engine swap on a 2003 forester?

carsonward1
0

Asked by Oct 17, 2013 at 04:08 PM about the 2003 Subaru Forester XS

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 2003 Subaru forester 2.5 xs and I would like to upgrade my engine for an XT model or something that will get me going faster. I want to do it but I don't have a clue where to start. I know I would need a new engine but I am not sure which is best, also would I need to change the transmission and anything else?

2 Answers

Nick Eidemiller
5,105

you'd need the engine and the ECU, possibly the wiring harness, if the engine didn't come with a turbo, intercooler, and piping, which a lot wont, then you're gonna have to get all of that as well. Honestly you'd have a better time buying an XT model because you'll pay way too much if having a shop do it and it's more time and money than it's worth to do the swap yourself vs buying an XT.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Jeff Smith
2,315

Nick's right, you would need the wiring harness as well as the keys for the immobilizer, the engine cross member, and a few other odds and ends. The only reason I would contemplate doing that is if I found a cheap rear-ended and wrecked out Forester XT that I could get all the parts on and do it myself. Otherwise, I would sell the XS and purchase an XT.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 21,042 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 2,870
#2 walth
walth
Reputation 2,190
#3 lifeson34
lifeson34
Reputation 1,990
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback"
359 Great Deals out of 19,726 listings starting at $995
Used Honda CR-V"
680 Great Deals out of 77,176 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota RAV4"
517 Great Deals out of 43,500 listings starting at $2,350
Used Subaru Impreza"
163 Great Deals out of 11,487 listings starting at $395
Used Subaru Legacy"
258 Great Deals out of 12,618 listings starting at $400
Used Ford Escape"
1,132 Great Deals out of 94,826 listings starting at $1,495
Used Subaru Impreza WRX"
35 Great Deals out of 1,072 listings starting at $3,900
Used Toyota Highlander"
400 Great Deals out of 19,855 listings starting at $2,981
Used Toyota 4Runner"
206 Great Deals out of 13,483 listings starting at $1,999
Used Hyundai Santa Fe"
388 Great Deals out of 33,570 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Impreza WRX STi"
21 Great Deals out of 569 listings starting at $12,999
Used Toyota Tacoma"
417 Great Deals out of 21,990 listings starting at $2,250

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 13,395 listings starting at $21,959
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,728 listings starting at $10,500
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 1,360 listings starting at $10,995
2013 Subaru Forester For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 629 listings starting at $11,388
2012 Subaru Forester For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 556 listings starting at $9,990