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2010 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (25%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 126 repairs.

2010 Subaru Forester repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 46 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

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Subaru Forester in Chile
Dec 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

20300 mi
Rattles on the roof, over the driver's head and in the back all over the cargo area. I had filled the space between metal sheet of roof and inner roof with pieces of cloth. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Dec 2015
Sep 2011

21080 mi
Malfunction with oil control valve. The dealer had to order the part - kept over weekend and fixed on 2nd business day. 
May 2012

27260 mi
Computer had to be reset as instruments were either wrong or not functioning - cause unknown. 
Sep 2012

29140 mi

C $1400
Needed brakes 
Subaru Forester in Colorado, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2013
Nov 2011

22000 mi
OEM TPMS light on in cold weather while tire pressure was to OEM specs (known problem my Subaru); solved by increasing tire pressure. 
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 
Subaru Forester in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2015
Oct 2011

27300 mi

US $225
Key fob ceased working due to faulty button. Not covered by CPO warranty. 
Jun 2014

60000 mi

US $296
Drive belts dry and cracking. Discovered during course of scheduled maintenance. Belts replaced. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

45000 mi

US $450
Front and back brakes Rear rotors 
Subaru Forester in Missouri, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

117000 mi

US $1000
Clutch Pressure plate and release bearing worn out. 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2009 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

72540 mi

C $50
Complained about excessive oil consumption. PCV valve replaced. 
Subaru Forester in New Mexico, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
Dec 2011

20000 mi
Dome light was not functioning properly, and was replaced by dealership under warranty. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

54000 mi
Creaking coming from front of vehicle, especially at low speeds. Only seemed to occur warm, sunny days. Front sway bar bushings were dried out and rubbing. A little silicon grease in the bushings fixed the problem. 
Aug 2014

62000 mi

US $360
Electrical system for rear latch shorted out and hatchback would not close. Entire assembly was replaced. 
Subaru Forester in Illinois, United States
Oct 2014 - Apr 2015
Oct 2014

115000 mi

US $162
Replace rear brake pads and turn rotors 
Nov 2014

117000 mi

US $1300
Clutch replacement, high pitched whine, likely throw out bearing. 
Jan 2015

120000 mi

US $155
Check oil leak...currently minor. Diagnosis is a leaking head gasket. 
Apr 2015

122000 mi
Oil leak from head gasket. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2016
Jul 2011

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. 
Dec 2012

77000 mi
Battery went dead, just short of 3 years old. They don't make them like they used to. 
May 2013

90000 mi

US $175
Had car in to get all four brake pads and rotors replaced, also needed one brake caliper replaced. Brake stuck on the ride home, so I had to bring it back. 
Mar 2014

111000 mi

US $1600
Replaced clutch bearing, clutch plate, flywheel, pressure plate. Also replaced fan belts. 
Jul 2014

120500 mi

US $640
Replaced front brakes and rotors, old rotors badly warped. Clunking sound when going over small bumps. Sway bars bad. 
Dec 2014

134000 mi

US $698
Replaced right front caliper, old one was sticking. Cost about $220, parts and labor. 
Jul 2015

151000 mi

US $500
Stuck caliper, replaced that, plus pads and rotors. 
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. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

57300 mi
Rattling heat shields. 

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2010 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

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

Subaru Forester in North Carolina, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

85000 mi

US $108
replace worn power steering belt replace ground straps 
Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

38000 mi

US $260
Replaced rear brake pads, due to wear. Also rotated and balanced tires. 
Sep 2015

49000 mi

US $288
Replaced front brakes and rotors. 
Jan 2016

51000 mi

US $40
Noise in exhaust system. Loose heat shield. Tightened. Cost $40 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2016
Mar 2014

21080 mi

C $70
recommended throttle maintenance as pedal a bit sticky - detected during inspection when in for 6 month maintenance 
May 2014

21880 mi

C $200
rear brake pads and rotors replaced 
Apr 2015

27280 mi

C $80
loose heat shield 
Jul 2015

28720 mi

C $100
cracked fan belt required replacement 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2011 - Sep 2015
Mar 2014

94240 mi

C $650
Had to replace the thing that attaches the rear sway bar. 
May 2014

95940 mi

C $950
Oil leak in the timing belt cover. Had to replace timing belt before the planned replacement at 168 000 km 
Apr 2015

112400 mi

C $1200
The typical Subaru 2.5 l engine gasket change. There were oil and coolant leaks 
Jul 2015

116580 mi

C $760
Driveshaft bearing was grinding whole driveshaft replaced 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2015
Nov 2013

52000 mi

US $400
Rear brakes were below legal limit. Replaced pads and rotors 
Mar 2015

72000 mi

US $85
Battery stopped holding charge 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Aug 2013

27300 mi

US $200
replaced breaks and rotors 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016
Oct 2014

47000 mi

US $130
rotary noise on rear wheels caused by corroded brake pads. Still had plenty of wear but pads not "floating" properly. Pads, removed cleaned and lubricated. 
Jun 2015

52000 mi
Second recall service on brake line corrosion. Also noticed rear brake drums are warped causing scraping noise when brakes are not applied. 
Aug 2015

54000 mi

US $600
Pulsing and squeaking rear brakes. Warped rotors. Pads and rotors replaced all around. 
Subaru Forester in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
Jun 2015

53000 mi

US $250
Replaced tie rods 
Subaru Forester in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

59140 mi

C $350
Front rotors and pads 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2015
May 2015

51000 mi

US $425
Carrier/center bearing, upon which the driveshaft is supported, failed. Part is only replaced as full driveshaft unit. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

40000 mi

US $500
bad tie rod end and alignment. 
Jun 2015

59000 mi

US $100
Rattle when driving, dealer tightened exhaust heat shields. Started rattling again. Car will be going back to the dealer. 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

41000 mi

US $400
Rear brakes were replaced 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

76000 mi

US $50
Headlight burned out. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

17000 mi

US $399
Rear brakes completely worn out. Tech says rust from past bad winter may have prevented brake pads from fully retracting. Gas mileage has improved since repair. Brakes must have been dragging. 
Subaru Forester in New York, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2013
May 2012

14000 mi
Transmission temperature light kept coming on; transmission would not shift properly. Dealer had to order in, and replace a module. The transmission actually was not overheating. 
Nov 2012

17000 mi
The shift lever became hard to move. Parts were ordered in and replaced. 
Feb 2013

18000 mi
Brake flutter as if warped rotors. Dealer replaced rear pads but not rotors. 
Mar 2013

18000 mi

US $86
Right front seized caliper. Dealer serviced brakes, said they need yearly preventive service (dealer never told us that before). Infrared thermometer showed right front still running hot. Back to dealer, dealer had no explanation. Sold car. 
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 New Jersey, United States
Sep 2010 - Jul 2011
Mar 2011

6000 mi
Rattle/buzz occurs behind headliner, near dome light. Dealer tightened light frame, which actually made issue worse. Taking back shortly for repair. 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2012
Apr 2011

16000 mi
replaced brake light bulbs 
Subaru Forester in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2016
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 - Mar 2016
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 Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Sep 2011

25000 mi
Power steering rack was leaking and was replaced. 
Mar 2016

83000 mi

US $138
Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced the gas cap with a new gas cap. That fixed the problem. 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Aug 2010 - Aug 2012
Sep 2011

13000 mi
Rattle in drivers side rear door and rear hatch area. Repaired under warranty by dealer. Good repair, no more rattle. 
Dec 2011

15000 mi
Rattle returned in driver side passenger door and passenger side around rear hatch. Not taking it back. 
Aug 2012

25000 mi
Rattle in driver side passenger door and passenger side around rear hatch. Had gotten worse. 
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. 
Subaru Forester in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
Jun 2012

35000 mi
engine light came on need to replace oil flow control valve. 
Subaru Forester in New Jersey, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2016
Jul 2012

47000 mi

US $600
Just went in for 45K maintenance and needed new brake pads 
Jan 2015

93000 mi

US $120
Steering was squeaky. Belt was frayed. Replaced. 
Oct 2015

102000 mi

US $370
Drive belt 
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Apr 2016
May 2012

20120 mi

C $450
During the 32,000km A+B+C service it was discovered that the rear brakes were shot. Both pads and rotors required replacement. Subaru Canada says this is normal for this vehicle, even though I do not tow. First and last Subaru I will buy! 
Aug 2012

22280 mi

C $200
37,000km and now the front rotors are badly corroded with large chunks missing causing vibration and thunking noise under braking. Complained bitterly to dealer service and Subaru Canada. After much bitching Subaru Canada paid for parts only 
May 2013

29940 mi
30 month old car has rust along the bottom lip of tailgate. Trim around rear side windows cracked and probably letting water in. I have now waited over 2 MONTHS for Subaru Canada to get back to me on warranty claim. First and LAST Subaru! 
Sep 2013

33480 mi

C $60
Brake calipers sticking, even though servied at Subaru recommended intervals by the dealer. Front wheel bearing started making noise at 50,000km. This is the second time this has happened with this vehicle. Rusted tailgate lip and cracked rear side window trims finally being repaired under "goodwill" warranty from Subaru Canada. They will NOT accept fault for rusting on a barely 2 and a half year old car still under full warranty. 
Feb 2014

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. 
Jun 2014

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! 
Nov 2014

49220 mi

C $750
Rear pads and rotors were yet again gone after barely 30,000km. I have had enough with paying dealer prices so had them done an my independent mechanic. Installed after-market parts which I hope will last longer than the crappy Subaru parts! 
Mar 2015

52700 mi
Clunking coming from front passenger side. Diagnosed as worn stabilizer bushings (at 85,000km?? I just did them on my 1996 BMW with 400,000km on it!). Repaired under major component 5yr/100k warranty. 
Jun 2015

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! 
Sep 2015

58900 mi

C $350
After requiring new rear calipers last year, dealer service found that the front calipers were seized and now also needed replacing. These crappy factory parts corrode immediately, and regular brake service and lubrication does not help! 
Subaru Forester in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Mar 2014
Apr 2012

35340 mi

C $60
Front linkage and bushing repaired under warranty. Blown fuse for center console power socket. 
Subaru Forester in Indiana, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2011

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. 
Subaru Forester in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

36700 mi
Driver seat heat pad went bad, delear replaced under warranty at 35,850 miles ;) 
Apr 2015

69500 mi

US $1000
Exhaust Cross pipe cracked needed replacement. 
Mar 2016

85000 mi
Head Gasket developed a leak. Car was traded in for a new one. 
Subaru Forester in Saskatchewan, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

15500 mi
door lock on rear driver's side door came unhooked. problem fixed under warrantee. 
Jun 2013

23560 mi
Coolant leak detected. Dealer found the power steering return line was leaking fluid. It was replaced under warrantee. 
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014
Aug 2013

75000 mi
Catalytic converter needed to be replaced 

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