Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2003
58.5% pass rate
from 1,637 tests in 2017
(15% 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 Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (21% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.0% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.31% fail on Rear lamps (84% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim (38% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Stop lamp (37% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp (44% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.12% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.061% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.061% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.0% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.061% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.98% fail on Battery
    • 0.49% fail on Direction indicators (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Flashing type (82% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.12% fail on Individual lamps (93% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.18% fail on Trailer electrical socket (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Horn
    • 0.061% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 19% fail on Suspension
    • 7.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (33% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.98% fail on Linkage condition (100% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Attachment (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Prescribed areas (160% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Component mounting (170% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Spring mounting (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Subframe mounting
    • 3.5% fail on Shock absorbers (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Condition (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Suspension arms (47% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (61% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Drive shafts (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Front drive shafts (68% better than other 2003 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Constant velocity joints (68% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.18% fail on Drive shafts
    • 1.1% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 1.1% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.92% fail on Coil springs (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.79% fail on Condition (82% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Location
    • 0.86% fail on Wheel bearings (51% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Rear
      • 0.37% fail on Front
    • 0.31% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.24% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.061% fail on Condition
    • 0.31% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.31% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.061% fail on General condition
    • 0.061% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.061% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 10% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (38% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Exhaust system (50% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Emissions (72% worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.92% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.61% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Pipe (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Tank
      • 0.061% fail on Hose
      • 0.061% fail on Cap
  • 9.7% fail on Brakes (40% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Hydraulic systems (24% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Components
        • 3.5% fail on Pipes
        • 1.3% fail on Hoses
      • 0.37% fail on Leaks
    • 3.4% fail on Hub components
      • 3.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.73% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.061% fail on Brake linings
    • 2.1% fail on Brake performance (74% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Front wheels (56% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Rear wheels (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.12% fail on Brake operation
    • 0.61% fail on Service brake control components (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Pedal (150% worse than other 2003 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Anti-slip (2 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.24% fail on ABS (76% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake (88% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Condition (88% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.061% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 7.6% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 4.5% fail on Wipers
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 0.67% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.31% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.12% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.2% fail on Tyres (53% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (54% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Condition (57% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 2.2% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 1.6% fail on Seat belts
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.49% fail on Condition
      • 0.061% fail on Requirements
    • 0.55% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (64% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (61% better than other 2003 cars)
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.2% fail on Steering (76% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Steering system (85% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Track rod end (89% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Power steering
      • 0.12% fail on Drive system (14 times worse than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pump
      • 0.12% fail on Other components
      • 0.061% fail on Operation
    • 0.24% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.061% fail on Locking devices
  • 1.2% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (45% better than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Body condition
    • 0.37% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.37% fail on Chassis
    • 0.12% fail on Doors (79% better than other 2003 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.061% fail on Seats
      • 0.061% fail on Passengers
  • 0.18% fail on Towbars (3 times worse than other 2003 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Vehicle structure (4 times worse than other 2003 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.18% fail on Attachment
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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