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Old 06-13-2013, 11:53 PM   #1
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03 WRX No Mods
82,000 miles -All regular service, never any crazy problems.

Rattle in engine at around 4k rpms. Thought it would be an easy fix, something loose.
Diagnosed by two shops, noise from short block area, as needing a tear down / rebuild. $5k to $7k

I dont think the car is worth that much.

What should I do?

Im thinking of selling. Any advice would be cool.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:57 PM   #2
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it can be rebuilt for less
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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What normally goes wrong down there? I need to find a local good guy to see how much they can do it for. I know I dont have the skills or tools myself to do that. About as deep as I have ever gotten is adjusting valve lash, replacing mufflers and airboxes.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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Do it your self, manuals.are plentyfull free online and OEM standard parts are cheap. You could possibly rebuild it for 1/3 of their asking price
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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It only rattles at 4k? Do you have a video you can post?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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could it be knock from bad gas run tank low and put 91-93 octane in or just put a octane booster in and see if it goes away. not saying this is it but worth a try. also engine can be rebuilt for way less its like 1800 for a short block from Subaru and its not a big job to swap your good parts to it .
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #7
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could it be knock from bad gas run tank low and put 91-93 octane in or just put a octane booster in and see if it goes away. not saying this is it but worth a try. also engine can be rebuilt for way less its like 1800 for a short block from Subaru and its not a big job to swap your good parts to it .
Or just buy a used complete longblock and be done with it, its easy and way cheaper than what the shop would charge you for a rebuild.
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