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Old 29 Mar 2009, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine rebuild recomendations.

Long story short my engine decided it was bulimic and spat its contents out.. got it recovered but basically engine is dead dead dead

So need to know if you had to replace/repair your engine anyway, whats going to be the best option.. Not bothered about price really as its going to be a few months before I can spend the money anyway so will have a few k spare then.


Its a v4 type R btw.

and before anyone asks it went without warning.. the oil light and engine temp went up literally as it went bang.. and I was already pulling over as one min it was okay next it suddenly started growling and then dumped its guts over the grass verge.
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Old 30 Mar 2009, 12:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

Sorry to hear about that. Not having a lot of luck with this one.

Speaking personally, i would go for a rebuild with uprated, stronger internals. Not keen on the idea of 2nd hand engines as you've no idea how it's been treated. Also would be worth uprating your oil pump to a Walbro or similar as Impreza ones are often the culprit when it comes to engine failiure. Not saying this is why yours has gone but the suddenness with which it went pop suggests something pretty catastrophic.
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

rebuild will be your best bet, second hand engines are just that, a good specialist will sort you out no probs.

try Scooby Clinic | The UK's Largest Independent Subaru Specialists | 01246 590 807 - Chesterfield S42 6QX but then you know i use them anyway lol
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Old 30 Mar 2009, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

I would rebuild anyway, sent out a few emails giving my contact number. Sadly I know it wont be cheap and as I have summer hols I dont think it will be till after then.

Dont call it bad luck to have an engine on a car like this go. after all just because I never thrashed it from cold doesn't mean that previous owner hasn't. If I wanted something with guarenteed reliability I would have bought a avensis or something. I do tend to think it was the oil pump that just gave up without warning for it to suddenly go like this. As I had checked the oil that morning and it was lovely and clean, smelled just right and wouldnt of given me reason for concern. The oil light also didnt come on till it went bang.

Rest of car its self is okay and I was lucky that I managed to get a flat bed that was able to get it on as its quite low. Car is home safe, got me and the kids all home safe so thats the main thing. What is annoying me a little ( and I am glad my hubby was in car too on this) was the NO warning.

I hadnt got any music on as kids were sleeping and was talking to hubby... one min the car was fine, and then on a38 we heard a very quiet but unmistakable sound of a small rattle. I saw parking in 1 mile so figured I would get to their and check oil and stuff.. No oil lights, temp didnt go up or anything.. Just as I was almost on the parking bit the car made a VERY LOUD rattle and bang and then stopped running.. I managed to get it on the grass verge just as it started and on looking luckily the oil had gone on the grass not the road. We pushed it a little further to the parking spot and waited. Got a recovery truck from a mate to come get us and got home about 11:30

I am dreading putting it on the ramp as I have had a car make a noise like that before on me and that was a 1380cc metro turbo and that put a rod through the block.

Either way I know I have a big bill coming. lol

I thought about scoobyclinic tidgy, but on my first time up there I was met with very poor customer service and attitude and wasn't happy, so may look at going to xspec. I know scoobyclinics work is good just first impressions last.
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

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I thought about scoobyclinic tidgy, but on my first time up there I was met with very poor customer service and attitude and wasn't happy, so may look at going to xspec. I know scoobyclinics work is good just first impressions last.
Oh so many ppl feel the same way-you werent singled out i know alot of ppl thats been an thought that-some have bought stuff but has really been a last resort place for future purchases/work based on this Tidgy like i say youve spent alot of money there an the chances are will in future-i just prefer places that treat you equally wether youre spending £10 or 10 grand-its not too much to ask.
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

Scoobymania`s fairly local now aswell Area 52 Autosport On-line shop
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

I just prefer to be made to feel welcome and that my custom is appreciated and I was ignored for 25 mins.. Then when booking my car in was messed about so in the end I took it elsewhere, and the whole time I was there the guy was either on the phone or making me walk around following him. It wasn't a major amount I was spending that time but thats why I am a bit Hmmmm about going to them. Also I have rang for advice a few times and been made to feel silly or that I was wasting their time.
So after that I rang other places and was treated better.

Either way I got atleast 3-4 months of driving the zafira.. lol
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Scoobymania`s fairly local now aswell Area 52 Autosport On-line shop
seen a few exhausts and stuff that they have fitted and to be fair seen better work.. I am picky aren't I.. lol
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.. I am picky aren't I.. lol
yeah, you are.

You've every right to be though when you are about to lay out significant cash for some major repair work. Think you are definitely going about it the right way.
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

If ya want customer service at possibly the highest level Go to Roger clark motorsport-dont get me wrong you pay for it but definately the best place ive been to.

Dropped mine off when i first had it for cambelt service hesitation and possible lamda fault-rang me whilst doin cambelt to say tensioner werent great its not nackered at the mo or would replace but gave me the option to decide yay or nay/same with idlers gave me a run down of costs etc-when i went to pick up the next day(as i dont do waiting around )had all the old bits there sat down on sofas with olly in their reception an explained what were up with them-got tour round their small however clinically clean workshop,were asking about their oilpumps-went an fetched one to show me.
If the money didnt matter that would definately be the only place i`d ever take my car as lets face it most ppl going there spend thousands-i didnt but it made me want to just by how they were with me.


Many ppl will say well you always get the odd few ppl thats dissatisfied with anywhere but i reckon you`d be really hard pushed to find anyone with a bad word to say about Roger Clark Motorsport.
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Re: Engine rebuild recomendations.

Now Roger clark is tempting as Daz actually Knows roger so could maybe ring him first.. I will have to get the cash together first. Its just all happened at the wrong time as I am not normally quite this skint.

but moved house, got married and then impulsively bought the type R. Still I have a perfectly good car that is now just awaiting a new engine. It can be exactly as I want it and better than it was before.

Yes I will miss driving it and I am not going to get to much this year now as I will need to tighten everything up so I can get it back on the road quicker.

So if your in or around Derby notts and get a woman in a zafira flash you its me forgetting I am not in the scooby..
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Now Roger clark is tempting as Daz actually Knows roger so could maybe ring him first..
Think he`s a few yr too late pmsl

See link Roger Clark Motorsport - Home
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okay knew him then but he knows the family so maybe can still talk to someone. He hung around with him 10 years ago.. lol I know someone from Roger Clark was talking to him when we went to the Mcrae gathering asking how he has been doing.. but I was busy not paying attention.
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rodger clarke are very very very very very expensive lol
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