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Have a opportunity to buy a 2010 Forester 2.5x w/70,150 miles on it. 5-speed manual.

I've always heard how reliable Subaru's are. I've gotten a little spooked with this head gasket issue however. Is this prevalent with the 2008-2010 Forester's?
I gravitated to this brand for it's reliability but have concerns. Is it a very small percentage that have this gasket failure or is it a given?

I drove a Outback in Alaska in 2014 and it had a lasting impression on me.
This would be my first Subaru.....

Joining from Southern Illinois.
 

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Head gasket still possible. Remember at 110k miles the timing belt idlers,wp, and tensioner are due.
 

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Head gasket still possible. Remember at 110k miles the timing belt idlers,wp, and tensioner are due.
Wasn't 2010 the year that Subaru at least started using the MLS gaskets that the turbo engine uses? I recognize that does not insure the HG will not leak, but I thought it was less common 2010 and forward till the EJ met its end.....
 

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I got curious and did more reading. I think adc is correct that 2010 Foz EJ25 engine still got single layer headgaskets.
 

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I would not let these items dissuade you. I have a 2008 and did the HG and timing belt and at 200K miles its still on the road for my granddaughter.
 
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