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Old 07-03-2001, 06:39 PM   #1
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Talking Subaru is replacing my '98 Phase 1 engine! Whooo!

My '98 RS has had an oil consumption problem ever since the crank seal blew out in '99. I took the car in Monday and the service guys had a meeting with the SOA district rep and decided to tear down the engine. Today I received a call from the tech working on my car and he told me that the small block was badly scored on cyllinders 1-3, but 4 was fine. So, they're pretty much replacing my entire engine.

So here are my questions: The Phase I used a 3-piece metal head gasket, but people complained that this was a weak link. The tech told me that it's stronger than the one used on the Phase II. What gives?

Does Subaru still make the Phase I small blocks? I hope to God I'm getting the Phase II small block (crosses fingers).

The only sucky thing is having to break in the same car twice...

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Old 07-03-2001, 07:19 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting SOA to warranty the repair! I'm pretty sure you'll be getting a Phase II block. I don't think Subaru makes the Phase I blocks anymore. I believe that is evidenced by the fact that some late 98 models got hybrid engines (Phase I headers and Phase II blocks).

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Old 07-03-2001, 10:21 PM   #3
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Old 07-04-2001, 02:12 AM   #4
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