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Old 03-17-2004, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Legacy with overheated engine (2.5L)


Still searching hard for my first Subaru.

Looking into an overheated 2.5 GX Legacy from 1998

Any thoughts as to why this would happen? (besides a moron driving it...) It was, like many cars in the netherlands, with propane/butane mixture. Sometimes the valvues and the head are replaced for this perpose, but modern cars usually don't require his anymore.

Any thoughts on how much a 2.5 regular or preferably turbo (engine only) would go for in the US?
Car is valued at about 10,000 (if it were working properly, prices here are prob. much higher here than the US, I know.....) and will probably sell for 5000, so I'm looking to see how much room for bargaining I might have if I replace the entire engine.

Found one in the VENDOR department, but I doubt they mean a whole engineblock if it only weighs 110LB's

Quote from the vendor section:
STi 2.5L Shortblocks in stock!
10 in stock, ready to go list is $1421.00
your cost $1375 each
shipping in USA approx $60 per block UPS ground
(weight 110lbs each)
End quote

Or is this excluding transmission?

(Only have experience with handling and lifting motorcycle engine blocks...And I'm just browsing and gathering info, so help me, but don't chew my head off if e.g. the STi 2.5 doesn't fit the 1998 Legacy)

Any thoughts or links welcomed
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:19 AM   #2
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for 1400 bucks your only getting the shortblock, basically the engine block, crank, rods and pistons assembled, no heads or anything, not to mention it would drop your compression ratio to 8.5:1, a new turbo engine would require tons of money for labor to do the wiring, but i think a swap can be done for something like 7000 american engine and all(for a wrx motor)

a new ej25 shortblock really shouldn't cost you much, but its hard to tell why its overheating, could be a sign of a cracked headgastet, warped block, maybe even something with the head, maybe nothing to do with the engine itself

my suggestion is to look into what is actually wrong with the engine so you know what your getting yourself into
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Old 05-03-2004, 08:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info!

Tried to get more info, but the owner didn't know much.

I'll keep looking for a good Legacy. Preferably a low milage 2.2 station/estate from the first generation.
I like those looks the best, prices are reasonable and it would be a nice object to tinker around with, turbocharging it.
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