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Old 03-02-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default EJ25 Phase 1 ---->A good investment?

Hey there im new here. I searched a bit but i would really like some concrete information from people's experience with these cars. I just sold my vw to get a subbie. I was wondering what has been everyone's experience with a 98-99 Legacy Outback. I know its a ej25 which is phase I and isn't the most reliable engine.

If you have one, what is your experience with it? I like the ground clearance and looks over the regular brighton and L model, but cannot afford a GT, which has the same engine. I know they are prone to piston slap and head gasket failures, but whats everyone's take on these engines? How long did yours last?

Im good with my hands, so i most likely swap out the engine if needed, but i'd rather not.

Help?
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:13 PM   #2
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Milage? Intended usage? Though piston slap is fairly common, it helps to let the engine warm up before driving it. The head gaskets have been redesigned, so if they haven't been changed yet, don't be suprised if they let go.

I happen to like the EJ25D....others prefer the SOHC model....both are good engines despite the beating the DOHC gets for it's headgasket history.

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Old 03-02-2008, 01:30 PM   #3
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I bought a 98 gt and blew a rod...I will find out if the culprite was the head gasket this week. I know for a fact that I love the look of um...so i was hooked...
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #4
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I bought a 98 gt and blew a rod...I will find out if the culprite was the head gasket this week. I know for a fact that I love the look of um...so i was hooked...
Some people have problems others dont. I love my car and have never had a problem with it. It does have a hardly noticeable piston slap but it does go away when warm.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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I've never had any piston slap issues with mine. And although I've been a victim of the bad headgaskets, overall I think the internet opinion of the headgasket problem is inflated quite a bit from the reality. Basically, it's the way the internet works - people don't come on here and post about how their car runs perfectly fine, they come on here to report problems. Thus there are a disproportionate number of "my HGs blew!" comments here.

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Hum....looks like i'll soon be the owner of a 99 Outback...thanks guys!
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