2010 Thrown rod on Subaru Forester

130

Asked by Dec 28, 2015 at 11:52 AM about the 2010 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Regular maintenance followed: oil change, belts change at 99,450 miles,
conservative driver. Driving down highway, no warn light, but car lost power
and rod thrown. taken to subaru place and wonder about others with this
experience. Or is this rather unusual and need to seek Subaru for private
talk about help as this will be expensive.
current milage on car 100,040.
Dealer said: plenty of oil in car but apparently not getting to rods. Possible a
mechanic would not have picked up on this.

25 Answers

68,465

I've been seeing a lot of people here on this forum with late model Subarus that have blown head gaskets, constant oil leaks, etc. My Niece's Husband jus bought a '16 Outback. I warned him. I'm curious to see how he makes out. I personally wouldn't buy one. Check out the website carcomplaints.com and see if others are having the same problem. I'm sure you're not alone by what I've been reading. HTH. -Jim

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
130

I contacted Subaru and sent my maintenance history. I will review your thoughts and information.. Thanks I will say, I have a number of friends with Forester and one with Outback. They have not had any problems but not yet at the same mileage as me.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
68,465

I hope you can get some help from Subaru on this. It's really ashame when someone like you, who keeps up with the maintenance and repairs gets a terrible break like this!! -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
4,950

Ignore the first response. Throwing a rod is NOT a common experience with the 2.5i motor unless it had previously run oil- starved. Yes, a used motpr properly installed will cost you low $2k's. Sorry. You MAY be able to get SOA to "participatee" as it's just at 100k and less than 6 years old, but I doubt it.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
Best Answer
130

I am hoping for a positive response. The dealer indicated a mechanic might not pick up on the rod problem and there was plenty of oil. Oil change has all been regular. There was just no engine light to indicate a problem and car ran well until this happened. I am very grateful there was no accident as traffic was light and I could pull over. Thanks for everyone's supportive response.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
68,465

I only speak the truth. -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

TheSubaruGuruBoston is mistaken, I also have seen so many complaints about the Subaru they should stop manufacturing them. Yes, that bad. Oil consumption of 1 quart in less than 1000 miles? And Subaru calls that 'acceptable'? Good Grief Charlie Brown! My Toyota consumes less than ½ quart with 80,000 miles on it in 8000 miles between changes. Ludicrous, poor engineering and even when the oil runs DRY there are no warning lights for oil pressure or oil quantity.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
130

Yes, I really wonder about there being no warning light if the rod is not receiving oil. Wouldn't an engine light come on? But that did not happen. The car lost power and I was able to safely pull over and no accident on the highway. My driving is local or going to see a friend out of town now and then.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
4,950

CELs are ECM-driven and only relate to emissions systems. Seems your thrown rod was a fluke. Sorry.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
4,950

Mistaken about what, FordNut?

68,465

You're mistaken about the quality of these vehicles, TheSubaruGuruBoston. Subarus are all over the internet because of blown head gaskets, multiple engine replacements on new '15 models, excessive oil usage and leakage. My '03 Chevy S-10 pick up with 287,000 miles on the original engine uses maybe a half quart of oil in between oil changes. If you think all these issues with Subaru's are normal, you're out of your mind! Other manufacturers filed for bankruptcy a few years ago because of similar quality control issues. I predict Subaru will be soon to follow if they keep producing unreliable vehicles! Of course there will always be people like you who, no matter what, will stand by the name. But how many times do you have to hit your head against the wall before you realize it hurts!! -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
130

I will keep in mind the information each of you are bringing to my attention. Knowing little about cars means this is an education for me. I do not know how this is resolved: replay rods? motor redone/replaced? However, I do wonder if Subaru sees this as my expense (with what I have read from posts here) I wonder if 1) asking up the Subaru chain of command is needed 2) letter to state attorney general would help/ as one friend recommended as possible down the road response by me. I have not heard of any Forester problems and believe this is most odd and that Subaru would want to know and be pro-active. Their reputation does mean something.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
4,950

It seems that some of you guys are conflating "quality", "quality assurance", "manufacturing engineering", "quality control", "durability", and "reliability". These are all technical terms that have specific meanings. A manufacturer's parts can be extremely consistently made to a price point. IOW the "quality assurance" is superb. But if the part is under-engineered for its purpose, it's probably not "durable"...or "reliable". Subaru's QA has been superb, at least until very recently. Durability of some parts (esp head gaskets, wheel bearings, et al), has been problematic. Cost-control engineering of late is the real issue, as well chasing that extra tenth mpg via skinny oil. Haven't been closely following 2015-2016 production (yet), but I am concerned with all that skinny cheap steel used in the subframe structures.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
4,950

Quilter: Start with a call to SOA at 1 800 Subaru 3 and try to get a claim number so that SOA "participates" in the repair financially. You can then take that number to any Subaru Franchised Dealer for the repair. You will probably have to beg and scream a lot....

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
130

Wow, I am sincere when I say: good list of vocabulary, that could be helpful to me in talking to appropriate people about this. As a retired teacher, I tell kids there is a language involved in each concept.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
130

Yes, I have started that process with Subaru customer care and sent all paper work regarding maintenance of my car. They are in contact with the Subaru dealer where car was towed to. I am also working on my "confidence" and assertive nature :) as I do not want to be a woman taken advantage of.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
68,465

The specific meaning here, TheSubaruGuruBoston, is simple. If you build something with parts that are junk the end result is the completed product is junk. Which is what Subaru has been building for many years. There's no reason why a consumer can't expect to get 10 to 15 years and upwards of 150,000 for the amount of money that's paid. There's no reason that a 6 year old vehicle with 100,000 miles on it, that has been properly maintained, as this one apparently has, should throw a rod, blow a head gasket, leak oil, etc., etc., etc. Junk in = junk product! -Jim

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
130

Hello and Belated Happy New Year. This is an update regarding the Forester. Sorry for the delay but here is what happened afterall: After Subaru inspection, it was discovered a timing belt broke etc and the damage was extensive. The reputable mechanic shop work apparently was not correctly done and about 9 days later: Kaboom. But there were no injuries and no one hurt and no accident so I am very blessed and glad. The subaru dealer and talented mechanic replaced and fixed all that was needed which was quite a lot/ like a new engine. Rods were not impacted as it was said, I turned engine off quickly so no extended damage there. However, fuel or something was dumped into the catalytic converter from all of this at the time of motor shut down and the catalytic converter also had to be replaced. Wow, what an education. The private mechanic shop covered costs. Car does run well after all said and done. Thanks for your input and honest reflection regarding what was considered the problem but as it turns out, was not the problem. Take care

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
4,950

Here's ANOTHER incidence of an unnecessary t-belt job going awry! Sigh. Owners should learn somehow to ignore Subie's robust t-belt/pump design until its 10th birthday, and THEN just inspect the belt annually for condition, as replacing it earlier is expensive "insurance" that once in awhile backfires...even with a good wrench.

69,485

Ford - Subaru did claim that a quart in a thousand miles was normal but has changed their tune after complaints. The Official position of Subaru is one quart in 3,600 miles is normal. The oil consumption test is for 1,200 miles and if the car uses less than 1/3 quart then it is OK by them.

69,485

Ford - the new Subaru's do have a low engine oil level warning light that supposedly comes on at 1 quart low - I know as it came on when my new Subaru ran low on oil. It was actually about 1 1/2 quarts low though.

69,485

Thanks for the update Quilter! All this arguing when the original issue was misdiagnosed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
4,950

Older Subies don't signal low oil until VERY low. Fortunately their dipsticks are conservative: the "low" dot is one qt down; off the stick is only two qts down, leaving 2-2.5 in the motor...still quite safe. But yeah, you have to check it, as every instance I've run into were the oil light came on the engine was coincidentally damaged. Maybe they've gotten more "alarming" of late. Sigh....

4,950

Quart in 3600 (i.e., 1L/5km) is certainly reasonable, eh?

69,485

A lot better than a quart in a thousand. I can live with a quart in 3,600 but not the former.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2010 Thrown rod on Subaru Forester 25 answers

    Regular maintenance followed: oil change, belts change at 99,450 miles, conservative driver. Driving down highway, no warn light, but car lost power and rod thrown. taken to subaru place and wonder ...

    2010 Subaru Forester

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2010 Subaru Forester 1 answer

    Vehicle dynamic control, cel, flashing cruise control lights all on.

    2010 Subaru Forester

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Swapping engines on a 1999 Subaru Forester. 4 answers

    I have a 1999 Subaru Forester, but the motors blown. I'm wondering if it is possible to put the 2.5 RS in the forester. And if not what would be the best engine to put in that I can still apply my...

    1999 Subaru Forester

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Subaru Forester 2.5 2010 warning light showing

    Few days back i was driving and i heard a strange sound suddenly coming from the car. when i stopped and opened the hood i noticed that Alternator belt had snapped (image https://ibb.co/ccVfHv) since ...

    2010 Subaru Forester 2.5 X

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 04 Subaru Forester Suddenly Dies on Highway 1 answer

    Hey! So, I was driving home today and suddenly my Subaru completely lost power. I started slowing down and couldn't accelerate. My Oil, Check Engine, and other lights came on. And now, the car won't...

    2004 Subaru Forester X

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 33,040 nationwide Forester listings starting at $995.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 3,790
#2 walth
walth
Reputation 3,070
#3 lifeson34
lifeson34
Reputation 2,580
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
419 Great Deals out of 40,407 listings starting at $1,395
Used Honda CR-V
1,029 Great Deals out of 57,426 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota RAV4
888 Great Deals out of 64,805 listings starting at $1,990
Used Subaru Impreza
210 Great Deals out of 19,017 listings starting at $1,100
Used Subaru Legacy
242 Great Deals out of 12,553 listings starting at $1,399
Used Ford Escape
1,347 Great Deals out of 85,082 listings starting at $950
Used Toyota 4Runner
240 Great Deals out of 19,390 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Highlander
391 Great Deals out of 26,423 listings starting at $2,500
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
65 Great Deals out of 1,371 listings starting at $3,365
Used Nissan Rogue
573 Great Deals out of 66,668 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Tacoma
542 Great Deals out of 43,391 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Pilot
421 Great Deals out of 23,628 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
16,529 listings starting at $20,203
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 7,262 listings starting at $18,019
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
95 Great Deals out of 1,283 listings starting at $16,580
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
105 Great Deals out of 2,640 listings starting at $9,999
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
53 Great Deals out of 1,386 listings starting at $9,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.