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Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You should have asked the Subaru Crew community here on Edmunds about your issue - we could have given you the right part numbers to help your (clueless) dealer.

    Having said that, I wouldn't drive around with an unresolved whirring noise.

    Do you have a source for the gender percentages?

    I ask because the whole segment is mostly female. The best seller (CR-V) is actually marketed as a "Toddler Mom" vehicle by Honda, and quite successfully.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Turbochargers put con rod under tremendous stress from the reciprocating load represented by the piston, while load is increased to the 3rd power with increased speed. Failure of a connecting rod, usually called "throwing a rod" is one of the most common causes of catastrophic and expensive engine failure in cars. When building a high performance engine, great attention should be paid to the con rods, since the rod could to fail under stress.

    Subaru did not provide an engine appropriate to function with high performance turbocharger. They simply attached turbocharger to a stock "boxer" engine. Irresponsible and cheap approach


    Correction:

    Did a little research and found that the Forester XT actually does use the upgraded connnecting rods from the STi. Part number is 12100AA180 for both.

    What failed was the con rod bearings, not the upgraded con rods. They didn't throw a rod.

    Note also that the turbo engines were affected but the normally aspirated Foresters were not, because they use a different Rod Assembly.

    That is why no normally aspirated models were affected by this issue.

    Just setting the record straight.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    STi:

    Block set 11008930
    Cylinder Head L 11063AB330
    Cylinder Head R 11039AB910
    Piston Set 12006AC390
    Piston Ring Set 12033AB340
    Rod Assembly 12100AA180
    Crankshaft 12200AA330
    Exhaust Valve 13202AA570
    Intake Valve 13201AA371

    FXT:

    Block set 11008930
    Cylinder Head L 11063AB250
    Cylinder Head R 11039AB820
    Piston Set 12006AD210
    Piston Ring Set 12033AB340
    Rod Assembly 12100AA180
    Crankshaft 12200AA330
    Exhaust Valve 13202AA570
    Intake Valve 13201AA371

    So STI parts include the block set, piston ring set, connecting rod assembly, the crankshaft itself, and intake valves and exhaust valves. That's a lot of upgrades, if you ask me.

    The heads are different, as are the pistons.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    All of this is only part of the reason (aside from premium fuel) why I prefer bigger displacement unstressed engine to putting a mouse motor on steroids to get about the same HP for a CUV. If I wanted the boy racer WRX, then fine, but for a daily haulin' machine the NA 3.0L I feel is more appropriate choice. (at least today's turbo's are a bit better on low end response, but still I think the old school edict "there ain't no replacement for displacement" is more in line for this type of vehicle. Something has to be said for the KISS principle too.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Remember, Mitsubishi now recommends premium fuel for the new 230hp version of the V6, just like the F-XT. The compression ratio is higher, so it's more stressed than your 220hp motor, and on 87 octane probably doesn't make any more power.

    If we apply the KISS theory, perhaps the 220hp version of the engine (which I believe you have) makes more sense. Low compression, and designed to run on 87 octane.

    Subaru's EZ30 engine (Outback, Tribeca) ran on recommended premium, but they squeezed 250hp out of it (a little less SAE hp). Thankfully the 3.6l V6 is now tuned for regular fuel, but you've gotta shop Outback to get it. That's still in the Outlander GT's price range, FWIW.

    We didn't get the turbo, but keep in mind 224hp is a lot less than what an STi makes, so it's not high strung at all. Test drive one, the turbo is actually pretty mellow, it's geared taller and makes less exhaust noise (thanks to, yes, that Mitsu TD04 that's in the way of the exhaust path) than the normally aspirated engine.

    I think if the F-XT had been available with a manual transmission, I would have pushed for it. A true manual with a clutch is more in character with a sporty model. Subaru just wasn't selling any of them, so they dropped it. :cry:

    If you get the chance, go test drive an 04 F-XT manual. C&D hit 60mph in 5.4 seconds. It is just absurdly fast. I had to test drive it twice because I could not believe it.

    I wonder if they will produce a Forester Sport XT, XTi, or STi. Part of me would like to see one, but the practical side of me knows it won't sell well. The STi is already a 5 door, and that's what most enthusiasts would pick anyway. Or a plain WRX.

    We also own a high-strung boy-racer type vehicle (Miata) and a big V6 (Sienna) and each has its pros and cons. The Miata is what I want to drive, while the Sienna is what I have to drive.

    Both get the job done.

    Cheers.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    If we apply the KISS theory, perhaps the 220hp version of the engine (which I believe you have) makes more sense. Low compression, and designed to run on 87 octane.

    Exactly! Power to tow and an easy vehicle to drive and good economy for the size. (almost as much power as our old Durango, but about twice the hwy mpgs) A great overall compromise in today's times with gas prices. I have no desire to spend the money for the Outlander GT and wouldn't have bought one in 2007 (if available) as I chose a LS vs the XLS back then (much less $ and had all I really needed.)

    We also own a high-strung boy-racer type vehicle (Miata) and a big V6 (Sienna) and each has its pros and cons. The Miata is what I want to drive, while the Sienna is what I have to drive

    Believe it or not, I also own an older Lotus Esprit. Weighs about 2200 lbs. Its motor is fine for the light weight, but wouldn't want to power a CUV that way. (Lotus' philosophy of small displacement motors works fine in very light cars yielding great power to weight and mpgs too, but not for 2 ton vehicles) I also appreciate not rowing the gears in the Outlander (can't beat the 6 speed auto for that purpose) The Esprit is something you must maintain and is an entirely different kind of beast and purpose (it's all about handling and is best appreciated on windy roads or at track days on road courses, not in daily stop and go traffic). The Outlander is a nice comfy 4WD "appliance" (not sports car) that I hope to keep with little maintenance past the generous warranty (historically I keep vehicles 7-10 years and the Esprit is the exception at over 22 yrs, but annual driven miles are very low.).
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Not in my circle here in Texas....def NOT a chick "vehicle"....
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    If I wanted the boy racer WRX, then fine,

    Maybe it's time that you drive a WRX. The powerband is fine, and the car is as good a "daily driver" as any other Subaru offers.

    I'm on my second WRX, the most recent being an '09 model. ...Oh, a "boy racer"? I'm going to be 65 in two months. :)

    Bob
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    See who drives them...90% chicks. However, the Forester is a great vehicle that is reliable

    So you're saying that "chicks" are more practical car owners than guys and place more stock in reliability than a macho appearance? Hey I can live with that ;)

    -Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Lotus? Sweet. Rare sight these days. I'm a bit jealous, to be honest. :shades:

    For what it's worth, contrary to what's been said about the Forester XT's engine in this thread, besides the displacement and layout the turbo engine has virtually nothing in common with the normally aspirated engine.

    I have the non-turbo, and I sure wish it had these, even if they would be totally overkill:

    * semi-closed deck block
    * sodium filled valves
    * forged connecting rods

    So the turbo engine is reinforced in an appropriate manner. And the 2.5T has very useable low-end torque, better in that regard than the 2.0l turbos offered overseas. Plus the Forester is one of the lighter crossovers in its class, making the application more appropriate.

    For reference, my Miata makes 140 lb-ft at 5000rpm, and the 2GR V6 in my Sienna makes 245 lb-ft at a fairly high 4700rpm. The F-XT produces 226 lb-ft at just 2800rpm.

    Makes my minivan's V6 seem downright peaky! :D

    The only engine I can think of in this class that peaks sooner is the Tiguan, with 207 lb-ft at a claimed 1700-5000 rpm, and the Forester XT is easily quicker.

    Edit: for reference, the 2010 V6 in the Outlander makes 215 lb-ft of peak torque at 3750 rpm, while the 07-09 made 204 lb-ft at 4000rpm.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    Maybe it's time that you drive a WRX. The powerband is fine, and the car is as good a "daily driver" as any other Subaru offers.

    I'm on my second WRX, the most recent being an '09 model. ...Oh, a "boy racer"? I'm going to be 65 in two months.


    Not knocking the WRX at all. The engine is appropriate for the sporty nature and would be a fun vehicle if I was looking for something like that. My point is for a heavier CUV I think the 3.0 engine is more in line with that kind of vehicle
    (non-stick 4WD towing/cargo/people hauler weighing several hundred lbs more. )
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wouldn't want a turbo-4 in my minivan, so I'll actually agree.

    For the big family duties, I opted for the 149 cubic feet of cargo acreage you just don't get outside the minivan segment. That's more than double the space. Plus you can lay a sheet of plywood inside and still close the hatch! :surprise:

    It's getting too warm and fuzzy in here, quick, let's disagree on something. Paper or plastic? :D
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    If you get the chance, go test drive an 04 F-XT manual. C&D hit 60mph in 5.4 seconds

    Actually they managed a 5.3 sec 0-60 for the F-XT. Which was faster than that of the Nissan 350Z :shades:

    -Frank

    Edit: Here's what Car & Driver said in their August 2003 review:

    The force-fed flat-four's combination of torque, gearing, and weight will get you a blazing 0-to-60 time of 5.3 seconds and a quarter-mile of 13.8 seconds at 97 mph, just 0.3 second slower than an $89,665 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

    The current generation F-XT isn't as fast but has a broader powerband.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Happy to admit I was wrong. ;)
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    Remember, Mitsubishi now recommends premium fuel for the new 230hp version of the V6, just like the F-XT.
    Subaru requires premium; Mitsubishi recommends it.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    Subaru requires premium; Mitsubishi recommends it.
    And Hyundai's 3.3L V6 242 hp with 10.4/1 compression only says unleaded regular
  • >> But MMNA is being punished for their poor performance, too. No twin clutch transmission, even though they said it was coming a couple of years ago. The GT concept had sweet looking Brembo brakes, an important omission since it's not a light vehicle. No roof rails on the GT, too.

    * Roof rails could be optional, 95% don't need them: they increase noise level. Or they should make them retractable :)
    * The current 6-speed transmission is excellent. Very smooth. Twin clutch transmission would be nice. I've read they plan it for the next year Outlie model in some European market.
    * Brembo brakes would be nice, but along with Twin clutch it would push price into upscale territory. But why not? None of those MDXs, X3 or GLKs have Brembos and Twin clutch.
    * How about 19" sport tires (btw available as catalog option)
    * We gotta have some gadgets: it's Mitsubishi. 4G based navigation with Internet access and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot,

    image

    * Or How about V6 turbo?
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    And Hyundai's 3.3L V6 242 hp with 10.4/1 compression only says unleaded regular

    The Hyundai is out of scope for this thread, but I'll bite.
    Outlander 230HP 3L V6: 76.7 HP/L (assume max HP w/Premium)
    Outlander 220HP 3L V6: 73.3 HP/L (assume 10 HP drop w/Regular)
    Hyundai 242HP 3.3L V6: 73.3 HP/L on Regular
    Forester 224HP 2.5L H4 Turbo: 89.6 HP/L on Premium

    None of us know that the Outlander loses 10HP if Regular is used instead of Premium, but assuming it does (4-6HP seems more realistic to me but I'll accept 10 for the purpose of this discussion) it makes the exact same power/liter that the Hyundai does on Regular and beats it with Premium. As expected, a turbocharged engine beats both.

    EPA economy estimates:
    Outlander V6 AWD: 18/24
    Forester I4 Turbo AWD: 19/24
    Santa Fe V6 AWD: 17/24

    So smaller engine = better city MPG but they're all the same on the highway. An extra gear or two in the Forester's AT and it could really shine here.

    Manufacturer powertrain, bumper-to-bumper warranty:
    Mitsubishi: 10 yr/100K miles, 5/60
    Hyundai: 10 yr/100K miles, 5/60
    Subaru: 5 yr/60K miles, 3/36

    All three include roadside assistance during the b-b warranty period. However, based on past experience I really prefer the 100K powertrain (I had a Mazda that blew it's trans at 76K; my ex-wife had a Camry that blew it's trans at 62K). It's insurance, really, and the longer the policy the better.

    - If you care about straight-line performance, get the Forester.
    - If you want the best slalom performance, get the Outlander and replace the OEM tires.
    - If you want that possible extra city MPG get the Forester. Or really, consider FWD or another kind of vehicle .. the same 3.3L in the Sonata gets 249 HP and 19/29 economy.
    - If you want the best all-around visibility get the Forester.
    - If you need 3rd row seats skip the Forester.
    - If you want a rear-backup camera get the Outlander. If the other two have it their web sites aren't mentioning it.
    - If you care about warranty go for the Mitsu or Hyundai.
    - If you don't want a 4 cyl get the Mitsu or Hyundai.
    - If you want capable-but-boring get the Santa Fe.
    - If you want a modern interior and more state-of-the-art electronics like rain-sensing wipers, get the Mitsu.
    - If you want your accessories like BlueTooth to be integrated, avoid the Hyundai.
    - If you want a premium audio system get the Mitsu.
    - If you frequently haul long items like lumber, get the Outlander since it has a split-hatch.
    - If you want a 1-person bed get the Outlander. Slide the passenger front seat forward & passenger rear seat back, remove the front seat headrest, and fully recline the front seat. The top of the front seat goes flush with the rear seat cushion.
    - Etc.
    None are bad vehicles; drive them all if you want and pick the one you like the best.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    Whoa relax there fushigi !!! :cry:

    My only comment was somehow Hyundai is getting a 10.4/1 compression engine to run just on regular. It wasn't a sales pitch for the Santa Fe (bringing on all the other comparisons you made), rather wondering out loud what changed in the Outlander that already has variable valve timing in the 220 hp version of the Mivec. In the old days that kind of CR would have mandated Premium.

    So what extra is Mitsubishi doing and how does that compare to the technology of what Hyundai is doing? (engine only please if you happen to know). This isn't me stating Hyundai is better, but wanting to understand the different approaches. If by chance you have seen some of my older posts in the past you know I'm no fan of premium fuel (and in the case of CUVs I'm no fan of turbocharging) :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, but keep something in mind - the EPA's fuel mileage tests are conducted with the recommended fuel, so the numbers being quoted here for the 2010 V6 in the Outlander are with premium.

    So you'll lose a few horses (probably not quite 10hp, I agree about that). But you also may not be getting quite as good mileage, too.

    Car & Driver had a good article about that. Their conclusion was you may as well use what's recommended.

    Having said that, I bet the mpg drop is small.
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