Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2005
61.4% pass rate
from 1,784 tests in 2017
(14% 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.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (12% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 7.6% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 6.6% fail on Front lamps (31% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Rear lamps (79% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on All position lamps
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamp aim (28% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp (35% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamps (39% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (53% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.056% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (6 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Headlamp levelling device (7 times worse than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Battery (97% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.67% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.67% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.056% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.056% fail on Switch
    • 0.28% fail on Direction indicators (90% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Flashing type (90% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Side repeaters (69% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 0.056% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.17% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.11% fail on Lamp
      • 0.056% fail on Switch
    • 0.17% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.056% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.056% fail on Horn
  • 15% fail on Suspension (21% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.8% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.84% fail on Linkage condition (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
      • 0.11% fail on Condition
    • 2.9% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Prescribed areas (190% worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Component mounting (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.22% fail on Spring mounting (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Suspension arms (55% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Drive shafts (58% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Front drive shafts (63% better than other 2005 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Constant velocity joints (63% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.22% fail on Drive shafts (2 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.78% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.50% fail on Wheel bearings (66% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Rear (70% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Front
    • 0.45% fail on Coil springs (91% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Condition (91% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.45% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.056% fail on Torque/reaction arms
      • 0.056% fail on Condition
    • 0.056% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.056% fail on Condition
  • 7.7% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (48% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust system (70% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Emissions (81% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.62% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.34% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.22% fail on Pipe (4 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Cap
  • 7.5% fail on Brakes (44% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Brake performance (60% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.50% fail on Brake operation (11 times worse than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Parking brake performance (93% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Rear wheels (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.11% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.056% fail on Parking brake operation
    • 2.6% fail on Hydraulic systems (31% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Components
        • 2.1% fail on Pipes
        • 0.50% fail on Hoses
        • 0.056% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.11% fail on Leaks
    • 1.8% fail on Hub components (47% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (46% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs (65% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.056% fail on Brake back plates
    • 0.67% fail on Restricted movement (150% worse than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
        • 0.28% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.22% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake (87% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Condition (86% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.056% fail on ABS
  • 6.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (23% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Washers
    • 2.4% fail on Wipers (44% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.22% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.11% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.1% fail on Tyres (53% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth (50% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Condition (59% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.056% fail on Size/type
  • 0.90% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.62% fail on Body condition
    • 0.11% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.11% fail on Chassis
    • 0.056% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.056% fail on Doors
      • 0.056% fail on Passengers other
    • 0.056% fail on Load security
      • 0.056% fail on Bootlid
  • 0.73% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (70% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.34% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.22% fail on Condition
      • 0.17% fail on Requirements
  • 0.50% fail on Steering (87% better than other 2005 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Steering system (89% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.11% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Track rod end (95% better than other 2005 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.11% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
  • 0.50% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.50% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.056% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.056% 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.

    Search Good Garages