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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,250 miles

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2010 Subaru Forester miscellaneous problems

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2010 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 202016


  • 126,000 miles


Transmission shift cable is failing due to rust making the transmission almost impossible to shift - soon to brake - dealership could not estimate how long it had before it brakes - not sure what would happen if it broke - still driving - getting quotes to fix - dealership said $480 plus tax

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #3

Apr 102014


  • 35,000 miles
The heat shields on my 2010 Subaru Forester have had to be clamped twice due to the heat shields becoming loose from the exhaust system. This could be a fire danger if a heat shield cake loose and ruptured the gas tank. This appears to be a design issue.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #2

Aug 292010


  • 12,000 miles
The body control module - which is held in place by double-stick tape(!) - dropped from its place under the dashboard and obstructed the brake pedal. It took 20 feet to figure out that there was something in the way of the brake pedal and get my foot around and under it and stop the car. Fortunately I was in a fairly empty parking garage and driving 15 mph. Had I been driving on the highway at speed people could have died. My mechanic resecured it w/a heavier duty adhesive, but said it wasn't possible (for him) to put a bolt or strap on it. I have asked Subaru to please figure a way to bolt or strap it for me.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 282011


  • 8,000 miles
Subaru Forester 2010 engine went dead while pulling into driveway. Attempts were made to restart the car. A strong rubber odor filled the car along with smoke coming from the trunk of the car. The driver had to get herself and her two children (5 month old baby and a two year old toddler) out of the car. Within minutes, the car was in flames. The car burnt down to its frame.

- Providence, RI, USA

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