Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2004
62.9% pass rate
from 1,689 tests in 2017
(22% better than other 2004 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 2004 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (24% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 8.1% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.5% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.47% fail on Rear lamps (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamp aim (47% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp (45% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.12% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.059% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp (55% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.059% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.059% fail on Switch
    • 0.83% fail on Battery
    • 0.12% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.12% fail on Direction indicators (96% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Flashing type (96% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Side repeaters (89% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.059% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 16% fail on Suspension (21% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 7.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (27% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.89% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.47% fail on Condition (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Attachment
    • 3.1% fail on Prescribed areas (120% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Component mounting (110% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Subframe mounting (130% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Spring mounting
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Suspension arms (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Attachment
    • 1.5% fail on Drive shafts (59% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Front drive shafts (62% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Constant velocity joints (62% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts
    • 1.3% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 1.0% fail on Sub-frames (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.53% fail on Wheel bearings (68% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Front
      • 0.24% fail on Rear (76% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Coil springs (90% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Condition (93% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Location
    • 0.12% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.059% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.059% fail on Attachment
    • 0.12% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.059% fail on Condition
      • 0.059% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.12% fail on Torque/reaction arms (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Condition
      • 0.059% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.12% fail on Condition
  • 7.9% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust system (34% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Emissions (54% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.41% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.18% fail on Tank
      • 0.12% fail on Pipe
      • 0.12% fail on Cap
  • 7.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 3.7% fail on Washers
    • 0.41% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.059% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.3% fail on Brakes (52% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Hydraulic systems (40% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Components (41% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Pipes (40% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Hoses
        • 0.059% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.12% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks
      • 0.059% fail on Operation
    • 2.7% fail on Brake performance (64% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Front wheels (48% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Rear wheels (82% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Parking brake performance (90% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.36% fail on Brake operation (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake operation (21 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Hub components (33% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.59% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.12% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.059% fail on Brake back plates
    • 0.24% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.18% fail on ABS (82% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
        • 0.12% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.059% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.059% fail on Condition
  • 4.3% fail on Tyres (52% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Tread depth (60% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Condition (51% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
  • 1.0% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (66% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.83% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.53% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
    • 0.18% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (89% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (88% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 0.71% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (59% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Body condition
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers
    • 0.059% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.059% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.059% fail on Chassis
    • 0.059% fail on Doors
      • 0.059% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.059% fail on Passengers other
  • 0.59% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.36% fail on Steering (93% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Steering system (95% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Free play
        • 0.059% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.059% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.059% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.059% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.059% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.059% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.30% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.30% fail on Attachment
  • 0.12% fail on Towbars
    • 0.12% fail on Vehicle structure (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
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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