Join Date: Mar 2013
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester XT MT
Blown Turbo 2004 XT Options
My 2004 xt (mt) has been blowing white smoke for the last couple of days, so a buddy and I checked the intercooler and found oil everywhere. We suspected a blown turbo, so brought into an independent Subie shop. They confirmed that the turbo is failing, causing a "horrible" loss of oil (it burned through 3 quarts in a couple days!). The Subie shop wants $2000 to replace the turbo with a rebuilt turbo, but it will take the, 1-2 weeks to get the parts! Can't drive it till the turbo is replaced.M Subie shop didn't think there was any additional engine damage.
After reading the great advice here, I am very tempted to perform the turbo swap myself with a more knowledgeable friend. Probably go for a vf39, sti intercooler, cat less up pipe, Cobb ap or 2004 sti ecu, etc... If I go this route. I have limited mechanical knowledge, although my buddy rebuilds Volvo engines. Am I getting in over my head on this?
Another option I am considering is, sniff sniff, trying to sell the car WITH the blown turbo. I would hope to get $4k or something, selling to someone with plans to upgrade immediately. It would be hard to pay the Subie repair costs, and it seems I keep up pumping money into the car (new swift suspension, ac unit, tvg sensor, etc...). Would it even be sellable with a blown turbo?