Can I replace a 2.5i engine with a 2.5L engine in a 2012 Subaru Outback CVT?

Asked by Nov 13, 2015 at 04:03 PM about the 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium PZEV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2.5i engine in my 2012 Subaru Outback is shot after 60000 miles.  The only replacements i can find are 2.5L.  Will the 2.5L fit and function properly with in my 2012 ouback with a CVT?

9 Answers

82,825

The engine will need to be the same series and meet the same smog requirements as your old engine. 2.5 Liters does not tell us what the engine is as there have been many different versions of their 2.5L engine. What happened to the old engine?

82,825

More information --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_EJ_engine

I believe the head gasket blew. A member of my household drove it for almost 2 hours with the overheat light on. The air intake manifold partially melted into the engine before it quit.

10,740

We had a women tell us the oil light was on but she needed to get somewhere ,,, then the car quit ... She wanted to know where the reset button was located

54,465

@ Tom.....OUCH!!

5,900

It's hard to respond to such a naive question... maybe the questioner is pulling legs? "i" means injection, as opposed to "t" for turbo. "L" is simply the displacement in liters. So 2.5i is simply a subset of 2.5L 2010-2014 2.5i seem identical, but I'd check carefully in case EGRs or other plumbing vary.

not pulling legs, just trying to become a mechanic on the fly to try to dig myself out of the Subaru hole.

54,465

The Subaru hole can be very deep. Getting out may require an excavator and explosives. Good luck.

5,900

Ha!

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