I've searched the forums for this question but didn't find exactly what I hoped to find.
Not a mechanic, don't know a thing about cars. Love my '02 Impreza OBS bugeye, despite having had the head gaskets replaced (almost stalled at 75 mph on I-75 in 12 lanes of traffic in Atlanta--impressive indeed!), catalytic converter replaced--both from local, reliable mechanics, not Subaru dealership parts--all before the 70K mark.
I'm having an average of $1300 repairs per year (always in the Summer, somehow) on this car, which I really do love, but it is getting expensive to love this car.
It has ~82K miles, mostly local driving, automatic.
Trouble now (it's summer, so here we go!) is an engine rattle upon acceleration. Took it to the local chain auto repair who have done my oil changes, tire rotation, etc., maintenance (not the big jobs above), and they said oil was really, really low (was due for 3K oil change in the next month or two--not right on it) and that was causing the engine to rattle. They did an oil change, told me to drive it around for a couple weeks, check the oil once a week. NO leaks, no drips, no spills obvious anywhere. The mechanic said the engine should stop rattling once I drove it around a bit.
Didn't. Still rattles upon acceleration.
Called the mechanic who replaced the head gaskets (he's known here as a good Subaru mechanic, used to work for the dealer before they closed) :-( and I'm taking it to him tomorrow, but I'd sure appreciate any opinions from this panel of Subi experts.
Also wondering, despite the major Subi love I have for this car, if it isn't time to think of getting a more reliable used vehicle. Hate to think of parting with this car, but the wallet's feeling really squeezed.
Thanks in advance.