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Replace Head Gasket or Replace Engine?
Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:14 PM
Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:39 PM
Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:58 PM
97 OB - Replaced headgaskets almost 3 years and 180,000 km ago. Still holding. (Note, block got replaced too, but that is another story IMHO.)
If you are going to keep the car for some time, I'd strongly recommend looking at a rebuilt engine from CCR Inc. You get a 3 yr warranty. They know how to keep the head gaskets from failing again. They mitigate (eliminate?) the piston slap issue. Etc. You would save about $1000 going the 2.2 route over the 2.5L.
Personally, I find these cars underpowered. They pull nicely, but acceleration sucks. I'm not a heavy foot person, and it seems that Subaru owners that buy these cars are quite tolerant of the given power. (See post above for example.) Personally, I wouldn't want to give up one little bit of hp in this vehicle. I keep hoping to find some not-to-expensive way to get 15 or 20 hp more out of mine!
Good luck. Sorry to hear of your troubles.
Posted 20 April 2005 - 07:27 PM
Select fit pistons?
Posted 21 April 2005 - 06:44 AM
Some people might find the Legacy to be underpowered with the 2.2L powerplant. The 2.2L is a great little engine, but they break too, just no where as often as the 2.5L DOHC Phase I.
So, you spend $3,000 for a rebuilt 2.2L, and 6,0000 miles later the 4EAT
AT blows up. Now what?
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