True story: after I pulled the 'check engine code', the car died 3 days later. The symptoms were all sorts of funny electrical issues--speedo stop working when he hit the brakes?? He texted me and asked if removing the check engine code could have had something to do with it. I replaced the alternator and battery yesterday... Fortunately, even the homeless dude who helped push him out of the street told him his alternator was just dead. 174K on the factory alternator, BTW. That seems pretty impressive to me. Here's an update on the car: LINK! The guy was genuinely appreciative of the help, and I think I've done a good job of explaining that his car is ready to blow up, so it's not on me when it does. I'm impressed with the engine. First off, it's still running at 175K despite the mistreatment. Also, I've never changed an alternator before in 5 minutes, without getting dirty! Holy smokes, that was awesome! The oil change took about the same time, and the PCV valve was also incredibly quick. This is a NA engine, so that makes things easier. Replacing the missing air filter took the longest, but even that wasn't bad. Are there any real 'gotchas' on this engine when it comes to maintenance? Do you have to pull then engine out to do the spark plugs or anything crazy? I'm new to the world of Subaru, but I would consider one of these based on what I've seen so far--and they still make a wagon with a manual transmission.
Originally Posted By: teambeechstreet
hahaha I learned that the hard way! oil change and spark plug change on father in law's Rav4 ended up turning into me doing a free wheel bearing replacement. back on topic. these subie motors go forever! I posted up about a couple that had a wrx with over 400K!
Originally Posted By: XS650
Just remember that when a good Samaritan makes a change to anyone's car (for his car, an oil change is a big deal), anything that ever goes wrong with that car will be the good Samaritan's fault.