Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Car: 1997 Outback Limited (totaled); 2001 Outback Limited (sold); 2008 Outback Limited; 2009 Outback Limited
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SSI Subie Specialists-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I just hit 100,000 miles on my SSI engine and realized that I should add a comment here for anyone who finds themselves needing an engine.
My car is an '08 Outback Limited with a 2.5l engine. In September '14 at about 145,000 miles I threw a rod on my original engine. I studied my options, including having local shop (I'm in Central Coast area of CA) do a rebuild, replace the engine with a low mileage one from a junkyard, or get a rebuilt engine, and decided on the rebuilt engine. I searched around and found SSI Subie Specialists and one other company (which as I recall was in Colorado and had been around longer and did more volume) who sold rebuilt Subaru engines. The other shop was markedly more expensive and there weren't a lot of reviews of SSI Subie Specialists but reading between the lines of the reviews I did see, I was inclined to go with SSI for my engine and I spoke with them a few times and they answered all of my questions (including regarding negative comments that some of the reviewers had made).
Once I made my decision, everything went like clockwork. The engine arrived at my shop in California when SSI said it would arrive, the shop said it looked great, the installation went smoothly (i.e. no missing parts etc), and once the shop installed it they told me that the shipping of my original engine back to SSI (which was prearranged by SSI) was simple and easy. I have now driven 110,000 miles on this engine since it was installed, and everything is still running perfectly. Based on my experience, I can highly recommend SSI for an engine replacement.