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Subaru Forester vs. Volkswagen Tiguan 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    
Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Foresters, 3.0 months of data per Forester, average 3000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

Subaru Forester 0.08
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  152 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 10900 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.23
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  112 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 21600 miles

 

Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 30800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
Volkswagen Tiguan 0.46
8.78489326765% 8.78489326765% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Tiguans, 10.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 27300 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Foresters, 10.1 months of data per Forester, average 35500 miles
Volkswagen Tiguan 0.38
3.53037766831% 3.53037766831% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Tiguans, 9.7 months of data per Tiguan, average 39700 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.25
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 57700 miles
Volkswagen Tiguan 0.39
4.18719211823% 4.18719211823% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 10.7 months of data per Tiguan, average 48400 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.28
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Foresters, 10.5 months of data per Forester, average 61100 miles
Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Tiguans, 7.6 months of data per Tiguan, average 55300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

Subaru Forester 0.53
13.3825944171% 13.3825944171% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 77300 miles
Volkswagen Tiguan 0.99
43.5960591133% 43.5960591133% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Tiguans, 9.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 78300 miles

 

Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 8.7 months of data per Forester, average 72900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 105000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

Subaru Forester 0.48
10.0985221675% 10.0985221675% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 100600 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.38
3.53037766831% 3.53037766831% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 103900 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.61
18.6371100164% 18.6371100164% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 127500 miles

 

Subaru Forester 0.59
17.3234811166% 17.3234811166% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 140600 miles

 

Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 147900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 174700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Subaru Forester vs. Volkswagen Tiguan 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
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
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Well manufactured, tightly built.
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 turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The brand has long history of relatively few problems.
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!!
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