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Old 10-10-2011, 11:15 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Here's a 2nd video driving around tonight.

2011 Subaru Forester FB engine noise - YouTube
This seems to be a differnt type of noise that mine. Mine makes a squicking noise when the outside temperature is cold. I am surprised a car manufacturer with global sales can not still make a new engine properly, yet they manage to get good reviews.

On my Forester, not only the engine is noisy, i hear a lot of squicks inside the car. Some of them got fixed by the dealer by inserting some foams in differnt places. This only shows how poor is the Subaru quality control. I know that they have lost a few customers since I bought my car as I have convinced my friends who were looking for cars to stay away from Subarus.
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I have a 2011, 5 speed. My car sounds identical to the videos that were posted, at least from inside the cabin. Sounds like a clickity-clackety sewing machine at 2000ish rpm and above. I haven't listened to the engine much with the hood opened at revs though.

I just assumed the engine sound was normal. I have never owned a car with a flat engine before, plus the FB25 is quite new.

My engine also consumes more oil than I would expect. I am currently monitoring the situation.

I look forward to what your outcome is from Subaru. I'm not overly concerned at this point since the car does have a 5 year warranty on the engine.

Only time will tell how reliable the FB25 is.
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You running a good 40 grade in OZ? Shell Helix? Forget 10w30. You are sure the racket is not ping? In North America I had to go to a 30/40 shell mixture to quell the racket on our EJ253 motor. Some are quiet - some not, I suppose. Good luck though!
I have tried higher octane fuel,no difference apart from my wallet.Car is serviced by Subaru so they put in the oil.
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I have a 2011, 5 speed. My car sounds identical to the videos that were posted, at least from inside the cabin. Sounds like a clickity-clackety sewing machine at 2000ish rpm and above. I haven't listened to the engine much with the hood opened at revs though.

I just assumed the engine sound was normal. I have never owned a car with a flat engine before, plus the FB25 is quite new.

My engine also consumes more oil than I would expect. I am currently monitoring the situation.

I look forward to what your outcome is from Subaru. I'm not overly concerned at this point since the car does have a 5 year warranty on the engine.

Only time will tell how reliable the FB25 is.
It absolutely wont be reliable compared to the EJ253. Too complex. The Ej was simple
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had very similar issue with my 08 fxt and i noticed it even on the test drive but it eventually drove me up the wall.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:58 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Yes....Finally! I am very interested in this as well. Purchased a 2011 Manual Forester (1000km in) and this is the exact sound it has. Mostly noticeable between 2500-3000 rpms when about to gear up. Even cruising in 5th it is still noticeable. Still drives well, but very dissapointing for a new car to have this. Leased a Patriot for 4 years and never had any issues. Please keep us updated. I'm heading back to the dealer this weekend to let them hear it and at the very least document my disapproval.
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Have the same noise on mine at idle. Looks like I'm a 1/4th of the way off the top mark of the dipstick at 900 miles, other times it appears right ot the max mark. Oil looks nice and clean.

The wife's Jetta 2.5L makes the same noise.

I'm chalking it up to timing chain noise.

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Here's mine. I honestly think these engines just sound this way, seeing as so many folks on here and the Outback forums have the same "issue".


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You may be right, but since Subaru Advertised the 2011 as having a quieter cabin, smoother engine and better fuel economy, shouldn't the cars be just that? Not to mention, that several other 2011 owners claim their Foresters are super quiet???

Not sure what's up.

Any updates from the original post by the way?
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I don't really hear mine inside the car. If I have a window down, sure...

Boxer engines have louder valves.

Timing chains are louder than belts.
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Purring like a kitten or coughing like my grandpa?

Here's the sound of mine. I purposely leave it in 2nd for a bit at 3000rpms which is where I hear it the most. Audio is ****e but at least you get the idea of what it sounds like. My shifts are terrible as I'm filming as well....oops.

Just curious if most sound this way while revving up for a shift or not.
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You may be right, but since Subaru Advertised the 2011 as having a quieter cabin, smoother engine and better fuel economy, shouldn't the cars be just that? Not to mention, that several other 2011 owners claim their Foresters are super quiet???

Not sure what's up.

Any updates from the original post by the way?
District field engineer went with me on a test drive today along with the dealer Service manager. He heard the noise and said it was not a normal noise. Warrantied an oil change and started an oil consumption test. Took readings and sent to SOA/Fuji. Hopefully a compression test/leak down test. I think the engineer knows there is something wrong. Have to give credit to SOA ... once I finally got through to customer service, they are taking action. Hopefully a positive solution!

As an aside ... the district service manager who was supposed to meet, but had an unexpected family issue is the same guy I dealt with over 10-years ago on my pinging 2000 Outback. SOA seems to keep good folks. One of the reasons I really like them.
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Definitely keep us updated. My Engine is new enough, 1100 km that I haven't been keeping tabs on oil consumption yet. But I will.

Thanks for the update.

Hey, Can you list the steps you took or would recommend taking for this same "action" to be done by customer service. I plan on waiting til my engine is just out of the break in period before bringing it in to the dealer so I don't get a "wait til the Engine is broken in" comeback.
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I'm not hearing anything in those videos.... I'm curious to see what the outcome is here.
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Like I said, the audio is not that good. You'd notice the difference in the car. Kind of like a low reverberation. Like a puttering or gurgling sound.

Two observations I've made, which I've heard others speak about, is the fact that the engine sounds smooth for the first few km or so after starting it up after its totally cooled down. But once it warms up, it sounds like a Harley is underneath my hood.

Second, from what I've read/heard, this sound seems to be on most Manual Transmission 2011 Foresters, but NOT on the AT?? I'm no mechanic, but how could the different transmission have something to do with the sound the Engine is making??

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