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Old 01-07-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Subaru Mechanic Wanted

Iím looking for a recommended and not too expensive independent Subaru repair shop. I would love to find someone like JD for Subaru
My 2000 Outback fell into typical Subaru failure, blown head gaskets. Itís a boxer engine and in order to change those I need to pull the engine. Not only that, these suckers are somewhat tricky and require somebody that knows what he/she is doing so I wonít have to do it again anytime soon.
I live in Long Island but a good mechanic with the right price in range of 50-70 miles is a win.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Hey Pete

Checking into it for ya. Is it an Automatic or Stick?
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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I canít help with a mechanic recommendation near you, but I recently had mine done by a friends shop in Greenfield MA (Greenfield Imported Cars). I have a 2006 outback non-turbo with ~80K and when they sent the heads to the machine shop for cleaning & resurfacing they found that all the valve guides were loose and needed to be replaced. When I got the car back it ran better that when it was new. There was always a slight off idle stumble that is now gone, gas mileage went up too. The whole thing cost me $2500.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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Hey Pete

Checking into it for ya. Is it an Automatic or Stick?
Gene,

It's a five speed manual. 2.5 NA engine.

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I canít help with a mechanic recommendation near you, but I recently had mine done by a friends shop in Greenfield MA (Greenfield Imported Cars). I have a 2006 outback non-turbo with ~80K and when they sent the heads to the machine shop for cleaning & resurfacing they found that all the valve guides were loose and needed to be replaced. When I got the car back it ran better that when it was new. There was always a slight off idle stumble that is now gone, gas mileage went up too. The whole thing cost me $2500.
It's a shame that such great cars fail so bad so soon. My at least was fine for 156K. And it costed me less than you paid for repair. We just got it to get us thru a few months between lease turned in and the new car were not ready yet but wife loves it so will fix it and keep little longer
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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Pull the engine? That sucks!!!

I've done the head gaskets on all my rovers except 2 and they are real easy to do.

Used to be a guy over in Westbury that worked with Subaru's (Subaru mechanic who worked from home) but he moved to FL. Sorry!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #6
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Curious, you fellas have any oil consumption issues with these engines ?
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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Curious, you fellas have any oil consumption issues with these engines ?
I was only able to put 2K on it but no oil consumption observed.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:44 AM   #8
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Pull the engine? That sucks!!!

I've done the head gaskets on all my rovers except 2 and they are real easy to do.

Used to be a guy over in Westbury that worked with Subaru's (Subaru mechanic who worked from home) but he moved to FL. Sorry!!
I know easy job but not so much with the boxer and no space available to wrench.
That Westbury guy would be awesome...
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:54 AM   #9
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... We just got it to get us thru a few months between lease turned in and the new car were not ready yet...
You couldn't work a deal on the leased car where you pay addtl $$ to keep it a little longer? I have heard of people doing that, though we have not leased in years so don't know personally.

OTOH, a guy down the street ended up buying a car he really didn't want because the dealer insisted he turn the old car in that day. I wonder if it was a hardball negotiating posture by the dealer to sell him a new car. Cuz if it was, it worked.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #10
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You couldn't work a deal on the leased car where you pay addtl $$ to keep it a little longer? I have heard of people doing that, though we have not leased in years so don't know personally.

OTOH, a guy down the street ended up buying a car he really didn't want because the dealer insisted he turn the old car in that day. I wonder if it was a hardball negotiating posture by the dealer to sell him a new car. Cuz if it was, it worked.
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This was the first and the last car we leased. I can't wait to return it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:46 PM   #11
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Curious, you fellas have any oil consumption issues with these engines ?
The 2.5 litre DOHC N/A (2010 and up, I believe) does consume some oil during break-in. There is a statement in my owners manual that it is normal, and oil level should be checked more frequently during this period. Also, they require fully synthetic 0w-20 oil only, no exceptions.
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Curious, you fellas have any oil consumption issues with these engines ?
FWIW, I have an 06 WRX(hence my screen name ), it has the 2.5L turbo engine.
I'm at 72K on it, and it doesn't burn any oil. I run the Shell Rotella T6 5W40 in it.

Akuma Motorsports in Woodbridge does good mechanical work.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:13 AM   #13
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The 2.5 litre DOHC N/A (2010 and up, I believe) does consume some oil during break-in. There is a statement in my owners manual that it is normal, and oil level should be checked more frequently during this period. Also, they require fully synthetic 0w-20 oil only, no exceptions.
Ok thanks. I ask because I was thinking Forester and been lurking in that forum and it seems there are more then one complaint about excessive oil consumption. So I am a bit spooked to jump the Toyota ship that has served me well in the past. 230k on my current workhorse and still going strong.


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Old 01-08-2013, 04:29 AM   #14
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Ok thanks. I ask because I was thinking Forester and been lurking in that forum and it seems there are more then one complaint about excessive oil consumption. So I am a bit spooked to jump the Toyota ship that has served me well in the past. 230k on my current workhorse and still going strong.


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The car that I'm turning in now is 2010 Rav4. And as I had high expectations to the car I'm highly disappointed. I used to have '96 Rav4 with four cylinder and 5 speed and it was a blast. This 2010 is a pig. The V6 is too much for the car. The suspension and steering doesn't give you any feedback. I just don't feel the car. Yes I has no problems with it for the 33K miles but its not the same car anymore.
One thing that is great advantage is the AWD with a Subaru. That is my main reason for gong with the Subaru. Moving up to Putnam County I still want yo make sure that I will get yo work on time when it snows. The Rav was doing worse in the snow than my Audi A4 with much less ground clearance but permanent AWD similar in Subaru.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:16 AM   #15
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Yea the awd system in the Subie is second to none. So you recommend it for long term ownership ?


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