Join Date: Jan 2013
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'06 Outback - Engine Issues - looking for suggestions....
I bought a used 2006 Outback limited with 56K about 6 months ago. The car has run great; sounds fine, no vibration, no smoke/smell, etc..... However, we recently discovered it is eating oil.
It has burned through approximately 4+ quarts over the last 4,000 miles. We thought it was caused by broken piston rings, but my mechanic found quite a bit of metal (shards) in the oil. Now we're thinking worn/broken ring(s) would cause the burning of the oil, but wouldn't cause the significant metal in the oil, and replacing them won't save it. He recommends replacing the engine.
Any ideas as to what's causing this? Replacing ring/gaskets is pricey enough, but a new engine in a car with <60K. WTF! We bought the car off a dealers lot (non-subaru) and it's clear to me now that the previous owners discovered this problem, filled it with fresh oil and traded it in. It wasn't until a few thousand miles were put on it that issue unveiled itself.
Any ideas as to what's causing this?
Engine swap options?
This is the 3rd subaru we've owned and keep coming back to them because of their dependability, but a new motor at <60K is shocking. Especially, after buying the car just 6 months ago.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated