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EA71 Vs EA81 Vs EA82


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#1 DDMan

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 02:32 AM

Just wondering what the differences are between the three, and what the biggest causes of problems are between them. Im looking for an older subie, and want to get the most reliable one with as few major problems as possible.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 02:47 AM

The EA71 is an over head valve 1.6 litre.The Ea81 is an over head valve 1.8 litre.The EA82 is a over head cam 1.8 litre.

I like EA81's.They are very reliable and have no timing belts to worry about.
I am currently driving an EA82 and have had no problems at all with it.It has been a very reliable vehicle.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 03:12 AM

from what i have read the main thing that kills older subes the most is overheating causing head warpage/head gasket problems or the bodies rusting out.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 08:41 AM

he's a Cali man so I rather doubt there would be any rust on it and usualy the ea-71 and ea-81 powered cars are alot more rugged and the motors are bulletproof but as Dave has said you have to be up on the maint for coolant system i.e. flush every 2 years or use prestone extended life coolant that is usualy orange in color and also use Redlines water wetter too and oh yeah one good idea is also since your in Cali if you can get one get a 2 row rad too considering the temps you guys get down there in the summer but a new stock rad would be the minimum

edit: just realized why Roseville sounded familiar been through it a few times on my way to Reno from Yuba City with my parents when I was younger and maybe just a stock replacement is all you need just keep up on the coolant

#5 DDMan

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 12:21 PM

So practically the EA71 and EA81 are the same engine just one has a larger displacement? Then the EA82 probably creates a little more HP, but has a timing belt to worry about?

I am pretty much looking for a "bulletproof" car since i dont want to worry about the engine or trans just going out a week after I get it.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 01:42 PM

I am pretty much looking for a "bulletproof" car since i dont want to worry about the engine or trans just going out a week after I get it.


On this note, stay away from any of the automatic trannys of years past. *Scary ghosts sound in the background* You'll be sorry! :)

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 10:14 PM

well for praticality sakes go with a ea-81 powered car cause the parts are readily accessable for parts but the ea-71 powered gen 2's are also good....

but if you want a lil bit more room for the noggin then a Gen 1 stage 2 wagon or brat would be good also cause the parts are also sorta easy to find pending where you are at..... and as Myxalplyx said DO STAY AWAY FROM THE AUTOS!!!!!

#8 dave valiant

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 10:27 PM

Ditto on the auto.They are garbage.That is first hand knowledge,and the reason I am not currently driving my turbo Brat.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 11:27 PM

Look for a gen 2 car. It will have the EA81 motor in it which are almost bullet proof. I have seen guys take cars with these engines and wheel the crap out of them and they run great. Also parts are veray easy to find and relativly cheap also

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 11:54 PM

I am in the same area and given the reliability of the EA 81's and the supply of rust free units I would go with that. A lot of wagons in this area.

#11 DDMan

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 06:15 PM

Well, it sounds like a plan then....my perfect setup is an EA81 Wagon with the D/R 4WD, so thats what im on the prowl for. A EA81 hatch/sedan with 4wd would be ok too, but I just wanted to make sure I knew what I was looking for before I start going out to buy something.

Thanks guys!

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 06:23 PM

Just wondering what the differences are between the three, and what the biggest causes of problems are between them. Im looking for an older subie, and want to get the most reliable one with as few major problems as possible.

buy mine :) anyhow I have been driving my ea71 gen 2 wagon and it is like driving a sewing machine just keeps on trucking along. let me know if you want info on it.




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