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1999 OBW, 2.5L, 95,000 miles. Owned since new, North California car, always garaged. I'd say interior is a 9, exterior is a 9. No rust or leaks or body rattles, no accidents, everything is stock and everything works - this car was babied, and it shows.

Subie specialist shop replaced head gaskets, timing belt, and clutch at 90K, and I'd hoped to get a few more years out of it. But now the engine rattles when started from cold, and mechanic says it's a bad bearing(s).

I'm not interested in putting in a new motor. Any thoughts on what it's worth? Should I just sell it as a Mechanic's Special, as-is?

Thanks!
 

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Unfortunately, that's kinda what I figured. Too bad, because it's in such great condition otherwise. But I'm too old to fool around with engine swapping.

Besides, the 2018's are looking pretty sweet...
 

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Perhaps I'm wrong calling it rod knock - I can't find the mechanic's report right now, but it did mention the noise was from cylinder #2. It's a loud clattering for the first minute after starting, on cold (<60F) mornings only, then goes away (or at least it becomes inaudible beneath regular road noise) for the rest of the day.

We replaced the timing belt tensioner, it made no difference.

Is piston slap also fatal? It would be nice to get another year from the car. I'll spend some time reading further, thanks for your suggestions.
 
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