I have a working car again! As an AWD Subaru, it got it's first test yesterday -- I didn't feel like shoving that nearly bumper high snow pile, and sure enough the car backed right over flattening tire tracks through it.
So Broadway Auto put the '95 2.2 I found at Salvage Auto in Raitain delivered for $395, 98k miles on it -- into my '98 limited outback that came with a 2.5D.
The exhaust matched, & both have EGR. They switched over a couple things. It drives. I miss the 2.5 power not often but a few times, mostly when taking off or merging. I'm used to it, but once I'm used to this, I probably won't notice the difference. It hadn't gone through it's whole check engine cycle by the time they finished, but I drove home 4 hours with no check engine light, so it's probably just fine.
Cost was more than I'd hoped by a little bit. $1200 total mechanic. Probably $2500 with everything included.
$750 for labor. $50 to two from Patrick's Auto. $210 in parts to fix it up. Tax $78.
They added a job without checking with me first, that they deemed necessary (and probably was) and did it at similar rates to my regular mechanic. So $68 labor & $20 parts to weld a bit of exhaust pipe & weld on heat shield so they'd stop rattling. Plus $13 for a limited slip additive to help loosen up tight at low speed steering, that they said was a Subaru fix for this bearing in transmission problem common on these years. I wasn't having a problem, & it's now a bit off... but maybe I hadn't noticed before.
The parts fixed on the engine before install were: PCV cover plate. Timing belt. Front seal. Intake & exhaust & another gasket. Hose clamps. Oil filter & oil. Drain plug seal. Wire connectors. Coolant 1.5 gal. Radiator plug. They also replaced the thermostat saying it was old. My original was working fine but they didn't switch it over. Only $22 though. I would have preferred the water pump, since thermostat later is a low cost job. Said cam seals were fine.
I was hoping by not doing value cover gasket (which is leaking slightly on this 2.2), and water pump (no seepage), it'd save labor on the $750. I was under the impression it would.
Still I believe they very much did the job in good faith & decent quality. Did a switch over that many places wouldn't know how to. Knew how to do all the parts that other places would have guessed at (he told me, but I don't remember what they were). Didn't overcharge, including on the exhaust job. Put up with the frustrations with Patrick's. The owner Jim, gave me ride to rental car place. He communicated clearly, and obviously enjoys talking about the various aspects of Subarus and car repairs and has a long history of working with them. (He told me stuff I would never have guessed about Subarus.)
I would definitely take my Subaru or other car to Broadway, if I lived near there. If I have a hard to solve problem in the future, I may just schedule a repair stop... along the way of my trip through to NY. He said he used to be a member of BBB, so I suggested he check with them on why they don't come up in a BBB search.
The car smells chemically, but I assume that's stuff they used to repair it, and it will air out pretty quickly.
So I can't thank everyone here enough for all the help!!! There is no way I would have known any of this on my own, or by calling around to shops.
It was all very pricey. $1200 + $400 engine + $800 in incidentals (rental car, snow plowing where I wound up, car storage, etc.). But the car only had 121k, & it's a nice car. Now it's a running car! It does need brake work. But that's another topic. (And the back ones of squeaked & groaned for years, and no one's ever figured out what's wrong with them.) I haven't checked new gas mileage yet. Seems good so far.
There was oil underneath that'd curled up onto the bumper according to Broadway. I need to bring it for an under carriage cleaning. It was probably that separator plate, had cracked badly during my trip, according to Jim. it's very possible, if it'd brought it in for repair before my trip, it would have been caught and seemed like an expensive repair to drop the engine, but a lot less than this mess!
Costs on incidentals (me venting):
Car rental wound up being $485 after they discounted. But also after they added $95 in some NJ security fee that was on the form but they'd they pretended was something else when I got the car that I wouldn't be paying. So the discounts took about $45 of that off.
In the end with Patrick's:
Patrick's added another $30 to the storage fees from the $150 he was asking for. It broken down on a Thursday. They got it into their shop on Friday & announced it dead. After a day or so, said no 2.5's were to be found, and they wouldn't put in a 2.2. So by the following Thursday I had lined up an engine & other repair shop, Broadway. On Friday they didn't answer their phone. On monday it snowed & he threated to bury it, making it impossible for Broadway to know the situation & get it on Tues. It snowed on Wed. On Thursday Broadway got it. So, while they have a sign up of $30/day for storage, I'd asked up front what they'd charge and got a hand wave (not to worry). I don't think it's fair to ask $180 for "storage" when i was obviously trying to get the car out of there -- it was snowing -- and they were threatening burying it & not answering their phone. ...and did buy the right engine for the car, and just didn't tell me about it. Somehow, this was about taking advantage of my situation, not actual costs or value to them that the car was sitting on their lot (that had plenty of room when I saw it).
So that's the saga. What a great group of people here -- and you've all been so incredibly helpful. I especially want to thank Grossgary (who talked to me on the phone, particularly when I was having trouble finding an engine while calling around) and Nick who lives where I got stuck for suggesting Broadway.
And mostly again, all the encouragement was so helpful in the middle of this mess for me. It was emotionally hard to deal with, and very chaotic. So it made a big difference!! Thank you!!
Well, now that I have a working Subaru -- and found these forums -- I'll be around . Hope everyone has been able to stay safe and warm through all these endless snow storms!!
Edited by curls1, 15 February 2014 - 10:12 PM.