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Old 09-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I got a 2003 Wrx with a fully stock ej205, with full 3'' turbo-back on stock tune.
So I was driving about 115mph and heard some click and pop after my engine died and a lot of oil smoke came out of the back. I knew it was the turbo so I replaced it. After starting it with a good turbo I hear slapping noises in my engine still smoking oil (but not as much), backfires every 5-10sec, smoke is coming out of the dipstick and dipstick actually flies out once I give it some gas. Runs really rough (sounds like only 3cyl are working). Huge loss of power. No leaks or anything from the head-gaskets or anywhere in the engine except exhaust. Turbo sounds fine but gauge shows 10psi of vacuum. Will do a compression test sometime soon. I know it will need an engine rebuild. Where can I get good parts? Is it possible to do a rebuild under $1k? I have access to a shop and capable of doing it myself but I'm in college so I am really broke. I thought of buying a used engine but can't find one cheaper than 1,500$. Help me out please! Thanks guys
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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You cannot rebuild for under $1000. No chance in hell. Even I couldn't do it for that little and I can suck a mile of dick for free parts.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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You cannot rebuild for under $1000. No chance in hell. Even I couldn't do it for that little and I can suck a mile of dick for free parts.
Where do I get in line?
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:25 PM   #4
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:28 PM   #5
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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So I was driving about 115mph and heard some click and pop after my engine died and a lot of oil smoke came out of the back.
Uh maybe that was the problem

Sorry about your car
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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Hi everyone, I got a 2003 Wrx with a fully stock ej205, with full 3'' turbo-back on stock tune.
So I was driving about 115mph and heard some click and pop after my engine died and a lot of oil smoke came out of the back. I knew it was the turbo so I replaced it. After starting it with a good turbo I hear slapping noises in my engine still smoking oil (but not as much), backfires every 5-10sec, smoke is coming out of the dipstick and dipstick actually flies out once I give it some gas. Runs really rough (sounds like only 3cyl are working). Huge loss of power. No leaks or anything from the head-gaskets or anywhere in the engine except exhaust. Turbo sounds fine but gauge shows 10psi of vacuum. Will do a compression test sometime soon. I know it will need an engine rebuild. Where can I get good parts? Is it possible to do a rebuild under $1k? I have access to a shop and capable of doing it myself but I'm in college so I am really broke. I thought of buying a used engine but can't find one cheaper than 1,500$. Help me out please! Thanks guys
I just priced out my parts and it came out to 1300 for the rotating assembly, so getting a rebuild for under 1500 is not going to happen. also I dont think you wanna go through the trouble of putting an a junk engine to do it again like in a few months. do the right way once and that way you wont have to do again for a while .
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:48 AM   #8
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Oh man if only you were closer, I have a longblock that I can sell you for MUCH MUCH MUCH less than $1000.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #9
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Sell your car as is for a Honda and enjoy going 115 in that beast to impress the high school freshmen.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #10
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115mph is not a problem for a subaru, I used to go 125 on curved roads with good boost and without any problems/noises or smoke.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:51 PM   #11
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Curious about doing the machine work, does this machine shop you speak of have experience in rebuilding Subaru Boxer engines? Subaru sells STI short blocks brand new for $1700.00. Sorry but any engine that is going to reliably put down good HP is going to cost a few bucks. My old simple Toyota 22RE in my 86 4Runner cost me $1500.00 to rebuild.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #12
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Not going to happen around here since subaru parts and labor fetch a premium in the NW. The average labor charge for shops in the Portland area is $95 an hour and most of the base package rebuilds from them start at 3k+. You should probably just get a honda if you want a car to abuse since owning and maintaining subarus isn't cheap.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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... You should probably just get a honda if you want a car to abuse since owning and maintaining subarus isn't cheap.

The point is I am looking for a good daily 4wd wagon that's reliable and fun to drive. The most I would do to it is an up-pipe and inlet house maybe cold air intake and then get a good stage 2 tune. Not looking for anything fancy or fast.

Thanks to everyone for advice!

I will be pulling the motor out soon so I'll see if I can get away with only replacing what must be replaced besides new water pump, gaskets, belts etc.

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #15
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There will be metal shredds all over the place from the bearings. If you only replace the bearings and affected rod your asking for trouble
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #16
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Machining and parts will run a minimum of $2000 to $2500.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #17
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There will be metal shredds all over the place from the bearings. If you only replace the bearings and affected rod your asking for trouble
it doesn't sound like a rod bearing at all. He blew a ring.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #18
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it doesn't sound like a rod bearing at all. He blew a ring.
If he blew a ring then he is definitely going to need machine work at the best or a new block at the worst. Broken rings are no joke.

My suggestion would be to get a new short block at least, it will be the most cost effective over the long run and more reliable then machining the block and most likely having to go with oversized pistons and rings.

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There will be metal shredds all over the place from the bearings. If you only replace the bearings and affected rod your asking for trouble
He wont be asking for trouble if he tears down the engine and cleans everything and then rebuilds it with fresh bearings and a new rod. The main problem is going to be cylinder damage due to the broken rings.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:25 PM   #19
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Buy a used wrx shortblock I'm sure you could get one and resurface your heads for around 1k bit with gaskets you'll be at least at 1k I sold my ej205shortblock with 20k for 500
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:24 AM   #20
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This thread is full of fail.

Unabomber is right.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #21
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