Any one buy a 2016 forester or Crosstrek? Any proablms?


Asked by Jan 28, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I would love to buy a brand new Subaru but. Hearing about the lawsuit and the engine problems has scared me. I don't know whether to go for the 2.0 cross track or the 2.5 Forester? Don't want to rebuild a new engine like I've been hearing people have had to with older models

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I can tell your from personal experience that the Foresters can have major oil consumption problems. My 2015 is on the third engine in less than a year. The first one was replaced due to oil consumption. The second was ruined by the dealer who installed it and the third one now has 3000 miles on it and is not using oil but it now has a problem with hard starting so back to the dealer again.

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Hear anything about the Crosstrek?


I assume they built a bunce of engines & would be putting then in 16's huh?


The oil consumption issues have been around for a number or years. As far as I know the 16 engines are the same as the 15's.

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Heard anything about the 2.0 in Crosstrek? Not the 2.0 turbo engine? This is a bummer! It was the car in my price range. :-( what Awd or 4x4 Are good under 30,000? Thank you for answer


Supposedly the turbo engines have fewer problems with oil consumption. They use heavier oil and according to a dealer, the higher combustion pressure helps the rings seal better. I can't say if this is true or not.


I would think the 2.0 in the Crosstrek is the same as impresza? Not a turbo? I need a Good Safe car, I've been reading about Subaru,Toyota etc. I'm out of my league with the new tranny's & what not. I just went a safe Reliable car for me and my kids


Honda CRV


Subaru's have a good rep for safety and are selling well in spite of the oil consumption issue. I personally like the CVT and have driven one several times and have been impressed. I can't say much about the CVT reliability but it does seem to be the best CVT out there today. An extended warranty might be a good idea if you go ahead an buy a Subaru.


Thank You for answer. I'm not sure what I'll do yet. Looking at Rav 4 to. Any thing bad about them?


I wouldn't steer away from Subaru for your needs. I would NOT pay the premium for the Crosstrek over the Impreza Premium Hatch as the latter handles better and doesn't feel power-starved with the CVT as much. It's a great $23k choice. But for big kids and adult rear passenger space the only NEW rec I have is for the Legacy Prem Sedan for +2k more. VASTLY bigger, quieter, smoother, more powerful, and an astonishing 31- 32mpg hwy. (DISCLAIMER: I still trade in 2010+ Leg Sedans.) Foresters are much too SUV-like for me, with, like the 2010+ OB, a too high center of gravity and wayward body control ruining their handling. If you ABSOLUTELY need 5 doors get the Imp Prem or if you want to go elsewhere the only ultrareliable choice with great handling is the new (2014 with 2.5i) Mazda CX-5. While still a sport "cute", and fairly pricey in middle-level trim, it'd be an interesting comparison with the CrossTrek. But again, if ground clearance isn't a huge issue the value play with great handling is the Imp Prem. All manner of Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans et al are front-wheel-drive sourced 4 wd, and just don;t have that great handling the proper Subarus do. So I'd compare the Imp Prem and Crosstrek with the CX-5, and pick your favorite. THEN compare it with a Legacy Prem and be shocked at how much "more" car you can get for short money. Until the statistical dust settles I still recommend buying the newest Subies but switching to 5w30 winter and 10w40 summer oil to quench light consumption. Note that Subie showed a new "stretched" Impreza hatch at a show in Japan. This reminds me of the smaller Legacy Wagons of the early 90s, and may be the perfect 5 door sport hatch if given the torquier 2.5i. Lastly, do NOT buy a Subaru turbo is you expect 10yr longevity. Plus their city drivability is compromised by lag until high revs are achieved...the opposite of what you want.

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