which is better four-cylinder or six-cylinder

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by dill, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. dill

    dill Guest

    I have a 2001outback with a four-cylinder. Thinking of another outback,
    should I get the six-cylinder , and how reliable is the six-cylinder?
    Thanks in advance
    dill, Mar 5, 2004
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  2. dill

    null Guest

    I've got the H6 in my sedan and it's been good (only 26,000 so far). You
    can only get an automatic
    transmission with it though. And it has been typically required that you
    get the premium options also.
    Getting the transmission to down shift takes thinking 3-5 seconds ahead.
    To preserve fuel economy the transmission doesn't like to down shift and
    this leads to some frustration. It also requires premium fuel. I've tried
    running 89 octane with limited success for city driving it's ok but don't
    expect to be able to mash the peddle as the ECU will retard the timing to
    prevent knocking and I have had some knock on 89 octane but surprisingly
    about the same mpg. Typically I run 93 in mine, since that's what's
    available. I get about 21-22 mpg.
    The timing chain is a 'lifetime' part as long as you keep the oil changed
    (all 6.2 quarts of it).
    The muffler has a spring/pressure activated bypass valve in it.
    Theoretically, at highway speeds exhaust pressure
    is strong enough to push the valve open and give better performance. For
    what it's worth I turned my spring around
    to hold the valve open all the time. You loose a little on the low end but
    I've found that generally I get better
    response from it.
    null, Mar 6, 2004
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  3. dill

    RN Guest

    I am planning to buy an Outback as well, but I find the difference in price
    between the 2,5 with comfort pack and the 3.0 quite big. (12.000 euro which
    is $ 15,000). You get leather, electric chairs, an automatic with 5 gears
    (instead of 4 for the 2,5) and 2 cylinders extra. Having read your posting,
    I think I'll go for the 2,5 with hand gears.

    RN, Mar 6, 2004
  4. dill

    Debra Co Guest

    Two years and 35K on the 6 cyl. No problems yet.
    Debra Co, Mar 6, 2004
  5. dill

    No Way Guest

    See you dealer for the factory service advise about fuel.
    You can use 'regular' grade.
    You loose about 20 horsepower.
    But it is ok.
    No Way, Mar 6, 2004
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