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1998 outback purchase

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#1 nomoaudi


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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:41 AM

Today I'm looking at an outback , a little older than I had wanted for my "newer" soob but what the hey? At 75,000 the short block was replaced (new) because the dealer screwed up and the engine cooked itself, to the best of my knowledge the heads were only resurfaced and rebuilt. Timingbelt was reused and then replaced recently. Run away?? Cracked heads? Continue with the inpection of the vehicle with intent to purchase? I'm a little leary of rebuilt heads on a cooked engine myself..

Could it be a good car? 40,000 miles since it (the engine) was rebuilt.

Thanks in advance

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 12:01 PM

sounds fine to me, thats all you do to heads on a "cooked" engine is resurface them. When was the engine replaced?
Resurfaced and rebuilt, hell, that can be better then new.


#3 Skip


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Posted 10 February 2007 - 01:13 PM

I have a question and my question is.

Was the short block replaced before the new and improved
head gasket came out?


Have you ever read about torque bind and how to test for it?

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:11 PM

The short block (new) was replaced @75,000 miles . THe car currently has 114,000. Not sure if the work was done before or after the new headgaskets were issued. Torque bind is caused when the outside wheels and the inside wheels (in respect to the direction of turn) have "difficulty" turning at different speeds?

Right? Happens in my 88 wagon in 4WD if if the roads are not slippery enough. Or I turn to hard. How do I test for it

I passed on the 98 outback I looked at.... just didn't like white. Should be a good car for someone.

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