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    Hey guys, I have been looking for a wrx lately and i came across a 2005 forester xt. It looks really nice but i had a few questions. Not really sure if any of you have much experience with foresters but thought i would post anyways.
    I was wondering if the xt is comparable to a wrx.
    Are there any downsides to them? I would imagine that insurance would be cheaper but idk.
    If anyone has any advice for me its greatly appreciated.

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    The 2005 XT uses the same EJ257 long block out of an STi, albeit with the smaller TD04 turbo and different ECU programming.

    Because of the short 4.44:1 F/D, they can be deceptively quick in a straight line with stock cars pushing 13.5 seconds in the quarter mile (despite the 210hp advertised power). The blessing is also a curse, since the short F/D will put the car at about 4000rpm at 70mph making for a very buzzy commute. Some suspension work, a VF39, and ECU programming will make the Forester XT quite the sleeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    The 2005 XT uses the same EJ257 long block out of an STi, albeit with the smaller TD04 turbo and different ECU programming.

    Because of the short 4.44:1 F/D, they can be deceptively quick in a straight line with stock cars pushing 13.5 seconds in the quarter mile (despite the 210hp advertised power). The blessing is also a curse, since the short F/D will put the car at about 4000rpm at 70mph making for a very buzzy commute. Some suspension work, a VF39, and ECU programming will make the Forester XT quite the sleeper.
    I was going to say this. A few bolt on's and it will beat the Sti in 0-60 and likely the 1/4 mile. (How to go faster than an STI for cheap! - Subaru Forester Owners Forum) I have seen videos of the XT destroying the STI in Auto X and Rally X. It really is a good platform and chassis and I personally wouldn't mind trading my wrx for it. It uses the Ej255, which is basically a "baby" 257.
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    The 2005 FXT uses the EJ257 according to popular belief.

    Edit: it might actually only be the 2004 FXT
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    I'm not sure but after doing some research most people over on the forester forums believe it to be a 255. Which is still a beast of an engine. Much beastlier than our 205s.
    All EJ255 Engines are NOT created Equal
    2004 XT engine replacement - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
    EJ 255 Motor Problems 2004 XT - Subaru Forester Owners Forum

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