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2010 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (24%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (20%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 115 repairs.

2010 Subaru Forester engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (23%)

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

21080 mi Malfunction with oil control valve. The dealer had to order the part - kept over weekend and fixed on 2nd business day. 
68700 mi

US $189
Intercooler Hose connecting to the Turbo engine 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

41000 mi

US $60
Gas cap was loose, tripped Check Engine Light. Cost $60 at the dealer to diagnose and reset. Next time, I'm bringing it to my local guy. Only reason I brought it to the dealer was in case it was covered by a warranty, which it wasn't. 
11000 mi Replacement of fuel tank pressure sensor after diagnostic for reason why check engine light came on. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

75000 mi Catalytic converter needed to be replaced 
38440 mi Smelled burning oil and some smoke coming from the engine after a recent trip. No oil loss noted on dipstick. Diagnosed as a leaking front crankshaft seal. Replaced under major component warranty along with oil contaminated timing belt. 
43400 mi Began to smell burning oil, similar to 4 months ago. ANOTHER oil leak, this time oil pump and gasket had to be replaced...covered under powertrain warranty. 70,000km and this lemon is just falling apart. I don't trust it for long trips. SAD! 
57040 mi

C $350
Ignition coil pack and plug wires were replaced under warranty at 52,000km. Now only 40,000km later they BOTH needed replacement again, this time at my cost. This Subaru is a POS and a lemon. I would dump it if I could afford to. Do not buy! 
13000 mi Check engine light came on with flashing cruise indicator. Computer code indicated faulty fuel pressure sensor. Dealer replaced and repaired. Total shop time about 1.5 hr. Problem seems to be resolved. 
9920 mi Check engine and traction control lights on. Also cruise control light flashing. They replaced the ignition wiring to correct the problem. 
33000 mi To correct warning lights on my dash from lighting up, it was determined that the Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor was faulty. It was replaced but the lights lit up again after leaving the dealer a few hours after. When the lights on the dash lit up again the car was returned to the dealer. They determined the problem to be a faulty "Fuel Tank Pressure Control Solenoid" Part had to be ordered. Returned on the third day to have it installed. 
35000 mi engine light came on need to replace oil flow control valve. 

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2010 Subaru Forester Engine Problems

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