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#6434 of 8657 1999 Subaru Legacy Brighton engine noise
Sep 27, 2006 (4:10 pm)
Looking for a bit of advice-
I own a 1999 legacy brighton wagon with only 65k mi that has begun to make some dreaded engine knocking noise (4-cyl 2.2L phase 2 engine). It's a pinging/knocking noise that gets worse at higher rpms, but sometimes it just happens.
I've had the car for one year and still owe about $7k on it. Taken it to a dealer (ran some diagnostics and suggested "replace the engine" or accept a $300 trade-in), a local repair shop (over their head) and finally our local independant subie AAA all-star repair shop.
The indy subie dealer looked under the hood and walked me through his sage diagnosis- likely a failing bearing and to replace the short block...upwards of $4500 worth of work.
a) invest $4500 in the car and hopefully have it for another 150k+ miles? everything else on the car is in great shape.
b) try to sell for for around $5k as-is?
I really wasn't planning on having this car forever so option a seems less appealing right now...
#6435 of 8657 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy Brighton engine noise [jhindmarsh]
Sep 27, 2006 (7:46 pm)
I would go with Option b). Investing $4500 in a 7 yr old car with 150k+ miles is something I would not do. At such high miles, the car has got the potential to turn into a money pit...the engine may just be the start. YMMV.
#6436 of 8657 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy Brighton engine noise [jhindmarsh]
Sep 28, 2006 (2:23 am)
Option B isn't an option. You are probably looking at $1-2,000 as-is. Replace the engine and keep it a while.
#6437 of 8657 Help! 2006 Outback 2.5 owners please respond
Sep 28, 2006 (3:10 am)
I have a 2006 2.5I (non-turbo) automatic. From the first day
of ownership, I have noticed that there is a hesitation. You
really notice it when you are stopped on a hill waiting for
the traffic signal,I let off the brake and give it gas not flooring it and there is a hesitation like it wants to stall. It will even do it on a flat surface when stopped and
again give it gas,same thing but not all the time. The service manager drove the vehicle, while I was present and
said it's fine, the famous I couldn't duplicate the problem.
They wouldn't even take it in to check the diagnostics. My husband sat in the passanger seat and I drove and he noticed the problem when we were on a hill. I'm frustrated and hope that the car doesn't stall while I'm on the highway. Anyone experiencing similar issues? Thank you so much.
#6439 of 8657 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy Brighton engine noise [jhindmarsh]
Sep 28, 2006 (9:15 am)
You can also look for a used engine at a wrecking yard. Depending on mileage, they can cost from $800-$2000. It won't have a warranty, but is a much cheaper option. With only 65K miles, the car has a lot of miles left in it. I have a 1998 Legacy Brighton wagon with the same size engine; it has 194K miles and is running fine.
#6440 of 8657 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy Brighton engine noise [stevenm1]
Sep 28, 2006 (10:41 am)
Agreed about the mileage. You will likely be able to run it another 150K without additional major repairs, assuming it was not abused prior to your ownership. If you decide to sell it now, you will end up with a significant debt on a vehicle you no longer own. Unfortunately, this is a no-win situation in the short term. Even if you decide not to keep it after you replace the block, you might find yourself further ahead than selling it in its current condition.
#6441 of 8657 Re: Help! 2006 Outback 2.5 owners please respond [kat95]
Sep 29, 2006 (5:27 am)
I have a 2001 with the same engine and tranny. I've had the hesitation issue from day 1. I tool it in 3 times and they could never duplicate it. The hesitation for me was hit and miss. It would happen maybe 3 times a week and usually only in the summer(warmer temps). As the car has gotten older it has done it less and has never actually stalled. In fact with 93k miles on it I can't remember when it last happened. I do wonder if its the brand of gas used. Given high gas prices and large differences in price between stations, I've quit using two gas stations a year or so ago...Then again I had some sensor replaced a year ago that triggered a CEL. Maybe that was related.
#6442 of 8657 stuck rear door latch on legacy station wagon
Sep 29, 2006 (8:41 am)
give me advice as to whether or not I should install a new external latch handle
#6443 of 8657 Re: stuck rear door latch on legacy station wagon [amstern]
Sep 29, 2006 (9:16 am)
Incidentally, replacing the Cam Position Sensor on my 1996 Legacy 4WD SW completely fixed the not-starting intermittent problem.... the bad sensor did not trigger CEL at all.
Occasioally the car will now stall from time to time say at a light. I figure this is a bad throttle position sensor.