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Old 08-10-2018, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default 09' Forester 2.5XT LTD known issues?

Looking at getting our daughter a 09' Forester 2.5XT LTD. The dealer that has it is having a new turbo installed because of leaking seals. Are there known issues with this vehicle? It was a one owner I believe and it has 129,000 miles on it.
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09 is a good year, eventually you have to replace the turbo on all of these, 129k is about right.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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09 is a good year, eventually you have to replace the turbo on all of these, 129k is about right.
We went and test drove it today and upon moderate to heavy acceleration there's a loud whistling noise. The dealership said that is normal noise for a turbo. I brought up the fact our 05' Baja turbo doesn't make that noise and he said its a different engine and the newer ones make the whistling noise. Any truth to this?
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These are the Subaru's we're looking into.
1- 06' Outback 2.5XT Limited(122K)
2- 09' Forester 2.5XT Limited(129K)
3- 06' B9 Tribeca Limited 7 passenger(121K)
4- 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition(153K)
Any one better than the other?
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Old 08-30-2018, 02:28 AM   #5
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We went and test drove it today and upon moderate to heavy acceleration there's a loud whistling noise. The dealership said that is normal noise for a turbo. I brought up the fact our 05' Baja turbo doesn't make that noise and he said its a different engine and the newer ones make the whistling noise. Any truth to this?


The car that whistles has a blow off valve that accentuates the sound. Itís like cosmetics for the sound and a little bit of increase in horsepower. Itís not a bad thing - your daughter is lucky to get this car, especially if the dealership is replacing the turbo.
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Old 08-30-2018, 02:34 AM   #6
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These are the Subaru's we're looking into.

1- 06' Outback 2.5XT Limited(122K)

2- 09' Forester 2.5XT Limited(129K)

3- 06' B9 Tribeca Limited 7 passenger(121K)

4- 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition(153K)

Any one better than the other?


Yes, the 09 Forester XT is the best out of the ones you are looking at. All should have the head gaskets redone at about 100k miles. When I bought mine in Nov Ď16 she had 101k and the dealer had just redone the head gaskets along with polished the heads and replaced the water pump.
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:50 PM   #7
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There is absolutely nothing that says you need to change headgaskets at 100,000 miles. Timing belts need changed then. A blow off valve releases pressure and makes no noises on exceleration, just the opposite actually.

Anyhow, are these at a Subaru dealership? If not I’d higher recommend getting a PPI from an independent Subaru shop.

How old is she? If she’s young I wouldn’t encourage 7 passengers

The 06 outback 3.0 is honestly the best for a lower maintenance car. I have 3 turbo Subaru’s and they require ALOT of maintaining. If your paying someone to do that work you better have a lot of cash ready.
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