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Old 12-07-2010, 03:02 PM   #1
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The timing belt just went on my 1999 Legacy with a 2.2. I believe that this is an interference engine. Is there any hope for the engine at all?
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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It's non-interference. Just slap a new one on there, and you are golden.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:39 PM   #3
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99 would be a phase 2 EJ22, which IS an interference motor. Do a little searching.

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Old 12-09-2010, 09:15 AM   #4
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I talked to a local shop that specializes in Subarus, and they said it's usually just the valves that get bent. They quoted me a price of $1200 to pull the heads, do a valve job, and put them back on with a new timing belt. Does that sound fair?
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:58 AM   #5
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If possible, I'd prefer not to invest $1200 in an eleven year old car. I also found an engine out of a 1998 Legacy for $250. Any chance I can directly swap 1998 engine into my 1999?
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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Seems likely
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:21 AM   #7
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Dealer charges between $700-$1000 for just the T-belt. Smaller shops can do the t-belt for around $400-$500. If the shop is reliable, $1200 seems like a decent price. How much will the engine swap cost? Is the replacement engine less mileage? Is it an upgrade of some sort? Seems like overkill if the only problem is "possible" bent valves in the head.
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:32 PM   #8
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up to 98 will be phase 1 engines, it is not a bolt in swap. If you want a bolt in replacement you will need a phase 2 sohc motor. 2.2 and 2.5 are bolt in and both will run off your ecu. 99-02 2.5L sohc motors would be your best bet for availability of a replacement.

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Old 12-12-2010, 06:49 AM   #9
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up to 98 will be phase 1 engines, it is not a bolt in swap. If you want a bolt in replacement you will need a phase 2 sohc motor. 2.2 and 2.5 are bolt in and both will run off your ecu. 99-02 2.5L sohc motors would be your best bet for availability of a replacement.

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Wrong !

1999 EJ25 Legacy motors are still the Phase I MAF style.

a 1999 EJ22 from either a Legacy or a 1999-2001 Impreza would work though.

Just because your timing belt went doesn't mean your valves are bent, although it is generally accepted that they are. Was your car idling or were you driving down the road when the belt broke ?
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Wrong !

1999 EJ25 Legacy motors are still the Phase I MAF style.

a 1999 EJ22 from either a Legacy or a 1999-2001 Impreza would work though.

Just because your timing belt went doesn't mean your valves are bent, although it is generally accepted that they are. Was your car idling or were you driving down the road when the belt broke ?
Thanks for the knowledge jonathan, wouldn't those be DOHC motors in the 99 2.5, not SOHC?
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:36 PM   #11
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Thanks for the knowledge Jonathan, wouldn't those be DOHC motors in the 99 2.5, not SOHC?
Yes. For 1999 only the Japanese-built 2.5 Liter motors were SOHC, the US-built Legacys and Outbacks continued to use the DOHC motors.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone! I've decided to have them do the work. Unfortunately, they can't get me in until the 20th.
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