Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2003
56.0% pass rate
from 1,519 tests in 2020
(8.1% better than other 2003 cars)
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 2003 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 21% fail on Suspension (17% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 9.1% fail on Anti-roll bars (60% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Linkage ball joints (180% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.72% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.59% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.39% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.33% fail on Anti-roll bar (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 5.4% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.9% fail on Suspension arm (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (92% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (140% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Sub-frames (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Sub-frame (10 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 1.3% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 1.1% fail on Springs (71% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (70% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Coil spring (70% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.066% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.20% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.066% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.066% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.066% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.066% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.066% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (17% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Headlamps
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.066% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.066% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.53% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.4% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.4% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.92% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.59% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.20% fail on Horn
      • 0.13% fail on Trailer electrical socket (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.79% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.79% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.72% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.066% fail on Switch
    • 0.46% fail on Direction indicators (81% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Flashing type (81% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Individual direction indicators (84% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Side repeaters (75% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.066% fail on Switch
  • 12% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (41% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 12% fail on Exhaust emissions (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 11% fail on Spark ignition (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (76% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 5.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (66% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Emissions not tested (80% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Compression ignition (65% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.066% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.066% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.066% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.066% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.066% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.066% fail on Undertray
    • 0.066% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.066% fail on Other leaks
  • 9.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 5.7% fail on Exhaust system (51% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Transmission (53% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts (55% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Joints (54% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.13% fail on Joints
    • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (110% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.066% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.66% fail on Chassis
      • 0.66% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.33% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.13% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.066% fail on Hose
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.13% fail on Towbar
      • 0.066% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.066% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.066% fail on Panel
      • 0.066% fail on Other body component
    • 0.13% fail on Doors
      • 0.13% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
    • 0.066% fail on Load security
      • 0.066% fail on Access panel
    • 0.066% fail on Seats
      • 0.066% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.066% fail on Undertray
  • 9.4% fail on Brakes (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 3.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.79% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.79% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.20% fail on Cable
    • 3.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.4% fail on Brake performance (69% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (54% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (60% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (56% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.20% fail on Decelerometer (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance (6 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.53% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.46% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (89% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Rbt (sp) (93% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.066% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 0.26% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (85% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Rbt (sp) (88% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake imbalance (84% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance (79% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.13% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (92% better than other 2003 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Parking brake performance (91% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.72% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.53% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.39% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.066% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.066% fail on Valves
    • 0.13% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.066% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.066% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 8.0% fail on Visibility
    • 4.4% fail on Washers
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers
    • 0.33% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.20% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres (51% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Tread depth (48% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Condition (59% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Size/type
  • 2.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 2.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.6% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.33% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
    • 0.72% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.066% fail on Airbags
      • 0.066% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.79% fail on Steering (84% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Steering linkage components (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.20% fail on Track rod end (94% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Operation
      • 0.066% fail on Other components
    • 0.066% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.066% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.066% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.066% fail on Universal joint
  • 0.53% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.53% fail on Attachment
  • 0.066% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.066% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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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