Timing chain vs Timing belt

Asked by cheryl5967 Feb 02, 2020 at 08:13 PM about the 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium

Question type: General

So I am looking at buying a 2011 Forester and the person that is selling it says
that it has a timing chain not a belt and that it is better than having a belt, I
have never owned a Subaru so I am asking

5 Answers


I prefer timing chains as normally they last the life of the engine.

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I would be more concerned about the head gaskets than the timing arrangement. Do some "Googling" on Subaru head gasket problems.


Hi guys. Bob, Subaru went to a sturdy three-ply HG design in 2009 for the 2010 MY production. Subies with the modern chain-driven DOHC 2.5i will not experience issues with chain wear, but have the rare possibility of front cover oil seepage, which is a big job.


The FB engine does not seem to have a head gasket problem like the older EJ engines.


EJ just until 2009.

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