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Old 11-15-2021, 05:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy In high school with a blown motor.

Hey guys, I'm new to the forum so I hope that I am posting in the right spot...

A few days ago I found myself stuck on the side of the road with, you guessed it, sever rod knock in my AT 2007 impreza 2.5i. Not sure exactly what happened, but I would most likely credit this problem to the fact that the car was chugging a serious amount of oil. I had checked my oil close to about 2 weeks ago, and saw that it was completely full, to now see that it was nearly empty by the time I had towed the car off the side of the road. (There weren't any leaks that I was aware of). I got this car used of course and it had previously blown it's first motor, and had an '08 2.5i motor swapped in, I believe it is an ej253 currently. Ultimately my question is what approaches I might be able to take as a high school student with limited time and money to either get a new car or swap in a motor. I did some minute research and found myself attracted to the idea of an ej20x swap due to the cheaper prices I've seen online, but I'm not sure at all about mating capability between JDM and USDM with the whole AVCS deal, and the fact that I don't know what ECU my car has right now with it having an '08 motor in it.

I know this swap idea is pretty far fetched as a high school student, but I was just wondering if anyone has knowledge of this and if there is a streamlined process to some sort of swap.

Thanks for your time everyone,

Dylan
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Old 11-15-2021, 07:35 PM   #2
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Going non-turbo to turbo on any 06 or newer Subaru is a large undertaking: different fuel system, wiring for the correct ECU, etc, etc. it's cheaper and easier to buy a turbo'd Subaru that swap for your situation. Putting another EJ253 in would be the easiest and cheapest route.
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Old 11-15-2021, 08:10 PM   #3
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Honestly, your best option is to sell the car as it is, then take the money you get and save some money and pick up an old Honda Civic. You can find good cars from the 90's and even earlier in Florida and replacement parts and engines and even doing swaps are far, far easier and way cheaper.
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Old 11-16-2021, 01:23 AM   #4
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Going non-turbo to turbo on any 06 or newer Subaru is a large undertaking: different fuel system, wiring for the correct ECU, etc, etc. it's cheaper and easier to buy a turbo'd Subaru that swap for your situation. Putting another EJ253 in would be the easiest and cheapest route.
I hadn't thought about the fuel system, seems like a pretty big project for sure. I'd usually be up to it but I'm not so sure now because of my packed schedule as a senior. Thanks for your input also
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Old 11-16-2021, 01:27 AM   #5
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Honestly, your best option is to sell the car as it is, then take the money you get and save some money and pick up an old Honda Civic. You can find good cars from the 90's and even earlier in Florida and replacement parts and engines and even doing swaps are far, far easier and way cheaper.
That's true, guess ill start lookin around on FB
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:46 PM   #6
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Agree what SnowBound says
If keeping, just drop same engine in
Not crazy hard, but not super easy

I looked briefly, $900 to $2200 (depends on miles) for used engine

Car-part.com

Saw tht one place has on in Pensacola
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