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I just got a 1998 Limited. The color is black and it is totally my style. Leather heated seats and mirror defrosters are something I never thought I would have on my budget. I picked it up about two months ago for $2,000 and Id say I got a good deal. Cosmetically it is a B+ and that is the main reason I bought it that day knowing it had a valve knock. Since then it has gotten worse and affected my power output. It's the EJ25D. The previous owner rebuilt it but obviously did a shotty job. He used silicone everywhere on mating surfaces instead of gaskets so it leaks oil as well but I love it and want to put some work and $ into it. I've been looking for used EJ25D on local listings so I can have a running/driving car while I have the work in progress. I know of a Subaru specialist nearby and I want him to spec up the main mechanical components. I plan on doing everything elese outside of cracking it open. Any thoughts or can anyone think of any advice?
 

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I just got a 1998 Limited. The color is black and it is totally my style. Leather heated seats and mirror defrosters are something I never thought I would have on my budget. I picked it up about two months ago for $2,000 and Id say I got a good deal. Cosmetically it is a B+ and that is the main reason I bought it that day knowing it had a valve knock. Since then it has gotten worse and affected my power output. It's the EJ25D. The previous owner rebuilt it but obviously did a shotty job. He used silicone everywhere on mating surfaces instead of gaskets so it leaks oil as well but I love it and want to put some work and $ into it. I've been looking for used EJ25D on local listings so I can have a running/driving car while I have the work in progress. I know of a Subaru specialist nearby and I want him to spec up the main mechanical components. I plan on doing everything elese outside of cracking it open. Any thoughts or can anyone think of any advice?
 

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I just got a 1998 Limited. The color is black and it is totally my style. Leather heated seats and mirror defrosters are something I never thought I would have on my budget. I picked it up about two months ago for $2,000 and Id say I got a good deal. Cosmetically it is a B+ and that is the main reason I bought it that day knowing it had a valve knock. Since then it has gotten worse and affected my power output. It's the EJ25D. The previous owner rebuilt it but obviously did a shotty job. He used silicone everywhere on mating surfaces instead of gaskets so it leaks oil as well but I love it and want to put some work and $ into it. I've been looking for used EJ25D on local listings so I can have a running/driving car while I have the work in progress. I know of a Subaru specialist nearby and I want him to spec up the main mechanical components but I've also been looking online for refurbished blocks. I can do the timing belt and I have a torque wrench to do everything else. While the block is guaranteed by warranty I also want to have some personal warranty by replacing things that go bad that are not included in the block sale. My EGR is very dirty and is probably affecting my mpg. I'm pretty sure it had a blown head gasket and was burning oil before it was hacked apart and made a mockery of professionalism. Any input or advice? Let's talk.
 

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merged 3 threads, one thread per car per problem is OK, and does not muck up the board.

I think you got hosed.

about right is $500 for a unrusted gen1 with a almost dead EJ25D in it.

find a specific EJ22 and drop it in with this:

not all EJ22 are great to drag and drop, read the above thread ....= very important.

and JDM EJ25D are weird things that also need head gasket work,...and may need premium gas like a US spec 1996 EJ25D.
 

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Bad news. Went for a road trip around the state without keeping up on oil. The leak may have gotten worse but I blame myself for the engine running dry as a desert and blew the engine! Now I have no vehicle and the day has come sooner than I thought where I will need to replace the engine. I'm still looking online for a JDM. I'd like to do all the work myself but I just don't have the tools or a spot out of the rain to do the job. I'm thinking the least I can do is remove the old engine to save on labor costs. I'm trying to find a hoist at the moment. Will keep updated.
 
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