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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:20 AM
The car has 231,000 miles and the motor just froze up. So, it needs a ej25d twin cam engine along with a few cosmetics ... Drivers fender, lg turn and body side moulding skirt.
My son, 17, is a high school senior that needs a college because the 70's camaro we restored. together drinks far too much fuel. So, I asked him what he thought about the Subaru Gt He was really excited, awd, spoiler, bodysurf moulding .... looks cool. It has an automatic. My brother in owned car prior to nephew, so good history.
So, we went over to look at it a few days after christmas, offered his cousin $485. Both parties seemed pleased.
Project "tight pockets"
- find a good running 2.5 engine $800 to $1,300
- fender $50 to $75
- turn signal $20
- driver running board skirt $50
- maaco paint $400
- misc supplies $200
In summary, for $2k to $3k we will have a fun, yet practical daily driver.
Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:12 AM
Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:19 AM
jumping from a 70s camaro to an ej22 may be a bit of a let down,
but the ej25 ain't no camaro either,
so no big deal.
but bratman is right,
the ej22 is cheaper and easier to find,
more reliable, more durable, and much more forgiving.
keep oil & coolant in it and it will be running long after he has moved on.
and the 95 - 96 are non-interference.
Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:19 AM
EJ22 swap. EJ25's suck, particularly that EJ25D variant, it's the worst, probably one of Subaru's worst engines they've ever made in terms of reliability/cost of repairs. Get a JDM or used junk yard engine and you still have failure prone headgaskets. Granted...he apparently almost made it to the moon and back in mileage but who knows how many headgaskets/engines it took in the past 15 years too.
Edited by grossgary, 31 December 2013 - 11:20 AM.
Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:30 AM
Same wiring harness?
I joined the forum to gain a understanding of Subaru's.
My son is a HS Senior, I want a reliable car for him thru college and beyond. I will definately consider the 2.2 and read up on the swap details. I like the non-interference of the 95-96.
I have read the 2.5 was head gasket material issue? So, many continue to have issues after new gasket material?
I think we may have the highest mileage 2.5 around ... My brother in law purchased it with about 30,000 miles on it, then gave it to my nephew with about 170,000 miles on it who drove it to 231,000. Therefore, knowing the history between 30,000 and 231,000, it had no engine or transmission problems. The only expensive repair they had was new wheel bearings on all four corners. I was surprised to see automatic transmission go that long, but know it has mostly highway miles.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:53 AM
The lower price typically has 180k plus miles
The lowest mileage being 121k for $750 in Portland ... A three hour trip.
Locally I am seeing some sub 150k motors, but mostly the 97 thru 98 mode year ....
The 95 to 96 motors with lower mileage are getting harder to find, yet preferred due to non interference motor.
We found fender for $40. Installed that last weekend.
My son and I are going 50/50 on cost so he is saving up slowly while we carefully search for engines.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 12:18 AM
Update: I found a 1996 2.2 Liter in Kent for $500 w/ 126k miles on it and 185 lbs of compression. I was happy to get the non interference motor.
I did need Y pipe for it as I've seen in this forum.
However, they would not sell me the 2.2L Y pipe from the exhaust because it had the Cat converter on it.
Evidently, junk yards can not sell cat portion of the exhaust system.
So, I'm looking for an Y pipe from an individual instead.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 02:22 AM
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