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#1 SakoTGrimes

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 05:23 AM

I know it's kind of apples and oranges, but what do you think is the most trouble free, hardly ever breaks and easy to fix when it does powerplant? My Loyale is dead to me. I want a new car.

#2 555Ron

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 06:44 AM

Its been done before. You should be able to search for it. The overwhelming favourite was the ej22, lots of power, no hassles. I don't see why any other ej bar the ej25 would cause issues, as long as its a pre 1997 vehicle.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 07:31 AM

ea81

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 07:54 AM

I 2nd the ea81!

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 08:48 AM

ea81

ej25 have too many problems, never owned a ej22

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 10:12 AM

I'v owned ea71, ea81, ea82, ea82t, ej22 and ej25. The best motor out of all of them were the ea71 and ea81. They run forever!

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 10:20 AM

I am going with the EJ22, I have a 91 Legacy sedan with 218k and stills runs, just has bad auto-tragic tranny. My ea81 has 150k and is soon to need rebuilt due to burnt valve on number one cylinder.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 10:50 AM

Without question, EA-81.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 11:00 AM

with some experience ea81 :)

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 11:35 AM

c'mon, everyone knows the most reliable were the ea82t and the '98 dohc ej25 from the outbacks. no problems at all, ever!:lol:

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 01:58 PM

I will never buy another ea82 car again. I wish I could find a decent ea81 out here though. My vote is the ea81. The fact that the ea82 is included in the same engine series is to me a travesty.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 02:08 PM

EJ25. The "problems" are unfounded.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 02:21 PM

EJ22 -- My '90 Legacy has 284K+ hard driven miles on it and its still runs like a champ, I certainly recommend this

I had an EA82 n/a carbed wagon and it had no power, i wouldnt recommend that

My EA82t '86 XT is a beast. 14.5sec @ 94.8mph

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 02:57 PM

Certainly the EA 71/ EA 81 series. Followed by the EJ22 (earlier versions that were not interferencial.)

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 03:14 PM

EA81's have been very bulletproof for me. Also, the EJ22's have been very reliable.

Then again, I never had a problem with my EA82... despite breaking a timing belt, hosing up the water pump, and driving 5 miles in stop-and-go freeway traffic to the nearest service station, it still ran great.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 03:48 PM

EA81! All the way! No timing belts, no computers. Why do U think they use them in aircraft? Can't just pull to the side of the road and check under the hood when it quits on ya in the air:rolleyes:

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 05:27 PM

I'd have to say EA81 as well. Ive owned quite a few of them and they have all been low maitenance, and last forever. My 1st car was a EA71 which after a while refused to hold oil. Rear main seal was broken, and I was in highschool. Drove it with no oil for a few days until I sold it.

But ive owned 1 EA82 and 1 EJ22T, and now i have a EA82T as my daily driver. While these engines are still long lasting and relativly low maitenance, they definatly arent as bullet proof or reliable as any EA81.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 05:44 PM

I'v owned ea71, ea81, ea82, ea82t, ej22 and ej25. The best motor out of all of them were the ea71 and ea81. They run forever!


Same opinion here with a slight edge to the simplicity of the EA71.

Personal opinion is that there should be an EA71 with SPFI available right now.But that ain't happenin'.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 06:51 PM

Thanks folks. Looks like EA81 takes the vote and looks like I have a new thread in the USMB marketplace.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 06:55 PM

ea 81 own few their bomb proof but have no problems with ea 82s either but when the wagon or the 3 doors give me any problems they'll get built ea81s with spfi on them

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 07:21 PM

having driven every engine that subaru makes, 4 cylinders at any rate, i'm going with the EJ22, sure the EA-81 is bullet proof, but in an EJ, you never have to mess with timing, tuneup intervals are spread farther with the EJ, and lets be honest, the EJ22 has 20 years newer technology in it, which arguably makes it better.

If i was to stick my mom in an older, 95 and older subie, i would stick her in any subie with an EJ22, cause she can't and won't deal with the little problems that creap up with an older subaru with old school parts.

FWIW, the EJ's that i've driven with high miles run much better than the EA's with high mileage.

Final note, the EJ22 dosn't have the carb problems that the EA-81 does, Game, Set, Match.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 08:25 PM

Im going to have to go with the EA-81. Ive had two of them and neither one of them has ever let me down because of the engine (alternator has let down though on my current ride though). There are no belts to change or timing chains to go bad. Parts are cheap and you can do most if not all of the work on it yourself without needing to know anything about computers. My first EA-81 sat for three years before i got to it and all i did was change the oil and put a new battery in it and it fired up on the third try. Now thats a good engine in my opinion! Not going to comment on how it ran though :-)

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 09:21 PM

i have only ever owned an ea81 and it cops a floging from my diving. it still goes hard. i also work for a subaru dealer and very rarley see any of the troubles that i have heard so much about here on the USMB relating to the EJ25. the only reliability issue with any of the EJ motors i have seen is the odd t/belt tensioner going bad at about 125000Km and a few waterpumps so now we change the tensioner with the belt every 100000Km and the waterpump gets checked buy the foreman while the belt is of and since have had no troubles so i would be happy using any subaru engine at any time in any vehicle.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 04:50 AM

I know you are asking about reliability and such. I also see that you are looking for a new car. The EA81 seems to be a popular answer. The EA81 in my experience is simply not enough power. I actually like to drive 75MPH in a 75MPH Speed Zone. I also like to be able to pass on the Mountain passes of the Rockies.

The EJ22 is probably what you want to get. The EJ22 is also used in Airplanes and other applications. I dont think I will buy anymore EA81 Cars ever. I have one that ran like hell, but it now rests in my Subaru Graveyard waiting for a EJ22 retrofit. Best car I ever owned was a 92 Legacy Touring Wagon. I know Turbo probably isnt the way to go as it is only a matter of time before the heads get blown. Sure is fun while it lasts.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 05:48 AM

If they built an EJ22 without digital fuel injection and computers and emmisions equiptment and other natural enimies of poor people I would consider one, even prefer it, but I simply don't have the money to fix those electronic demons when they eventually fail.




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