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Old 11-25-2019, 09:57 AM   #1
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Definitely blown head gasket, possibly cracked ringland. Starts and sounds okay it's just a smoke show. 2012 STI
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:47 PM   #2
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Aside from "Do it yourself" like 90% of people will probably say. I don't think there really is a cheaper option. I feel like any cheap way would put you right back into the situation you're in now
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:03 PM   #3
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Used longblock, you do the labor. Only viable "cheap" option
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:23 PM   #4
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I see people selling supposedly good condition long blocks from $800-$1200 then add $800-$1000 more for timing belt, water pump, gaskets, misc extras, ect, reuse the heads and you could probably get it running for $2000-$2500 but I wouldn't go that cheap. I don't see the point in spending big money and trusting used engines.

The cheapest I'd go is a new shortblock from Subaru for $1900, timing belt, gasket kits, and have the heads at least checked or rebuilt from a machine shop. going this route would be ~$4000 but would be closer to a whole new engine.

That's of course if you do it yourself. Add $1500-$2000 if you pay to have it done by someone else.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:20 PM   #5
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why not buy a short block from Subaru? that is the cheapest with the least depending if your machinist has a bad day or you
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Old 11-28-2019, 02:11 AM   #6
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By far the cheapest way to rebuild an engine is to do it yourself and to be watchful for good deals. I'm far from a Subaru expert but I have rebuilt my fare share of engines the latest being an ej205.
To give you an idea here is a parts list of my last build along with prices.

Pistons $210.00 NIPPON RACING
Gasket Set $120.00
Main+Rod bearings $88.00 Race ACL
Timing gear $190.00 Gates
Oil Pump 110.00 Oem 11mm
Water Pump $54.00 Gates
Machining 175.00
So in total I spent around $950.00.
keep in mind the machinist pressure tested the heads for free and i checked the decks and lapped in the valves.
There are also incidentals to think of like spark plugs and fluids, you should also consider replacing hard to get to things like your clutch while the engine is out.

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Old 12-01-2019, 12:41 PM   #7
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It can go both ways. I ended up doing it myself and I spent more than if I would have taken it to shop. That is also because I bought all performance parts including a closed deck IAG engine which is 5k alone. I literally spent over 10k on engine parts, upgrades, etc. I had no prior knowledge of how to even take an engine out when I started, now I could pull a subaru engine easily myself in 5 hours give or take beer breaks and such. In your situation I would probably just get an oem shortblock, your heads reworked, and call it a day if youre on a budget.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:55 AM   #8
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Sorry to bust in and steal the thread but...
Anyone here in socal willing to do a side job and build a block?

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Old 12-04-2019, 03:57 AM   #9
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normally id be all over that. but im a bit backed up at the moment. I have an ej255 on my bench, an LS on one of my stands and a ford modular on the other.
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Old 12-05-2019, 02:11 AM   #10
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Let’s say you went through high water
Hydro Locked your engine
You Make a claim with your insurance company
They will pay for a LKQ/used engine every time
“Most cost effective “
Search around your city/region
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:34 AM   #11
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Definitely blown head gasket, possibly cracked ringland. Starts and sounds okay it's just a smoke show. 2012 STI
Before you go about spending money on a rebuild, have you done any diag on the car yet?

Has compression and leak down been performed to verify engine health?
Has the engine been checked for oil or coolant consumption?
Has the PCV valve been replaced?
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