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Less Reliable? XT Turbo vs 2.5L

Any comment on how much less reliable the XT 2.0 Liter Turbo will be compared to the naturally aspirated version of the 2014 Forester?

I'm interested in whatever you have to offer that is pertinent.
Will the turbo need more maintenance? Will the turbo break more often? Require more oil changes? Other parts likely to fail as a result of the turbo? Even if insurance will charge more just because it's a turbo, I want to get your thoughts.

This will be my first Subaru and plan to run it into the ground. It's either going to be the XT, the 2.5 Limited (both will get aftermarket nav and audio) or a 2013 Toyota Rav4 limited.
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Any comment on how much less reliable the XT 2.0 Liter Turbo will be compared to the naturally aspirated version of the 2014 Forester?

I'm interested in whatever you have to offer that is pertinent.
Will the turbo need more maintenance? Will the turbo break more often? Require more oil changes? Other parts likely to fail as a result of the turbo? Even if insurance will charge more just because it's a turbo, I want to get your thoughts.

This will be my first Subaru and plan to run it into the ground. It's either going to be the XT, the 2.5 Limited (both will get aftermarket nav and audio) or a 2013 Toyota Rav4 limited.
It is obvious that the 2.0-DIT engine has more components (turbo, DI) to go wrong than the N/A engine. Dealers will charge you extra to maintain and fix turbo models (for anything related to the powertrain). This is the first year for 2.0-DIT engine in the US. So, the reliability is unknown at this point. If you are particular about reliability, get a 2.5i Limited.
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Even if insurance will charge more just because it's a turbo
Called my insurance company, there is no difference in price for insurance for the 2.5L or the 2.0 Turbo.
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You should get what you like. If the 2.0 turbo appeals to you more than the 2.5i, get the 2.0 turbo and vice versa.

If you worried about reliablity, get an extended warranty that will cover the vehicle from bumper to bumper.
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You should get what you like. If the 2.0 turbo appeals to you more than the 2.5i, get the 2.0 turbo and vice versa.

If you worried about reliablity, get an extended warranty that will cover the vehicle from bumper to bumper.
^^That!
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If you worried about reliablity, get an extended warranty that will cover the vehicle from bumper to bumper.
x2. Have fun and just enjoy the ride! I've owned 2 other turbos besides this one, totaling near to 250k miles (1.8T Jetta, 2.0T GTI) and have never had any 'turbo' specific or related issues or complaints. Just take care of it like you should and there should be no concern.


Have fun in your new 2014 XT Touring!
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Still going strong at 126k on my 07 xt! I actually feel like my car is more reliable than the n/a models because we don't have the head gasket issues that they do.
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Still going strong at 126k on my 07 xt! I actually feel like my car is more reliable than the n/a models because we don't have the head gasket issues that they do.
That's what I like to hear!

My friends are all talking me out of the turbo, citing problems they have had in the past. But they are talking 1990's technology - I'm sure things have changed since then.
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I'm sure things have changed since then.
Big time. Remember turbo timers?

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Big time. Remember turbo timers?
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Any comment on how much less reliable the XT 2.0 Liter Turbo will be compared to the naturally aspirated version of the 2014 Forester?

I'm interested in whatever you have to offer that is pertinent.
Will the turbo need more maintenance? Will the turbo break more often? Require more oil changes? Other parts likely to fail as a result of the turbo? Even if insurance will charge more just because it's a turbo, I want to get your thoughts.

This will be my first Subaru and plan to run it into the ground. It's either going to be the XT, the 2.5 Limited (both will get aftermarket nav and audio) or a 2013 Toyota Rav4 limited.
Other members have more knowledge on the Subies here, me I traded a 2013 Rav4 XLE with 3K miles for the XT.

I'm not worry about the turbo or the reliability of the Forester.
Insurance is costing me $1 less every six months than the Rav4.

I got the XT Premium for $26,100. Was gonna replace the radio but, the sound is decent. I'll upgrade the twitters and add a sub.
Will add the Viper remote starter next week.

Nav, I refuse to pay about $5K for it (package on the Touring).

Got a top of the line Garmin with all the bells and whistles for $125.

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Other members have more knowledge on the Subies here, me I traded a 2013 Rav4 XLE with 3K miles for the XT.

I'm not worry about the turbo or the reliability of the Forester.
Insurance is costing me $1 less every six months than the Rav4.

I got the XT Premium for $26,100. Was gonna replace the radio but, the sound is decent. I'll upgrade the twitters and add a sub.
Will add the Viper remote starter next week.

Nav, I refuse to pay about $5K for it (package on the Touring).

Got a top of the line Garmin with all the bells and whistles for $125.
What did you dislike about the 2013 rav4?
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