Last post on Jan 05, 2009 at 6:12 PM
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#2 of 3 Re: 2008 Forester; Reliability/Longevity of X vs. XT [monikersupreme]
Dec 12, 2008 (1:30 pm)
Either one should give you 100k miles. Subaru hasn't really had that many gasket issues since about 2003 or so.
I'd still pick the non-turbo for longevity, though. The turbo itself can fail, plus the whole engine is more stressed when it's making more power.
#3 of 3 Re: 2008 Forester; Reliability/Longevity of X vs. XT [monikersupreme]
Jan 05, 2009 (6:12 pm)
I would be careful about buying a used XT. In mid-2008 Subaru came out with a recommendation that the oil change interval for the XT must be changed to 3,750 miles, twice as often as the requirement for the X. This is because of turbo heat cooking the oil, bearings and seals.
Many XT owners may have not known of or ignored the recommendation. And XT owners tend to use their power, stressing the engine and whichever drivetrain they have. Turbo failure does occur, and it is often the first item that goes. If you want a used car that is good for 100K miles, an XT is not a car that comes to mind.