CA (SoCal): 2008 Forester XT Sports 5speed - Low Miles

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Los Angeles, CA (Winnetka, CA 91306)

For sale is my ultra-rare 08 Forester Sports XT with the rare 5spd manual (dubbed a unicorn because according to Subaru of N. America, only 240 of these cars in all the color options were made with the manual transmission in 2008). I figure I would post it here and the usual forums before posting on BAT or eBay. Details of the foz are below as well as documented in my build journal at (
Year/Make/Model/Trim: 2008 Subaru Forester XT Sports
Color: Dark (or Diamond?) Grey Metallic
Transmission: ultra-rare 5 speed manual transmission
Miles: 73,500 (this is not my daily driver so this will stay pretty much the same)
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Winnetka, CA 91306)
Price: $19.5K obo
I am the original owner (title on-hand) and have meticulously maintained this car with German 0w-30 or Belgian 0w-40 Castrol and with the very popular Tokyo Roki/N3R1-14-302 oil filter every 3K miles or 3 months (yes I know this was overkill but the original plan was to keep her forever). This foz has never been tracked or launched and a lot of the mods were done to keep the engine as healthy as possible (equal length headers for lower EGT, Crawford AOS to prevent blow-by/spark-knock, external wastegate for better boost control and to eliminate boost creep, external oil cooler and Koyo radiator to keep engine temps optimum). The transmission and diff oil were drained and filled with Subaru Extra-S at 65,622 miles. The first 65K miles of this car were all freeway miles and kept stock. Just to give you an indication of the minimum wear and tear on this car - when I upgraded to the rear 2pot brake set-up (to match the front 4pot) at 70K miles, my original pads were still at 60% when I removed them. The interior and exterior are 9-9.5/10 as it has been garage kept with no messy kids (lol). This foz is tastefully modded with the intention of having a very reliable but fun weekend car (the bar was set high after having previously owned an S2000, sti, and Miata). There are zero drivability issues and its super quick even at half throttle. My wife and I have been travelling and overlanding quite a bit more so unfortunately the foz just sits in the garage and only driven once/twice a week on the freeway to keep the fluids circulated. Below is my detailed mod list (with the caveat that I maybe forgetting some small items).
Under the hood:
Blouch 18G-XT 2.4, 8cm
Process West TMIC w/ matching Process West JDM hoodscoop specific splitter
DeatschWerks 750cc top feed injectors
TIC/Motive Auto Works composite TGV deletes
Tomei turbo inlet
Crawford V2 Air/Oil Separator
Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS
JDM Forester sti alternator cover
NGK 1-step colder spark plugs
Maddad Forester specific Whisper catback exhaust
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Tomei equal length headers
Grimmspeed 38mm 3-bolt EWG up-pipe and dumptube with Turbosmart Comp-Gate 40 Wastegate
Grimmspeed universal internal waste gate bracket
PTP Lava turbo blanket
Helix downpipe
DEI Titanium wrap (wrapped headers, up-pipe, downpipe, and dump tube)
AEM cold air intake
Koyo radiator
Koyo high pressure radiator cap
JDM Zero Sports radiator shroud
Mishimoto silicone radiator hoses
Setrab 19 row external oil cooler with Mocal thermostatic 200 degree sandwich plate and -10AN hose & fittings
Mishimoto oil filter sandwich (used for the oil temperature sender)
Grimmspeed Forester specific high-lift hood struts
Suspension or Handling Mods:
2004 sti steering rack
Whiteline steering rack bushings
WRX KYB AGX strut donors with Koni strut inserts
Whiteline Com-C front strut mounts
2006 USDM sti front and rear springs
Subtle Solutions 1" lift kit with 3/8 rear spacer (car currently sits about 1.5 lower than stock which is about Swift height)
2006 USDM sti 20mm rear sway bar & mounts
Whiteline LLWS
Kartboy endlinks
Whiteline QR rear strut bar
HR camber bolts
West End performance alignment: -1.7 F/-1.3 R camber with 0 F/R toe
Kartboy short shifter
Kartboy front shifter bushings
JDM 4-pot front calipers
USDM 2-pot rear calipers (painted VHT black)
Kartboy rear 2-pot adapters
Grimmspeed master cylinder brace
Stoptech slotted front and rear rotors
Stoptech stainless steel front and rear brake lines
Stoptech Street Performance front and rear pads
Motul RBF600 brake fluid
USDM 2007 WRX sti front seats
Diode Dynamics Stage 2 LED interior light upgrade
Kenwood DNX double din NAV w/ Sirius Sat. Radio, Bluetooth, & iPod integration
Double din dash pod with modified clock adapter (to fit 06-08 clock assembly)
Autometer Sport Comp electric boost gauge with warn and peak function
Autometer Sport Comp electric oil pressure gauge
Autometer Sport Comp electric oil temperature gauge
STI Duracon 5spd shift knob
Subaru all-weather floor mats (front and rear) and rear cargo mat
Subaru carpet floor mats (front and rear)
Subaru rear cargo net
Advan RS 18x8 +45 wheels with brand new 245/45/18 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires
Black McGard splinedrive lug nuts
JDM V Limited sti lip rubber underskirt
Gorilla mud flaps
OEM 1-1/4" toe hitch
Yakima roof rack with fairing (sorry I'm keeping the Load Warrior basket)
This foz is a 100% SoCal car, has zero oil consumption, no CELs, no leaks, and an undercarriage you can eat from! As far as the all mods, with the exception of the Koni struts w/sti springs (bought with 8K miles from a good friend) and sti seats, all of the other mods were purchased brand new and have less than 8000 miles (as documented in my journal). I will also include all the stock parts (seats, TD04 turbo, exhaust manifold, down pipe, up-pipe, hood scoop, catback exhaust, radiator, steering rack, struts/springs, etc) to go back to stock with the exception of the Enkei sti wheels which I sold and the front OEM brake calipers which I gave away. Also included are some mods I removed or just havent installed (04-07 WRX/sti RCE Black springs and JDM Forester sti aluminum control arms).
Here's a quick vid with the foz on the dyno:
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Yimisport dyno sheet Cobb AP tuned on 91ca octane at 19psi (351 whp/353 wtq):
That should cover everything and I will also have the car smogged prior to your purchase. ***Please note that I am in no rush to sell and I completely understand that it will take a particular enthusiast to appreciate this car at hopefully as close to the price that Im asking for.***
To the member that offered me $20K for this car a few months ago, Ive got a new phone and don't have access to my old texts so please contact me if you are still interested (lowered the price a little bit as an extra incentive...LOL). If this post doesnt get any traction and when time allows, I will list this car in BAT or eBay as some folks have already suggested ( Yes I know shes not the WRB color and has almost twice the mileage (38K vs 73K) but my car was never tracked, has the full complement of reliability mods, and maintained at a more frequent interval. The best way to reach me is via text at eight-one-8, 5-two-seven, 2-nine-nine-five. Thanks! - Mike
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