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Old 10-18-2000, 10:49 PM   #1
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Question More questions on the 2.5L engine

Well, I'm a new guy on the message board, and I have noticed that there have been a few posts on people having problems with cracked blocks and bad engines.

I've been a Subaru fan since I owned an 88 GL-10. It had its share of oil leaks and small problems, but I never had anything major that some of you seem to be experiencing. I still have this car and want to trade in for a Legacy GT. I don't think I can afford one with the Phase II block, so I am going to end up with a Phase I.

I'm just wondering, how frequent do these problems occur? Is there anything to look for that can prevent this from happening? I have always run Mobil 1 in everything, does this make it less likely that a block would crack if something was to happen? Do these engines have a tendency to use some oil under some hard driving? I autocross, so it will see some days of hard driving. Or am I just being too paranoid?

Thanks for your time
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Old 10-19-2000, 07:13 AM   #2
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Um, most of us are just now trying to figure this out ourselves. I mean I read some posts in June w/ pics of a Phase I engine that just raved about how incredibly well-built and bullet proof it is. Now I'm reading about cracked blocks. Keep following the "cracked block" thread on the Legacy Forum and try the links /search engine. My only advice is that if you can, go for a Phase II 2.5. But I don't know which years/models/build dates used which.
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Old 10-19-2000, 08:51 AM   #3
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hi there...

search in the old "technical" (now closed) forum...

there is so much info there!!

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