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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Jeep Grand Cherokee or Subaru Forester reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Subaru Forester truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Forester reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Subaru Forester were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Subaru Forester have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 88 Grand Cherokees, 7.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 7600 miles

Refreshed. Very common problems with new climate control and infotainment system, which is tied into many other electrical systems.
58
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Forester 109 Foresters, 7.9 months of data per Forester, average 6400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   13 Grand Cherokees, 9.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 12400 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 10.7 months of data per Forester, average 12900 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 68 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 24600 miles52
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 20700 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 63 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 39400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 43 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 36700 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 65 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 47000 miles22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Forester 66 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 61200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   18 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 60900 miles

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2008 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 78700 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 33 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 81700 miles85
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 82200 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   11 Grand Cherokees, 7.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 97600 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 91400 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 7.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 104800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 99400 miles

Possible common problems with leaking head gaskets and cracked radiators.
87
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 8.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 125400 miles76
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Forester 30 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 115700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 122500 miles

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   14 Grand Cherokees, 8.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 126800 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 152200 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 7.3 months of data per Forester, average 163400 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   15 Grand Cherokees, 6.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 160800 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   10 Foresters, 7.3 months of data per Forester, average 169500 miles

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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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Subaru has a good reputation (hope this one holds up).
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
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic 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 turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems.
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.