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Old 10-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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2006 Subaru Forester

Have a Nice Day? 06 Forester Replacement/Swap Engine?

I recently bought a 2006 Forester with a knock at around 3K RPMs and an oil leak, and was planning on installing a low mileage engine. I found a 2008 Outback with 41K miles and the same 2.5 SOHC H4 16V engine. I called a few places and they state that only an 06 or 07 forester engine would work. Is this true, or would this outback engine work?
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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They may be correct if the outback switched to a CAN type ECU system in 08 like the n/a impreza that it is based off of. To make it work you would need the engine, engine wiring harness and ECU from the donor car. And even then, it would be a nightmare of wiring to make it work nicely with the chassis wiring harness if its even possible. Otherwise traction control, abs, stability control, etc would probably not work. The problems that may cause could be many/severe.
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