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Old 09-20-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default best place to buy a new ej25 for my '05 92x Linear?

My oil light never came on, and I guess I ran the car out of oil. Now it needs a new motor, the crank bearings are spun = sadface. The local independant subaru shop wants $5500 best case (if all they need from subaru is a new short block). If they need new heads and cams, then it's going to be a lot more. I'm pretty handy with tools, and I have access to an engine hoist and can borrow or purchase any other tools I might need, so I'm thinking of doing the swap myself.

I found this website: http://www.ccrengines.com/index.html and it looks pretty legit. Anybody heard of this place? Talked to the guy on the phone...Terry the operations manager, and it sounds like a plug and play swap, and the engine comes with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty.

Your thoughts?

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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What local independent Subaru shop did you talk to? I had PIA (Pacific Import Auto, a bit south of Seattle) install a used engine in my Legacy and didn't pay anywhere near $5500.

It's up to you, of course, but I think it's silly to spend that sort of money on a rebuilt motor. Just find yourself a good, used engine and put that in for a fraction of the cost. If you haven't already talked to PIA, give them a ring and see what they have to say - they may even have a donor engine (from a swap) that you could buy. If not, check the local NWIC classifieds here, check the classifieds on rs25.com, check ebay, check www.car-part.com, etc etc. There are much, much cheaper options available to you.

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip Pat.

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What local independent Subaru shop did you talk to? I had PIA (Pacific Import Auto, a bit south of Seattle) install a used engine in my Legacy and didn't pay anywhere near $5500.
Smart Service in Shoreline quoted me $5500. I just left a message with PIA, hopefully I'll hear back in the next day or two. Be nice if I could get it done for less. I like the idea though of getting a rebuilt motor and a warranty on the engine. If PIA can't do it for less than $4k I'll probably do it myself. Money is key, my time is cheap.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #4
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If you have some mechanicing skills, then I would pull the timing belt and pull the cams to see if there's any sign of scoring on the cams, the cam caps, and the cam bearing surfaces in the heads. If not (and unless you literally ran the engine dry, I wouldn't expect there to be damage there), then all you need is a bearing job on the shortblock. There's really no need to think you need to install an entire new/rebuilt engine.

PIA or whoever should be able to do the bearings for way less than $5500.
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