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Old 01-10-2018, 09:15 PM   #1
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Dearest forum members,

I recently had an extremely poor dealing regarding a Subaru engine rebuild/ replacement for one of my Legacy GT's. As it turns out Scott has a history of ripping people off. This thread serves as my warning to you.....save yourself the hassle and go elsewhere.

The offender's name is Subaru Specialties/ Scott Dana Boyd operating out of the greater Lowell, Mass area.


My CL ad has been copied below for your reference.









Dear reader,
If you are considering using "Subaru Specialties" or "Dana", the person who wrote the ad I've copied below, consider looking elsewhere.

My story goes like this:

--I signed a contract with "Dana" to have my Legacy engine rebuilt in May 2017.

--My car was picked up right away and my deposit for an engine rebuild was immediately cashed.

--My car then disappeared for 3 months and communication from "Dana" was very poor as to the whereabouts of my car and exactly when I'd have my car returned to me.

--Several trips to his house and 4 months after the fact, I was finally able to pick my car up...via trailer and without a thing being done to the car. To add insult to injury, my car sustained damage while in his possession.

--After numerous attempts to reach him by phone and text, I took the hour-plus ride to his house once again. Luckily he was there and so I arranged an agreement for him to simply build me an engine and I would handle the rest. At that point I asked him to sign a new agreement which put a timeframe on the job. The terms of that agreement expired on October 8, 2017.

--The time has come and gone for my engine or my money to be returned and "Dana" has stopped picking up his phone and responding to my messages now that I'm asking for my money yet he is still advertising on CL, hence this posting.

--As of January 2, 2018 his newest posting now has an additional paragraph mentioning that he is no longer handling the installs as he has a “pissed off customer...[who] would rather not resolve the issue amicably…”. As I can only imagine that paragraph has to do with me, him stating that could not be any further from the truth. I have been exceptionally patient and still continue to contact “Dana” at least once a month in a continued attempt to resolve this amicably. Simply put, he is not responding to any of my messages nor is he making an attempt to correct this issue in any way.

And since he has decided to play games up to this point and not make any effort to resolve this, I would encourage you, the reader, to start doing some research based on the information I have attached to this post. All sorts of public information out there.

Right now this is looking like it will be handled through the court system. Please feel free to contact me if you are having a similar issue. I can't imagine I'm the only one.
EDIT: After a few months of my post going up and being renewed on CL, it turns out I am not the only one. The details of those other issues aren’t important. What is important is that “Dana” has a long history of shady dealings.

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NEW Reman Subaru 2.5 engine with Warranty - $1800 (Lowell MA.)
2.5 Subaru engine, NEW WITH WARRANTY - $1800

Completely remanufactured 2.5 Subaru engine. In stock, ready to deliver.

The engines offered have been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, crack checked and if found to be acceptable, remachined to restore factory specs and tolerances.

Specifically the engine cylinders are bored/honed to restore proper size/clearance for the new pistons and rings.

The crankshaft is ground/polished to restore correct surface finish and size for the new connecting rod bearings and main bearings.

The newly machined block and crankshaft are assembled with new bearings, pistons and rings.

The cylinder heads are crack checked, resurfaced as needed, and a complete valve job is performed.

The heads are installed on the new short block/lower end with new head gaskets and head bolts, torqued to factory specs

We provide new timing set and water pump and the remainder of the gasket set to complete the installation.

Complete assembly is shrink wrapped and bagged waiting to be delivered.

The engine assembly comes with a two year WRITTEN WARRANTY, against defects in parts and workmanship.

We offer FREE delivery!!

The price is $1800 and a rebuildable core.

Please contact Dana [email protected], OR 978-596-7516 with questions.
We are very busy and when the machines are on or assembling an engine the phone isn't heard,
so please LEAVE A MESSAGE.

We have over 35 years experience rebuilding engines; every brand and model you can think of.

The last 10 years we have specialized in Subarus. The amount of experience gained has provided great insight into the particular problems and inherent quirks associated with Subarus.
Subarus are what we do all day every day.

We no longer do installations. My guy that was doing them for me is no longer able to. He got locked up. Before he went away he stole an engine and had a car in his garage. As a consequence of this I have a pissed off customer. I have had an engine sitting in my shop for months. It seems he would rather not resolve the issue amicably.....
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2.0 Turbo Subaru engine, NEW WITH WARRANTY - $2500

Completely remanufactured 2.0 Subaru engine. In stock, ready to deliver.

The engines offered have been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, crack checked and if found to be acceptable, remachined to restore factory specs and tolerances.

Specifically the engine cylinders are bored/honed to restore proper size/clearance for the new pistons and rings.

The crankshaft is ground/polished to restore correct surface finish and size for the new connecting rod bearings and main bearings.

The newly machined block and crankshaft are assembled with new bearings, pistons and rings.

The cylinder heads are crack checked, resurfaced as needed, and a complete valve job is performed.

The heads are installed on the new short block/lower end with new head gaskets and head bolts, torqued to factory specs

We provide new timing set and water pump and the remainder of the gasket set to complete the installation.

Complete assembly is shrink wrapped and bagged waiting to be delivered.

The engine assembly comes with a two year WRITTEN WARRANTY, against defects in parts and workmanship.

We offer FREE delivery!!

The price is $2500 and a rebuildable core.

Please contact Dana [email protected], OR 978-596-7516 with questions.

We are very busy and when the machines are on or assembling an engine the phone isn't heard,
so please LEAVE A MESSAGE.

We have over 35 years experience rebuilding engines; every brand and model you can think of.

The last 10 years we have specialized in Subarus. The amount of experience gained has provided great insight into the particular problems and inherent quirks associated with Subarus.
Subarus are what we do all day every day.
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NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE Subaru Turbo 2.5 Short Block - $2800 (Lowell MA.)
Completely remanufactured 2.5 Subaru short block. In stock, ready to deliver.

We use Manley Performance forged pistons and moly ring sets, Manley forged H-beam connecting rods, and forged steel crankshaft.

The engines offered have been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, crack checked and if found to be acceptable, remachined to achieve performance specs and tolerances.

Specifically the engine cylinders are bored/honed with a DECK PLATE, to achieve proper size/clearance for the new Manley forged pistons and rings.

The block is LINE HONED, and BOTH DECK SURFACES ARE SURFACED.

The crankshaft is ground/polished to restore correct surface finish and size for the new KING performance connecting rod bearings and main bearings.

The newly machined block and crankshaft are assembled with new bearings, pistons and rings.


We have used Manley Performance parts for over 30 YEARS, because they are of the highest quality and top rated parts available.

We supply a NEW HIGH VOLUME oil pump.



We offer FREE delivery!!

The price is $2800 and a rebuildable core.

Please contact Dana [email protected], OR 978-596-7516 with questions.

We are very busy and when the machines are on or assembling an engine the phone isn't heard,
so please LEAVE A MESSAGE.

We have over 35 years experience rebuilding engines; every brand and model you can think of.

The last 10 years we have specialized in Subarus. The amount of experience gained has provided great insight into the particular problems and inherent quirks associated with Subarus.
Subarus are what we do all day every day.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:09 PM   #2
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Of call the quality shops in New England to go to, why would you choose a random guy off CL? It sucks man but unfortunately I doubt you'll end up getting anything out of this. You have a guy who works out of a house with a name you're not even sure of. I wish you luck, unfortunately has been an expensive learning experience.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:49 PM   #3
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Fair question.

"Random guy off CL" has a ton of knowledge regarding these engines. During the hours of conversation we had leading up to the job, there was no indication I would experience an issue. Add to that and a guy building engines out of a shed isn't scary to me. I've built my own engines in sheds and they were fine. He struck me as someone who did this as a hobby and to suppliment income.

The reason I put "Dana" in quotes is because, I surmise, he's using his middle name to skirt any meaningful name search. It was only after payment was sent that I discovered his colorful history once I learned his real name.
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Old 03-22-2018, 07:26 PM   #4
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Update:

Claims hearing was today. Give you one guess who didn't show. So, Default Finding entered.

The court has acknowledged my cash losses and I have 10 business days to submit evidence of the damage done to my car while in Scott's care. The court will then decide the appropriate amount I am to be compensated.

Up next? Payment schedule hearing.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:11 PM   #5
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It's great when the courts work as they should. I hope you get all your money back and your car fixed. Unfortunately we can never reclaim our time lost
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:13 PM   #6
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The car will be sorted out in due time however I highly doubt my money is coming back but I will still take great pleasure in using every available resource to disrupt his life until I am satisfied...which might be a while because I can become quite displeased when people lie to me and to add to that, take my money.


That all said, if you are reading this and care to take the time, I'd be grateful if his CL posts were flagged. He hasn't posted in a month or so and, coincidentally enough soon after the small claims hearing, he's advertising again!



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Old 05-09-2018, 06:57 PM   #7
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What an experience Scott Dana Boyd has been. I am now running into the similar issues you all have been through. I have a signed agreement by him that I was going to have a motor now but well over a month now and lack of communication from this man I am not sure what to do from here. I paid for a long block and I get a text today from him asking foe my heads!!!!! Wtf. Please help
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Old 05-10-2018, 12:06 PM   #8
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If you're asking for my help, I'd say you can either continue listening to his BS or start taking action.
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:48 PM   #9
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Small Claims is the way to go!
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:18 PM   #10
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You may want to adjust for timing before you file your complaint. Please note that he is attempting to claim bankruptcy and is blaming me for all of it.....which is funny because I seem to recall 3 months' worth of my phone calls not being returned with an additional 2 months passing before I filed my claim.

Then there was the reason he gave the court for not appearing for the first court date......in jail in VT on "bogus charges". So, this guy does nothing wrong yet the world seems out to get him!

Payment schedule hearing was last week, he showed up with the aforementioned bankruptcy paperwork filled out however no docket number was issued at that time. Because of the lack of a docket number I knew this could go a few ways so I went on to state to the court that he is still advertising engines as "in stock, ready to deliver" and I may be interested in one of those engines as payment.

The magistrate sent us downstairs to the judge and while in the hallway he starts to apologise to me. I politely explained to him that he's not sorry and he owes me my money.

His response? "This is happening because of your attitude. You ruined the company."

I very clearly stated "You owe me money."

"That's not going to happen."



Upon my request for a financial affidavit, obviously he claims he has nothing and cannot repay me and, quite honestly, I have zero interest in his products. The court system is doing the heavy lifting now. Judge continued the hearing for 30 days so he has time to complete the bankruptcy filing process.

And to my amazement, he actually tried to file a restraining order against me while court was in recess. I say "tried" because I believe it was rejected.


So, if anyone has trouble with getting their money back or a product, it's apparently all my fault that he continually makes poor decisions.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #11
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No worries, I have a "contract" that he signed and wrote down his license number etc etc. In my favor I had all of that and gave it to the police and the court system. They told me that I was very fortunate to have had that. I filed a month or so ago and I have my court date. I will not back down! He will then have to pay for all of these court fees and I will fight tooth and nail to make sure he NEVER does this to anyone else. My car still sits since March and all I can do is wash it . For someone to take money from a family with 2 young kids and knows I did not have that money and I gave some trust to him is beyond me. 3 months for my car to sit and I still pay for the lovely insurance and car payment feels great....
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:01 PM   #12
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^^^
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:31 PM   #13
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If you are reading this and have a small claims case against Scott, consider appealing the bankruptcy claim.

In my mind the court needs to hear that he's "bankrupt" from ripping people off and nothing more.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:37 AM   #14
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Flagged 8 of his ads. The flagging made them all disappear.

I can be very unforgiving
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:59 PM   #15
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LOL

I owe you a beer, Jack, and appreciate your participation in this matter.

Coincidentally, from what I've seen, he has not advertised the "high performance 2.5 turbo" engine since I last inquired about it in court. Funny how things advertised as "in stock ready to deliver" are suddenly unavailable when it gets real.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:59 PM   #16
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Round 2 of bankruptcy filing. Round 2 of court dismissal.

Back to small claims in a few weeks!
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