Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2004
61.2% pass rate
from 1,727 tests in 2020
(19% 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.

  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 7.1% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.0% fail on Linkage ball joints (100% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Pins and bushes (160% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Linkage
      • 0.64% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (63% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.41% fail on Anti-roll bar (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (180% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Suspension arms (41% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Suspension arm (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.87% fail on Ball joint (69% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pins and bushes (95% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.5% fail on Shock absorbers (67% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Sub-frame (7 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (170% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.46% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.058% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.75% fail on Wheel bearings (53% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Springs (81% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Coil springs (88% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Coil spring (91% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Mounting
      • 0.29% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.058% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.058% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (26% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.4% fail on Stop lamp (33% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp (38% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim (31% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim (30% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.3% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.12% fail on Switch
      • 0.058% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.058% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.87% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.58% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.23% fail on Horn
      • 0.12% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.35% fail on Direction indicators (88% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Flashing type (88% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Side repeaters (77% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Individual direction indicators (93% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.12% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.12% fail on Switch
    • 0.12% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 12% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (44% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 11% fail on Exhaust emissions (50% worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 11% fail on Spark ignition (87% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Catalyst emissions (140% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 5.8% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (71% worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.98% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.17% fail on Emission control equipment (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Catalytic converter (8 times worse than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.058% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.29% fail on Compression ignition (83% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.29% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.23% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.058% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.058% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.058% fail on Undertray
  • 7.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.6% fail on Exhaust system (34% worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Drive shafts (57% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Joints (56% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.058% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.058% fail on Joints
    • 0.64% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.52% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.058% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.058% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.058% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.52% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.17% fail on Pipe
      • 0.17% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.12% fail on Hose
      • 0.058% fail on Tank
    • 0.46% fail on Chassis
      • 0.46% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.29% fail on Body
      • 0.17% fail on Other body component
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
    • 0.12% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Towbar
      • 0.12% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.12% fail on Doors
      • 0.058% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.058% fail on Door condition
      • 0.058% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.058% fail on Door condition
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.058% fail on Undertray
  • 7.5% fail on Brakes (49% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Brake performance (62% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance (47% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (48% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (39% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.058% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.058% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.058% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.52% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.41% fail on Rbt (sp) (61% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.12% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (6 times worse than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (88% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (sp) (92% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.41% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.23% fail on Parking brake performance (87% better than other 2004 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Rbt (94% better than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.058% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.058% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.12% fail on Decelerometer (4 times worse than other 2004 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (21 times worse than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.0% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.0% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.69% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.69% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.46% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (65% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Anti-lock braking system (57% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.23% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
      • 0.12% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.17% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake control (79% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Lever
    • 0.12% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.058% fail on Other components
      • 0.058% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.058% fail on Other braking system component
  • 6.4% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Washers
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers (41% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen
  • 3.6% fail on Tyres (52% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (46% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Condition (56% better than other 2004 cars)
  • 2.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 1.8% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.98% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.69% fail on Condition
      • 0.12% fail on Requirements
    • 0.41% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (74% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Airbags
      • 0.12% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.75% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.75% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.75% fail on Steering (85% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Steering gear (70% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Steering rack (69% better than other 2004 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Steering linkage components (94% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Track rod end (97% better than other 2004 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.058% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.23% fail on Power steering
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
      • 0.058% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.058% fail on Other components
    • 0.058% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.17% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.17% 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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