The Subaru Boxer diesel, first appearing in 2008, is a twin-cam, four-cylinder displacing 2.0L. It feeds off a common-rail fuel-delivery system and breathes via 16 valves and a variable-nozzle turbo. Output is 145 hp at 3600 rpm and a whopping 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1800 rpm.
Four chain-driven cams result in very low maintenance and compact power plant that fits perfectly in the Vanagon engine bay. Power delivery is smooth and even heavier Vanagons have no trouble with the steepest hills.
Since Subaru has not sold this engine in the USA, parts and service can be a challenge. For this reason, vehicles may have to return here for service needs. This is important when deciding on which engine is right for you. You should also be aware that depending on your driving habits, engines with over 170lb/ft of torque will create extra wear on the transmission and other components.
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.
The cost to install the Boxer Diesel into a Vanagon 2WD manual transmission or Syncro is $12,975 plus the cost of the engine. There are no hidden costs, just a few options shown as optional items below.
Report from a happy owner: "We did 2,111 miles round trip, with an average mpg of 27.4. The mpg varied quite a bit, between slower, island type driving, freeway speeds, tailwinds, and strong gusty headwinds... From 30.3 to 23.9. Overall, big success. My wife loves it!"
First mileage report at over 30 MPG!
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.