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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
  36 Foresters, 4.4 months of data per Forester, average 11200 miles

 

2015 Subaru Forester 10
3.41614906832% 3.41614906832% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  150 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 13100 miles

 

2014 Subaru Forester 29
44.8571428571% 44.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  109 Foresters, 10.3 months of data per Forester, average 24500 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 40
57.3891625616% 57.3891625616% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Tiguans, 9.3 months of data per Tiguan, average 30000 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, 9.5 months of data per Forester, average 59800 miles

New engine design for this model year commonly leaks oil. Also some reports of excessive oil consumption.
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 51
61.8367346939% 61.8367346939% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Tiguans, 10.0 months of data per Tiguan, average 51000 miles

 

2010 Subaru Forester 37
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Foresters, 10.0 months of data per Forester, average 63900 miles
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Tiguans, 9.5 months of data per Tiguan, average 56000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2009 Subaru Forester 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Foresters, 9.7 months of data per Forester, average 81100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 88
75.2747252747% 75.2747252747% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Tiguans, 9.6 months of data per Tiguan, average 81300 miles

First model year.

 

2008 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Foresters, 8.8 months of data per Forester, average 70000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Subaru Forester   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Foresters, 9.1 months of data per Forester, average 106200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Subaru Forester 66
44.7368421053% 44.7368421053% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Foresters, 8.0 months of data per Forester, average 104400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2005 Subaru Forester 35
10.3174603175% 10.3174603175% 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
18.6567164179% 18.6567164179% 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
  12 Foresters, 9.8 months of data per Forester, average 151000 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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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