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Ok, I have a 2010 2.5X Premium MT that needs a new engine. I have been reading through several of the forums about options between rebuilding existing engine or installing remanufactured/rebuilt assembly. For many of the same reasoning as others I am inclined to go with swapping the long block assembly with a warranty rather than attempting to rebuild my old engine. From past experiences with construction and ag equipment I know that "remanufacturing" is far better than "rebuilding", so am more inclined to look for a remanufacturer rather than a rebuilder. My question is this: Who is the "best" engine remanufacturer/rebuilder in the good old USA? Thanks.
 

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Come on guys....someone has an opinion on this subject, a story (good or bad) about who was dealt with, or knows someone who could help. I just don't believe all the testimonials written on this or that website about how great or dismal they are. I want to hear from actual users about their experience. Am just tired of throwing away any more money for bad craftsmanship or bad quality workmanship. Or maybe, someone might be interested in purchasing a good condition Forester that needs the engine worked on?
 

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I just don't believe all the testimonials written on this or that website about how great or dismal they are.
Maybe this is why noone has yet to respond, as how do they know their time will be worth it when you may not trust what they say. Just saying.

Any shop can rebuild, so look around for an independent Subaru specialist near you and talk to them as they will know the engine better than most and should be able to re-manufacture as needed.
 

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Thanks Buddur for your response. I am not trying to waste anyone's time including my own.

Forum information and response is completely different than testimonials on business'es websites. I want honest feedback from fellow Subaru owners on what they have found out or experienced.

If I could locate an independent Subaru specialist within 500 miles, I would be happy. That information is what I am looking for from responses to this thread. The local shops around here have no idea what is needed to do a rebuild unless you are working with a Hemi, or small block Ford or Chevy.

Again, thanks Buddur.
 

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I don't know who is the "best", but when my son's '02 started having head gasket issues we looked into a replacement (swap) as the cost comparison to a head gasket fix was worth a look, especially as our "core" was good. We looked at a few places on ebay and a place called enginesus, but I don't remember the exact name. In any event, we put a can of SK coolant sealer into the engine and no problems from then on for another 50k miles or so. He sold it when it was 15 years old with over 150k miles and it still was not leaking.
 

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Many suggest getting a remanufactured short block from Subaru (~$2k).

One Subaru only rebuilder is Broken Boxer in Bath, NY. I have no experience with them

Jasper Engines has a generally good reputation.

I used CCR in Colorado but I understand they have changed hands and am not sure if they are still the same quality. The advantage of them is that the engine is complete (timing belt components) and they included the oil filter, new plugs, intake and exhaust gaskets. Simply used my original intake manifold and accessories and was an easy install.
 

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I beg to differ with Miker104 about Jasper. In my area (Tennessee) they hire kids right out of tech school and work them hard with little quality control. I have bought a Jasper engine in a vehicle that overheated and turned out to have one rod cap on backwards and spun a bearing. Many other stories about engines and transmissions has led me to steer clear of any Jasper rebuilds.
 

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I used CCR in Colorado but I understand they have changed hands and am not sure if they are still the same quality.
I would not buy from CCR these days after speaking personally with a former employee, the quality and attention to detail is just not there anymore.
 

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Thanks Buddur for your response. I am not trying to waste anyone's time including my own.

Forum information and response is completely different than testimonials on business'es websites. I want honest feedback from fellow Subaru owners on what they have found out or experienced.

If I could locate an independent Subaru specialist within 500 miles, I would be happy. That information is what I am looking for from responses to this thread. The local shops around here have no idea what is needed to do a rebuild unless you are working with a Hemi, or small block Ford or Chevy.

Again, thanks Buddur.
You appear to be only 844 miles from AllPro in Alpharetta, GA. So there's that. sorry, I feel your pain.
 

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Do some research into local clubs in your area and find a subie specialist, that way you can verify with others the quality and you are close if there are issues or questions. You might be surprised. I found a local shop to do my engine and they exceeded my expectations and came in way cheaper than going other routes.
 

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I beg to differ with Miker104 about Jasper. In my area (Tennessee) they hire kids right out of tech school and work them hard with little quality control. I have bought a Jasper engine in a vehicle that overheated and turned out to have one rod cap on backwards and spun a bearing. Many other stories about engines and transmissions has led me to steer clear of any Jasper rebuilds.
Thanks for the update. I only know that Jasper rebuilds a lot of engines. Definitely go with a Subaru specialist.
 

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Thanks for all the responses so far.
Womprat, I have tried to find local sources such as clubs but Subaru's just aren't that popular here in farm country and all I can find are suggestions to go to the dealer and the two dealers within 100 miles I won't take "any forum member's" cars to.
I do have a dealer in WY that I have done business with in the past and have gotten a quote from but was hoping to find someone closer.
Thanks leland, i'll look into ecotech. And thanks Mike, orndog, soobcrazy, vt and bdc for comments and suggestions.
 
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