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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Foresters, 3.0 months of data per Forester, average 3000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 37
70.4968944099% 70.4968944099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Grand Cherokee gass, 7.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 8300 miles
2015 Subaru Forester 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  152 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 10900 miles

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 59
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 Grand Cherokee gass, 10.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 22600 miles

Refreshed. Common electrical issues.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Grand Cherokee diesels, 10.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee diesel, average 23700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Subaru Forester 23
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  112 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 21600 miles

Redesigned.

 

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Grand Cherokees, 8.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 36900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 30800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 42
51.2987012987% 51.2987012987% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Grand Cherokees, 9.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 43900 miles
2012 Subaru Forester 18
9.74025974026% 9.74025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 35500 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.

 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 38
42.4369747899% 42.4369747899% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Grand Cherokees, 10.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 53400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Forester 25
20.5882352941% 20.5882352941% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 57700 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.

 

2010 Subaru Forester 28
20.6766917293% 20.6766917293% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Foresters, 10.5 months of data per Forester, average 61100 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 53
39.1428571429% 39.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 77300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 68400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 72900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 71
51.0204081633% 51.0204081633% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Grand Cherokees, 10.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 95000 miles
2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 105000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Grand Cherokees, 7.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 100700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Subaru Forester 48
26.6917293233% 26.6917293233% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 100600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 117700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Forester 38
14.168618267% 14.168618267% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 103900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 141
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 131300 miles
2004 Subaru Forester 61
31.3852813853% 31.3852813853% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 127500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus. First year for the turbocharged XT. Multiple turbo failures reported. To prevent this, check and possibly remove filter at banjo joint in oil supply line.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 59
23.5238095238% 23.5238095238% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 140600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 146400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 147900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Grand Cherokees, 8.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 159800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 174700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Jeep Grand Cherokee

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I have had no major problems with any of my Jeeps. This one has had a few electrical glitches but seem OK now.
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I owned a Pontiac Bonneville previously and wanted a 4wheel drive /SUV type vehicle.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I bought this vehicle brand new straight from the dealers show room its been seven months now and done only 4500 miles but I had to take it twice to the dealer for coolant leakage and water pump issues.
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Air suspension was problematic and took over a month at the dealer and 4 visits to finally get fixed. Also had problems with the radio and the memory settings getting wiped out. Occassional electric gremlins.
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
With all the good things to say, one drawback I have is with some of the components that have failed so far. With only 46,000 kilometers (less than 30,000 miles) on it, it has had one front shock absorber fail, the water pump fail, a small engine coolant leak and three factory recall notices. As a retired mechanic, I realize with all the complicated equipment in today's vehicles, some items are bound to fail, but as this vehicle has not seen any offroad activity nor been driven hard, I am a little disappionted with all the repairs that it has needed. With that said, I STILL love my Jeep and think it is still better than its competition.
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Already in for major repair with only 500 miles on it
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
As I said this is our fourth Jeep and one must be prepared for poor reliability. Chrysler does not seem to be able to build a reliable vehicle. I don't know if it is poor quality control, poor parts supplier, poor training of assembly line workers
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 215hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
too early to tell but reports are poor
2008 0 I have a love hate relationship with my jeep. Love it when it's running but I'm not happy with the reliability. Repairs have been all after warranty expired; glow plug module...$700 swirl motor...$600 this could of been $6000 but green deisel engeneering saved the day high pressure power starting line ...$500 alternator...$1000 many glow plugs and engine start failures just lots of gremlins
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
The Grand Cherokee has had very bad electical problems. It seems that you can either get a really good one, or a really bad one.
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Very poor reliability. Known failures of heater blower doors, window regulators, brake systems. Failures usually out of warranty. Same poor designs carried over from 2001 to 2004.
2000 4dr SUV 195-horsepower 4.0L I6 w/DoD
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Lots of problems with the front differential and axle on the Selec-Trac 4x4
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Long time toyota owner. Decided to switch toa Forester for AWD, safety and Relialibilty. In 1 year I experienced a complete computer shutdown due to a faulty brake switch and an engine oil leak. Piece of junk-no confidence in subaru. Going back to Toyota!
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Subaru has a great reputation for reliability.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
just reliable
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reputation, resale, alot of em out there pushing 200K, some even 300K!!
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reputation, needs to be reliable for the amount of remote driving that is done.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not impressed thus far. Has consumed far too much oil for a new vehicle. Dealership inspected for leaks; they did not find any. They stated the oil consumption (about three quarts every 4000 miles) is typical. Subaru Of America was no help.
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 210hp 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Subarus are known for their Japanese make and reliability. But in the year I have owned this car, I have had anything but reliability. In twelve months, the car has been drivable for only 6. And even when it is drivable, it stalls, bucks, and gives a general feel that is not one of confidence.