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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Interference engine, or not?

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#1 Guest_Biffbradford_*

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 02:06 PM

I bought a '92 Legacy L wagon this past weekend ($1,1000) and I would like to know if it has an interference engine or not.

The sticker on the hood says 2.2 L, so that would make it NOT interference, but it's a 16v ... does that make any difference?

VIN: 4s3bj6320n6909978

(Can someone decode the VIN for me? )

I was told that the car was traded into the dealer at 160k by a traveling nurse (I found this out after the sale), then driven to the current 205k miles by the seller who did not have the timing belts changed. :(

Should I plan on doing that this weekend?

The car runs GREAT, and I'd like to keep it that way.


John Wilke

#2 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 03:58 PM

2.2 engines are non-interference.

It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to get the belt done, but if it does break, it won't hurt the engine.

#3 Guest_subyluvr2212_*

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Posted 11 July 2003 - 09:31 AM

The car will actually run a tad better with a new timing belt. The old one, at that age and mileage, has definitely stretched, if just a teeny bit. That will alter your timing slightly...

As for the VIN, you already know it's a 92 Legacy Wagon, so I don't need to decode that, the only other thing I can tell from it is that the 4S at the beginning means it was built in Subaru's Indiana plant, and not in Japan.

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