Swapping engines on a 1999 Subaru Forester.


Asked by May 20, 2016 at 12:09 AM about the 1999 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester, but the
motors blown. I'm wondering if it is
possible to put the 2.5 RS in the forester.
And if not what would be the best engine
to put in that I can still apply my turbos
too. Thanks!

4 Answers


1999 was kind of an odd year.. some are 2.5 DOHC (phase 1) and some are 2.5 SOHC (phase 2). Do some searching.. if you have phase 2, you should be able to use like 99-04 as a complete setup, I think. If it's phase 1, do some searching as I'm not as familiar with it. I would be interested to know if you have 1 or 2 though.

Best Answer

Keep in touch and let us know if you run into anything / any additional questions. Be glad to help. cheers


The Subaru is unfortunately a 2.5 SOHC. I did some searching, but still stumped.


Well, from what Ern has said about the 2.5 DOHC.. they just don't hold up like the SOHC's do, older ones that is. IDK about new ones. I'm so glad neither of our Foresters are DOHC. I missed the part about the turbo.. are you running a turbo on your SOHC and that's why it's blown? IDK much about turbo stuff, theory, operation, standalone, MS, etc.. I know some people run too much boost and get creep and then blow a HG. What are you stumped about? Finding another 2.5 SOHC from a 99-04 Forester? check out ebay or www.car-part.com

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 19,312 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,099.


Search Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 3,210
#2 walth
Reputation 2,580
#3 lifeson34
Reputation 2,280
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback"
432 Great Deals out of 29,667 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda CR-V"
1,504 Great Deals out of 80,986 listings starting at $1,695
Used Toyota RAV4"
1,188 Great Deals out of 49,062 listings starting at $2,499
Used Subaru Impreza"
218 Great Deals out of 8,026 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Legacy"
239 Great Deals out of 17,838 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota 4Runner"
365 Great Deals out of 18,996 listings starting at $2,200
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
1,220 Great Deals out of 73,878 listings starting at $1,593
Used Toyota Tacoma"
625 Great Deals out of 30,504 listings starting at $2,850

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 10,157 listings starting at $20,970
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
29 Great Deals out of 1,256 listings starting at $19,995
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
76 Great Deals out of 1,723 listings starting at $14,950
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 1,668 listings starting at $8,995
2013 Subaru Forester For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 434 listings starting at $11,991