Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

ej18s... how well were they built?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 75subie

75subie

    I`m sold on Subaru

  • Members
  • 3,908 posts
  • Walden

Posted 22 November 2006 - 11:14 PM

i am fairly new to ej's, but i have recently found a 93 impreza awd 5sp with the ej18, and i was just wondering, how well built are they? did the ej18s have comparable power to a ej22? how was the milage? reliability? are they non interference?

i'd hate to give the brat a salt bath this winter, so i`m hoping to pick this up cheap. the body is kind of rough, but it only has 100k, and seems to run fine. hopefully it has a little more power than an ea81, cause i`d like to use the drivetrain in the brat next summer.

#2 jeffast

jeffast

    f*** im 24

  • Members
  • 2,029 posts
  • midwestren

Posted 22 November 2006 - 11:20 PM

rock solid from what i've heard, like as strong if not stronger than the ej22, they are non interferance,

#3 DerFahrer

DerFahrer

    Formerly subyluvr2212

  • Members
  • 2,411 posts
  • Orlando, FL

Posted 23 November 2006 - 12:27 AM

EJ18's are as well built as the EJ22's they're based off of (as far as the shortblock, EVERYTHING is the same except the bore).

Hope to be turboing one here in the next 8-9 months, the one I have has 230k on it and has nothing wrong other than oil leaks.

It will have more power than your EA81, but not THAT much. It has 110hp stock.

#4 subeman90

subeman90

    Soobologist

  • Moderator
  • 2,777 posts
  • Akron PA

Posted 23 November 2006 - 01:01 AM

they aren't dogs but they aren't fast either. Just a great solid engine. If the impreza is a 5 speed it will help a lot. Keep it up above 3300 and it will move very well. ;)

You know what they say.... "you just got to know how to drive it" :headbang:

#5 Virrdog

Virrdog

    Subaru Nut

  • Members
  • 590 posts
  • NE Ohio

Posted 23 November 2006 - 02:28 PM

i was just wondering, how well built are they? did the ej18s have comparable power to a ej22? how was the milage? reliability? are they non interference?

They seem to be built like tanks. The power is less, but the gas mileage is much much more. Very reliable and non-inteference.

I have an EA82 wagon and a EJ18 Impreza in the driveway and its interesting driving the two. Never raced them side by side, but you can tell the EJ18 is much more responsive to the gas pedal (MPFI) and is a little quicker... but it definitely FEELS quite a bit quicker. So for power EJ18 > EA82 > EA81.

I'll have to pull all of the sound system stuff out of the wagon one day and give the two a go. :) Maybe head to the track and pull some awesome 17second quarters. :burnout:

#6 subeman90

subeman90

    Soobologist

  • Moderator
  • 2,777 posts
  • Akron PA

Posted 23 November 2006 - 03:54 PM

I don't know...when i had my 1.8 impreza it seemed slower then my 1.8 ea-81 gl. FWIW the impreza was awd and the gl is fwd

#7 edrach

edrach

    Charter member OFRT

  • Members
  • 12,324 posts
  • Bothell, WA

Posted 23 November 2006 - 04:51 PM

I've got an '94 Impreza with the EJ18 engine. Rock solid and likely less to be prone to head gasket problems due to the smaller bore. I have 130K on mine and the only difference compared to my EJ22 cars is slightly less low end torque but it's an engine which revs up much more quickly. Once you're in the higher rpm range, the car can really move; I have trouble keeping it from hitting the rev limiter at 6000 when I'm really on it during rallycross runs. The "slow" feeling you have might be due to your tires/wheels. I got mine with 16" low profile tires and it was a "stone"; it didn't get much faster with 15" tires. With the stock 14" tires and rims the car changes personality completely. I also get 20 to 30% better gas mileage with the EJ18 over the EJ22. All EJ18 and EJ22 engines up to and including 1996 manufacture are non-interference. 1997 and later are interference engines.

#8 edrach

edrach

    Charter member OFRT

  • Members
  • 12,324 posts
  • Bothell, WA

Posted 23 November 2006 - 04:53 PM

i am fairly new to ej's, but i have recently found a 93 impreza awd 5sp with the ej18, and i was just wondering, how well built are they? did the ej18s have comparable power to a ej22? how was the milage? reliability? are they non interference?

i'd hate to give the brat a salt bath this winter, so i`m hoping to pick this up cheap. the body is kind of rough, but it only has 100k, and seems to run fine. hopefully it has a little more power than an ea81, cause i`d like to use the drivetrain in the brat next summer.

The 5 speed '93s are pretty rare; I'd jump on it; see my other comments in the thread I posted.

Check out the scores for the 2006 rallycross season; I finished 6th for the year running against mostly EJ22 and EJ25 cars in the PA (prepared all wheel drive) class. Car doesn't have problems keeping up; not doing better is all my fault.
http://www.oregonral..._2006_Final.pdf

Indidual times for each event can be found under rallycross results at
http://www.oregonral.../rallycross.cfm

#9 grossgary

grossgary

    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 19,339 posts
  • WV

Posted 24 November 2006 - 12:31 AM

solid. there are frequent complaints about their lack of power, but coming from EA world i'd imagine you'd be fine. you're not looking for a race car i'm sure...EJ18...FWD.....sounds like a great gas mileage vehicle for sure.

#10 Virrdog

Virrdog

    Subaru Nut

  • Members
  • 590 posts
  • NE Ohio

Posted 27 November 2006 - 10:34 AM

I don't know...when i had my 1.8 impreza it seemed slower then my 1.8 ea-81 gl. FWIW the impreza was awd and the gl is fwd

Yeah, my wife's Impreza is FWD. The GL is FWD also, but dragging around a spinning drive shaft and differential. :)




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users