09 outback xt
OK so I just picked up a fairly nice 09 outback xt with the 2.5L turbo and the 5sp manual from a guy I work with, I've seen the car run and operate with no issues but that was prior to him having these issues and than parking it for the last 3 years. I paid $700 for it knowing it had issues, was hoping a blown head gasket but I'm leaning towards ring land failure as well as a bad turbo. Shudders at idle as if it has a misfire, consistently smokes out of the exhaust as if it's burning oil, check engine light as well as traction control light flash. Performed a block test to see if any exhaust fumes were in the cooling system and that came back negative. Pulled the turbo and that's shot, already purchased a vf52 for an upgrade. Getting ready to preform a leak down test and compression test to see what other damage I might be looking at. With all of that being said, what are your opinions on replacing the motor with a short block directly from subaru and reusing the heads after having a machine shop inspect them? Also, does this generation and model have the ej255 or the ej257? If I do a new short block and if mine currently has the 255, would I be able to replace it with the 257 as a direct swap, with all the bolt on parts that would need to be swapped over from the current motor? How true are the rumors of the 257 being stronger and more durable than the 255?