Join Date: May 2007
Car: 2003 2.5 4EAT with AWP and 2002 3.0 L.L. Bean wagons.
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If it is just piston slap...almost every 2.5 Subaru engine I have heard has had some. My family has had 3: a 2.5 DOHC, a 2.5 SOHC, and a 2.5 turbo SOHC. The turbo is the only one that doesn't have some slap.
That being said, does it quiet down when the engine comes up to operating temp? Our 2003 has a decent amount of piston slap/tick at start up and quiets down to very light noise after the engine warms up.
2003 Outback 2.5 wagon: "Kaylee". 157,000 and counting.
Mods: 2004 Forester XT shift knob, Fumoto oil drain valve, HIR1 high beam upgrade. Also: More rust than I care to think about.
2002 L.L. Bean Limited 3.0 Outback wagon: "Mal". 103,000 and counting.
Mods: Scangauge II, Fumoto oil drain valve, and a decent bit of fixing up to do.