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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 109 Foresters, 7.9 months of data per Forester, average 6400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 10.7 months of data per Forester, average 12900 miles

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2012 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 20700 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 43 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 36700 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 65 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 47000 miles22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Suzuki SX4   14 SX4s, 9.4 months of data per SX4, average 43100 miles

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2009 Subaru Forester 66 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 61200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Suzuki SX4 33 SX4s, 10.3 months of data per SX4, average 56000 miles18
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Forester   22 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 78700 miles

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2008 Suzuki SX4 43 SX4s, 10.4 months of data per SX4, average 77400 miles46
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 82200 miles

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2007 Suzuki SX4 36 SX4s, 9.5 months of data per SX4, average 87200 miles42
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 91400 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 99400 miles

Possible common problems with leaking head gaskets and cracked radiators.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Forester 30 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 115700 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, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 122500 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 152200 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   16 Foresters, 7.3 months of data per Forester, average 163400 miles

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1999 Subaru Forester   10 Foresters, 7.3 months of data per Forester, average 169500 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 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
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.
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
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
Subaru has a good reputation (hope this one holds up).
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
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.
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 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.
2009 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
Highly rated for reliability. Zero maintenance timing belt.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual 4WD
The engine has a timing chain
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
No major problems to report. Only one minor problem that was fixed w/o issue.
2008 4dr Hatch 143-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic 4WD
very reliable, quick, 4WD.
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.