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Subaru Forester vs. Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Forester and the Volkswagen Tiguan 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 Volkswagen Tiguan 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  
2015 Subaru Forester 66 Foresters, 5.2 months of data per Forester, average 5000 miles0
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Forester 128 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 10600 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Good start.
15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 10.5 months of data per Forester, average 17500 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 25 Tiguans, 10.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 16200 miles33
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Forester 39 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 26400 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 36 Tiguans, 10.7 months of data per Tiguan, average 29900 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Forester 40 Foresters, 9.4 months of data per Forester, average 44300 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 40 Tiguans, 9.2 months of data per Tiguan, average 37200 miles49
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Forester 62 Foresters, 8.9 months of data per Forester, average 52700 miles26
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   24 Tiguans, 8.4 months of data per Tiguan, average 53700 miles

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2009 Subaru Forester 64 Foresters, 9.9 months of data per Forester, average 68300 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
44
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 32 Tiguans, 9.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 66700 miles

First model year.
79
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Forester   19 Foresters, 8.5 months of data per Forester, average 77000 miles

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2007 Subaru Forester   21 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 85600 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester   20 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 89500 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester 27 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 99700 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
39
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Forester 29 Foresters, 10.7 months of data per Forester, average 119900 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.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Forester 25 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 125000 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Forester   12 Foresters, 9.3 months of data per Forester, average 154500 miles

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2001 Subaru Forester   15 Foresters, 8.2 months of data per Forester, average 161600 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
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!!
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.
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.
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!