2014 2.5i Limited
Did Subaru ever switch to a timing chain 2.5l in all the cars, or does the Outback still have a belt motor?
Thank you. Might be time to consider a trade.2013 Outback has an FB engine available - FB engines have a chain.
more info; Subaru Research Site- specs, prices, options, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.. Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza, Tribeca, BRZ, XV
No chain noise too!Nobody is going to disagree with the fact the new FB series engines are superior to the older EJ series but I have say as I have pointed out the last changes the EJ went through (2010) really fine-tuned a great engine. Whats a belt change at 100k?, 3 to 5 hundred?
I know - right. The FB motor has not been tested long enough to know if it is, in fact, better.No chain noise too!
I always laugh at people who think chain is magically better some how than belts given both need some TLC at the higher mileage points either way. LOL
Maybe so, but that does not necessarily translate to the FB motor being as reliable as the EJ.it may be that, if Fuji could have found a way to get the narrower valve angles they wanted and stay with a belt they would have - dunno
And I detect no chain noise in our H6 Outback. In fact, if it were a little noisier, my daughter wouldn't have tried to start it while it was still running - on 2 different occasions!
And the FBs ARE quite new, but the chain-equipped H6es have done a decent job for 13 years or so.
As one who keeps his cars for several 100k miles, I prefer not to be a beta tester. The other changes in the FB motor attract me more than the chain vs belt. But I am happy with tried and true. We shall see.....People also tend to argue in favor of what they currently own. I'd like to keep this car past a 100k but I doubt I'll keep it to 200k. So maybe I'll save with a chain, maybe I won't. Not really worried about it and it wasn't a deciding factor for me.
Maybe so, but that does not necessarily translate to the FB motor being as reliable as the EJ.
One thing to factor in is if don't use synthetic oil which is not required for the EJ but is for the FB you can save some money over 100kGiven that the only reason most people like timing chains vs. belts is for "cost savings" associated with no timing belt replacement, I'll say that I am more than happy to save the $.74/day it will cost me for a timing belt and water pump at 105,000 miles (that includes labor). I have witnessed enough timing chain issues (guides, tensioners, etc) on VW 2.5 inline 5's to conclude that you'll probably spend the same amount on repairs or replacements, just pick which you'd rather do.