Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Atlanta, Knoxville, Greenville
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: XT Limited
Feedback Score: 8 reviews
If you think our opinions are BS, make things simpler and don't ask for them. That's all I'm going to say about that.
Glad you liked the 2011. Buy that if you like it better. Having owned an N/A Forester and a turbo Forester, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that there is a learning curve to getting the most out of an XT. Drive the XT like the X and you will be unimpressed with the power. I know I was. There's a fine line on hitting boost well. Too low in RPM's and you wait on spool, or too high and you're at a point where the stock turbo is backing off.
The reason I brought that up is because it seemed likely. Maybe there's a boost leak, maybe the turbo is shot. I didn't suspect either of those due to the low mileage and the fact that you said the car seemed to be in good condition. The only way to know for sure is to have an independent mechanic take a look at things.
Good luck with your Forester search and may the boost be with you.
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