Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2002
53.0% pass rate
from 1,000 tests in 2017
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.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 8.2% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 7.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.0% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.50% fail on All position lamps (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 5.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.10% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.10% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 1.6% fail on Battery
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators (59% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type (59% better than other 2002 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.10% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.90% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.90% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.20% fail on Trailer electrical socket (5 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.10% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.10% fail on Lamp
    • 0.10% fail on Horn
  • 24% fail on Suspension
    • 7.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 5.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.60% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.50% fail on Attachment (2 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
    • 7.2% fail on Prescribed areas (130% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Component mounting (110% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Spring mounting (7 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 6.2% fail on Drive shafts (43% worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Front drive shafts (41% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 5.9% fail on Constant velocity joints (40% worse than other 2002 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.30% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.30% fail on Drive shafts
    • 4.6% fail on Sub-frames (13 times worse than other 2002 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Condition (24 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Suspension arms (44% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (52% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Attachment
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 1.8% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 1.1% fail on Rear
      • 0.70% fail on Front
    • 1.3% fail on Coil springs (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Condition (68% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.80% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.70% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.10% fail on Condition
    • 0.10% fail on Axles
      • 0.10% fail on Axle beam
    • 0.10% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 11% fail on Brakes (33% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 4.4% fail on Components
        • 3.7% fail on Pipes
        • 1.0% fail on Hoses
        • 0.20% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.30% fail on Leaks
    • 4.0% fail on Brake performance (55% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.80% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.70% fail on Parking brake performance (84% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.50% fail on Rear wheels (87% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Hub components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.60% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.10% fail on Brake back plates
      • 0.10% fail on Brake calipers
    • 1.3% fail on ABS
    • 0.50% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.50% fail on Pedal
        • 0.40% fail on Anti-slip
        • 0.10% fail on Condition
    • 0.40% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.20% fail on Parking brake (81% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Condition (81% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 11% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (35% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Emissions (100% worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.0% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.30% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.20% fail on System
      • 0.10% fail on Pipe
      • 0.10% fail on Cap
  • 8.6% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 5.9% fail on Wipers
    • 2.4% fail on Washers
    • 0.60% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.10% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.4% fail on Tyres (52% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Tread depth (44% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Condition (72% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.10% fail on Size/type
  • 2.7% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 2.5% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 1.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.20% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (88% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (87% better than other 2002 cars)
  • 2.4% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.3% fail on Body condition
    • 0.70% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.70% fail on Chassis
    • 0.20% fail on Doors
      • 0.20% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.10% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.10% fail on Seats
      • 0.10% fail on Passengers
  • 2.3% fail on Steering (54% better than other 2002 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering system (68% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.30% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2002 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.40% fail on Power steering
      • 0.20% fail on Operation
      • 0.10% fail on Drive system
      • 0.10% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.30% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.10% fail on Steering control
      • 0.10% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.10% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.10% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.90% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.90% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.30% fail on Towbars (4 times worse than other 2002 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.10% fail on Towbar
  • 0.20% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
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  • 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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