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Old 08-10-2005, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default Replacing a 2.2L engine in a 95 Impressa

Hi, I am new here.
I need to replace a 2.2L in a 95 Impressa. Engine makes a terrible grinding sound, will not move, etc. It has had a history of gasket problems/leaks.

I see many places to purchase one and also a VERY large range in cost, from $300 to $1500. What is a reasonable purchase cost and what time am I looking at for replacement?

The car has ~95K on it, poorly maintained, but shocks/struts recently replaced.
I read that Radiators become an issue around 100K?
What about drive shafts?
Any other sugestions while replacing the engine?

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Old 08-10-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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It depends on what engine you want to put in and if you want a used, rebuilt or new engine, and if you want a short block or long block. Also some kind of price range would be helpful too. You mentioned engines being priced from $300 to $1500 where in there is a good price for you?
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:00 AM   #3
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I'm looking to replace with the same engine. Probably long block to make it easier, A used or refurbished is probably what I'd use, due to the price. I cannot see putting over $1000 just in buying engine parts (not counting what else I'd need) when the car is worth barely more than that. Maybe I am missing something.

The range I see is from salvage yards to Japanese engines, I haven't got a price from CCR yet.

Loking for recommendations on what else to do, like drive axles/radiator, etc.
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:16 PM   #4
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where are you from? if you're near CT, you can go to http://www.fandsauto or call them and get hooked up relatively cheap with a nice N/A 2.2L shortblock for around $300 - $500.

It sounds like a blown piston ring...does it sound like rocks are rattling around in the engine? Any oil in the coolant (blown Head Gasket)?

This swap is EXTREMELY EASY. Use the intake manifold that's on your car and just do a shortblock swap. It took me and three other guys who had never done a swap before about 4 hours in a friend's garage. Proper tools are KEY

If you're around CT, hit me up cuz I'd be more than happy to ask my buddy if we can use his garage and I can provide some extra hands.


P.S. as far as the radiator question...my 95 impreza has 160K on it and I haven't had a cooling problem yet (KNOCK ON WOOD)
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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The car is my daughter's. Unfortunately, It is in Michigan. I know it is fixable, she doesn't want to mess with it. As I bought it for her new, and have always liked Subaru's, I think it is worth fixing, versus junking (as the repair shop wants to do)

The sound is like you are describing.
With all the leaking issues she's had with car (although it kept running!), I felt it may be best to do the long block, and cheaper for the labor.
Will Fansauto sell Long blocks also?

I have a mech. that is interested in doing the work, if straight swap out. I could probably do it myself with lots of time and frustration, but need space.

I'll be going by the yard tonight and check oil and sounds again.
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