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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Subaru Forester Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. 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 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Foresters, 4.4 months of data per Forester, average 4000 miles

 

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 28
48.1366459627% 48.1366459627% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Grand Cherokee gass, 8.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 10200 miles
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Grand Cherokee diesels, 6.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee diesel, average 7900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2015 Subaru Forester 10
3.41614906832% 3.41614906832% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 13000 miles

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 53
99.7142857143% 99.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 Grand Cherokee gass, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 25400 miles

Refreshed. Common electrical issues.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Grand Cherokee diesels, 10.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee diesel, average 27800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Subaru Forester 30
47.1428571429% 47.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  107 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 24100 miles

Redesigned.

 

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 39600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 34500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 42
53.5714285714% 53.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Grand Cherokees, 9.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 46400 miles
2012 Subaru Forester 22
17.8571428571% 17.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 37700 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.

 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 48
56.9387755102% 56.9387755102% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 55500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Forester 15
3.0612244898% 3.0612244898% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 60300 miles

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

 

2010 Subaru Forester 36
31.3186813187% 31.3186813187% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 62800 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 74
59.8901098901% 59.8901098901% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 80500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Grand Cherokees, 9.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 68600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 69200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 82
63.7662337662% 63.7662337662% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Grand Cherokees, 9.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 95500 miles
2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 105000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester 68
45.5665024631% 45.5665024631% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 104200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 118600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Forester 35
9.82142857143% 9.82142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 105500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 150
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 134400 miles
2004 Subaru Forester 47
18.0672268908% 18.0672268908% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 9.1 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 81
37.9120879121% 37.9120879121% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 143900 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
  11 Grand Cherokees, 8.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 150700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 148000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Grand Cherokees, 9.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 155700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 177500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearComment
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
The current generation Grand Cherokee had a fairly rough first year, and the 2014 refresh also appears to have added some glitches. If the past is any guide, though these problems should be ironed out soon, if they haven't been already. One notable problem area: the air suspension that adds to the Jeep's off-road capability can be a source of expensive (once out of warranty) repairs. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
 

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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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 see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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 see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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 see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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 see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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. see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
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 see full Jeep Grand Cherokee review
 

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. see full Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reliable vehicles that last for years. see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
just reliable see full Subaru Forester review
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!! see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles). see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review
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. see full Subaru Forester review