield Wiper Blades: When the rubber blades on your wipers deteriorate, they fail to clean the glass, causing a safety hazard. Not only that, old brittle rubber can break off, leading to possible scratches in the glass requiring additional repairs. Check out our guide on windshield scratch removal if you have minor scratches in the front window.
  7. Check the Battery: Batteries lose their charge over time, so make sure yours has enough juice before heading out on a long road trip. You can also test the battery voltage using an inexpensive multimeter. If you happen to get stranded with a dead battery, don’t worry, cars only use the battery for starting and use the alternator to continue running, so reach out to someone close by for a boost. If no one is around and you don’t have roadside assistance, check the back of your license. Most states have a roadside assistance number on the back of the driver’s license.
  8. Wash and Wax: This service isn’t something that’s needed to keep your Subaru Forester running smoothly, but it falls into the category of regular maintenance services. We recommend washing your Forester weekly to remove harmful surface contaminants that cause damage to the clear coat. For waxing, we recommend hand waxing the surface every three months to prevent fading from oxidation. Check out additional details in the article we wrote about auto detailing.
  9. Dent Repair: This is another service that’s not needed to keep your Forester running in top condition. However, it goes hand in hand with washing and waxing to have your vehicle continue looking new. Additionally, cars without dents sell faster than those with dents, so we recommend regularly removing minor dents like door dings. Check out the article we wrote on paintless dent repair for complete details. 

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A Little Forester History

Did you Know? The first Subaru Forester was introduced in Japan as a concept car called the Ascent. The name “Ascent” comes from the Japanese word for “ascent,” which describes the upward movement of the body when viewed from the side. In 1993, the first production model of the Subaru Forester was released in Japan.

The Subaru Forester has been available in North America since 1995. Since then, the Subaru Forester has become one of the most popular vehicles in its class. Today, there are two generations of the Subaru Forester. The current generation (XR) debuted in 2015 and included several improvements such as a redesigned exterior design, improved interior quality, and increased cargo space. The previous generation (WRX/STI) was discontinued in 2016.

Subaru owners often rave about how fun it is to drive the WRX/STI. You can find more details for the latest models at Subaru retailers across the nation or check out the Subaru of America, Inc Facebook page.

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Shawn Longmore

Shawn is the founder of Auto Glass Locator and enjoys providing articles related to automotive parts and services. His mission is to make it easy for everyone to find all the information they need in one spot. Each year he continues to help more people find great deals on auto glass and other automotive services.

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