sunny5280 Posted December 30, 2016 Share Posted December 30, 2016 I have a 2005 XT with 146K miles on the clock. Car is running fine except for the normal amount of oil consumption (about 1 quart every 1K miles). Earlier in the year I posted here about this amount of consumption and the response was it's pretty much normal for these cars at this mileage. I also spoke with my mechanic about it and he said the oil consumption is likely the result of the oil passing by the rings (again pretty much standard for these cars at this mileage). I love the car and adding a quart of oil isn't a big deal. However I was thinking maybe I should consider having the engine rebuilt or a rebuilt engine installed. As I do not have the skill, space, or time I would have to pay someone to do this work for me. Resulting in a few thousands of dollars in cost. Given the expense I'm wondering if it's something I should consider or just drive it. I want to be clear there is nothing wrong with the car and it doesn't need any work. This would be something I would do as sort of a proactive move. Eventually (thinking more long term than short) the engine is going to need work and then I have a decision to make. As Subaru no longer offers a turbo charged Outback (and the new one's are much larger physically) I'd have to make the decision to fix or replace. At that point fixing may not be worth the money (not like this would save me money now). What are people's thoughts on proactively replacing the engine. It would have the benefit of addressing the increased oil consumption and hopefully put off major engine work for a long time to come. But then there's nothing wrong with it and no indication anything is about to break. It's purely a "proactive" kind of move. Unlikely to be a smart move financially but I do love the car and would like to keep it around. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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