Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: mid atlantic east coast
Car: 98 Legacy Outback, EJ25D > 1995 EJ22 Swap
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Thank you Gary!
I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback that Gary helped step me through getting a swappable engine and had a mechanic swap it.
1) The swap was successful. No check engine light. Car drove. A loss of power getting onto highways on the on ramps (not problematic or dangerous, just more my mom's style of driving them I'm used to) or if I really wanted to do a very pushing-it pass on the highway, but otherwise not noticeable.
2) It's been two years. (For personal reasons, I'm still driving this car.) It did need the engine dropped the year later because internal parts failed (I have to look up what ones - oil loss was the symptom again.) It wasn't due to the swap. It was due to using a used engine, which is always a risk.
3) During that drop they found an old timing belt. It'd been supposedly replaced the first time. Wishing I'd asked for used parts the first time to verify.
4) It recently developed a mildly screechy start. Turned very loud while on a lift to get new tires (why I don't know??). Turned out to be fly wheel between engine and transmission. Mechanic says bolts wiggled loose. He's also seen missing guides cause this (but wasn't in this case.) So worth asking replacer to bolt it in well with the guides.
Those are my lessons learned so far.
I'm having a host of problems now, that I've posted separately. I don't expect they have anything to do with the swap since it's driven fine since the swap until now. I'll post here if they turn out to be related.
Gary, I'd come back a while ago and thanked everyone. You hadn't spotted my post at the time. So I'm glad I found this, so I can say THANK YOU again!
New driver of a 1998 AWD Subaru 2.5L Legacy Outback