Subaru Forester MOT Results

Registered in 2007
64.9% pass rate
from 1,218 tests in 2020
(18% better than other 2007 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 2007 cars and highlighted areas where the Subaru Forester is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Suspension
    • 6.7% fail on Anti-roll bars (43% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Linkage ball joints (140% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Ball joint (130% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.16% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.16% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.082% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.0% fail on Shock absorbers (68% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms (62% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.33% fail on Pins and bushes (85% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.6% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.74% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.41% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint dust cover (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Other suspension component
    • 0.66% fail on Springs (86% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Coil springs (86% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Coil spring (86% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.16% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.16% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.082% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.082% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
  • 14% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (17% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.082% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 2.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.6% fail on Position lamp
    • 2.4% fail on Stop lamp (47% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps (43% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp (56% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Headlamp levelling device (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.1% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.99% fail on Direction indicators (59% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.99% fail on Flashing type (59% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.74% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.16% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.082% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.49% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.41% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.082% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.082% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.082% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (89% worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 10% fail on Exhaust emissions (100% worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 10% fail on Spark ignition (180% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 6.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Catalyst emissions (130% worse than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.082% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.082% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.082% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.082% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.082% fail on Catalytic converter
    • 0.082% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.082% fail on Transmission oil leaks
  • 5.8% fail on Brakes (45% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.49% fail on Brake discs and drums (62% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Brake discs (62% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.082% fail on Lever
        • 0.082% fail on Pivot
    • 1.7% fail on Brake performance (67% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Rbt (65% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.74% fail on Service brake performance (62% better than other 2007 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.082% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.082% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.57% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (78% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Rbt (sp) (77% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.16% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.16% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.082% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.082% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.082% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.082% fail on Rbt
          • 0.082% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 1.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.49% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.41% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.082% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.25% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.16% fail on Pedal
      • 0.082% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.16% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.16% fail on Lever
    • 0.082% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.082% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.082% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.082% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 4.8% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 3.0% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.49% fail on Integral vehicle structure (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (2 times worse than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Transmission (82% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Drive shafts (85% better than other 2007 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Joints (84% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.082% fail on Joints
    • 0.25% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.16% fail on Pipe
      • 0.082% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.25% fail on Body
      • 0.25% fail on Other body component
    • 0.16% fail on Chassis
      • 0.16% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.082% fail on Towbar
      • 0.082% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.082% fail on Floor
    • 0.082% fail on Seats
      • 0.082% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.082% fail on Undertray
  • 3.7% fail on Tyres (49% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (44% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Condition (54% better than other 2007 cars)
  • 3.4% fail on Visibility (47% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (54% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.082% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.082% fail on View to rear
      • 0.082% fail on Mirrors
  • 0.90% fail on Steering (68% better than other 2007 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Power steering
      • 0.41% fail on Operation (4 times worse than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Other components
    • 0.25% fail on Steering linkage components (89% better than other 2007 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.082% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.082% fail on Other components
        • 0.082% fail on Steering component
    • 0.082% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.082% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.082% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.74% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.66% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.33% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.082% fail on Requirements
    • 0.082% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.41% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.41% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.082% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.082% 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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