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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 55 Grand Cherokees, 5.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 4800 miles

Refreshed. Very common problems with new infotainment system.
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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Forester 67 Foresters, 5.5 months of data per Forester, average 4200 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   13 Grand Cherokees, 8.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 7500 miles

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2013 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 8300 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 17800 miles45
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 41 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 16400 miles15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 64 Grand Cherokees, 9.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 31600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 40 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 31300 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 58 Foresters, 10.6 months of data per Forester, average 42100 miles18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Forester 71 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 55100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   19 Grand Cherokees, 9.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 53500 miles

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2008 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 75300 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 39 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 79300 miles79
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Forester   24 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 80000 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 87700 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   24 Grand Cherokees, 9.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 99000 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester   23 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 95800 miles

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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 8.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 119900 miles74
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Forester 34 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 105800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 127000 miles

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   15 Grand Cherokees, 8.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 123800 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   15 Foresters, 7.1 months of data per Forester, average 147400 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   17 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 145700 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   14 Grand Cherokees, 7.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 158900 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   10 Foresters, 7.4 months of data per Forester, average 173000 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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.
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee: 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.
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

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What Our Members Are Saying about Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability

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