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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
  36 Foresters, 4.4 months of data per Forester, average 11200 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, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 13100 miles

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 52
97.4285714286% 97.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  79 Grand Cherokee gass, 9.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 25600 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 29
44.8571428571% 44.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  109 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 24500 miles

Redesigned.

 

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Grand Cherokees, 8.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 40100 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, 9.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 46600 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 50
60.2040816327% 60.2040816327% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Grand Cherokees, 9.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 55800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2011 Subaru Forester 15
3.0612244898% 3.0612244898% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 59800 miles

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

 

2010 Subaru Forester 37
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 63900 miles

 

2009 Subaru Forester 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 81100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 68000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 70000 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, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester 66
44.7368421053% 44.7368421053% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 104400 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, 9.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 124300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Forester 35
10.3174603175% 10.3174603175% 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
18.6567164179% 18.6567164179% 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
  12 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 151000 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 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearComment
2014 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. full 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 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. full 2012 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. full 2012 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. full 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2014 Subaru has a strong reliability reputation. To a certain extent, though, this reputation is based on ratings that focus on the first few years of ownership. Once Subarus pass the 100,000-mile mark they can become much more expensive to keep up than a Honda or Toyota. Subaru engines through at least the 2008 model year have head gaskets prone to failure. The current engine dates to 2011, and the earliest examples have begun to suffer from valve cover gasket leaks (much less expensive to fix than head gaskets). Will the 2014s age better? Perhaps, but it's too soon to say. full 2014 Subaru Forester review