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Nightfyre
08-18-2011, 10:43 PM
O, Chiefsplanet! I call upon thine eternal wisdom!

Okay here's the scoop:

My Subaru engine blew at 106000 miles (sigh, life... 4000 miles after I paid 1200 for a tune-up/maintenance).

I am planning to replace the engine. I found an engine on ebay that happens to have 106000 miles and costs 1400 including shipping (including a 6 month part guarantee.)

However, I could purchase a new engine for 2150, but that does not include shipping.

Which would you choose, if:
A) you were planning on selling the car in six months
or
B) you were planning on keeping the car forever


I am leaving Montana for Alabama in March, so I won't need an AWD that only gets 22 mpg. I figure I can buy a cheap beater at Fort Rucker from someone down there and resell it before I come back approximately 18-24 months later.

pr_capone
08-18-2011, 10:45 PM
A. used engine

B. new engine

CrazyPhuD
08-19-2011, 01:37 AM
Labor is going to kill you(I assumes since you paid for a 1200 tune up you are not putting it in). While I haven't worked on all suby's, the engine bay of my friends STI was annoying to work around. definitely not alot of room. Have you gotten an install estimate? If not I'm betting the cost of the install will make the shipping concern a minor issue.

Nightfyre
08-19-2011, 01:39 AM
I was quoted 8 hours labor at 60/hour.

Jewish Rabbi
08-19-2011, 01:40 AM
Just add some antifreeze to the old one and it should be fine.

ChiefsNow
08-19-2011, 02:16 AM
Time to shop for another used suburu, running with 106,000 miles.

Nightfyre
08-19-2011, 07:24 AM
Time to shop for another used suburu, running with 106,000 miles.

New subarus are ridiculously expensive here right now. I bought mine for 6400two years ago with 75000 miles. Now mine books for more than 7000 with 106000. Additionally, used subarus go for a premium here in mt.

MIAdragon
08-19-2011, 07:58 AM
What model is it?

tmax63
08-19-2011, 08:08 AM
Depends on the rest of the powertrain. A beginning answer would be A,B. For long term you know what you have with a new one and would have a little better warranty on it. You're rolling the dice on a used one.

kepp
08-19-2011, 08:24 AM
On a side note...is this a common life expectancy for Subarus? I was thinking of getting one next year but if they only go ~100K reliably, I'll cross them off my list.

Radar Chief
08-19-2011, 08:37 AM
Id have a hard time dishing out that kind of coin for a motor with >100K miles on it.

evenfall
08-19-2011, 08:40 AM
I’d have a hard time dishing out that kind of coin for a motor with >100K miles on it.

Same thought.

Any idea why this used engine is not in a car in the first place?

For so little premium, get the new one.

evenfall
08-19-2011, 08:46 AM
On a side note...is this a common life expectancy for Subarus? I was thinking of getting one next year but if they only go ~100K reliably, I'll cross them off my list.

They are great cars. On some of them the buyer demo would be the riceboys who are going to beat on the engine though. They rev kind of high and most are turbocharged, which, on some level is just one more thing to go wrong, and because of AWD they don't quite get the gas mileage competing cars do (but more utility for it... Maybe you can recoup that if you have a manual.

I'm sure one that is adult driven would be reliable but man, you see tons of them on CL being sold by raycerboys with blown gears or motors.

Frazod
08-19-2011, 08:48 AM
One of my friends lives about 10 miles south of Jefferson City and works in Columbia, so he puts a ton of mileage on his cars. He has a mid 90s Impreza with over 300,000 miles on it that's never had any serious problems. I guess there will always be lemons out there, but based on what I've heard from him and other Subaru owners I think they're pretty damned good vehicles.

EWOK
08-19-2011, 08:49 AM
750 dollars for a piece of mind of a new engine is worth it. Subarus' if properly maintained when run well into 200k miles but the side effect of owning one is your lady will stop shaving!