A Subaru turbo engine in a Vanagon is a beautiful thing. The 2.0T from an early WRX was the first turbo we ever installed in a Vanagon. It makes 227 HP at 6,000 RPM. We also install a wide variety of 2.5T engines. From the early Foresters that produce 210 HP at 5,600 RPM, to the later WRX and Forester motors that make 230 HP at 5,600 RPM, to the Legacy that puts out 250HP at 6,000 RPM. For the incredibly power hungry, we even install some WRX STI motors that produce an outrageous 300 HP at 6,000 RPM. One of the benefits of the 2.5L turbos is that there's very little turbo lag. They pull smooth and strong from 1,500 RPM on up. However, the 2.0L turbo suffers slightly from turbo lag, but we offer a build that eliminates that and makes the engine perform more like a 2.5L.
If you're considering putting one of our Subaru turbos into your Vanagon, you should strongly consider upgrading certain parts of your Van that could be problematic when matched with a 200+ HP engine. If you have an automatic transmission, it will need an upgrade, however existing manual transmissions will work fine. You should also consider upgrading your brakes and possibly suspension, especially if you have a heavier Syncro or Westfalia.
If you have any questions about a Subaru conversion, don’t hesitate to contact our conversion expert, Brian, at 253-473-2474 or by using our conversion contact form.
* While our in-stock engines can vary from day to day, we can supply an engine that meets your needs within 1-3 weeks if we don't have what you're looking for.
The cost to install a 2.0L or a 2.5L turbo into a Vanagon 2WD or Syncro is $9,975 plus the cost of the motor.
After thousands of miles of driving, the mileage is averaging around 18 MPG, slightly better than the naturally aspirated 3.3L, but not as good as a naturally aspirated 2.5L.
An emissions test after a 500 mile break in period shows very low emissions:
Before arrival of your Vanagon we generally get a deposit of approximately the engine cost to acquire and prepare the Subaru engine. Upon delivery of your Vanagon for the installation work, a 50% deposit is required with the balance due upon completion of the work. There is a $15.00 per day storage fee after 5 days unless prior arrangements are made.
For all new parts, we have a one year warranty. Used engines have a one year warranty on internal parts and 90 days on externals. Extended warranties may available on some parts manufactured by us. If the vehicle cannot be returned to us for warranty service, repairs at another location should be authorized with us before the repairs are completed. Diagnosis is covered only when performed in our shop.
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