Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic: Test of the SUV with LPG drive

Equipped with LPG drive Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic revealed in testing some surprise - but no major problems. In both cases the strengths come in a serene dealing particularly well.

22.06.2010 Peter Wolkenstein

LPG - what is it? It is still not everyone the mixture of propane and butane as fuel common. Not so with Subaru: Even after the introduction of the diesel engine is available for buyers of a Subaru Forester on the car or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) upgraded Ecomatic version at a premium. Unless it was offered for free as part of one of the various special offers, it weighs in at around 2,900 Euros to the price, making it even 400 euros more expensive than the diesel Forester. But thanks to the low LPG fuel price of around 65 cents per liter of Ecomatic remains economically interesting alternative to diesel.

LPG an impact on the engine characteristics is barely noticeable

A reason for us to feel a whole year on the tooth the LPG Forester Buffs. The steel silver painted test car with the extensive Exclusive equipment should be as many kilometers to cover in gas operation. On gasoline the upgraded four-cylinder boxer relies only on startup, switching to gas operation is automatic. However, the manual recommends that you run regularly on gasoline (around 50 of 1,000 kilometers), since gas has poorer lubricating properties. Otherwise, an influence on the engine characteristics is hardly noticeable on LPG. The boxer engine in the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic anyway not waiting with beefy torque development. Specifically, after driving in which the spaciousness including payload has been exploited Weidlich, the complaints about the flap motor accumulated. Chassis ( "spongy") and steering ( "imprecise") is also not among the strengths when the Subaru Forester is shooed afloat on the highway.

Entire gas conversion adheres to something improvised

however, praise conceded the comfortable even on long journeys seats, while the installed by Subaru navigation system operating in the endurance test with its unnecessarily complicated menus some colleagues to despair. It has a handy feature that simplifies finding autogas stations - provided that the software is up to date. Although the number of LPG filling stations is increasing, there are still large gaps in some areas. If you want to avoid unnecessary kilometers on petrol, careful planning is advisable before long trips. The stages should not be too long. Due to the inherently higher consumption (on average 13.1 liters of LPG per 100 kilometers compared to 10.3 liters of premium) the usable 54 liters of LPG auxiliary tanks are rarely sufficient for more than 400 kilometers. The separate, small gas tank display does not work very well and is difficult to read in sunlight. In addition, it is liable as the total gas conversion of something improvised, not everyone accepts in a vehicle price of 36,000 euros for the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic.

Subaru Forester has a comfortable character

However, this is still common in most other LPG models - better integration into the vehicle leaves the time being delayed. however, no compromise calls for the reliability of the gas plant, they worked over the entire Dauertestddistanz without any problems. Many LPG newcomer criticized the unexpectedly early automatic switching from gas to gasoline operation, although the LPG tank could not be blank shots indicated. In such cases, the gas pressure for high engine loads is no longer sufficient. So who waived powerful acceleration processes at walking running low LPG, it may delay the switch to gasoline operation by a smooth driving style. In any case, a serene movement better fits the comfortable character of the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic. In the snowy winter the benefits of its standard all-wheel drive were in great demand.

No flawless performance by the Japanese wheel drive vehicle

The strong heating brings the interior in freezing temperatures quickly warm temperatures, but the rules to be desired. Under these conditions also, it takes a few minutes until the engine switches to gas after a cold start of gasoline. not a little, but for a profitability calculation with a sharp pencil negligible - the additional consumption in this phase in an otherwise pure LPG mode was Buffs up to 0.3 liters Super per 100 km. A shadow on the balance sheet also threw the relatively frequent visits to the workshop. Only because of the short service intervals of only 15,000 km of the Subaru Forester had three times the service within the test range. In between, he made a few quirks: twice fell out of cruise control, once flickered in normal driving, the oil temperature indicator light for the rear axle. Every time a visit to the workshop was necessary, although the removal of the cause could always wait until the next inspection.

Also accompanied by violent steam development sudden loss of cooling water on the highway remained without serious consequences: After the Subaru Forester was towed to the garage, turned out instead of the first suspected defective cylinder head gasket a defective radiator cap as a cause out. So overall not a flawless performance by the Japanese wheel drive vehicle Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic, but all convincing in all - this also applies to LPG drive.

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