I am new to this forum, I signed up because for the first time I am having problems with my 96 Outback Legacy. I'm not much of a mechanic or a car wiz so I am not sure where to start.
It's got the 2.2L and is a manual transmission. It's got over 230,000 miles on in its always ran fine, except it's always seemed to burn a lot of oil.
Then all of the sudden it goes through oil fast, and now the check in light is on and it has a weird vibration when it idles. With the help of my dad I found out that the compression is very low in one of the 4 cylinders. So, it still runs fine but I know that this is problem.
I've heard that certain subaru engines have problems with the head gasket. I think this might have been something my dad and I replaced when I first bought the car. Is this likely to be the problem now? If not how can I find out exactly what the problem is?
Then, I need to figure if it's worth fixing the motor, or replacing it, or sell the car for scrap. If I replace the motor how do find out what kind of motors are compatible, and what is the cheapest way to do this? What is the most reliable?
I know that's a lot of questions, and I really meant it when I said I'm not a car wiz so I've got a lot to figure out. Thought I'd ask the experts if anyone has a good suggestion on how I should proceed. I need to have wheels!