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Posted 23 June 2006 - 09:18 AM
This is gonna be quite a learning curve seeing as how my background is in tubodo FWD dodges (Shadows, Daytonas, Etc) big lifted trucks and Jeep.. lots and lots of Jeeps...
thanks in advance..
Bel Air, Md
Posted 23 June 2006 - 09:28 AM
First things first. Engine codes are as follows:
EA81 - 1.8l early 80's OHV
EA82 - 1.8l late 80's OHC
EJ series; 18, 20, 22, 25 <-- 1.8l, 2.0l, 2.2l, 2.5l 90's and current.
ER27 - 2.7 (6 cyl) late 80's early 90's XT6 motor
EZ30 - 3.0 (6 cyl) used in outbacks/tribeca etc
EG33 - 3.3 (6 cyl) mid 90's SVX motor
I'm sure there is more Subaru motor codes.. yeah like ea71 and ea61 and stuff.. but you get the idea.
Some of these are also available in Turbo editions.
The 96-99 I believe the EJ25 was notorious for having a head gasket issue. Generally if the headgasket has been properly replaced they are good to go. Otherwise they start going bad around 50k depending on driving style and care. I have heard of EJ25's of that time period making it 200k with no problems. It's all about how you treat your car. If it was me.. I would try to find a 97-99 w/ a 2.2 and then just get the "GT" (for legacy) or "RS" (for impreza) body kit. and then if I'm rich enough I would get an EJ25T(turbo motor) and driveline out of an '06 STI.
Edit: Some common issues include torque bind cause by failing couplers or clutch plate (in autos) which is caused by uneven tires (air pressure, tread depth, size, etc) or poorly lubricated stuff. Fluid changes are important in Subarus. I think if you want a 2.5 RS you should try getting an '01 or newer SOHC.
Posted 23 June 2006 - 09:47 AM
get one cheap with a blown motor and swap in a turbo 2.0 or 2.2. i've seen 5-10 local 2.5's with blown headgaskets this year so far that could have been gotten cheap. don't see many RS's though, i don't recall seeing any locally at least. they are harder to come by than outbacks, foresters, legacy....
and hey, welcome maryland...
Posted 25 June 2006 - 08:38 PM
2.5l SOHC's are pretty solid motors.
mine has 112k on it
i've done nothing but reg. maintenance
timing belt, water pump, seals, fluid swaps
nothing out of the ordinary.
so basically 2000-2001 SOHC Phase II EJ251 is what you want
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