Reader Review of the Week: 2011 Subaru Forester

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Bill from Wagram, N.C., had no troubles with his previous-generation Subaru Forester and he hoped the latest generation would prove to be just as reliable, but that hasn’t been the case. The interior quality isn’t the best, and there are some engine problems that Bill has dealt with. To find out more, check out full review below. Once you’re done, write a review of your own car here.

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“I am coming from a 2005 Forester X, which had 120,000 trouble-free miles. (I didn’t replace the front discs until 105,000, and the rear drums are still going strong.) This new model X Premium promises to be just as reliable.

“Subaru still needs some help with its interiors, but the interior is adequate. Too much cheap plastic for the dog to scratch is my major complaint. The new engine is breaking in well, but it has the problem with the left-side hydraulic tensioner that many are noticing. Subaru has already issued a service bulletin and will replace the tensioner if drivers find it objectionable. (The oil leaks out of it during the night, causing a rattling noise when you crank up in the morning. It’s not supposed to cause any problems with the engine.) Overall, I am very pleased. The X Premium comes with an iPod/USB jack, which works well. In fact, it sounds better than the standard radio.”

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