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The engines on all Subarus have always been on the noisy side, especially the 4 cyl ones. But... For 2011, Subaru has tweaked the engine on their new Forester to emit less of a tractor noise :-) As to the spare tire change, I fully understand the procedure. When the spare is smaller, the wheels spin at different speeds and that will damage the AWD system. So, until you get a fully blown tire, it's wise to disengage the AWD to save 1000s of dollars on AWD system replacement. Why didn't Subaru include a full size spare is also clear like dat -- cost cutting. If you want a full size spare -- buy it.Report it