2007 Subaru Forester - Swap engine

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#1

How difficult would it be to replace a turbocharged engine on a 2007 Subaru Forester and would you advice it? Why? Turbo more expensive and requires more maintence, more things go wrong and they are expensive to fix.


#2

Not sure what you are asking ? Do you have engine problems now or just concerned about the future. This thing is 11 years old and changing engines just to be changing does not sound like a reasonable financial move . It would make more sense to trade for a vehicle newer and equipped the way you want.


#3

If you HAVE a turbocharged engine and want to swap it for a non-turbo engine. Don’t. It will cost you FAR more than the car is worth to change it over.


#4

I’m with Mustangman. I don’t understand why anyone would swap an engine in a 2007 Forester. Turbocharged Foresters have been built in big numbers and sold new up until this summer. Just get one that doesn’t need an engine. Having owned 4 Subarus including a Forester, if that 12-model year ago car was a normal daily driver it is “fully depreciated” from top to bottom.


#5

im leaning to the remove turbo motor and put in a non turbo sort of question
but, its 11yrs old. 11yrs of service from a turbo motor.
a new rebuilt motor should last 11 more yrs.
if you change your oil every 3-4k miles it might last even longer
but a new motor is XX dollars. and a new turbo is more XX dollars


#6

If you want a non turbo Forrester it would br much easier and cheaper to sell yours and buy a non turbo one.


#7

Concur w/the majority advice above, if you need to replace the engine, replace it with exactly the same one if at all possible. If you swap the turbo for a non-turbo you’ll almost certainly encounter engine computer and probably exhaust system challenges. While you can probably deal with exhaust system problems, the ecu problems are probably a show stopper. Still, such a thing is probably possible with enough time and money. If you can find a Subaru specific forum maybe somebody there has actually done it.


#8

What extra maintenance? The only extra maintenance should be more frequent oil changes which should be done anyway turbocharger or not.

If it’s assumed that you’re wanting to replace a turbo engine with NA engine then don’t. As others have said, just stick with what it was born with.


#9

Car has very low mileage and other than a blown engine it is a perfect car. It is a second car. Worth more if fixed than trade in at the moment. Can you answer my question regarding changing type of engine. I am not a mechanic.


#10

As others have already said, changing engine type can be a huge job, many computer and electrical issues.


#11

You should have mentioned up front that the current engine is blown.

Regardless, I suggest that you stick with the same engine if you replace it.


#12

It is about 10 hours labor for a repair shop to replace the engine. Looks like used turbo engines start at about $3000 for this car, plan on spending about $5000 to replace the engine.