Ever notice how when you’re single you never have just one potential mate? If the cosmic order was bereft of irony, you’d stumble upon a single, perfect individual, the clouds would part and angels would sing. Unfortunately, it’s not like that. Or, at least it’s never been that way with me. After a lengthy dry spell, I’d get twisted up with no less than two seemingly perfect options and be stuck pulling my hair out for days trying to figure which one I’d be happier with. Now that I’m married, I thought I was done with that shit. Not so, Fiends. As you may know, the Bowman household is currently in the mad hunt for a turbo, 5-speed 5-door. As much as I’d love to lay my paws on an S4, I don’t think I can manage the ego (or premiums) necessary to slide behind the wheel of the four rings. So, Subarus it is. I’m all set to make the hike to check out a particularly gravy car when out of the blue comes another perfect option. Hop the jump to see what I’m working with.
Contender number one is a 2004 Forester 2.5XT. Do a little reading on this wagon/CUV/ute and you’ll find the turbo 2.5-liter flat four is the same basic mill as the STi power plant of the same vintage. The turbo’s slightly smaller, but you’re still working with 210 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Roll that goody into a 3,000 lb empty box and you’re looking at 0-60 times in the fives. That’s right, I said fives. The one I’ve laid my peepers on is a 91,000 mile example with a motor out of a 2005. That part’s got me worried, but supposedly an improperly-repaired head gasket led to some head and block damage. The new mill has 70k miles on it, and the interior looks clean as can be. Did I mention the car’s Alpine white? Hot as can be. According to the CarFax and AutoCheck, the car’s from Texas originally, and the second (current) owner had it shipped to NC via car carrier.