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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 55
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  34 Grand Cherokees, 7.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 6500 miles
2015 Subaru Forester 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  145 Foresters, 8.2 months of data per Forester, average 9000 miles

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 64
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  101 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 19100 miles

Refreshed. Common electrical issues.
2014 Subaru Forester 19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  114 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 18400 miles

Redesigned.

 

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 Grand Cherokees, 7.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 30700 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2013 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  22 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 25400 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 52
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  56 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 41800 miles
2012 Subaru Forester 23
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 32800 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.

 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 49
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  50 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 51800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Forester 29
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  38 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 53900 miles

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

 

2010 Subaru Forester 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  57 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 59400 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 51
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  56 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 73900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  19 Grand Cherokees, 8.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 65100 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2008 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  17 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 75500 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 84
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 Grand Cherokees, 9.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 90000 miles
2007 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 104900 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 Grand Cherokees, 7.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 101400 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2006 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  23 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 97600 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  17 Grand Cherokees, 8.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 114700 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2005 Subaru Forester 39
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 102700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 118
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 130000 miles
2004 Subaru Forester 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 126000 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 68
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 Foresters, 7.7 months of data per Forester, average 129900 miles

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

 

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 138600 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2002 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 Foresters, 7.9 months of data per Forester, average 147500 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 Grand Cherokees, 6.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 137600 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 Foresters, 8.1 months of data per Forester, average 167400 miles

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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
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
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
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years.
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).
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I visited service only for scheduled inspections Reliable car. This is my second Subaru Forester. The previous one was also reliable.
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.