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Old 02-03-2008, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default 96 2.2 impreza outback

couldnt find much information on subaru's with the 2.2 motor, so i figured i'd post here.

is the 2.2 motor a pretty good motor? do they hold up well to high miles? seen quite a few on ebay with over 150k miles and say that they still run good.

i'm looking at one right now with 201k miles on it. seems to run quite nicely. definitly not sluggish or showing age, although the owner says between oil changes it uses between 1/2 and 3/4 quart of oil. i drove the car for about 5 miles and didnt see any smoke and no pinging, tapping, etc.

the car shifted good, clutch seemed to be in great shape, but pedal seems like it engages a good distance from the floor(adjustment needed??)

mainly i'm just looking for some feedback to see if it is even worth buying. its a 96 impreza outback. 2.2, 5speed, awd. 201k. has a little bit of rust issues(both sides of the quarters at the front of the bumpers rusted and needs to be patched), but is pretty good shape. its for $800. everything works on the car. seems pretty well loaded, no sunroof though.

only problem i can tell is that it needs the shifter bushing(atleast thats what the owner called it...shifter is pretty damn sloppy) and it seems to be whirrling/whinning/roaring from the rear or somewhere(posted a question in the trans/rear section), but felt very sure footed and not clinking around or anything.

from what i can tell it needs the following: front bumper(cracked), fr.pass door molding, shifter bushing, exhaust(shield is noisey underneath middle of car, sounds like a small leak when revved up also??), and whatever that whirring noise is...plus the rust repair(brother works at body shop..).

does this sound like its worth buying for 800? any input would be greatly appreciated.

also(i'm not really into mods or anything but) will a 02 or 04 wrx or sti exhaust fit onto the car? and what year front clips are able to be put onto a 96? like the look of the 02...just curious, no biggy, but wouldnt mind getting the hood with the scoop. i will keep searching for info on here also. thanks
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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sorry, meant for this to go to the newbie catagory up top. dont know if its fine here or not, but i dont know how to move it. sorry.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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EJ22 is one of the most robust motors Subaru ever made. If the rest of the car seems okay, it's worth the $800.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:20 PM   #4
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the shifter bushings are basically rubber washers or spacers that give some compliance to the shifter linkage between the shift lever inside the car and the inside of the transmission. without the rubber bushings the shifter would feel very notchy and hard and when they are worn out it feels soft, sloppy and uncertain. I dont know what subaru would charge for a OEM set of bushings but you can get some pretty nice aftermarket bushings that are much harder than the OEM stuff while still having some resilience and making for crisp, clean, confident shifts. I paid $25 or something for my COBB bushings and they were very high quality and feel great. sorry i cant give any input on the motor.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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I'm running a 2.2.... they are amazing motors... In fact they are one of the most well trusted airplane motors due to their reliability... you get a little more power out of the 2.5 but I've found that the 2.2 seems to last longer and i hear less complaints about the 2.2... i love mine, its peppy. I've also seen them in the upwords of 240k+ miles with no problems.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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I'm running a 2.2.... they are amazing motors... In fact they are one of the most well trusted airplane motors due to their reliability... you get a little more power out of the 2.5 but I've found that the 2.2 seems to last longer and i hear less complaints about the 2.2... i love mine, its peppy. I've also seen them in the upwords of 240k+ miles with no problems.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:18 PM   #8
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I've still got a 1.8 in mine for another week or so. Mine has 215K on it and it's still running strong. I will be swaping that out for a 2.2 soon. Just be happy you don't have my motor. =)
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:24 PM   #9
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what do you all think about the noise its making. its there from the moment you start driving. its like a whirling/whining noise. in my other post someone mentioned that its either the rear diff or center diff. the owner of the car says that he's driven it like that since he bought it, for 8000miles and says it never got any worse than it is now. dont know if he is full of **** or not, thats the problem with being poor. i just dont want to buy it and have one of the diffs blow out.

its definitely coming from the rear of the car, doesnt really sound like its from underneath me or infront of me.

any idea what the noise could be? could it be wheel bearings? hubs? bad/no fluid? it was very odd to hear it. it didnt seem to affect driving but it was pretty noisy. soundedlike there was no carpet or anything and i had noisy mud tires on my wrangler. kinda loud.
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