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Subaru Forester vs. Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 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    
2017 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  26 Foresters, 1.9 months of data per Forester, average 2100 miles

 

2016 Subaru Forester 6
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  49 Foresters, 7.6 months of data per Forester, average 6500 miles

 

2015 Subaru Forester 14
11.9047619048% 11.9047619048% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  151 Foresters, 10.4 months of data per Forester, average 18600 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 20
22.5274725275% 22.5274725275% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  107 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 30000 miles

Redesigned.
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Tiguans, 6.8 months of data per Tiguan, average 22800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Foresters, 9.2 months of data per Forester, average 41400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Tiguans, 9.2 months of data per Tiguan, average 37700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Subaru Forester 15
8.12807881773% 8.12807881773% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  33 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 41100 miles

Some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 20
17.9802955665% 17.9802955665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  28 Tiguans, 10.5 months of data per Tiguan, average 46700 miles

 

2011 Subaru Forester 31
23.9926739927% 23.9926739927% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  32 Foresters, 8.6 months of data per Forester, average 67500 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 69
79.6703296703% 79.6703296703% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  31 Tiguans, 10.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 58400 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 26
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 71800 miles
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Tiguans, 8.1 months of data per Tiguan, average 57500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Subaru Forester 62
50.8746355685% 50.8746355685% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  54 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 86900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 75
66.0349854227% 66.0349854227% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  27 Tiguans, 11.3 months of data per Tiguan, average 86500 miles

First model year.

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Foresters, 10.2 months of data per Forester, average 74800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 107700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Foresters, 7.6 months of data per Forester, average 109600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 39
11.8336886994% 11.8336886994% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 107500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2004 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 10.5 months of data per Forester, average 124800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Subaru Forester 105
58.5714285714% 58.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  28 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 146400 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, 8.4 months of data per Forester, average 156400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 175200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2014 Subaru has a strong reliability reputation. To a certain extent, though, this reputation is based on ratings that focus on the first few years of ownership. Once Subarus pass the 100,000-mile mark they can become much more expensive to keep up than a Honda or Toyota. Subaru engines through at least the 2008 model year have head gaskets prone to failure. The current engine dates to 2011, and the earliest examples have begun to suffer from valve cover gasket leaks (much less expensive to fix than head gaskets). Will the 2014s age better? Perhaps, but it's too soon to say. full 2014 Subaru Forester review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

2015 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. full 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan review