WillPower04 Posted August 11, 2017 Share Posted August 11, 2017 So I bought a 2006 Subaru Legacy GT off of craigslist about a week ago and everything was great. The previous owner fixed an oil leak for us and even put in a new clutch. That's where the good stops. A couple days ago I got in the car and the check engine light was on. I called the previous owner and he suggested disconnecting the battery which I did and the check engine light went away. The next day I was driving and the light came on again but this time the car felt like it was struggling. I took it to a mechanic shop close to my house that had a free check engine light diagnostic and they told me that they found some error codes and it probably wasn't a big deal but they were still checking into it when I stopped to check in mid day. Later when I returned I got the bad new. Apparently there was no compression in cylinder 2 and only half compression in cylinder 1. (Now I'm livid because I paid a shop about $125 to do a pre-purchase inspection on the car). So they quoted me some $2000 to re-machine the cylinder head and hopefully fix what was wrong with it. Then I started to do my own research and asked some of my friends who drive Subarus. I found a place near me that resells JDM engines (Mine is an ej255 btw) and they have one in stock with about 50,000 miles on it and they're asking $1250. Now I have heard from many people that Japan requires an engine to be changed after 50,000 miles so that's why a JDM engine is a tempting option. I do have multiple questions about the whole thing though. 1: Is it just plug and play with the new engine or do the two different engines vary in different ways? 2: If you were in this situation would you just get the current engine (with 135,000 miles on it) fixed or is this the way to go. 3: Is it worth it to shell out the $5,000 it would cost to purchase a rebuilt engine? If anyone has ever put a JDM engine into their car please share! Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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