Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2005
61.3% pass rate
from 1,854 tests in 2020
(16% better than other 2005 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 2005 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Headlamps (26% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Headlamp (38% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Matched pair
    • 3.8% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.5% fail on Position lamp
    • 3.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.70% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.70% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.70% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.59% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.38% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.22% fail on Trailer electrical socket (11 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Direction indicators (88% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Flashing type (88% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Side repeaters (65% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.054% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 15% fail on Suspension (13% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 3.2% fail on Linkage ball joints (75% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.76% fail on Linkage
      • 0.54% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.49% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (73% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint dust cover (81% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.11% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.5% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (190% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Suspension arms (50% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint (56% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Suspension arm (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.22% fail on Pins and bushes (92% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.6% fail on Sub-frames (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Sub-frame (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.86% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.76% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.49% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.16% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.11% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.65% fail on Springs (85% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Coil springs (87% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Coil spring (87% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.11% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.054% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.054% fail on Suspension unit
  • 11% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (56% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 11% fail on Exhaust emissions (65% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 11% fail on Spark ignition (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 6.2% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 5.1% fail on Catalyst emissions (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested (120% worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.11% fail on Catalytic converter (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.32% fail on Compression ignition (81% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.054% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.054% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.054% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.054% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.054% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.054% fail on Other leaks
  • 7.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.7% fail on Exhaust system
    • 2.4% fail on Transmission (35% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Drive shafts (39% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Joints (39% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.16% fail on Joints
        • 0.054% fail on Prop shaft
        • 0.054% fail on Bearing housing
    • 1.2% fail on Integral vehicle structure (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Sub-frame (12 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Sub-frame condition (13 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Chassis
      • 0.43% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.38% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.22% fail on Pipe
      • 0.11% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.054% fail on Tank
      • 0.054% fail on Hose
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Towbar
      • 0.054% fail on Towbar condition
      • 0.054% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.054% fail on Body
      • 0.054% fail on Other body component
    • 0.054% fail on Seats
      • 0.054% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.3% fail on Brakes (54% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (31% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.92% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.81% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.11% fail on Brake drums
    • 2.4% fail on Brake performance (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (39% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (40% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.16% fail on Service brake imbalance (73% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.38% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.38% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.32% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.32% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.054% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.054% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.27% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (94% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Rbt (sp) (97% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Parking brake performance (94% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Rbt (93% better than other 2005 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Rigid brake pipes (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (59% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Anti-lock braking system (75% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.22% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
      • 0.054% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.16% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake control (80% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Lever
    • 0.054% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.054% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 6.2% fail on Visibility
    • 3.5% fail on Washers
    • 2.6% fail on Wipers
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.054% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.054% fail on View to rear
      • 0.054% fail on Mirrors
  • 3.9% fail on Tyres (47% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (58% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.97% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.65% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.32% fail on Condition
      • 0.054% fail on Requirements
    • 0.11% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (93% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Airbags
      • 0.054% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.59% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.59% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.59% fail on Steering (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Other components
      • 0.054% fail on Operation
      • 0.054% fail on Rams
    • 0.16% fail on Steering gear (74% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Steering rack (73% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Steering linkage components (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.054% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.054% fail on Steering play
      • 0.054% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.49% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.43% fail on Attachment
    • 0.054% fail on Condition
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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