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Hi, new here! So it turns out I need a new engine for my 2010 Subaru Forester. I am looking for a mechanic to do this work. I was hoping to find someone in Cornwall, Ontario or Hawkesbury, Ontario. I found someone in Ottawa but it is a bit far from me.

I had listed my Forester for sale at $2250 but because of the work it needs it seems like I can't get that price. I'd like to keep it so I'm wondering if anyone here has done something similar like change the engine and is it really worth it? The body is in pretty good shape and I have all new tires so I'd hate to just give up on it. Plus I love driving it and winter is coming.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer their suggestions and/or advice.
 

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Find a mechanic that has experience working on Boxer engines. I would drive a long distance to find one. What happened to your old engine? Can it be rebuilt?
 

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A friend of mine had his local dealership put a new 2.5 L engine in his Impreza a couple years ago for $5,000. I'd imagine it'd be roughly similar for the Forester. If the rest of the car is in good shape, that might be a reasonable option.

Otherwise, yeah, you'll have to do some searching around your area. If you were closer to the GTA, I could recommend a couple of shops. Try contacting the two Ottawa motorsport/rally clubs, MCO and OSCC. They may be able to point you towards a specialist shop in your area.
 

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Find a mechanic that has experience working on Boxer engines. I would drive a long distance to find one. What happened to your old engine? Can it be rebuilt?
I wish it could be rebuilt. I am not mechanical at all and it's probably my fault. It's been burning oil for a while and I've been driving it even with the warning lights on. My husband can do most jobs like brakes, alternators, stuff like that but the engine is a whole other story. I guess I'll try to get it to the guy in Ottawa.
 

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A friend of mine had his local dealership put a new 2.5 L engine in his Impreza a couple years ago for $5,000. I'd imagine it'd be roughly similar for the Forester. If the rest of the car is in good shape, that might be a reasonable option.

Otherwise, yeah, you'll have to do some searching around your area. If you were closer to the GTA, I could recommend a couple of shops. Try contacting the two Ottawa motorsport/rally clubs, MCO and OSCC. They may be able to point you towards a specialist shop in your area.
Thanks, I'll give this a try.
 

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2010 Foresters had a pretty good engine. Not the oil burning FB25 Subaru used later. Do your research about what engine is in your car now. You might end up replacing the engine with a used engine which has to be properly assembled using parts from the old engine. A knowledgable mechanic will know how. Good luck!
 

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It's been burning oil for a while and I've been driving it even with the warning lights on.
Quickest way to kill a Subaru engine is running out of oil- Why did you keep driving with warning lights on?

Is yours turbo or non turbo? Manual or Auto?

If you ran out of oil and the engine seized, you are best off getting another engine. To rebuild a seized engine wont be fun or cheap.

Look for a Longblock engine, which includes the cylinder heads etc, so it will just drop right in. Depending on the tools available and an engine hoist, you can swap engines in a weekend with 2 people. Make sure you keep your intake manifold as you might need to still use it with the "new" engine

You might want to look into an engine swap with an EJ20 variant, as those don't suffer head gasket troubles like the EJ25's. It means you get a little less power and a little better mpg but it might mean the ECU needing some work to make it work............Maybe. If you have an auto, it could be a lot of work. If you have a manual, it should be less work swapping in an EJ20 variant and you'll end up with a much more reliable engine - But you'll still need to monitor oil useage and top it up. If you go the EJ20 route - You have a lot of research ahead of you, reading how previous people have done it - Should be possible though.
 

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There must be someone in or near Cornwall that works on Subarus. Otherwise, I don't know what this one needs in terms of work, but I do note from one of the pics, no check engine light is currently on, and the engine does have high mileage but its being sold for scrap pricing and it might allow you fix yours or this one for $750 in Ottawa.
 

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Quickest way to kill a Subaru engine is running out of oil- Why did you keep driving with warning lights on?

Is yours turbo or non turbo? Manual or Auto?

If you ran out of oil and the engine seized, you are best off getting another engine. To rebuild a seized engine wont be fun or cheap.

Look for a Longblock engine, which includes the cylinder heads etc, so it will just drop right in. Depending on the tools available and an engine hoist, you can swap engines in a weekend with 2 people. Make sure you keep your intake manifold as you might need to still use it with the "new" engine

You might want to look into an engine swap with an EJ20 variant, as those don't suffer head gasket troubles like the EJ25's. It means you get a little less power and a little better mpg but it might mean the ECU needing some work to make it work............Maybe. If you have an auto, it could be a lot of work. If you have a manual, it should be less work swapping in an EJ20 variant and you'll end up with a much more reliable engine - But you'll still need to monitor oil useage and top it up. If you go the EJ20 route - You have a lot of research ahead of you, reading how previous people have done it - Should be possible though.
I thought the warning lights was a sensor thing and we kept checking with the machine. Other than that, I have no excuse. Just trying to make up for it now... if I can. I don't know anything at all about engines. Was kind of hoping to find a good subaru mechanic close to me but it looks like I may have to just let it go to someone who has the time and knowledge to fix it. Thanks so much for taking the time to offer so much great advice.
 

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Hi, new here! So it turns out I need a new engine for my 2010 Subaru Forester. I am looking for a mechanic to do this work. I was hoping to find someone in Cornwall, Ontario or Hawkesbury, Ontario. I found someone in Ottawa but it is a bit far from me.

I had listed my Forester for sale at $2250 but because of the work it needs it seems like I can't get that price. I'd like to keep it so I'm wondering if anyone here has done something similar like change the engine and is it really worth it? The body is in pretty good shape and I have all new tires so I'd hate to just give up on it. Plus I love driving it and winter is coming.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer their suggestions and/or advice.
I put a Jasper engine my '06 Forester LL Bean with 152K at the local dealer. VERY GOOD decision, Jasper has a100K or 36,000 months warranty on their product.
 
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