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I bought an EJ25D from Jerry at SSI Subie Specialists one year and 10,000 miles ago, and here is my review.

In August 2013 our 98 Outback popped its head gasket at 194,000 miles. With our third child still in college, we needed a few more years out of the car, so I decided to fix it. I've worked on cars my whole life, so I'm not new to engine swaps, head gasket replacements, etc.

I called Jerry at SSI Subie Specialists and was impressed. He was willing to talk with me at length about all of my options, whether those options meant business for him or not. Because I wanted to keep the car, I did not have much time, nor money, the best option for me was to have Jerry build an engine for me. I bought an EJ25D long block with all of the timing components installed.

Jerry prefers to ship to a dock, and this threw me for a bit of a loop. I have a friend who works for a company that has a dock, so we shipped it there. Jerry ships the engine wrapped in plastic and strapped to a re-usable pallet. The pallet is used to return your long block.

The engine swap was no problem (not my first Subaru engine pull) and Jerry sent break-in instructions.

The engine has been great. I never realized how tired my old engine was. The new one has more power, and I don't miss all of the oil leaks. We have had it a year now and 10,000 miles with no issues.

The only negative comment I have is that the engine is a slapper. When you start it cold, it sounds like a diesel. But after a few minutes of warm-up it quiets down. This really alarmed me at first, but after a bit of research I learned that piston slap is common on these short-skirt EJ25D's.

I would not hesitate to buy an engine from Jerry again. If you have any questions or want to see any pics, let me know at [email protected]
 

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Do NOT give them a penny!! This company absolutely does NOT stand behind their work!After getting what they called a “long block” for a Subaru, we ended up at the actual Subaru dealer with an engine leak. The REAL Subaru specialists at the dealer said absolutely that the leak was an error on SSI’s part... and that the “long block” was not - by any industry standards- a complete long block engine.
Can’t wait for our attorney to finish the paperwork and handle this!
SSI claims “not their responsibility” (Really? Who rebuilt this entire engine?)
So, over SSI’s refusal to stand by their workmanship and to reimburse the $800 that we had to pay out to pay out now to have the dealer fix it correctly, we will now go after ALL the false claims and faulty workmanship.
Buckle up SSI!
 
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