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2010 Subaru Forester Problems and Repair Histories

136 TrueDelta members own a 2010 Subaru Forester. 36 of these members (26.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 76 repairs to 2010 Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2010 Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2010 Subaru Forester problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2010 Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2010 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

16% of the 2010 Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 20% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 29% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 76 repairs.

2010 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

Of the 2010 Subaru Forester repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, and 5% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2010 Subaru Forester problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 0    
37300 500 Loud hiss and squeak when hit the brakes. 
68700 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

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 0    
11000 0 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

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 0    
32000 0 interior drivers door release lever 
 
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 0    
7000 0 Sunroof, and rear hatch had very obnoxious rattles.  
13000  
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 1000    
12000 0 In Oct. 2010 noticed a crack in pass. rear side stationary glass plastic trim. Turns out the trim cannot be replaced alone the entire glass panel must be which includes the little edge trim. Dealer replaced under warranty in Nov. 2010. 
33000 0 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. 
54000  
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 0    
7000 0 all four doors had hideous rattles, like they were made of loose change and tin cans. All were fixed by dealer under warranty. Additionally, the roof bars were replaced because they noticed a screw missing, and all were stripped. WOW. 
8000 0 Hatchback rattle/shudder constantly, TSB fix made it worse. Fixed by owner with foam insulation. Subaru dealer seems to be totally clueless on this one. So far, this car (and it's dealers) does not live up to it's reputation. 
10000 0 dash rattle, a-pillar trim rattle, rear-view mirror rattle, headliner rattle... this car seems to be made of the cheapest plastic of all time. They were "unable to isolate" rattles. Will be trying new dealer. 
12000 0 STILL they cannot find the source of the rattles in the dash. Seriously, this car had to be assembled on a Monday after way too much sake in Japan! 
14000 0 Started carrying foam tape, attacking rattles myself as they come. The dash rattle was finally discovered to be the cowling panel on the exterior of windshield. Self repair, since the dealers are clueless. Forum members helped diagnose. 
 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 0    
4000 0 Trim below door came loose after putting foot on it. 
62000  
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 0    
9920 0 Check engine and traction control lights on. Also cruise control light flashing. They replaced the ignition wiring to correct the problem. 
 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 6820    
9920 0 Switch in overhead passsenger dome light was intermitent.  
12420 0 Rattle inside driver door. The sound baffle inside the door was removed and two sided tape was inserted to prevent the rattle.  
19400 0 Had previously serviced driver door rattles fixed. A service bulletin was issued since the last repair dealing with door rattle. This different dealer corrected the problem according to service bulletin. 
22980 0 Driver heated car seat not working. Only the part that you sit on. Back part of seat still working. 
29140 0 Driver heated seat element no longer working. Part replaced on warantee. The windshield washer spray nozzle was cracked. Dealer advised that this was on warranty. To be ordered and fixed on next trip. 
33020 450 Rear brakes went from 40mm remaining in late August to 5 mm early Jan. Loud clunking sound coming from driver rear brake. Dealer said brakes worn down to 5mm and disk warped. Dealer replaced both read disks and pads. 
37800 400 Lubrication of brakes due to continuing sticking brakes. Dealer says insufficient lubrication of brake parts. All brake services done by dealer. 
45880 300 Leak in line from condenser to evaporator 
47700 600 Air conditioning hose replaced due leak and system recharged Front brakes sticking. Insufficient or ineffective lubrication. Brakes were not due for service for another 12,000KM. Brakes were cleaned and lubricated. 
61380 0 Clunking began in Late August. In the dealer shop mid Sep. Estimate front and rear passenger sway link will require replacement soon. 
62380 300 Driver front wheel bearing making loud hum. Diagnosed and replaced with OEM. 
65720  
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 0    
9920 0 Fogging occurring in the rear right tail light assembly. Looking closer, turns out to have cracks around the edges, letting moisture in. Found on forums to be a common defect, brought it in for warranty replacement. 
19880 0 Front windows were shifting left/right when moved up and down half way. Subaru adjusted the window regulators, problem solved. 
21700 0 Cat heat shield was rattling at 2000RPM with the engine running with a load. Insulation between cat and shield wasn't covering properly, causing contact thus the rattle. Subaru has ordered a replacement shield. 
44640 950 Driver seat front edge would not raise evenly. Dealer reports the seat frame needs replacement - $720 part. Not under warranty. 
102300  

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