Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2006
66.2% pass rate
from 1,349 tests in 2017
(20% 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.

  • 20% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 6.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 6.4% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 6.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 5.7% fail on Front lamps
      • 0.59% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.074% fail on All position lamps
    • 3.2% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.52% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (10 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Headlamp levelling device (21 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (2 times worse than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp (37% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 1.2% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.67% fail on Direction indicators (74% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Flashing type (74% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.074% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.44% fail on Battery
    • 0.074% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.074% fail on Switch
    • 0.074% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
  • 12% fail on Suspension (27% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 4.0% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.82% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.59% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.30% fail on Attachment (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Shock absorbers (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Component mounting (3 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Subframe mounting
      • 0.074% fail on Spring mounting
    • 1.3% fail on Drive shafts (56% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Front drive shafts (61% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Constant velocity joints (60% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.15% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.82% fail on Suspension arms (78% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (83% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Condition
    • 0.59% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.30% fail on Coil springs (94% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition (97% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Location
    • 0.22% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.074% fail on Attachment
    • 0.22% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.22% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Wheel bearings (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear
    • 0.22% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices (15 times worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.15% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.074% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
  • 5.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 3.6% fail on Emissions (110% worse than other 2006 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.52% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 5.6% fail on Brakes (51% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Hub components
      • 2.1% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.59% fail on Brake discs
    • 1.6% fail on Brake performance (71% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.22% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.22% fail on Rear wheels (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.15% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.074% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.074% fail on Brake operation
    • 1.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Components (59% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Pipes (59% better than other 2006 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Hoses
      • 0.22% fail on Leaks
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.30% fail on Pedal
        • 0.30% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.22% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.074% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.074% fail on Condition
    • 0.074% fail on ABS
    • 0.074% fail on Restricted movement
  • 5.4% fail on Tyres (37% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Tread depth (44% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Condition (36% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Valve stem
    • 0.074% fail on Size/type
  • 5.2% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.52% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.074% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.0% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.96% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.74% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.30% fail on Requirements (5 times worse than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
    • 0.22% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (79% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (85% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.67% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.22% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.22% fail on Chassis
    • 0.22% fail on Body condition
    • 0.15% fail on Seats
      • 0.15% fail on Drivers
    • 0.074% fail on Doors
      • 0.074% fail on Passengers other
  • 0.44% fail on Steering (85% better than other 2006 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Steering system (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Track rod end (92% better than other 2006 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.15% fail on Power steering
      • 0.15% fail on Operation
    • 0.074% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.22% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.22% 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.

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