Question: Why Are Boxer Engines Bad?

What’s wrong with boxer engines?

Boxer engines are more costly and time consuming to manufacture than traditional engines.

Today’s typical automotive architecture doesn’t accommodate the shape and size of the flat and stout boxer engines.

Due to the low, wide mount, the boxer engine can prove difficult to service..

Why are boxer engines better?

Boxer engines derive several performance advantages inherent to their design, since the center of gravity on an opposed engine is much lower to the ground compared to an in-line or V design. This allows for better lateral acceleration. In addition, the benefits to handling are enormous.

The boxer configuration is more prone to twisting than the in-line configuration under high torques. So, the engine needs to be made of more rigid, heavier materials. Most importantly, from the ownership perspective, it is very difficult to maintain as compared to cars with V engines or inline engines.

Is Boxer engine better than inline?

Inline engines feature pistons that sit upright and move straight up and down. This means the engine block is taller overall and has a higher center of gravity than a SUBARU BOXER® engine, which features pistons laid flat. The upright layout of inline engines means they can vibrate more during operation.

Which Subaru engines to avoid?

Subaru 2.5-L Turbo Four Cylinder Owners of 2009-14 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI models have launched a class-action lawsuit, alleging the pistons and PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) systems in the high-performance 2.5-L turbocharged engines may overheat or malfunction, requiring a king’s ransom in repairs.

Do Subarus have engine problems?

Despite Subaru’s track record for reliable vehicles, their 2.5 L engine has become almost infamous in the automobile industry for having problems. Specifically, these engines have been susceptible to leaking head gaskets and it was such an ongoing issue that it almost became a joke amongst mechanics.