Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2006
62.6% pass rate
from 1,488 tests in 2020
(15% better than other 2006 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 2006 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (20% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.74% fail on Headlamp levelling device (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.40% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.8% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.7% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.067% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp (43% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.3% fail on Direction indicators (48% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Flashing type (48% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.27% fail on Individual direction indicators (85% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.0% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.067% fail on Switch
    • 0.34% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.20% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.13% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.067% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.067% fail on Switch
  • 14% fail on Suspension
    • 6.4% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 3.8% fail on Linkage ball joints (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Linkage (160% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (69% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.47% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.27% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (8 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.20% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.067% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 3.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms (68% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Suspension arm (200% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Ball joint (76% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.54% fail on Springs (88% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Coil springs (91% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Coil spring (91% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.34% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.34% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.13% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.067% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.067% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.067% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.067% fail on Levelling valve
  • 9.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (52% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 9.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (61% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 9.1% fail on Spark ignition (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 5.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (140% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 4.2% fail on Catalyst emissions (120% worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.067% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.067% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.067% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.40% fail on Compression ignition (76% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.067% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.067% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
    • 0.13% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.067% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.067% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 7.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust system (68% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Transmission (51% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Drive shafts (48% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Joints (48% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.067% fail on Joints
    • 0.47% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.40% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.067% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.067% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.34% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.13% fail on Pipe
      • 0.13% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.067% fail on Hose
    • 0.34% fail on Body
      • 0.27% fail on Other body component
      • 0.067% fail on Panel
    • 0.20% fail on Chassis
      • 0.20% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.067% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.067% fail on Towbar
      • 0.067% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.067% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.067% fail on Bracket
    • 0.067% fail on Doors
      • 0.067% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.067% fail on Door condition
    • 0.067% fail on Seats
      • 0.067% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.3% fail on Brakes (49% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.3% fail on Brake performance (63% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Service brake performance (50% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (54% better than other 2006 cars)
          • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (46% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Decelerometer (6 times worse than other 2006 cars)
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake performance (7 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Brake performance not tested (170% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (89% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp) (96% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.27% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.20% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.067% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
    • 1.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (51% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.34% fail on Brake discs and drums (75% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.27% fail on Brake discs (80% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Brake drums
    • 1.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.67% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.60% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.067% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.067% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.067% fail on Pedal
    • 0.067% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.067% fail on Lever
    • 0.067% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.067% fail on Load sensing valves
  • 5.8% fail on Visibility
    • 3.2% fail on Wipers
    • 2.6% fail on Washers
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.13% fail on View to rear
      • 0.13% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.067% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.067% fail on Windscreen
  • 4.0% fail on Tyres (46% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Condition
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth (56% better than other 2006 cars)
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (44% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.54% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.47% fail on Condition
      • 0.13% fail on Requirements
      • 0.067% fail on Pre-tensioners
  • 0.40% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.40% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.40% fail on Steering (88% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Steering linkage components (89% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.067% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.067% fail on Other components
        • 0.067% fail on Steering component
      • 0.067% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.13% fail on Power steering
      • 0.067% fail on Operation
      • 0.067% fail on Pipes and hoses
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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