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Old 07-05-2003, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default To turbo or not to turbo..that is the Q

Love the baja...But will the 2.5 work well enough or will I regret not getting the turbo? I test drove the Forester Turbo (nice). The baja is 400 pounds over my TS wagon which to me is quick. Well, turbo or not? Those in the know!
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:18 PM   #2
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Do you want more power or reliability as your first priority? Also, how hard do you drive your car, and how well do you maintain it? If you like to go fast and don't care about turbo reliability "issues", go for the turbo. Just keep in mind, everything about a turbo is more $$$...

For power go Turbo, for reliability go N/A...
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:52 PM   #3
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Ah, very good. My 2.5L is plenty powerful for me. I've never heard of reliability problems with the turbo models, though. Other than premium gas, yes more moola. My insurance would go up 100 bucks a year ( I checked).

So why not the turbo? Will I miss the power if I get the nonturbo? Those who have had the 2.5 Impreza then got a WRX could answer this question best I suppose.

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Old 07-07-2003, 08:58 AM   #4
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I just spoke to my dealership guy on Saturday when I went to pick up my bra. We talked about the new models and he said they just had an event where they all get to ride in the new cars with professionals. He talked about the STi and the two new turbo cars, the Forester and the Baja. I mentioned that I was hoping I wouldn't regret not getting the Baja Turbo, and he said I wasn't missing much. He said the Forester was much more responsive and felt a lot quicker than the Baja Turbo, which he also said only seemed a bit faster than the regular Baja, but not by much.

It's probably best to start with N/A, doing the "usual" mods (I/E/H), then working your way to a turbo setup if you still have the need for speed. Also remember to upgrade other components such as brakes and such when you start adding a lot of power. You'll need to stop faster once you start going faster.
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Old 07-07-2003, 12:43 PM   #5
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Zabutter,

You've never heard of any turbo reliability issues? You should check out the FFI (factory forced induction) forum, that will enlighten you on the subject.

They are prone to more oil leaks, driveability issues, exhaust problems, and overheating, to name a few of the most common issues. Not to mention that about everything (part) that goes on a turbo costs more $ than N/A. Not trying to say that turbos don't have a place in the world, they do, but they cost more to own and maintain than N/A.

I have both N/A (2.2 and 2.5) and Turbo (2.2 Turbo) Subies, and overall the N/A cars have less problems than the turbo (its fun to drive though). It's really all about maintenance and how you drive your car. If you drive your turbo like you are on a rally stage everyday, it will have more problems quicker than an N/A car driven the same way.

You should drive both and see the difference yourself, that way you can make a good decision. I bet that the turbo Baja is a kick to drive...
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Old 07-07-2003, 04:37 PM   #6
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I should have read that forum before I posted. I'm LM (low maintenance) so it's going to have to be the nonturbo..outback 2.5, thanks for the headsup....I cruise anyway. Love the look of that baja and it will fit my needs.....
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:52 PM   #7
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No sweat on the heads up.

For an "LM" kind of guy, you are going in the right direction with the N/A 2.5...
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Old 07-09-2003, 03:02 PM   #8
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btw, what's I/E/H? intake/exhaust/?
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Old 07-09-2003, 03:11 PM   #9
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H is for Headers. After those three, people usually go to pulleys, port & polish, and if they haven't already, weight reduction.
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