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Old 01-05-2007, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question Ej25 rebuild is it worth it?

Ok I have a dilema on what to do with the car?
It has almost 270K and still running I already changed HG once before at 225k the car is running but without thermostat only, it starts really rough coolant disapears somewhere and not in the oil, and is not dripping much. also have quite a few oil leaks. One of the lifters is knocking when car is cold because HG are a bit thinner than OEM and one of the headbolts is bigger diam because it snapped while removing it.

The question is. Should I rebuild buy a different Ej25 with less miles or get a newer SUBY??? And price wise if any1 knows numbers for rebuilding I would really appreciate them. Oh yeah and Im not a mechanic so this rebuild or new engine swap will take me at least a month to do.
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Old 01-05-2007, 01:20 PM   #2
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Really depends on your financial situation.

If you have the cash to swap, do that.
If you need to take a loan out, get a new(er) suby.

Thats my opinion...
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Old 01-05-2007, 01:40 PM   #3
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I found a complete '98 2.5RS engine - oil pan to throttle body, accessories, everything - for $600. It has only 106k miles on it (or 108k? something like that), and the head gaskets and timing belt were done 9k miles ago.

If you can find something like that then it's pretty easy financially. I probably could have talked the previous owner down off the $600, so conceivably you could find an engine out there even cheaper.

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Old 01-05-2007, 01:59 PM   #4
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Rebuilds can be very expensive. For an EJ25 I doubt it would be worth it, especially considering you've got so many miles on that one. 270k miles means you probably have to bore the cylinder (which could mean new pistons), clean the valves, regrind the valve seats, etc, etc, etc. For just machining, you're probably looking at $1k. Then there's seals, gaskets, etc. Of course, your engine would be practically new after that but it'll be way, way less expensive to just get a used engine like Pat suggested. That's my vote anyhow.

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Old 01-05-2007, 02:10 PM   #5
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Rebuilds would probably cost almost as much as swapping the engine in labor. I would pick a turbo engine and go with that instead of you can afford it straightup.

Otherwise, get a newer subaru if you need to take a loan out for the engine swap/rebuild itself.
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