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#18013 of 19283 Re: blown engine [blueschaser220]
Feb 24, 2009 (11:30 am)
Presuming it is a Subaru dealer, why not ask them what it would be worth in a trade for a new Impreza? Especially if the dealer should happen to have a left over 2008 that is costing them money on the floor plan. The new Impreza is about the same interior room as your Outback. They might use their cost for the engine repairs in making an offer....better than the repair price you would otherwise pay.
#18014 of 19283 Re: blown engine [blueschaser220]
Feb 24, 2009 (2:13 pm)
Call 800-SUBARU3, you're only 900 miles past the normal powertrain warranty, see if they'll help.
#18015 of 19283 Cylinder Misfires
Feb 24, 2009 (5:59 pm)
I am getting 22mpg+. After reseting the CEL, it came back on. Now I get codes P0301 and P0420. Cylinder 1 misfire and Cat efficiency. The Cat code I had before. But the cylinder misfire was in number 4 last week now it is in number 1. What would cause roaming misfires? Anyone have any ideas?
#18016 of 19283 Re: Timing Belt Pricing Question [rthompson9310]
Feb 24, 2009 (6:49 pm)
"... I'm past the recommended mileage for a timing belt... Got initial quotes from 2 dealers... Price was substantially different based on same work- $250 versus $425.
I realize the recommendation is to also get the water pump done- anything else?- which would add to the price but don't understand why the starting point is so different..."
The $250 sounds like a dealer could only replace the belt, based on this:
Ebay Buy It Now $200 Timing Belt Kit Contains the following:
(1) Timing Belt
(2) Timing Belt Idler Bearing Smooth
(1) Timing Belt Idler Cogged
(1) Hydraulic Timing Belt Tensioner Assembly
While those are being replaced, the access makes it convenient to also replace the water pump, thermostat, respective gaskets, water pump by pass hose, coolant and conditioner. One person reported his dealer did the belt kit plus all that for $563.
Some recommend also replacing the front crankshaft main seal and the cam seals during this time of good access.
#18017 of 19283 Re: Timing Belt Pricing Question [aatherton]
Feb 25, 2009 (8:55 am)
If I had replaced the two idlers, I would not have needed to get the valves done. I had the dealer replace the belt. 20K miles later the idler went and the belt jumped. Bending valves on the way. The dealer who fixed got me running (I am not going back to him) charge me $775 to replace the belt, idler 1 & 2, and diagnostic charge. But that experience taught me that I can do the belt myself. Choose a dealer that will work with you and understands cost benefit of any work they do.
#18018 of 19283 Re: Cylinder Misfires [phil2000]
Feb 25, 2009 (10:15 am)
Let's see, as they say, it's spark or fuel....
Normally I would say plugs, then spark plug wires (if applicable), but I'd add the ignition coil since there is one for all 4 cylinders, and you have multiple misfires.
They're about $80 so not that expensive if you have not already tried that.
#18019 of 19283 Re: Cylinder Misfires [ateixeira]
Feb 25, 2009 (10:39 am)
It might also be the timing. Are you certain that the sprockets were all perfectly aligned when you put it back together? If one was off by a tooth or two, you might be getting occasional misfire. You might continue to monitor the CEL activity to see if the misfire happens in more than just cylinder 1 over the next few days/weeks.
#18020 of 19283 Need recommendation for a good Subaru mechanic South of Boston...
Feb 25, 2009 (11:13 am)
97 Legacy GT. Sharon MA. A friend got an outrageous quote for cats, exhaust and head gaskets from a dealer. He's not mechnically savvy so I'm trying to find an alternative for him.
He also needs a replacement 16x6.5 GT wheel if anyone has one.
Feb 28, 2009 (4:49 pm)
the dealer associated with the service center here offered my 4k on my car - of course they know the engine problem - against a 2009 Forester 2.5x listed at 22.500. My local garage offers to replace engine with a rebuild with a 36mo/100k mile warranty for less than $4,000. Car is in good shape otherwise, but is 6 yrs old with 60,900 miles. Decisions, damn decisons. All thoughts appreciated. Thanks , John
#18022 of 19283 Re: blown engine [blueschaser220]
Mar 01, 2009 (8:14 am)
$4k with 36month/100k miles warranty sounds good. I presume your car is worth more than $4k + $4k fixed. What could you buy for $8k that has such a warranty? The Subaru dealer is obviously making you an offer with plenty of potential dealer profit.
If your tires, brakes, shocks & battery are good for three more years, the rebuilt engine makes sense. It is likely the rebuilt engine has a new water pump and timing belt; is that correct? The word rebuilt needs a fuller description of just what is new or replaced.