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2010 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Chart based on 110 repairs.

2010 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

Chart based on 38 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

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Feb 2014
Apr 2011

37300 mi

US $500
Loud hiss and squeak when hit the brakes. 
Apr 2013

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

Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2011
Feb 2011

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

Subaru Forester in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

32000 mi
interior drivers door release lever 
Subaru Forester in Iowa, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2012
Nov 2010

6500 mi
Sunroof, and rear hatch had very obnoxious rattles.  
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2015
Nov 2010

12000 mi
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. 
Jun 2012

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. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2011
Oct 2010

7000 mi
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. 
Nov 2010

8000 mi
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. 
Dec 2010

10000 mi
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. 
Feb 2011

12000 mi
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! 
Mar 2011

14000 mi
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
Nov 2009 - Jun 2015
Mar 2010

4000 mi
Trim below door came loose after putting foot on it. 
Apr 2015

77000 mi
Seat back release lever had come unscrewed. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Oct 2011
Apr 2010

9920 mi
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
Mar 2010 - May 2014
Jun 2010

9920 mi
Switch in overhead passsenger dome light was intermitent.  
Jul 2010

12420 mi
Rattle inside driver door. The sound baffle inside the door was removed and two sided tape was inserted to prevent the rattle.  
Feb 2011

19840 mi
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. 
May 2011

22980 mi
Driver heated car seat not working. Only the part that you sit on. Back part of seat still working. 
Aug 2011

29140 mi
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. 
Jan 2012

33020 mi

C $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. 
May 2012

37800 mi

C $400
Lubrication of brakes due to continuing sticking brakes. Dealer says insufficient lubrication of brake parts. All brake services done by dealer. 
Sep 2012

45880 mi

C $300
Leak in line from condenser to evaporator 
Nov 2012

47700 mi

C $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. 
Sep 2013

61380 mi
Clunking began in Late August. In the dealer shop mid Sep. Estimate front and rear passenger sway link will require replacement soon. 
Oct 2013

62380 mi

C $300
Driver front wheel bearing making loud hum. Diagnosed and replaced with OEM. Also fixed sway bar links. 
May 2014

67580 mi
Rear hanger bearing noisy. Diagnosed as needing replacement. Shaft and bearing one assembly piece replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Jan 2015
Nov 2009

9920 mi
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. 
May 2010

19880 mi
Front windows were shifting left/right when moved up and down half way. Subaru adjusted the window regulators, problem solved. 
Jun 2010

21700 mi
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. 
Sep 2011

44640 mi

C $950
Driver seat front edge would not raise evenly. Dealer reports the seat frame needs replacement - $720 part. Not under warranty. 
Jan 2015

114700 mi

C $1000
Both rear control arms were noisy, the ball joints were wearing out. 

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2010 Subaru Forester Repair Histories

155 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2010 Subaru Forester. 44 of these members (28.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 110 repairs to 2010 Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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