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2010 Subaru Forester

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I Love my Subie!!!!
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By LJ
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I simply love it!
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By Subaru Forrester Owner
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My 2010 Subaru Forester Limited is 72k miles. I got it brand new. NEVER had an issue with it by just providing very basic maintenance (brakes, tires, oil changes and wipers). All maintenance has been done at the dealership.

It rides very smooth. It has good traction. It drives beautifully in the snow. It is roomy when needed. It is very easy to drive and love this vehicle. I couldn't be happier with it.

The only thing I do not like about it is the fact that it does not have as much isolation between the exterior and the interior. In other words, it is not as quiet inside as other vehicles on its category are. I have to increase the volume of the music I am playing to be able to muffle and omit some of the road sound from the exterior.

One thing is a little bit disappointing is the fact that even though I bought a "Limited" edition, for some reason it does not say anywhere in the vehicle.

Other than those two thing, I simply love this vehicle.


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65K Miles, Leaking Head Gaskets
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Chris Palmisano
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Evidently this is a systemic problem with Foresters. I sure do wish Edmunds had told me that before I plunked down $25K on this car. Anywho... Now I'm stuck with a $5K repair on a car that's barely six years old with 65K miles. Never again, Subaru.


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2010 Subaru Forester XT (Turbo) Limited Edition
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Forester Owner
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


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* Present Car: 2010 Subaru Forester XT (Turbo Charged) Limited edition; 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
(Fast on pickup and powerful on torque)
15-25 MPG (Premium Fuel ONLY)
4 cylinder Uses a Timing Belt

* Prior Car: 2009 Subaru Forester X (NON-Turbo Charged) Limited edition PZEV; 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
(Slow on pickup and weak on torque... dangerous on pulling out!)
15-30 MPG (Reg (best), Plus, Premium Fuels)
4 cylinder Uses a Timing Belt

The "Limited" is the top end model and comes with a near-complete package of options as standard.

Most of the negative reviews I've read are from non-turbo Subaru owners.
I would never buy another non-turbo car OF ANY KIND again for the reasons mentioned above... no power and too slow on pickup and top end.
However, if you think the pickup is ok and you want the fuel efficiency, get the X version.

If you study the 0-60 second reviews on every car, you'll see that there are [presently] only 2 ways to get to 60 mph in under 7 seconds...
1) Natural Aspirated with +400 HP (Burns lots of fuel... 18-5 MPG)
2) Turbo Charged with +225 HP (Best fuel consumption... 28-15 MPG)

I haven't experienced the oil burning issues others have complained about... perhaps they had the inevitable lemons.
After doing a very thorough research on all SUVs, I am convinced there is no better car than Subarus (w//Turbo) you can buy for it's price.
The only other SUV I'd consider is a Porshe Macan... but you pay over 4x the price.

Both 2009 and 2010 Foresters handled superbly on wet, slippery roads BECAUSE OF the synchronized all wheel drive.
Anybody complaining about poor handling of Subarus in inclement weather [while All Wheel Drive is engaged] needs to learn how to drive CORRECTLY.
The drive train of Subarus is impeccable and the main reason I went with it... Centered/Balanced/Low Mounted Boxer Engine; Synchronized All Wheel Drive
make this vehicle VERY easy to control on any surface... There is no better vehicle to drive on slippery surfaces than Subarus.

Driver's Seat "Limited" version: Leather 8 way power control; Does not wear out unless you carry a THICK WALLET IN YOUR BACK POCKET!
Very comfortable for 5'2"-6'5" Ht.
Both front seats tilt all the way back for taking naps on long trips... Some individuals may find the arm rests in the way in this position, but still not much of a detriment.
Passenger Seat: Mechanical Lever Adjustment.
Rear Seats: Are comfortable enough for average height people.
Rear Cargo: Rear seats fold down all the way flat (unlike many other top end SUVs), making it excellent for loading items and camping out if need be.
NAV system: Screen is 6" diagonal... not large enough to view comfortably.
Does not dim enough at night time making it annoying to drive while on.
Boot up is too slow if turned off.
There are better after market models with 7" screen (fits perfectly if the NAV-Headunit is compatible with 2008-2013 Forester models) that are much cheaper.
Warning! : Do not buy any Kenwood!

The 2010 Subaru Forester XT (Turbo Charged) Limited edition is the best car I've ever owned.
However, it's recommended to change the Timing Belt around 100k miles ($1100).
2011-present now have a Timing Chain which doesn't need to be changed for much longer.
Nevertheless, there are some complaints about how they are mounted, but that is to be seen from other owner's reviews.
The only other engine Subaru makes with a Timing Chain is their 3.6 Liter, 6 Cylinder Engine; But that was only put in their Outbacks.


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Never again
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Courtney Dorer
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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We bought the 2010 Forester and loved it! We did all of the maintenance required but the piston rings in the block stuck on the way home from vacation on the interstate burning all of the oil out of the engine!! The oil pressure light threshold must be set too low because it did NOT come on to warn us that there was a problem until the car began knocking and shuttering going down the interstate at 80 mph and by that time it was already too late!! Only 5 years old and 81000 miles!! We can replace the engine if we choose, but would be the same 2.5L motor which has the same issue that Subaru is aware of, NO THANK YOU! Will never buy a Subaru again!


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