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Short Block Replacement
Posted 02 December 2004 - 10:12 AM
I have a 96 Outback (2.5) with a little over 100,000 miles on it. I had a coolant leak and the dealeship has diagnosed it as needing a new short block. The estimate is $4700 and the blue book on the car is $4100. Is this a wise move or is it the start of worse things to come. I love the car and with winter approaching, I would like to keep it rather than spend more for a late model used one.
It cost me $ 5000 after a 10 % discount!. A dealer installed shortblock, new water pump and timing belt and a couple of heads.
They asked me to break it in by driving at different RPMs, any suggestions from the guru community?
Posted 02 December 2004 - 12:25 PM
The way I looked at it, was do I want to make payments for a new car or do I just want to fix it. If the car is in good shape, it might be cheaper in the long run since getting another outback for that kind of money might be difficult.
I hope this helps.
Posted 02 December 2004 - 01:28 PM
A number of engines have had this cured by getting some of the secret additive that Subaru insists on running in new models. Often, they will ask for the head gaskets to be replaced first, if the leak has been around for a long time.
Get a second opinion, unless you really feel that you trust this dealer. Imagine if you could cure your problem with a small bottle of mystery fluid added to the radiator!
Posted 02 December 2004 - 05:58 PM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 06:39 PM
Posted 03 December 2004 - 10:29 AM
Posted 03 December 2004 - 12:40 PM
I then had it transported to the radiator shop where they told me that the engine was not blown (apparently there is some sort of a safety kill switch which keeps people like me from destroying their engines), but they told me it was blown headgaskets, so I had it trasnported to a local customization shop that that had certified subaru technicians on site (that and they had a 12 month/12,000 mile warrenty on their work). They confirmed once again that the headgaskets were blown. They also told me if I had not overheated the engine so much then the bill only would have been $1400 which would have included cleaning the radiator, replacing the water pump, replacing the timing belt, replacing the thermostat, and replacing the spark plugs. But the overheating also warped the heads as well as putting stress cracks on the radiator core.
So with the replacement of the heads they also replaced all the seals and gaskets on the engine, they replaced the radiator (at cost) and I figured they might as well replace the clutch (it was still original) since the engine had to be pulled out of the car, they did not need to charge extra labor for it which brought my total to just under $3k. It was very expensive, but I figured the car is already payed for and all this work will easily give me another 100.000 miles at least and I really like the way the car handled. I figured I could not get another car for $3K and have the same level of usefelness as what I have here and it is a known quantity for me.After the work was accomplished and 7 months after the work was completed, the car feels like it is brand new (mecahnically anyway) all I have left to do is swap out the old struts (still original) with new ones and I should be done for a few years anyway.
It is now the second car in family since I have a 05 Baja.
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