2011 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Noisy engine

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Noisy engine
By fnamowicz on


2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Noisy engine lots of clatter sounds like a bunch of bolts in a blender.

The spare tire procedure is ridiculous. you have to switch to 2wheel drive by adding a fuse and then removing it after going back to a full size tire
Why not provide a full size spare to start with?

Best Features

Adequate cargo area Traditional SUV look.

Worst Features

Quieter engine. Improve transmission. Full size spare, eliminate the need to change to 2 wheel drive when using the spare. Go back to regular oil instead of synthetic.
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By ss1980
on 12/28/10 21:21 PM (PST)

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.

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