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My 07 SOHC motor is dead. no overheat issue, the lower end just came apart. So I have a dead outback in my driveway. it is paid for but I need to get Something out of it! looking online at used/reman engines, I am finding nothing that is for an 07'. I know Fords and Chevys but the foreign stuff is not my thing. does it have to be year specific? or can you fit a 2.5 from a 2000 into a 2007. Can I find a short block or do they only come complete? is that a good option? I would rather just change out the short block leaving most of the original electronic connections and smog equipment intact. I do not have a lot of extra time, very limited shop space and virtually no money to put toward this. Any thoughts?

Anyone in the southern Oregon/NorCal area want to buy a project?:D
 

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Looked at the two sites you gave. Wow! some of those are $3900!!! Do I have to use a 2007 or will any 2.5 SOHC work!

I talked to the Sales Manager at a Chevy dealership yesterday and he told me that there was NO WAY they would do a trade-in with a used engine and they would only be able to do $4500 - maybe $5000 with a reman installed by a shop. So I end up losing money on a trade or hoping to break even on a private sale with someone willing to take a chance. Or be married to it until it breaks again.

Does anyone buy these things as projects or as a business? I really don't want this car in my driveway collecting spiders
 

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Wow, that's a pretty harsh lowball from the bowtie guy. But then I gotta ask... why did you even mention the possibility of an engine swap?

Yes, some people have hobbies/side businesses turning around troubled subies just like with any other car. I don't personally know any, but they are out there.

Mechanically, you *could* use nearly any Subaru engine back to about 1991, but electronics & emissions laws will restrict you much more than that. I have no idea what the laws are in Oregon.

If I were in your shoes I'd put a used engine in it and if I didn't want to keep it, trade it in to a different dealership using their own rules: what they don't know won't hurt them.

I wish you luck!
 

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I asked the guy at the dealership simply because we were there looking at a vehicle for my wife. now that the Outback is dead I am driving "her" Explorer because I need a four wheel drive. And No he didn't give the Subaru much love. He explained that even with the "original engine" in good working order, because of the 151K miles on the car they would only go $9500.
 

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If it's just the bottom end you're after:
Subaru Core Engines

If you're a bit handy with mechanics stuff, it's not that big of a deal to swap things. Just keep things clean, replace what's necessary (bearings at the minimum), and plop it in. It'll be hard to sell that car for decent cash if it doesn't run. Are you sure it's the bottom end that's dead? Rod knock or ?
 
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