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Outback compared to Forester, my experience

I have an 08 Outback, and an 09 Forester, both with 2.5 sohc. I bought them 6 months apart. Bought the extended warranty for both.

The Outback has had under the extended warranty:
rear shocks
rocker cover seals
wire set
ignition module
front axles
control arm bushings
control arm links

Forrester,
Nothing.

When I look under the hood, the Outback components are made in North America, like alternator, Mitsubishi NA, Made in USA.

Forester, all Japan origin parts.

Is there a connection?, next one I buy I'm going to factor where it was built. Do you think the quality and specs for the components just are not as good as the Japanese made parts?
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I have an 08 Outback, and an 09 Forester, both with 2.5 sohc.

The EJ25 in both the OB and Forester are DOHC.

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The EJ25 in both the OB and Forester are DOHC.
both my cars are SOHC
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The EJ25 in both the OB and Forester are DOHC.
No, they are not for the model years the OP listed.

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No, they are not for the model years the OP listed.
My bad, I apologize..thought all late model EJ's are DOHC.

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My bad, I apologize..thought all late model EJ's are DOHC.
SOHC in all models with exception to turbos which is DOHC. The XT models.
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How many miles on the Outback & Forester? Sounds like a lot of issues on a 5 year old Outback. I thought people bought these vehicles for their reliability.
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A more detailed history would help greatly. Just because stuff under the hood is made in different countries doesn't mean the things you had replaced were. Although it is likely they were.

Also how is each driven? What types of roads?

It seems most repairs are suspension/driveline items.

I'm not saying a car built in Japan isn't a better vehicle, but there are ALOT of other factors to look into.

I've had two Japanese Imprezas, a US Legacy GT and currently a US OB and a Japanese Forester. My experience is that they are all dependable, quality cars. And there are also a few "bad eggs" out there that need more work than most, which is usualy a catalyst for people visiting and posting on the forums.

When looking at reliability, large sample sizes are best, and if you look at overall statistics, most agree Subaru builds quality, depenable cars.

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The Outback has had under the extended warranty:
rear shocks
rocker cover seals
wire set
ignition module
front axles
control arm bushings
control arm links
On the outback - Rear shocks, rocker cover seals, front axles, control arm bushing and links are all parts that have a common failure. None of these are terribly expensive to fix, but annoying none-the-less.

The ignition wires and module were probably just tossed in there because of the leaking rocker cover seals getting the plugs wet with oil. It was nice of them to do that.
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On the outback - Rear shocks, rocker cover seals, front axles, control arm bushing and links are all parts that have a common failure. None of these are terribly expensive to fix, but annoying none-the-less.

The ignition wires and module were probably just tossed in there because of the leaking rocker cover seals getting the plugs wet with oil. It was nice of them to do that.
The Outback has 80K, the Forester 75Kmiles. We're both over 50, drive very conservatively. Easy miles on the cars. They're what I would call "cream puffs" if I was looking for a used car. I'm fanatical with the routine preventative maintenance.

I was just wondering if the Forester tends to be more reliable because components are made in Japan and maybe have better specs?
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