Join Date: Apr 2019
Car: 2001 Subaru Outback 4Cyl. 2.5L; automatic
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So here's my plan.
Car 1: 2001 Outback with 240,000 miles; needs cv shafts, possibly U-joint, and likely a small external HG leak.
The car makes a clicking/thumping noise when accelerating, not when turning. Les Schwab looked at it and said the CVs are bad, and the U-Joint. I'm hearing more noise toward the front which makes me think more the CV shafts. I plan on doing the CV shaft since it's not too bad of a job and will at least stop any noise.
I found a motor with 80,000 on it locally, they want about $1500.
Car 2: 2000 Legacy GT with 200,000 miles; Totaled by insurance company, needs new camshaft. Camshafts are hard to find new, but I found a 2002 Legacy at a pick a part that has an engine in it with 225,000 miles on it.
Option 1: Fix Car 2. Since this car is totaled by the insurance company and I can't sell it for anything more than a salvage vehicle. I could pull the motor (it's half way apart already), grab a head from the pick a part, do the head gaskets and seals, and have my old car with less miles on it for likely longer than the other one with 240xxx.
I can then fix the CV's on car 1 and sell it for what it's worth to recoup some money.
Option 2: Pull the motor on car 1, do the headgaskets, fix the CV's, use the drive axel from car 2, and have a car with 240,000 miles on it, but has had quite a bit of work done to it.
I'm seeing option 1 as less work and in the long run, less money because I can probably sell car one for a decent amount of money around here even with the problems it has. It runs and looks pretty clean.
Sorry if this is confusing, but just writing it down is helping me weigh out my options. Either way, an engine is getting pulled and a HG job will be done.