Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: 2.5X L.L. BEAN
Test Drive of an 08 XT 4EAT Limited w/ 57k miles
My wife and I just got back from a test of the forester. The dealer was offering us a decent price for our Mazda 3 that I have posted for sale here as well. We have always wanted an XT since owning our 07 LL Bean.
It looked well taken care of and appeared to be in great condition for 57k miles. the engine and tranny seemed pretty sound but 1 thing bothered me.
We have driven an 08 LGT before as well as an 2010 FXT. This 08 XT we drove just didn't seem to run as well. Although definitely better pick up and response than the N/A 2.5, you really didn't notice a difference between "OFF BOOST" and over 3k RPM when the turbo should be spooling up. We were underwhelmed with the pull or "surge" of power that I thought you should have.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS, THOUGHTS, OF what this could be.
I know my vehicles and engines, but am somewhat lacking on all the in's and outs of turbo functioning.
The Forester has been at this lot for almost 2 months and the dealer is asking 17977 for it.
I didn't notice any smoke from the exhaust or any abnormal noises coming from the turbo or engine.
Thanks for your advice.
2007 - 2.5X, LL BEAN