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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee   22 Grand Cherokees, 4.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 3600 miles

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2015 Subaru Forester 105 Foresters, 6.1 months of data per Forester, average 5700 miles4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 107 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 13700 miles

Refreshed. Improving with resolution of earlier very common problems with new climate control and infotainment system, which is tied into many other electrical systems.
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80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Forester 126 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 13000 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   15 Grand Cherokees, 8.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 23300 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 20300 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 60 Grand Cherokees, 8.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 33700 miles55
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 28300 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
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10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 58 Grand Cherokees, 9.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 46500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2011 Subaru Forester 40 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 47000 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
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30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 57 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 56300 miles19
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Forester 59 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 68900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   18 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 64000 miles

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2008 Subaru Forester   18 Foresters, 7.7 months of data per Forester, average 77400 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 27 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 85800 miles88
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2007 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 92100 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   11 Grand Cherokees, 9.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 92900 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester   18 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 85800 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   17 Grand Cherokees, 9.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 108900 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester 26 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 100600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 27 Grand Cherokees, 8.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 127000 miles89
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2004 Subaru Forester 29 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 123600 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.
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2003 Subaru Forester 27 Foresters, 8.3 months of data per Forester, average 126600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   10 Grand Cherokees, 9.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 131100 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 152400 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 165400 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   13 Grand Cherokees, 5.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 146200 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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
8-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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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.
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
8-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
8-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 237hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
too early to tell but reports are poor
2005 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 285-horsepower 4.3L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time 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 turbocharged 237hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD 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
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subaru has a great reputation for reliability.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
just reliable
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L 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.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
There is a reason you see so many old one around in our mountain town - they just work and keep working.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Well manufactured, tightly built.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Subaru has a good reputation (hope this one holds up).
Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT 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 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT 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.