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#572192 - 02/23/19 11:44 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Jack T]  
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A little late to this party. Kind of surprised it is still going.

Wife's Subaru turned 190K miles today. It is an EJ25 and I did the head gaskets before they blew. Still like Subaru and will likely buy another in a few years. Hopefully they will solve the FJ25 issues before then.

I kick around buying another Subaru from the mid 2000s. Something in the 05-08 range. Use it as a daily driver. Then I realize I don't have extra time as it is. Then again, we put an offer on a house about 6 miles further away from work/life. Not really worth it unless I got a smokin deal on it and could turn some wrenches to make it worthwhile. Who knows. Stranger things have happened.

As far as head units, I put a pioneer in my truck. I added a camera and it works well 99.9% of the time. Every once in a while it seems to be challenged and doesn't activate. I don't know how the aftermarket world works with all these touch screen controlled systems today. My son and I have talked about it with so much being integrated into the head unit. Crutchfield should be able to tell you what works and what doesn't. They usually have good install guides as well.


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#572218 - 03/01/19 04:39 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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I'm hoping the changes that occurred around I think 2011 fixed or at least made the head gasket situation better.

Still haven't decided on replacing the head unit yet. If we do it will no doubt come from Crutchfield...that's where we got the speakers. The brackets we needed to attached to the speakers so they would fit the OEM opening were a little off in the hole alignment though, but was manageable. Since they were plastic I just drilled a pilot hole and made it work. Those brackets fit in the door opening perfectly. Still a little nervous about tackling the head unit with rear camera.


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#572979 - 11/16/19 08:53 AM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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Thread resurrection time.
Drove the Lesbaru for only the second time in about a year last night. Yep it's still boring and underpowered, and now it's the drivers side headlight that is burned out.
Yay me. I know what I get to do today on my day off.


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#572982 - 11/17/19 03:47 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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did I mention I hate this car? It's bad enough getting to the headlight bulb, but While removing the drivers wheel to get access to it I broke a lug stud. Didn't realize I was that strong, or that my breaker bar had that much leverage.
3 hours in, and I'm not done yet as I get to go buy a new one.


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#572993 - 11/19/19 11:00 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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How much you want for it. I'll drive down and take it off your hands. $1K?


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#573008 - 11/24/19 01:09 AM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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In case anyone is interested in what's inside a Subaru FB25 engine...

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With three 2013 Subaru's in the family, I have gotten pretty good at swapping out headlight bulbs. You don't have to jack up the car or remove the wheel if you are OK with lying on the ground. You have to pop out about 10 plastic rivets and reach up inside the fender to get to the light. The main thing I found that is helpful is to put silicone grease on the O-ring for the cover before reinstalling it.



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#573013 - 11/24/19 11:38 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
In case anyone is interested in what's inside a Subaru FB25 engine...

[Linked Image]

With three 2013 Subaru's in the family, I have gotten pretty good at swapping out headlight bulbs. You don't have to jack up the car or remove the wheel if you are OK with lying on the ground. You have to pop out about 10 plastic rivets and reach up inside the fender to get to the light. The main thing I found that is helpful is to put silicone grease on the O-ring for the cover before reinstalling it.



Block looks very similar to the wife's 2.5l subaru. I think it was the eb25.


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#573014 - 11/25/19 09:16 AM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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Wow WayWeGo that looks like a very ambitious project. What is the story?


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#573015 - 11/25/19 09:17 AM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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WWG, that's a lot of parts to take out just to change the headlight.


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#573038 - Yesterday at 01:01 PM Re: Stupid Subaru Design [Re: Justification]  
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A boating friend of mine works for a company that had two Foresters for their field techs to drive. One had a catastrophic failure while on a call an hour away from the shop and was left at a dealer. They decided not to fix it and wanted to get rid of the other car before it also failed. He posted on Facebook that they were selling the working car for a very good price, so I called him up and offered a bit less, which he accepted. He then asked me if I was interested in one that did not run, and we worked out a combo deal. I had to bring a trailer and drive a couple of extra hours to pick up the broken car.

WWGSM has the working car, which replaced her 1996 Outback that we bought originally and went through other family members before her. It was rusting out and time for it to move on. The net cost for her to upgrade to a 2013 Forester was $1,150 after selling the old Outback, and the book value of the newer Forester is about $8,000.

I was going to get a junkyard engine for the broken car and flip it for a profit, but WWGFM decided she wanted it to replace her 2006 Mustang, so no dice on the flip profit. What we won't do for our children!

Junkyard engines are going for about $3,000 for ones that you don't know if they have the oil consumption problems, so I decided to rebuild instead. The actual problem was a spun rod bearing and LOTS of metal filings throughout the engine. After looking at the cost to turn the crank, one rod and replace a bunch of parts, I decided to buy a new short block from Subaru and have the heads rebuilt by a local machine shop that used to help me with my race engines and also does the machine work for the local Subaru dealer. The engine rebuild will end up being somewhere around $3,500 so WWGFM will end up with a $8,000 car that costs her less than $4,500.

And there goes my $3,500 labor charge evaporating into thin air! At least I got to buy some more tools without my wife getting angry, and WWGSM had fun helping me pull the engine.

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