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The Forester is among the best of the small SUVs. Its cabin is quiet with very good fit and finish and a roomy backseat. Safety equipment includes standard curtain airbags and stability control. Crash-test results are excellent. Forester also has the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, yet it is agile and handles securely.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Forester is among the best of the small SUVs. Its cabin is quiet with very good fit and finish and a roomy backseat. Safety equipment includes standard curtain airbags and stability control. Crash-test results are excellent. Forester also has the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, yet it is agile and handles securely.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“A leak in the coil caused a 'check engine' light; this turned off the antiskid control and cruise control unrelated to the coil problem”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front Calipers froze and will not release. Brake. Rotor and wheel overheats due to dragging brakes”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“These were repaired in the back, related to the failing brakes and master cylinder”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“replaced left rear caliper and rear rotors and rear brake pads”

Janet B., WI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers freeze up and damage the brakes cause bearing failures, and are expensive to replace”

William E., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rust”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers seized - needed to be loosened & lubricated”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“seized”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake caliper seized up and entire brake system for one wheel was replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rotors have definitely been a problem. The calipers have been replaced as well but only once. Suspect the problems are related”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper broke, forcing me to replace it and the opposite side caliper along with it”

Joshua S., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Repeat problem with Forester. Calipers seize, causing excessive wear on rotors resulting in both parts being replaced. Has happened on all four wheels. Also happened (repeatedly) on 2002 Forester”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left rear seized. Calipers shouldn't seize. Resulted in replacing both rear calipers, rotors and brake pads. Rotors and pads had been done one year earlier by Subaru Dealer...not good”

Jeff T., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak in brake fluid line, one master caliper locked up. Lost nearly all brakes. I think it was related to subsequent recall, but Subaru disagrees”

Martha B., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers and rotors have been a problem from around 2014 up to present. I believe this is a defect that should be worthy of a recall. I have replace rotors and calipers about 5 times since 2014”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear caliper "frozen" causing abnormal pad wear and rotor wear. Both rear rotors and pads replaced. Right rear caliper replaced”

Ernest B., NH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Caliper malfunctioned (right rear) and caused pads and rotors to wear prematurely. All needed replacement (rear only)”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“please see previous comments”

Kenneth P., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same situation as with the rotors”

Joel C., MA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Brakes went out while driving! Towed it to Midas. They repaired the back calipers/brakes, but said it would not hold pressure. Traced to the malfunctioning master cylinder,so replaced that. Cost was $1500 total. No other car has this ever happened,”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Normal routine brake wear

“front discs/pads replaced at 74200 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“both front and rear brake pads had to be replaced and rotors ground”

Uldis R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted Discs after 4 years of low millage use”

G B., QC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“diagnosed with $800+ of brake repair; normal wear on front pad; calipers not functioning correctly”

Michael G., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 45000 miles brakes needed repair. They were so bad that dealer would not let me drive car and gave me a loaner”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Problem with brake lines”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear Rotors and Brake Pads replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No problem, just worn brakes”

Joseph J., MI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake pads and rotors warn due to majority of miles driven in city traffic”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brakes needed replacement at 32000 miles. I thought that was too early, however checking Google, it seemed to be normal”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“High dealer costs”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal brake wear caused sqeaking and grinding noises”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“How can a car with 2700 miles have brake problems.with the roters.. It is garage kept and well maintained. I will not buy another Subaru when I look for a new car”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT Unsure)

“Expensive Brake work to repair at a dealer this year. Mostly Pads and rotor rotation”

Nate J., KS (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads needed replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads and rotors had to be replaced!”

Anonymous, DC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake shoe fell off. Manufacturers recall”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Always seem to be putting brakes on this car when taken in for yearly inspection”

Bryan G., PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“it is expensive to replace the front and rear brakes. I am hard on the brakes at times. I do drive a bit fast”

Marion W., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Didn't notice a problem, was informed that my brakes needed repair during a maintenance check at 135,000 kms. No other problems with this vehicle. Love it”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I felt it needed brakes much to soon”

Pamela K., MA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Nothing out of the normal, just wear and tear. The repair cost was about 1,100.00”

Richard P., WI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Brake shoe on one rear wheel failed causing the parking brake to be only marginally effective. May have failed due to failure (human or mechanical) of the brake to release and being driven causing overheating”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On cable was frozen resulting in intermittent vibration. Not a serious problem but costly because it was difficult to determine the problem”

Guy P., BC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Not sure how premature this brake wear is, but I have never had to replace brakes at 45,000 miles. Usually at about the 60,000-mile mark”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear brake pads and rotors were replaced at only 29,000 miles. These were original parts on a new car purchased in 2010 and driven only 7,000 miles per year. Little stop and go driving. Mostly highway type mileage”

Anonymous, WV (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to replace brakes at approximate 30,000 mile intervals (twice)”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Breaks seem to be worn out at 26000 miles. Brake pads needed to be replaced”

M R., MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear brake wore out faster than the fronts. Research on forums reveals that the Subaru brakes harder on the rears sometimes to prevent the nose from diving. But the rears are undersized for this use and prematurely wear”

Daniel G., NV (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Premature brake wear; brakes not performing properly. Dealership replaced rotors and performed recall work”

Mary F., MO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“left rear brake pad worn thru and seized in bracket causing damage to rotor and caliper front rotors rusty and in need of resurfacing. happened at 20147 miles”

Janet B., WI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We do not make heavy or sudden use of brakes but these have been replaced twice in 30,000 miles with rusting being a major part of the problem (also on under body). Very bad”

Kenneth P., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“noise that trigger brake system replacement”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rr brakes replaced @ less then 50K”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had 16,000 miles when I bought it in 2013. Around 36,000 miles I was told the rear brakes needed replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right Rear brake pads worn down, had to have pads,rotors and calipers replaced”

SUSn T., MI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced rear brakes at 56000 mi. Seems early”

Robert V., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Safety Recall”

Spencer R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“sqeeking noise stso brakes while driving”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT Unsure)

“rust caused brakes to drag”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear brake pads have needed replace 2X in past 18 months”

Brian Z., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 30K miles I needed to replace all brake pads. I do not do very much "stop & go" driving. I thought this wear was premature”

Steven E., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear Brakes needed to be replaced at 30000 miles”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CAR IS USED FOR BOTH HIGHWAY AND CITY DRIVING BY A NON-AGGRESSIVE DRIVER; BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS HAVE BEEN REPLACED TWICE IN 65000 KM”

J L., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I think the brake cylinder was ceased”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes had to be replaced at about 15000 miles. Back brakes at less than 18000 miles. Recall to have brakes inspected and anti corrosion material applied to brake lines. Dealer stated we did not drive car enough!”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a recall for the brake lines corroding”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Second set of rear brake pads in five years. The last change of pads resulted in rotor replacement and brake fluid change”

Alex C., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear brake pads and rotors have been replaced twice on my 2010 Subaru.Rear brake shoes were replaced at 30,000 and shoes and rotors at 60,000. My last car was a 2003 Saturn Vue with 95,000 miles and it had one rear brake repair”

Thomas C., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replace rear brake pads and brake rotors. This was done in 2014”

Mary V., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace brakes in yr”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle has 78000 miles. Pads and rotors have been replaced 4 times. All four calibers have been replaced twice”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes didn't last as long as the previous subaru I owned”

Victor H., OH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear pads wear out faster than the fronts. I've never owned a vehicle that has done this before”

Donald R., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“on second set of pads and rotors in rear. suspect traction control because my hooligan days of driving never happened (officially). Quality of pads and rotors fell a little light”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 35,000 miles rear brakes were at 2mm, replaced and resurfaced rotors. At 50,000 miles, both rear and front brakes were at 2mm. Front and rear brakes were replaced and rear rotors had to be replaced. Front rotors were resurfaced. Checked forums online and others were also complaining about rear brakes wearing prematurely”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pads and rotors have been replaced twice at about 60,000 miles the first time and 50,000 the second time. Dealer said they should only get 45,000 miles--way too few. 60,000 miles is way to few in my opinion”

John B., ME (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have replaced brakes twice. This is my third Subaru and the same has happened with all of them. Great in the snow but will not buy another one”

Chris R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We use the brakes very little (live in the country), don't drive that much and are very cautious drivers and apply brakes smoothly and not hard. Nevertheless, the brakes have been replaced at least 3 times that I recall (from two different servicers, one here and one in FL and both, in our experience, very reliable) and tend to rust up if the vehicle is not driven almost daily, especially when it is rainy. The braking system seems to be, frankly, total garbage.. I will add b/c not sure where to”

Kenneth P., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads failed suddenly leading to rotor damage requiring replacement of rotors. This happened 2 times in the past 2 years”

Alex C., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They, Suburu says it's fine but the break doesn't break easy anymore and it grinds a little”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“front brakes not functioning properly”

George K., RI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not really regular brake failure, but I was the subject of a potential brake line failure recall that was an inadequate fix and the recall work had to be done a second time”

Steven E., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads and rotors in need of complete replacement”

Anonymous, DC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Well, I had the brakes replaced due to wear, but don't think it was 'premature'. There was a recall due to issues with the brake lines, but I didn't see a place to indicate such”

Pamela Q., NC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced at only 29,000 miles and described as unable to be turned”

Anonymous, WV (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“warpedrotors”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subaru Svc replaced all four roters for $944 after only 37000 mi, claiming they were grooved and warped. I photoed them and showed them to ind. Subaru mech. who confirmed they did not need replacing. Complained to Subaru and they reimbursed me $400”

Jack C., AL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rr rotors replaced @ less then 50K”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“see previous answer..pads, rotors and caliper had to be replaced on right rear wheel...unknown cause of failure”

SUSn T., MI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Was on vacation when brakes started making grinding noises. Decided to drive home to go to regular dealer as I'd heard that the dealer in the area tended to overcharge. (About a 500 mile drive.) Had to replace rotors - was told this was b/c I cont”

Margaret M., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Brake pads on rear rotors were completely worn down to the metal after 23000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacement recommended at next regular service”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I am on my 3rd set of rotors due to premature corrosion”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had no problem w steering or vibration or uneven wear until my tires were rotated by Subaru. After alignment there is still a problem, so now I am told to replace rotors”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“So far we have had 3 sets of rotors on this car which seems excessive, however the dealer does not recognize any problem beyond normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed rotors reground twice in the past year”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors were replaced in 2014”

Mary V., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“they rusted”

Michael S., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just seem to wear quickly only able to turn once”

Caroline P., MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Warped after 140000 miles”

Connie M., TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace them at 40000”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had three major brake repairs since buying the car in 2011, including cracked master cylinder that leaked fluid and brakes failed. The most recent was last month--nearly $1,000 for new right roter and new pads on rear wheels. Car was subject recall for brake defects but Subaru twice denied that any of my problems were related to the recall, and no repairs were covered by the recall, even though the recall description seemed to match what actually happened”

Martha B., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just worn. Had to be replaced along with pads. Okay”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rotors had been replaced in 2015, were rusted and required replacement 9,000 miles later. Probably due to salt on roadways”

Joel C., MA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors needed replacement after driving in local traffic”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Grinding sound in the brakes. Service said it was rust and would go away. It did”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is a manual transmission car. When I shift the gear, there is a rattle noise I believe at the high engine speed”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Grinding noise when break. Matter of fact we are taking it in for repair tomorrow. Also couple of recalls. Overall, we really like it”

Francine K., OH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After changing pads, still squeezed for 2-3000 miles”

Caroline P., MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“normal ware. just very expensive”

Robert S., CT (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise when backing. Replaced pads and rotors. Solved problem”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After roter and pad repairs on rear wheels, there's still a squealing noise when I apply brakes, and repair garage has not yet identified the source”

Martha B., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise is actually from the heat shield near the exhaust manifold that started becoming loose about 3 years ago. Required clamping the heat shield at multiple locations”

Alex C., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“plastic plugs not removed from moonroof drainage system resulting in backup/water leakage into cabin”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“car has a "moon roof". If parked on downhill slope, water collects somewhere during rain & leaks inside. Dealer did do something that reduced the amount of leakage, but not stopped it totally. So we don't park facing downhill”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield replacement replaced by non-Subaru installer cased a common wind/windshield seal noise”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Door seal tore from my husband's leather belt - my husband leaned on the door frame to slide down into the seat scraping the door seal”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Haven't heard yet from the shop as to what's causing the squeaks”

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles in the headliner. Had to blow in expandable foam between headliner and roof to stop the rattles”

Gary H., SD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles from interior trim”

Richard C., CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan belt squealing and exhaust heat shield rattling”

Brad W., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just lots of squeaks and rattles from the rear interior of the vehicle”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle, may be liftgate”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“tailgate rattles terribly”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield came loose around 40,000 miles. Dealer tried to fix it for fee, but it made no difference. Have been told iit can not be tightened, or removed due to warranty on catalytic converter. Just have to wait until it falls off. Friends now h”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Exhaust shields rattle. Unsuccessful efforts to repair”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has developed some rattles that are evident when driving over rough roadway. The car is ok on smooth roads”

Jerry R., WA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The failed heat shield mounts cause lots of buzzing and rattles, in addition there are knocking sounds now at the rear of the car. The dealer said he could fix the noisy heat shields with clamps rather than replace the shields, but in only a few m”

Charles L., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud rattles around rear door, and constant thump sound in the rear half of car”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“support arms for back liftgate failed,”

Robert V., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“various noises front dash area”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“back hatch does not always latch”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Numerous heat shields rattle on the car and are not easily silenced. It becomes hard to distinguish which noises are these benign (but annoying) rattles and which are new sounds”

Steven W., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in rear compartment. It was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Can't find the source”

Sunnie-Karin H., NC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car creaks in the back, the sun roof also squeaks, and there is a rattle or something near the glove compartment”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Exhaust heat shield falling off and splash shields partially ripped off making noise. Minor but a nuisance. New model don't have all these shields”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“heat shield surrounding exhaust pipe was loose.dealer resolved the issue”

Michael D., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Too many issues to list. Very noisy car. Terrible suspension”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Fire guards underneath the vehicle”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very loud clattering rattle with engine running at about 2500 rpm. Diagnosed as loose heat shield on catalytic converter, but told it would cost upwards of $1000 to fix due to design of exhaust system. Did not fix since it does not impact vehicle function”

Kengyeh C., NC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the heat shields are a huge annoyance. I will not buy another Subaru”

Ken G., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It makes a terrible noise, skreeching when starting, maybe related to exhaust system or belts, but continues to make noise on the move”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's a noisy vehicle. I can't figure out what is causing the sunroof to squeak, but I usually have it cover shut to help keep the noise down. The back hatch also squeaks, but grease does help with that”

Marie C., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“the back seat area has squeaks when going over rough roads, but not highway driving. Started after using it to move large, heavy chest that lay the length of the cargo space over the hinge for the back seat folding down”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After an oil leak caused by a poorly installed seal when the timing belt was replaced , the mechanic pressure washed the bottom of the car and there is a noise in the exhaust system under acceleration. Sounds like a loose heat shield”

Burton E., CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield protecting the catalytic convertor has come loose 3 times in the last 7 years. Car sounds like a cheap lawnmower when it starts”

Robert M., PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Back to dealer a few times for interior rattles”

Timothy O., WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There's a rattle in the passenger side rear. Haven't been able to isolate it yet nor have I enlisted a dealer's help”

J A., FL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield weld broke, difficult to find someone to fix it”

Geraldine S., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine loud rattle during the first 15 minutes of operation”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“very loud rattle from exhaust system at engine start up and during times of idle and driving under 20 mph. Dealer at this point in time has been able to solve and given that the problem is more of an annoyance than a true performance issue, have not pursued it any further at this time”

Jon C., SC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor noise from back door. Doesn't amount to much”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A "cover" of some type (under the car) keeps coming loose. Has to be returned to the dealer to be tightened again”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Over all has always ridden noisy & rough!!”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine heat shields have developed a very loud rattle. Last month my Subaru dealer charged $75 for "heat shield" repair/re-bolt service. So far, the rattle has diminished, not as loud, but still present on start-up”

Mark V., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The squeaks wee related to the steering problem. It turned out to be a belt that needed adjustment or replacement”

Laura S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Required sway bar bushing replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loose heat shields”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Car has always had tin popping noises when the exhaust is cooling down or heating up. Very Cheap manufacturing indicated. The engine is very loud when first started. Calms some once warmed up”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Underbody rattle began about 90,000 - might be a heat shield, exhaust component, catalytic converter or something else”

Paul M., KY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sunroof has rattled almost since initial purchase and dealer says nothing they can do. Now every month that is an additional noise or rattle that starts up”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There are multiple heat sheilds on the car. They chronically come loose and make a loud rattling noise. They have to constantly be tightened”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Road noise, Brake squeal”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“It is just a noisy ride. When I drive down the freeway I have a lot of road noise”

Cindy M., ID (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Although the weather stripping appears okay, I have had wind noise for several years as well as outside noise”

Lester K., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We have had three Subarus (different models) and they all have wind noise problems around the driver's door window”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noises caused by roof rack and windows”

Gregory M., MB (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very noisy. Wind noise makes it hard to have a conversation”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“At high speeds you cannot carry on a conversation in the Forester due to the wind noise. I can't believe that Subaru would accept this level of incompetence in construction”

Ken G., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very noisy vehicle!”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car is not quiet. Our Legacy has much less road noise”

Michael C., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is so loud that I have to turn up the radio”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise seems to be higher that Toyota or Honda”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fluttering sound”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Lithia replaced both the head gasket and left and right cylinder heads in my 2010 Forester at 56000 miles”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Being past the 2000000 mile mark, it is known for the head gasket (total engine reseal) needs to be done. Total costs for engine work was $2502.92. At Johnston's Subaru Dealer in Middletown, NY”

Larry R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaky head gasket”

Tiger S., MN (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the cylinder head gasket leaked antifreeze into the oil. The head needed to be reground and the gasket replaced along with the antifreeze and the water pump”

Michael C., NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Had to replace engine after losing engine oil without realizing it (no leaks). There was no indication of a problem, no sensors activated, until engine developed a problem. Last oil change was 8,000 miles prior; dealer stated 3K is limit”

Elizabeth T., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“bad”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 70K the Manager at Subaru told me I needed extensive engine repairs due to Head Gasket leak, etc. This was the 2nd Forrester that this happened with. I don't think I want to buy another Forrester unless they guarantee that this will not happen a”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose connecting rod bearings on 2 pistons. Short block installed under warranty”

T K., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“During a 300 mile trip, all of the oil somehow leaked out and the engine seized”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the oil uptake stopped working. That meant no oil to the rest of the engine, causing it to seize”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car received regularly scheduled oil changes as recommended by Subaru. However, engine burnt off all oil and seized w/o warning, requiring full replacement (covered by powertrain warranty, thankfully)”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“despite all recommended servicing, oil changes, etc., engine lost all oil ( it was not checked by owner due to illness - but stlll driven) and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had new engine installed due to "throwing a piston" after abnormal oil consumption by engine. Engine had consumed nearly all 5 quarts of oil leaving no lubricant for pistons to function properly”

Amanda K., TN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine block blew. The top part of the engine was replaced. After appealing the warranty company replaced the engine w us paying the deductible”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rebuild required (around $3000). Can't remember why”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“This car has head gaskets that fail at 100K miles. Buyer beware!”

Elizabeth T., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“at 70K the Head Gasket needed to be replaced. Subaru Manager contacted Subaru Manuf and they agreed to cover the cost (3K). This was the 2nd Forrester I had that had the problem. Subaru claims they have "fixed" this problem but many models have the s”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sprang a leak; mechanic said it was not unusual for that car”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“About 45 days after an oil change , I checked the oil level, and found it to be 2 qts low. I added the oil and took to dealer. They found nothing wrong. About 2 months later same condition. Mfg covered head gasket replacements with 61k miles”

Peter S., CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“During a routine oil change, by a Subaru specialist, I was told I had an oil leak in the driver side cylinder of the head gasket. It was part of the power train warranty. I took the car back to Lithia where I originally purchased the car. They rep”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket failed at 60, 150 miles (just out of warranty). The dealer covered the repair as a good will gesture. I have bought 3 new Subaru's from this dealer, a 2015 Impreza for my daughter in March 2015”

Richard K., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had both head gaskets fail. One had failed before under warranty. Subaru split the cost of the current repair”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil leaking”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“42,000 miles and head gasket leaking. Vehicle has slow easy miles from mature drivers. We learn that the leaking head gaskets are a common problem with Subaru engines, but had heard NOTHING about it in prior to purchase Consumer Reports testing rep”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Vehicle misfiring on one cylinder, mechanic suspects a burnt valve”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Brought the car in for a recall on the brake lines when they discovered faulty head gaskets. Because it was a Certified Used Car, it was covered under my warranty. Both were replaced”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gaskets failed, Subaru covered repairs. Hidden warranty”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blown head gasket repair $2000 total bill”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“started leaking at 90000 miles - told it was common in subarus”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket is leaking oil. The dealer charge to repair is over $2000.00 The vehicle is 7 years old, 88,000 miles I have heard Subaru has had head gasket problems for years. I would liked to have know that when I research the vehicle before I bought it”

Jerry P., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Burns oil”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seepage of oil and coolant led to replacement of head gaskets at about 94000 miles”

George A., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The head gasket was beginning to leak and as a result, when I had it fixed I was told to replace the timing belt, water pump, and more expensive components”

Gail M., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaked into the cylinder through faulty gasket”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Went to the dealer with a noise problem and for routine maintenance and that's when we found out about the head gasket and other engine problems”

Dorine D., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak turned into a head gasket failure. This was a $2500 repair I didn't choose to do”

Steven S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We noticed an oil leak. We took it to the subaru dealer and they said we need to replace all of he gaskets in the engine (i.e. head gasket, etc.)”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“At the 105,000 service, mechanic found the head gasket was "weeping" in several spots; replacement strongly urged - along with all the other gaskets and seals needed to get to the head gasket. $1,300 on top of the $800 to replace the timing belt, water pump, thermostat and coolant”

Paul M., KY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Perfect maintenance. Car ran great. Oil, antifreeze,and other fluids and tire rotation all taken care of at specific intervals or even earlier. Retired mechanic and all my other 50+ cars went way farther than this Subaru. Slightly showed up at 82,000 miles. Just got it back from CarrSubaru in Beaverton Oregon. $2600 bill. Subaru of America gave me a $500 good customer credit towards the bill. Head gasket problem and excess oil consumption seems to be the dirty secret out there with”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gaskets are leaking at only 120K miles”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Head gaskets leak. Subaru informed me that this is typical of this vehicle at around 150,000 miles. Close to $3000 for repair”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dealer says the oil leak is due to a problem with both head gaskets and the repair cost is about $2300. In addition, the engine also runs rough according to the dealer due to issues with ignition coil and spark plug wires which are estimated to cost about $750. Symptom of the prolem is the engine does not run smooth and seems to miss a beat or two”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“parts cost went up from 1,000 to 1200 also replaced water pump”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced, unscheduled, $1,000”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Same as previous response - went in for routine maintenance and was told about this”

Dorine D., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

“Leak in hose leading to turbo caused shrieking noise when engaged”

Scott E., CO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“valve replacement for oil feed to the turbo”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I had to have a banjo bolt in the turbo replaced, as the filter in it was clogged and affecting the oil flow to my turbo. This was repaired free of charge under my (purchased) extended warranty”

Kurt E., CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Converter failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had to replace the catalytic converter at 29,100 miles. This was after a series of trouble codes that first reported a misfire on cylinder 3, a bad o2 sensor and a very rough idle with reduced power. On wet days the problem continues. The ECU h”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The catalytic converter went out at about 90K. In 40 years of owning cars, this is the first catalytic converter I have had to replace. I am not pleased with the Forester's reliability, which the Consumer Report surveys suggested would be better”

David R., MO (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unit failure ,but was replaced by dealership service manager as warranty failure and covered by Subaru”

Roderick S., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to be replaced! Very expensive & unusual problem???”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a warranty issue and was covered in full by the dealer service center. I was told this was a common issue with Forrester”

Nick R., UT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“C.C. rattling. There have been no recalls. It is not causing any real problems so has not been repaired”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noisy. had to be adjusted”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter had to be replaced after a tune up was done”

Brian B., MO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter failed at 80K miles”

Greg E., IN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lots of things wrong with this car. Its just a money pit!!!!!”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield around exhaust pipes loosened”

Harold M., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One or both of the heat shields above the catalytic converter became loose and needed to be re-welded back at our expense”

Russell F., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Continually need to deal with rattling exhaust system. Multiple times that has been 'tightened' but continues to be an issue”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“for $250 was told it could be removed. and not replaced. had to take the exhaust apart. sais for $250 it could rattle”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Onset of loud noise. Told at Subaru dealer was due to loose heat shields. Subaru.ca website totally silent on this problem! Lots of 'chat' on-line in user groups. decided to have the shields removed (at my cost). Not happy - is a design defect!!”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's rattled with every imperfection in the road surface for over a year. The dealer would be happy to fix it for $200, but that's simply unreasonable to fix a rattle. I think it's a design flaw”

Robert S., CO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield rattle, covering the catalytic converter. It required adjustment and frightening costing $55 to repair at my Subaru dealer”

Donald R., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“heat shield rusts and begins to rattle, had it replaced and the new one has begun to do the same rattling”

William E., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 1st morning start, car sounds like a rattle trap. Smooths out a little when traveling. Dealership had no good suggestions for a cure, except removing by dropping exhaust. We asked aren't the heat shields important. They suggested they were not”

Allan D., MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All brackets on the exhaust system were loose and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No charge for replacing a few rusted bolts”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“heat shield came lose and it wasn't covered by warranty. Dealer made a temporary fix”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a terrible noise, and realized it was a rattling heat shield. We jacked the car up and used hose clamps to tighten the seal, fixing the rattle”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My second Forester. Both have had the heat shield rattle”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“heat shield started to rattle at about 125K miles”

Greg E., IN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Constant rattling. Has been "fixed" multiple times but makes terrible noises when starting from a stopped position”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose rattling heat shield failure occurred at 99123 miles. They were repaired at the Subaru dealer and now are rattling again at 108,000 miles and will be repaired yet again at the dealer next week”

Sheldon K., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration has been worked on but not resolved”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle had less than 37K miles so I was surprised that something of this nature would wear so quickly. Dealer was not very helpful and repair was quite expensive. I did work with Subaru and they gave me a partial credit to use for future work”

Kathleen C., MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This has been a constant annoyance. They become loose and produce a loud rattle. Happens at least 2-3 times a year at thirty dollars a pop to fix. Plus the inconvenience of having to get an appointment and wait”

Chris R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This has been a continuing problem with no definite solution. I bring the car in every few year to get the shield adjusted”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had 2 different mechanics tell me there was not much to do about it. VERY ANNOYING NOISE As”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a persistent rattle when accelerating. Dealer said exhaust was ok and managed a repair to heat shield”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Happened about the fourth yr I had vehicle, but mechanics couldn't figure out problem. As it got worse it was finally detected a couple years later. Used temp measure by "screwing" it on. Will eventually have to be replaced at $800+. Understand this is common problem. Screws still holding going into 3 yrs”

Maxine M., WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced muffler with off brand and it rusted”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both mufflers, Y pipe and resonator had to be replaced after only 55000 miles. I've had 5 other Subarus and never had to replace a muffler”

Phil R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace left pipe a year ago. Now centre pipe has a hole that needs repair”

Susan A., QC (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear exhaust corroded and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Solder failed on pipe between converter and muffler”

Michael W., IA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Don't know how to describe it much more than to say it suddenly wasn't working. Cost quite a lot to repair too”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“air compressor broke and had to replace it for $1000”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer failed to change cabin air filter in attempts to fix odor problem in vehicle. This ended in ruining the a/c system, which dealer was forced to have replaced. Dealer was BMW dealer, and work was done by Subaru Dealer. All work completed to sa”

Richard S., HI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bought from CarMax with 60000 miles, right after the factory warranty ran out. The A/C system needed replacement within first 2 months, costing me $2500!”

Byron H., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan for heating interior stops when ac compressor seizes this pretty much disables car during winter months when you are on a trip. Internet suggests ac compressor failures are common in subarus 1200 dollar repair is too much”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was not putting out cool air about a year ago so I took it to the dealer service dept. and they fixed it. I don't know what caused the problem”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Flap inside air ducts dashboard needed replacement. This cost $1500 due to inaccessibility. Needed because cooling only worked on driver side”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The failure of the unit to cool was due to a worn out fuse”

Linda D., WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“The climate control always runs the fan at full speed to heat up or cool down the inside temp. until it nears the set temp. Fan is very loud at full speed. The setting of temp. on the climate control dial seems to be off by 5-10 degrees”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“It just does not cool like the other Subarus I've owned and it does not cool like my other vehicles (not Subarus)”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hole in the condenser”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner does not work sometimes”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken condenser $700”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C not working. Condenser needed replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“Had the Evaporation Core replaced. $850 expense (the part was approx. $200 - major portion was labor). There was an approved aftermarket core which didn't fit my car”

Julie A., FL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“a/c system leaked multiple times. After each fix, leaked again. Finally told it was evaporator (or whatever is behind dashboard. Told it would take 7 hours of labor to remove dashboard and replace it”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Evaporator was leaking freon into the passenger cabin. Replacement cost $1400.00”

Steven S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak in evaporator”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“The heater core collapsed and I came out to find green anti-freeze type liquid pooled on the driver's side of my vehicle. The vehicle was completely incapacitated and I had to be towed to a dealership”

Andrea C., IA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Since buying the car new, the air conditioner never seemed to blow very cold, and eventually only blew hot air. At 50,000 miles it was determined that the heater core needed to be replaced. It was replaced under warranty and the A/C now blows cold air”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger side heat doesn't work”

Pete A., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“The car was taken to the dealership service dept. because a/c was not cooling. They could not find the leak but charged us $500 to replace the expansion valve and recharge the system. Two months later it lost Freon again and we took it to a private”

Glenda M., TX (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner not cold enough. Refrigerate leak fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak in coil in dash required replacement of coil. Repair cost was $1000”

David M., BC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to find leak in the refrigerant line”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Repeated Evacuation and recharging led to Leak identification”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C started blowing out warm air. Haven't had it repaired yet”

Victor H., OH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A freon leak after 55000 miles seems a little soon. Never had a climate control with my other Subarus. Seems like the quality is going downhill”

Phil R., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A charge of the A/C system was required”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to replace some seals”

William B., AZ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Slow leak”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner stopped working. Charged up and added dye to see if any leaks. Worked for a while and then stopped again over winter. Suspect leak..will address at next service, June 2017”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replacea valve and other things. Warranty from Geico covered almost all”

Ann S., TX (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaked out. Checked for leaks and re-charged, leaked again”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“It was a fuse”

Linda D., WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“All was well until Subaru service center rotated my tires, since then I have had a vibration in the steering wheel. I have had the tires rebalanced and aligned and still have a problem. They now say I need to replace my rotors”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

“Clicking noise from CV joint when turning and accelerating. .Replaced Right front axle assembly to eliminate all possible causes, and minimize shop time cost”

R L., OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“worn bushing on suspension linkage”

David H., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed front suspension "lifetime" bushings caused about $800 damage to front end suspension components. Also heat shield mounting failure causes never ending buzzing and rattling under the engine”

Charles L., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer states front control arm bushings are worn and in need of repair”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

“power steering pump leak”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership added power steering fluid and charged a lot. Question is where did the power steering fluid go?”

Allan D., MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Given that the car was nearly 5 years old I was not expecting a leakage problem from the steering. The repair bill was $1169 due to resulting sensor contamination and failure”

M T., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“POWER STEERING DRIVE BELT WAS LOOSE, CAUSING PUMP PRESSURE TO DECREASE, MAKING FOR HARD STEERING - BELT WAS TIGHTENED AND STEERING IS FINE, ALSO PUMP NOISE WHEN FIRST STARTED VEHICLE NO LONGER EXISTS - THE ESTIMATE TO REPLACE PUMP AND FLUIDS WAS $800”

Joan S., NC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was an unexplained steering leakage. The hose was replaced along with a contaminated sensor. Steering hoses should last 10 years or 200,000 km”

M T., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“High-pressure power steering hose needed replacement after operation in extreme cold climate. This vehicle was in Nunavut where temp was approx -40C for almost a month straight”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Power steering pump failed”

Rand D., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Left rear strut leaking fluid. Replaced @ N/C - goodwill policy”

J A., FL (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One rear strut started leaking at about 98,000 miles. It has not been replaced yet, but will cost several hundred dollars to replace the rear pair”

Nelson W., NC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front struts failed after about 50 thousand miles. To me this should not happen with this mileage and the type of driving I am doing. IE, no off road stuff”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear shocks leaked fluid and failed at 90000 miles($800+). Replacement shocks leaked again 3 months later (93000 miles)(replaced free under warranty). Then leaked again 2 months later (98000 miles) (again replaced free under warranty). Very annoying! All shocks were replaced with Subaru shocks at the dealer”

Sheldon K., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car needed a new suspension system”

Ann-Marie D., CT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear struts are worn and need to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coil spring left broke. Replaced both strut assemblies”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Early wear in the joints of the torsion bars”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front stabilizer bar connections became worn and loose. Front suspension rattled but handling did not deteriorate noticeably. Parts had to be replaced at a cost of about $500. I was informed this was a wear part and replacement was not unusual after”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“It was described as a rack and pinion wear and tear”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front tie rod end bushings wore out and were rattling around in their sockets. They needed to be replaced. Things like this shouldn't happen. It is a bad design since the rubber bushings harden and shrink causing the rattling noise”

Jeff T., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had numerous issues with tire wear, front suspension knocking, steering wheel being jerked away from me, unstable handling. The front struts, ball joints, lower control arms, sway brace and steering control sensor were all replaced. Still have unstable handling and believe it is the rear suspension too”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Car was 'dragging'. Muffler shop replaced passenger side front and rear wheel bearings. Problem has yet to be completely fixed. Off to the next repair shop next Tuesday. Speed Control may be an issue”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose left front wheel bearing, replaced recently by subaru dealer. I have an extended warranty, but paid $100 deductible for replacement”

George A., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front wheel bearings for both sides had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left front wheel hub (bearings) failed at 148,000 and had to be replaced”

Ben S., WA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Headlamps fail on avg of every 3 months. Doesn't matter if they are high or low beam. I've replaced no less than a dozen headlamps in the 5 years i've owned the vehicle. I've changed not one in a car two years older”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced frequently from burning out”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My headlights have gone out a lot more in this car than any car I have ever had...average one a year”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Subaru Forester X Unsure)

“involved in an accident we weren't aware of which damaged electrical system”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The headlight bulbs only last 6 months to a year”

Jerry P., PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The right headlight low beam bulb fails about every 11 months. I bought a double pack with a one year warranty a few years ago. I have replaced the bulbs for free 3 times!”

Charles D., NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Constantly having to replace bulbs in headlights. Never had a car that required so much upkeep”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front Drivers headlight has gone out in less than 12 mos. since we bought the car 7 years ago. So we have had to replace it about 9 times since we bought the car”

Don S., TX (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A headlight bulb burned out”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“optional factory puddle lights replaced under recall”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Puddle lights (underneath) had an electrical problem which was fixed as part of a recall. Some of them were not working when brought in and fixed as part of the recall”

Steve S., MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fog lamp burned out, ridiculously expensive and time consuming to replace !”

David D., WV (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers side heat element 'burned out' ...seemed premature and was very expensive to have dealer repair”

Nick P., BC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The seat bottom heater on the driver's side failed. The cost of repairs was $500”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers seat heating element stopped working and cost to repair was to high”

Ray R., CT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of the heating coils”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger heated seat pan stopped working. Passenger seat back heater still works. Repair requires replacement of the entire seat, cost approx $1000. Not going to do it”

David R., MA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear interior cargo light”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“interior lights repeatedly and accidentally drain battery flat while car is parked. we have to carry a jump start battery all the time. dreadful design”

Claude A., WA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Some lights don't work, some only work in one setting (door-triggered dimmer no longer works)”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Three door actuators have failed in the last year. The fourth failed in 2013. Cost to repair each is $270, and Subaru CA have denied any relief, even though the parts must have been faulty”

Steven W., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have gone through 2 fobs at $300+ a crack”

Greg M., MB (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Door actuators failed on three of four doors”

Pete A., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“light came on years ago and does not shut off”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire was repaired, light came on again & was replaced, no further issue to date”

Volb T., DE (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light has come on repeatedly over the past year, sensors have been replaced, but issue still occurs with no problems found”

Volb T., DE (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“When I ordered the car, I had installed trim moldings that went over the wheel wells. These started coming loose, and I had a repair shop reattach them with two-sided tape. This fix lasted for a while. But the trim pieces were in two parts, and when”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Previously trim over wheels was screwed on. On 2010 model it seems trim was affixed by clips and maybe glue. Subaru no longer puts this trim on cars”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“side trim on rear driver's side fell off. Dealer put it back on and it fell off again”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Molding by back wheel came off”

John L., MN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear quarter panel trim had to be replaced it was coming off”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior plastic trim around he wheel wells detached due to inadequate glue strength/life”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Front fenders pull away from body of the car”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sun visors got loose on both sides and had to be replaced. over $100 each. Never happened on other cars”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“within months of purchasing this vehicle, the door molding fell out. I could not get it to stay on the door fram without glue. For spending so much money on a car, I certainly expected those "little things" to work well. Epoxy works! The dealer was worthless”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Reclining seat lever came off them was missing had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers's side sun visor fell off. Plastic base appeared to have flaw at manufacture. This part broke off. Dealer had to replace entire sun visor, couldn't just replace the broken plastic base. It cost over $100 to replace”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Within the first year paint was chipping on door edges and paint " scratches" show at door handles outside”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Subaru Forester X Unsure)

“Paint seems to chip easily and hard to match color”

Brian J., CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cheap paint job”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Our Forester chips and dents easily”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I even had the doors repainted, but the rust has started to show through again. The way the back doors are designed, the road kicks up debris to hit the doors, causing the paint to chip, then the rust begins”

Marie C., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Within 3 months of purchasing this vehicle, the paint began to chip down to the metal, mostly on the hood and the sides near the back wheels. I expect paint issues over time, but I have purchased at least a dozen bottles of touch up paint just to keep up with the disappearing paint. I took it in during warranty time, and they told me "pretty much" too bad. The other area is near the door handles. within months the paint was seriously scratched far beyond what I expected from a new car. I have h”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is black. Scratches easily and shows every mark”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“paint on engine intake on hood severely peeled. local dealer wants to ignore it totally, even when i point it out”

William L., MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Hit & Run accident; required replacing left front fender & trim along with body trim on bottom of left driver door”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“rust on underbody and in brakes -- our mechanic did not want to install a hitch due to fears about rust system hardware rust -- two recalls also -- our town does not use salt, by the way and we drive very little”

Kenneth P., MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was one spot of rust that the dealer fixed before I purchased car. I'm not happy that 2 more spots have appeared”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rust on the tailgate from a scratch I got when parked”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I HAVE EXPERIENCED SIX RUST SPOTS AT THE SEAM BETWEEN THE ROOF AND THE WINDSHIELD. THE BODY SHOP ADVISED THAT THIS WAS A COMMON DEFECT IN FORESTERS AND OUTBACKS. THE DEALERSHIP SAID THERE WAS NO WARRANTY COVERAGE FOR THIS (I HAD EXTENDED WARRANTY AND RUST PROTECTION, ETC) I FEEL THAT SUBARU IS NOT FACING UP TO THIS CONDITION. YOU SHOULD SURVEY OTHER OWNERS”

Denise S., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Worn needle bearing at 85,000 miles required rebuilding clutch assembly”

Richard C., CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We have owned a dozen standard transmission cars over 45 years. They were each driven at least 100,000 miles and NONE has ever needed a new clutch until this Subaru at 98,500 miles. Even with a new clutch, the car shifts roughly. Also, within two”

Wes J., OH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“throw out bearing failed at 58000”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Manual clutch replaced at 88000 mi due to frozen release bearing. Friction plate and flywheel not slipping at all and would probably have lasted another 30000+ miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bad throw out bearing”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“one day I just could not shift change. it just would not do it. I had to get it replaced. it would not get out of neutral. the car stalled and would not start. I had to get it towed to my mechanic”

Marion W., ON (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Complete clutch failure at approximately 80000 miles”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The clutch was changed at only 75,000 miles as it was slipping. HOwever, about three years ago I had a bad experience stuck in uphill traffic on a mountain for an hour that resulted in my clutch overheating and literally smoking. so this one-time over-heating may have contributed to the clutch wearing out early”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Non-Subaru replacements were repeatedly defective. Three clutch replacements in one year. CONTEXT: NO clutch problems before or since this string of problems, once Subaru manufactured replacement parts were used”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Slave cylinder that activates master clutch cylinder became defective”

Harold M., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was originally used as a vacation vehicle, with tow bars and a trailer hitch, and was towed extensively behind an RV. I suspect this may have contributed to the clutch problem and excessive front-end wear”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“clutch replacement in car with less than 70K miles driven carefully by driver experienced with manual transmissions (50 years experience)”

Donald H., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure. Had to be replaced”

Greg D., VA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“I bought the car with a manual transmission because they are supposed to be more reliable. My 87 Ford Escort went 208000 miles without even a clutch change. This is totally intolerable. This is my LAST subaru product”

Anonymous, MO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needs a new(used) one at $3000 or more”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gradually developed problem of popping out of third gear when shifting. Took car to dealer and they repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I took the car to the dealer to check the slipping transmission and it failed completely while in the shop. Had to install a rebuilt unit under warranty”

Steven S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“What Subaru calls the center differential on this manual transmission was replaced. Slow speed hard turns felt as though car was passing over speed bumps. This part sends power to rear wheels. Subaru paid for this at 5+ years & 72000 miles”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“About 7 years and one month after buying my car, the transmission failed while I was at freeway speed. (Eventually we figured out that I'd lost fourth gear and reverse.) I nursed the car to a shop. Eventually we replaced the transmission, though it took over a week to acquire the new unit from the Subaru supplier. A few months later I noticed a leak from the new transmission. After initially considering replacing it again, they finally determined that a pressure bolt had not been correctly”

Curtis H., VA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“complete transmission rebuild and replacement of clutch”

Donald H., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“The transmission lines rust and catastrophically failed. Stranding the vehicle. It was towed to my house and then to the dealership for repair”

James K., IN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission cooler-line developed a slow leak lowering the transmission fluid level. This in turn caused erratic performance, rough sifts etc. Dealer identified and corrected the problem over a short service visit”

Ray R., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

“Cable from selector to transmission came loose and could not put transmission into drive or reverse. Problem was intermittent then became permanent while on a trip out of town”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Issue was detected during routine inspection. Had not progressed to the point where it was causing visible problems”

William M., VA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“June 2016 - clutch went to the floor while I was driving out of parking spot. Very hot day and could smell the fluid, so I thought hydraulics, but Canadian Tire garage said it was clutch assembly need replacing. 8 months later, again need tow to Canadian Tire garage. Master and Slave cylinders need replacing. Have to be ordered from Subaru, so won't be able to get for three days. ordered parts arrive - absent slave cylinder. Subaru - Garage was told the components for Slave not available u”

Shane S., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Third gear pops out at times. It has done so since new. Very annoying”

Donald R., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rough shifting happened in the lead up to my initial transmission failure, and again as a result of low fluid levels caused by a leak in the rebuilt transmission. The former was resolved by the transmission replacement, while the latter was resolved by tightening a pressure bolt that wasn't properly tightened during the rebuild”

Curtis H., VA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Upshifting in very cold whether Transmissiin jerks from second to third gear until car is warm”

Arthur F., NE (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Only while cold, shifts roughly. Transmission reset to learn mode, with some improvement but not entirely fixed”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I experienced the slipping transmission and took the car to the dealer. They had to replace the transmission”

Steven S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Subaru "thunks" into gear a lot. It downshifts roughly sometimes. Subaru can't duplicate the problem”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After slowing to take a corner, when i get back on gas (gently) transmission freewheels for a moment before catching”

Bryan G., PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When car is very cold very rough jerking from 2nd to 3rd. Usually happens during wnter”

Arthur F., NE (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“The transmission lines corroded, causing most of the transmission fluid to leak out. Cost hundreds of dollars to repair, and could have cost us a new transmission”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission cooling lines show signs of leakage”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My problem was a transmission related matter but not the transmission itself. A slow leak of the cooling-line, and a lowered fluid level caused very erratic and rough shifts. The matter was easily rectified”

Ray R., ON (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when the car is cold and you drive it . the first 1 km if you release gas and then you push gas pedal the car will loose its transmission engine engagement and it will kick to find the right gear”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“4 years on orig batt. It's winter and wife is shopping at nite, comes out and car would not start. Called AAA. They gave her jump start. Next a.m. car would not start. Called AAA, to come out. Orig battery failed test. Had AAA replaced battery”

Peter S., CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had the original 2010 battery replaced 2x under warranty, this time I was 3 months over the 36000 so it would be prorated, tested and I had to pay shop fees so I finally got a battery from Walmart. Now Subaru has 3 grades of batteries and they must put one for toys in their new cars”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coils are part of spark plug wires and failed causing intermittent misfire which was hard to diagnose. Result was poisoning of both catalytic converters just before Federal 80000 mi req'd life. Replaced both converters under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ignition coil failed causing loss of power in 2 of 4 cylinders”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“required coil kit”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“arc between wires...occured after dealer service of spark wires and plugs”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replacing arcing coil for the second time”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Distributor or rotor failure

“In 40 years of owning vehicles, this is the first distributor that I have had to replace. I am not pleased with the Forester's reliability!”

David R., MO (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same as coil”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Directly related to sparkplug wiring failure”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Could not find problem at first. Then replaced #3 ignition wire. $400”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car nearly died, most engine lights went on. All spark plugs and ignition wires replaced, fuel system cleaned”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would not start and couldn't get into any garage for five days. Needed spark plugs, fuel injector work. I had no warning. Car ran fine and then wouldn't start. No battery issue. Car had to be towed to garage”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“All the spark plugs were worn out. We needed a complete tune-up”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wires & plugs replaced; no problem since”

D M., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wiring from distributor to plugs worn through due to rubbing against engine block. Harness poorly placed to allow wires to contact block. Harness replaced along with wiring, plugs and a new didtributor”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Spider built a nest in a celanoid”

Andy B., VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced EGR and main computer ECM carbon build up in engine must use premium gas to eliminate carbon build up. The problem started at about 90,000 miles . Non Subaru shop recommended treatment in gas tank that solved EGR service light to go on issu”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“catalytic converter failed just a few miles outside of warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“catalytic converter failed and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter failure”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter deteriorated”

Randy U., TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At least once each year, sometimes twice, I get a PO453 error code indicating high pressure in the evaporative emissions sensor. It prevents me from being able to put fuel in the tank. BIG PROBLEM when one is on a trip. Subaru needs to fix this problem. There is enough info on the internet about it. They did not respond to my comments via email”

Karl R., GA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“EGR caused engine light to go on the Subaru garage said the warranty expired but it was a replacement part with only 48000 on it. I complained to Subaru consumer dept and they reimbursed me for the $360.00 but stated it was for customer satisfaction not warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace at 55,000 miles was "gunked" up and was causing bad/rough idle, very poor fuel mileage and check engine light issues. Took two trips to out of town dealer to solve/fix completely”

Jon C., SC (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the catalytic converter”

Ann-Marie D., CT (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light mysteriously comes on and goes off for over 12 months. error code indicates catlaytic converter. never replaced and the vehicle successfully passes state emissions control program tests. its a pain in the butt bc when the light does comes on you cannot use the cruise control”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Check engine light comes on even if fuel cap is placed properly/clicked 3 times. Caused cruise control to shut down, happened at highway speed 1 hour after fueling, didn't reset until disconnected battery”

Karen G., AZ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“just stopped running. parked after a 150 mile trip had to tow to subaru luckily we had just driven to Denver. no symptoms of any kind just stopped”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Smell gas in the cabin, was told there was a crack at the sending unit on the fuel tank. It was covered under warranty. Other issue was a recall and I was told not to park it indoors because problem involved high temps which may inadvertently start a file if combustible materials are present”

Jon A., NY (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A sensor in the exhaust caused the engine to run very rough. The sensor was corroded from operation in New York winters. The service departments took 5 visits to 2 dealers to find the problem because we were in Florida where the problem had not been”

Charles D., NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2010 Subaru Forester had computer failure that gave many bad error messages & warning lights AND prevented gasoline to be added. Gas splashed back on me, my clothes, my shoes, the SUV, the ground. It could have been a disaster had someone been smok”

Dorothy Y., TN (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Alternator belt wore out”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Gas cap cord got caught in gas door and door would not open, so that I could fill tank. Happened on a Holiday and couldn't use car, until dealer opened several days later”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Engine computer

“The check engine light goes on. First it was the gas cap. Since then they can't find a reason when it goes on which is about once a month. Last 2 times it went off by itself before my scheduled appointment. Very frustrating because the cruise goes of”

Jackie S., WI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“engine light continually coming on”

John K., IL (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning lights came on while driving and was unable to perform certain functions. Drove home then waited until dealership open before driving it to dealership. Turned out it needed a scheduled maintenance that had not been performed, as well as some”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light. Codes indicated spark plug problem. Had plugs & wires replaced. No problem after that”

D M., NY (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was before the engine stopped running properly and we needed the tune-up”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine mount needed costly replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“oil leaking from seal onto exhaust caused burning smell inside car”

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“a gasket had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right around end of warranty period, leaking from valve cover gaskets but still smell oil after a month. Will bring back to check on perhaps another oil leak”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaky head gasket left side”

Lyle V., WA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small leak on the head gaskets”

Burton E., CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Must add oil every 1000 miles approximately”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak started at 100K miles. looks like head gasket”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“increased noise under the car found to be issues with driveshaft which had to be replaced, unsure what the problem was”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“at 63000 the rear drive shaft bearing wore out and the drive shaft had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front drivers' side drive shaft disconnected while turning a corner. The same thing happened again 3 months later”

Jeannette M., SK (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replacing the driveshaft”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“going s on 101 fwy. in L.A. @ 65mph had stability problems when on uneven road surface. Vehicle was difficult to hold steady while it bounced on the uneven surface”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“windshield cracked at the defrosters, drivers seat broke at welds, esc module replacement, oil use from day one, head gasket replaced at 80.000 miles, engine has horrible sound when cold startup for a few minutes. takata air bag need replacement, The Love feels like a Divorce”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Car would not start because battery was very weak. It seemed that the weak battery was premature. The battery was replaced and the system was checked”

M R., MI (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough idling; needed to replace spark plug wires, spark plug coil assembly and clean fuel injectors. still slight rough idle but better”

Sheldon K., NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would not start after several repeated attempts. It finally started. When taken to the dealer, we were told there was nothing the matter and charged us $200.00 for the testing”

Rene C., AK (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The main computer module failed. The replacement could not be programmed to the old key fob or the aftermarket remote starter, requiring replacement that totals over $1500”

Greg M., MB (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“My key door lock failed and it was very expensive to repair”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

“Laeft front CV joint when turning sharply to the Left like a u turn More pronounced when cold. New axle fixed problem”

Gerald O., TX (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“near failure”

Jerry L., UT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“had to replace a control arm at an expensive cost”

Gail M., ME (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

“transfer clutch failed ($1400 repair covered by extended warranty through Gieco)”

Steve S., MD (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“After putting in a CD, had some difficulty with it going in or out. Second CD would not come for several days...suddenly it came out and I haven't tried another one since....about a month ago”

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It stop playing cd”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The Ipod Interface and CD player were not compatible. Had problems with the display freezing, songs being locked in, and the CD player not responding. After two replacements (at no cost) the issue is resolved”

Deana C., CT (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Auxiliary jack has quit working”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation system confused as to location for selecting destination. Thinks I'm in a different state”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery cannot be recharged and a replacement is not available so it is not usable”

Nancy W., NS (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Radio just quit after 2 years. Had to replace it with after market radio”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio stopped working. Bought a used original equipment radio for $100.The dealership wanted $800 for new on installed”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery is dead, cannot be replaced, so radio, CD and navigation do not function properly”

Nancy W., NS (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“volume control unreliable and not functioning properly”

William L., MD (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

“Radio volume control button on steering wheel failed”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Heated seat failed on drivers side. Was replaced by warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Rear view mirror fell off 3 times before CarMax finally fixed it”

Byron H., CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Broke sunshade/mirror above driver”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“One of the driver's power seat front supports failed. If I had the front part of the seat raised, the left corner would not support any weight”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Rear hatch leaks at top around the tail light in top center”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Driver side frond window fell down into the door (when sliding down to pay the toll fee). Never nice thing but especially troubling if happened in bad weather”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front passenger power window stopped functioning. The window would derail and get stuck. It was repaired at the dealer”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield developed a crack circling the rear view mirror”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“First the motors on the locks on the driver side failed. I had those fixed. I don't remember the cost,but it was significant. Then a few months later the same thing happened on the passenger side. I haven't had this fixed yet”

Kimberly P., IA (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Radiator cap failed to hold pressure”

William B., AZ (2010 Subaru Forester X 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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