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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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Great Car until Aug 2015 - 6 yrs. 51,000 miles
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Joanna MacMillan
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This month, August 2015, with 51,000 miles on the 2010 Forester, I learned that the engine has a problem in Cylinder #3 and needs a Short Block replacement and the AC Compressor needs to be replaced as well. The repair cost is $6,0000. All the research done before purchased pointed to a a good decision buy.

I noticed the AC problem in May 2015. Subaru dealer added Freon with some dye to see if a leak could be detected. Earlier this month, it was clearly not blowing cold air. I scheduled service for the AC and asked Service to also check a noise I was hearing at acceleration.

Car has been serviced exclusively by Subaru dealer service dept. and all service has been done on schedule.

There are 2 possibilities for the Engine issue, both point to DEFECTS. The engine was either developing a problem over time = defect, or experienced the failure of an engine component very quickly also - from a defect. If it was developing over time – for how long, how could it have been missed during the at last 3 service appointments in the last year?

The situation I find myself in is unacceptable by any standard or measure. The engine of my 2010 Forester obviously had a defect. The AC Compressors in decent cars don’t need replacing at between 50 and 51,000 miles. By the way, I live in Connecticut, not exactly known for brutal long summers and certainly not for year round use of AC.

We'll see how this plays out - cause Subaru isn't getting off the hook on this. I promised myself! Meanwhile my 1998 BMW Z3 - Trucks on beautifully!


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Not returning to Subaru
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By cars4dummies
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Despite all the hypes out there, I am very disappointed with our Forester. Runs well and icy and snowy roads here in Calgary, but the customer care is mediocre to say the least, and we've had series of issues after our first maintenance. Suffice to say, we went back to the dealer for repairs other than regular maintenance at least five times in the last four years. That's a lot considering this is a brand new car. My 2003 Toyota Echo has been a much better value for us for $10K less than our Forester.
We will sell ours shortly, and will not go back to Subaru again. (sorry sis... she works for Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan)


Best Features

Runs well on ice and snow.


Worst Features

Parts seem very cheap.


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Not all Subarus are reliable
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By master7blaster
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This car has been a major disappointment, so far I had the air conditioning go out when it was 110 degrees as a bearing in the compressor seized, than just a few weeks ago my right front axle bearing went bad.
Also my rear rotors are rusted with massive grooves, my rear emergency break pads are toast so I need to get new rear breaks, rotors and new emergency breaks replaced.
The car has 44K on it and is 3 and a half years old.
I used to have a 97 Impreza Outback that had no problems for 13 years and 225K miles, only things wearing out like when they should have, not like this car.
For all the awards this car has won its been a major disappointment.


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Lots of room, handles nice in bad weather, comfortable seats.


Worst Features

Use higher quality parts


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Horrible transmission
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By cupcakebaker4
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2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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It seems that any time I change speeds suddenly, my car revs up and feels like it's stalling. The first time it happened, I was on a major highway and went to pass in the left lane when suddenly the car revved really high (as if I threw it into neutral and stepped on the gas pedal) and wasn't moving! I saw a car coming up on me in my rear view mirror and thought, "that's it, I'm a goner!" Just today on my way to Subaru for the seat belt recall, as I pulled out onto the highway, the car revved to 5 and it felt like the gas pedal was stuck. When I slow down to make a turn at a corner, the car jerks when I put my foot back on the gas. 3x back to the dealer; they say that's how this trans works!


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awd, anti-lock brakes, stereo


Worst Features

change the transmission!


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