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Old 03-09-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default New Subaru 2.5 head gaskets and CVT problems?

I have been doing a lot of research before I choose a new fuel efficent SUV, my choices are the Honda CR-V, Toy Rav4, and the Crosstrex.
Subaru makes the Crosstrex in a manual transmission so the problems with the CVT slipping won't be an issue. I was depressed to see many video's on You Tube with the CVT transmission that couldn't climb a 4" curb even at full throttle cause the CVT slipps too easy.
Also reading dealer repair data with a very high amount of head gasket replacements on newer and low mileage 2.5 engines.
My first reaction was I didn't like the sound and the heavy vibration of the boxer engine,, my gut feeling is when the engine movement sounds (not the exhaust sound) loud and loose it could be a problem.
The s-m-o-o-t-h and quiet sound of the Honda engine gives me a hard on,, it has the sound of quality.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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Then buy the CR-V and stop making useless threads.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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I have been doing a lot of research before I choose a new fuel efficent SUV, my choices are the Honda CR-V, Toy Rav4, and the Crosstrex.
Subaru makes the Crosstrex in a manual transmission so the problems with the CVT slipping won't be an issue. I was depressed to see many video's on You Tube with the CVT transmission that couldn't climb a 4" curb even at full throttle cause the CVT slipps too easy.
Also reading dealer repair data with a very high amount of head gasket replacements on newer and low mileage 2.5 engines.
My first reaction was I didn't like the sound and the heavy vibration of the boxer engine,, my gut feeling is when the engine movement sounds (not the exhaust sound) loud and loose it could be a problem.
The s-m-o-o-t-h and quiet sound of the Honda engine gives me a hard on,, it has the sound of quality.
Best advice is test drive ALL the vehicles you are considering, make your choice. I like to do my test drives all in one day that way I can best compare them and try to test drive them in ways that you would normally use it. If you have a steep driveway try to find a place similar to it so you can see how each car handles it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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Then buy the CR-V and stop making useless threads.
and we just bought a new outback with a 2.5 and cvt. i'll post results after a couple hundred thousand miles....not.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:42 AM   #5
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smooth and quiet = hard on???

loud and rumbly = hard on
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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loud and rumbly = hard on
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:21 AM   #7
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also the crosstek comes with a new 2.0l engine, not the 2.5 that is known for headgasket issues, not saying the 2.0 won't have headgasket issues, just saying it hasn't been out long enough for an issue like that to arrize.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #8
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smooth and quiet = hard on???

loud and rumbly = hard on
when you are shopping for a car in this class yes, you want it to be a smoth and quite as possible.
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