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Turbo? 2005 Subaru Outback
Hey, just wanted to see if there is any advice or past experiences on turbo'ing a 2005 Subaru Outback.
So in a nutshell, I'm sort of lame. I LOOOOVE the Subaru hood scoops on the turbo cars, but I can't swap a hood without having a turbo because that's just too "pimpish." I've been told by many mechanics that I would be better off buying a WRX STI but I see a lot of those cars out there, and I love the wagon.
Now the Outback I have is a naturally aspired 4-cylinder boxer with SOHC. It has a sport shift AT. So I've heard to turbo we'd be looking at placing am STI engine block in... already pricey and would need a custom ECM tune. While I might be all over that, apparently it would wreak havoc on the car since the transmission and pretty much the entire drivetrain wasn't meant to handle that power.
I would replace the transmission for a MT, but I like the automatic sport shift.
Has anyone ever turbo'd one of these cars and found a solution? In a nutshell, I'm looking at trying to add a turbo without modifying other components as much as possible... but also looking at reliability (as in, I don't want to have to look at maintenance every couple of months because the transmission wear, etc is too great).