if i want to keep this forester long-term i should really hook up the catch can and do the top engine clean regularly?
this is our first subaru and we want to continue to support subaru but damn after reading the good and the bad I hope our fxt lasts or back to acura mdx's. those new 4runners trds look promising too.
Catch cans are what they are... they will catch some of the oil (if not most) but it will need to be cleaned and there is a good chance some oil will still get back into the engine... the AOS that goes to the atmosphere means that anything left that gets past the system does not head back into the engine (a least a lot more so than the catch can)
I can't comment on the longevity but cars are what they are regardless of brand! The point of the comment was that if you maintain the car (despite the fact you have to do more than just the basics like on an NA car) this rig should last you. I think there are several SJ members on here who have broken 100k already... the wear and tear on a vehicle will do what it is going to do. Active participation in your car's health is the best advice I can give you. Engine cleaning, some of the mods (post warranty)...
The thing he said is, buyer beware of power mods... there isn't enough known about the longevity of the CVT in real world practice for the Subaru community. I believe the SJ is the first Turbo CVT Subaru has had... unlike the 4eat which was in the rigs for a while...
The thing to remember is that Subaru has different goals of good engineering then others. Their good engineering is safe and efficient... they aren't looking for the car to last... they are looking to make sure you buy it, that you are safe in it... and as an added bonus, if you maintain it actively (more than just the basics), the thing should last year for over a 100k..
I admit I had stars in my eyes when I bought this car... this Master tech laid it out for me... be a good owner and this car will serve you well.. just know that it isn't like the NA motors... this is DIT... that means you've taken on more responsibility than perhaps some other engine types...
I wonder what changes, if any are in the 2017 tech specs/service procedures( not styling related) regarding the drivetrain of the NA 2.5 compared to '14-16'. Wiki doesn't list much other than styling/accoustics/insulation ,some CVT shift point shenanigans that help it, and slightly more MPG out of the motor.
I would be interested in any applicable FOrester service manual source.
I don't know a lot about the NA version of the Fozzy...
Here are the links i use if I'm doing some research...
Subaru Vehicle resource site
TIS for Subaru
(subscription may be required for certain things but you might be able to ask on here if someone has seen what you are looking for)