Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2002
53.9% pass rate
from 794 tests in 2020
Pass rate by mileage
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for 2002 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 20% fail on Suspension
    • 6.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (120% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 6.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 3.1% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.50% fail on Linkage
      • 0.38% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.25% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (81% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.4% fail on Suspension arms (45% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 1.0% fail on Pins and bushes (62% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint (91% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Sub-frames (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Sub-frame (13 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 2.5% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.5% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.3% fail on Springs (63% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (66% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring (65% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.50% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 6.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.7% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.50% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.1% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.1% fail on Position lamp
    • 3.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.76% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.76% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.76% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.13% fail on Switch
    • 0.63% fail on Direction indicators (73% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Flashing type (73% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Individual direction indicators (76% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.13% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.63% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.63% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 14% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (73% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 14% fail on Exhaust emissions (85% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 13% fail on Spark ignition (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 7.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (140% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 6.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.25% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.13% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.13% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 0.63% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.38% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.13% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.13% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.13% fail on Undertray
  • 13% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.7% fail on Transmission
      • 5.7% fail on Drive shafts (51% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 5.5% fail on Joints (49% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shaft
    • 4.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.5% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.25% fail on Sub-frame (10 times worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Sub-frame condition (11 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.88% fail on Chassis
      • 0.88% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.50% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.25% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Hose
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.25% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.25% fail on Towbar
      • 0.13% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.13% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.13% fail on Cabs
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 8.9% fail on Brakes (42% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.8% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.38% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.25% fail on Brake discs (79% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Brake drums
    • 2.9% fail on Brake performance (65% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance
        • 1.6% fail on Rbt
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.13% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.1% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 1.0% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.63% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.38% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.25% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (94% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 0.63% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.63% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.50% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.38% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.25% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.13% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.13% fail on Valves
    • 0.13% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.13% fail on Leaks
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.13% fail on Other braking system component
  • 8.2% fail on Visibility
    • 4.3% fail on Wipers
    • 4.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.25% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.25% fail on View to rear
      • 0.25% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 4.2% fail on Tyres (42% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.88% fail on Condition (70% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 3.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 3.4% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.3% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.0% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.50% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (70% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plates
  • 1.8% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.50% fail on Power steering
      • 0.38% fail on Operation
      • 0.13% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.13% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.13% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on Attachment
    • 0.13% fail on Hubs
  • 0.13% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.13% fail on Speedometer
Read the Honest John Review

  • Subaru Forester (2002 - 2008)
    Very useful off-road yet an enjoyable car-like drive on tarmac. Looks and feels classier than its predecessor. Well built. Owners rate it.

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