Subaru reliability opinions
Having a bit of trouble deciding if I want the XT or just the boxer four. Does anyone have input or have experienced problems with ether
I'm talking about ￼ reliability￼
In either option, I would assume reliability is above average but not perfect. The CVT will likely be the weak link, especially if you tow (though new ones are getting more reliable).
Same as any NA versus turbo, the NA will have a longer life, maybe 25k-50k, depending on driving style. But the NA is kind of a dog by modern standards; drive both before you settle for the non-turbo.
I'm not really a fan of the boxer engine design as a whole. However, I'd rather go with it over a turbocharged engine in a Subaru.
As many of us know, CVT's have been Subaru's Achilles heel for some time. They have gotten better, but I think I would avoid putting the extra jolting/stress on the transmission that a turbo motor does. Plus Subaru pretty much made the boxer their trademark and everyone knows the sound. Thry also have super smooth acceleration.
I would stay with the N/A option myself and skip the turbo.
My dad has the NA version. He loves it but he is 80 and never drives over 55. His is a 2014. It just made it to 50,000 miles.
How to make a turbo motor last:
- stay out of the boost as much as possible for the first few thousand miles
- always let it get up to operating temperature before getting hard on the throttle
- stay out of the boost the last few minutes before you turn it off (some engineers may disagree whether this is important for modern turbos)
- use high quality oil and change it frequently (absolutely no more than 5000 miles)
- check the oil frequently between changes; smell for gas dilution in the oil (other posts on this website explain oil dilution in more detail)
- use high quality gas (and don’t add anything extra to the gas)
- drive like a sane person
- dont tow
- change the cvt fluid as soon as it’s off warranty and every 30000 miles thereafter.