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.
Have you tried using the Google search bar at the top of the forum?
2003 Outback 2.5 wagon: "Kaylee". 162,000 and counting.
More rust than I care to think about. And leaking head gaskets. And electrical gremlins. Still flyin'.
2002 L.L. Bean Limited 3.0 Outback wagon: "Mal". 112,000 and counting.
Plenty of battle scars and fixing up the previous owner's neglect via Project Retrograde.