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Subaru Forester vs. Suzuki SX4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 3.2 months of data per Forester, average 3100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 Subaru Forester 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 10900 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  111 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 21300 miles

Redesigned.

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 29700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 35600 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.

 

2011 Subaru Forester 27
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 56300 miles

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

 

2010 Subaru Forester 30
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 61100 miles
2010 Suzuki SX4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 SX4s, 10.8 months of data per SX4, average 57200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2009 Subaru Forester 55
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 77000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Suzuki SX4 34
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 SX4s, 10.0 months of data per SX4, average 68100 miles

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 73200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Suzuki SX4 43
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 SX4s, 9.9 months of data per SX4, average 88600 miles

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 110500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Suzuki SX4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 SX4s, 10.3 months of data per SX4, average 101600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester 41
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 98700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 40
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 103600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Subaru Forester 61
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 127500 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 71
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 137400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 148500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 175600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Subaru Forester vs. Suzuki SX4 Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Forester

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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
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I hope that I find Subaru to be deserving of the reliability & durability ratings.
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
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
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
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reputation, needs to be reliable for the amount of remote driving that is done.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Based on reputation, so far (less than 2000 miles).
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.
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.
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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Suzuki SX4

Suzuki SX4 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Feels solid, from shutting the doors to driving on a bumpy road.
2009 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Highly rated for reliability. Zero maintenance timing belt.
2009 4dr Sedan 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have had mine nearly 2 years. To date, the car continues to function as the day I purchased it and has never let me down or asked for replacements.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Awards coming in - Japanese built, proving itself
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
very reliable, quick, 4WD.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
No major problems to report. Only one minor problem that was fixed w/o issue.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual 4WD
The engine has a timing chain
2008 4dr Sedan 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
58,000 miles and no problems yet.
Suzuki SX4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 150-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual 4WD
Clutch burned after 13k miles, and warranty does not cover that since it is "wear and tear" item. Even though the clutch was defective.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual 4WD
This is an unknown, and Suzuki reliability has been variable in the past. Also, I have never owned a Suzuki, so I have no personal experience.