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    Heartbroken.....I blew my engine!

    Well, after 134,000 miles and 14 years, my 2002 WRX gave up the ghost. After a hard pull to redline, I spun a rod bearing. I love this car, and I want to drive it until it rusts away to nothing under my feet. My local mechanic quoted my $4500 to install a remanufactured engine with a 3 year warranty. I thought that was high, but after calling a couple places around the country, it may be a reasonable price.
    Enough of the sob story...what should I do at this point. As far as goals, I just want to get my car back. I have been Stage 2 since 20,000 miles, and I'm very happy with the power. I really just want my car fixed. My mechanic is not comfortable with rebuilding the engine, and I've been told that I'd be better off getting a remanufactured engine anyway. What is the best company for remanufactured Subaru engines? Is there another path that I'm not considering? What other mods should I accomplish while she's in pieces?
    As always, thanks for the help!

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    Brand new ej 205

    http://www.flatironstuning.com/p-208...hortblock.aspx

    Reman engines are not usually as reliable as new from the factory. That option is plug and play and as long as the heads are good you can just go about your day after the install. That's just my opinion.

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    I second just getting a new factory shortblock, unless your mechanic just refuses to do any engine teardown.

    If that's the case, a local performance shop putting in a new EJ205 would probably be in the same realm price-wise as the remanned engine.
    I have an STi with an intake and no tune, I never change my oil, and my wheel spacerz are mad tyte.

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    +1 on the OEM replacement.

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    Honestly the fact Subaru still makes the 205 new is astounding

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJman View Post
    Honestly the fact Subaru still makes the 205 new is astounding

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    Do they still manufacture or are the remaining 205s from a safety stock to support the car through obsolescence?

    I'd expect the latter

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    Thanks for the help everybody!
    I'll be getting a brand new Subaru short block from Flatirons, and my heads will be reworked locally. I'll use all new gaskets and vacuum lines as well as a new oil pump and oil cooler. While the engine is out, I'll do a new turbo inlet and engine mounts too. I plan on reusing my timing belt and water pump as they were just changed as 100K. Does anyone see an issue with that? Any other advice will the engine is out?
    Thanks so much!

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    Sorry to hear

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobooe
    While the engine is out, I'll do a new turbo inlet and engine mounts too.
    Perrin inlet
    Consider Group-N mounts; they're only about $50-60 more than new OE, and if you're replacing them, you may as well upgrade.

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobooe
    I plan on reusing my timing belt and water pump as they were just changed as 100K. Does anyone see an issue with that?
    Replace them. You're looking at a few hundred when you're already in the thousands; peace of mind, IMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobooe
    Any other advice will the engine is out?
    New thermostat / thermostat gasket ($25-30)
    New aux belts ($25-30)
    New coolant hoses ($25-30)
    Steering rack bushings ($75)
    How was your clutch (if applicable)? With the motor out, it shouldn't be much labor cost (just parts) to replace that with a new Exedy OE replacement kit and a new flywheel.
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    What he said. Grab any easy to do tasks while you have it out. It can add a bit to the cost but absolutely worth it in the end

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