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I looked at a 2006 Outback today with 126k and otherwise good shape and well maintained. The catch is this engine noise. It surprisingly runs but is definitely down on power. I can get it for probably 600 or so. Any guesses on what it could be? Would it be worth it if it needed a new engine?

 

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Hard to be positive, but it sounds like a con rod bearing is gone. Also possible that it is something in the valvetrain that is broken.

Rebuilding the engine will run in the $2500 - $3500 area, depending on who removes and installs it.

Where are you located?
 

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I had engine problems and after looking at what a rebuild would cost, I opted for a JDM engine. I got my H6 delivered to my door for $1350! I pulled the oil pan and some sensors - everything looked like it just came off the production line! I wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing again.
The swap was really very easy, provided you have access to a hoist. The new engine came with the wiring harness intact so it was pretty much plug and play!
 

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Thanks guys! If I decided to buy it and fix it, what's a good source for an engine?
 

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IMHO I would go and talk to a mechanic unless you are going to tear out the engine etc. You can start with ebay if you want a cheap used engine to swap out, there are some JDM dealers in canada that have full short blocks ready to ship otherwise a short block will prob cost you a couple thousand depending where you purchase from.
 

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Yeah I think I'm gonna pass on this Outback. Too much hassle for little reward. I'll keep looking for a sorted one. I'm in no hurry. Thanks for all the great info everyone!
 
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