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  1. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    While going through the heads on my ‘02 SF, I noticed very light wear on the cam journals of the heads, but not on the girdle side. Wear is consistent and reasonably equal across all of the bearing surfaces and equal on both heads. Both girdles do not show the wear which the heads do. The wear...
  2. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have a 1998 Forester S (AUTO) with a blown headgasket. These are the options I am interested in persuing: Rebuilt the stock DOHC EJ25 Swap in a stock EJ20T Swap in a stock EZ30 plus add VDC (ECU and vdc abs pump) I do a lot of field work in the rocky mountain region so a little extra power...
  3. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I bought this Forester 1 year ago with 126,000 miles on it from a small used car dealership in MI. It now has 128,500 miles and I still owe $4k on it. Subaru Dealership is telling me it’s a total loss, it would cost $13k to fix. Over the weekend my car lost power on the highway (stopped...
  4. Members' Journals
    The smell of a fresh interior is an experience for the man trading a grand for the keys, irregardless of the vehicle's age. Fresh is something that handles differently from what he drove before; it's the worn leather (how many people slid across these seats); the sunroof he always only dreamed...
  5. Forester Shopping
    I'm looking to buy my 4th Forester since 2003. I saw these two for sale but am wondering how long the engines are likely to last. 2016 2.5 litre, 144,000 km/ 90,000 miles; and 2014 2 litre, 100,000 km / 60,000 miles. Maintenance history looks good. I always bought new 2.5 litre Foresters...
  6. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 2011 Forester 2.5X with 106K miles. Although we purchased an extended warranty in 2011, the car is now out of warranty and having issues with oil consumption. Our dealer, Classic Subaru of Atlanta, is recommending that we spend $4800 to “rebuild the engine/replace short block and gasket...
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