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Subaru Forester vs. Volkswagen Tiguan 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
  35 Foresters, 4.4 months of data per Forester, average 4000 miles

 

2015 Subaru Forester 10
3.41614906832% 3.41614906832% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 13000 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 30
47.1428571429% 47.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  107 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 24100 miles

Redesigned.

 

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.
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 41
56.6666666667% 56.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Tiguans, 9.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 29700 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.
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 36
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 9.4 months of data per Tiguan, average 42100 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 15
3.0612244898% 3.0612244898% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 60300 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 52
63.4693877551% 63.4693877551% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 9.9 months of data per Tiguan, average 51000 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 36
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 62800 miles
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Tiguans, 9.6 months of data per Tiguan, average 56600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Subaru Forester 74
59.8901098901% 59.8901098901% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 80500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 89
76.3736263736% 76.3736263736% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Tiguans, 9.5 months of data per Tiguan, average 81200 miles

First model year.

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 69200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 105000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester 68
45.5665024631% 45.5665024631% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 7.8 months of data per Forester, average 104200 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 35
9.82142857143% 9.82142857143% 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 Subaru Forester 47
18.0672268908% 18.0672268908% 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 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 9.6 months of data per Forester, average 148000 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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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Long time toyota owner. Decided to switch toa Forester for AWD, safety and Relialibilty. In 1 year I experienced a complete computer shutdown due to a faulty brake switch and an engine oil leak. Piece of junk-no confidence in subaru. Going back to Toyota!
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
5-speed manual AWD
My last 2 Subarus have gone to 185,000 and 240,000 miles.
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
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.
2009 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Well manufactured, tightly built.
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 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ive had no issues with my tiguan, after 16,000miles in one year and plenty of abuse such as hundreds of redline shifts in 1,2,3rd gear and taking it on quite a few deeply rutted mountain roads. It still has no issues, squeaks or rattles. Everything is like the day I bought it.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In three years had no service related problems.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
But, here is the problem. At 89,000 miles I've spent more on maintenance than I spent on my last car, a Toyota Camry, in 200,000 + miles. I've replaced an intake manifold, thermostat, water pump, cooling fans, door handle and a few other smaller things.
Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had it in the shop 3 times for parts replacements in 2 years: rear brake rotors in first 6 months, then oil pressure relief valve necessitating replacing entire head gasket, then faulty fuel pump relay. All covered by warranty, and they comp'd my rental car, but I'm worried about what happens when it's not under warranty anymore!
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Electrical glitches. Direct injection issues... Carbon on intack valves. 3 water pumps....4 sunroof drain tubes. Not so good