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Subaru Forester vs. Suzuki SX4 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Forester or Suzuki SX4 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Forester and the Suzuki SX4 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Forester and Suzuki SX4 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Forester and the Suzuki SX4 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 Subaru Forester and the Suzuki SX4 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 Subaru Forester 99 Foresters, 6.3 months of data per Forester, average 5100 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 10200 miles

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2012 Subaru Forester 41 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 18500 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 41 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 34600 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 61 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 44700 miles21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Suzuki SX4   15 SX4s, 9.4 months of data per SX4, average 41300 miles

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2009 Subaru Forester 71 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 58600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Suzuki SX4 34 SX4s, 10.3 months of data per SX4, average 54800 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 79700 miles

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2008 Suzuki SX4 46 SX4s, 9.8 months of data per SX4, average 75400 miles42
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 81100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Suzuki SX4 34 SX4s, 10.5 months of data per SX4, average 81900 miles40
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 88100 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester   24 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 97800 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester 32 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 113000 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, 9.0 months of data per Forester, average 127400 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   14 Foresters, 8.1 months of data per Forester, average 151100 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 7.4 months of data per Forester, average 155600 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   11 Foresters, 7.2 months of data per Forester, average 177900 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Forester

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What Our Members Are Saying about Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester: 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
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.
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
Well manufactured, tightly built.
Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester: 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.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Suzuki SX4 Reliability and Durability

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