Repair or replace engine

Asked by GuruQYVPG Nov 13, 2019 at 03:01 PM about the 2010 Subaru Impreza

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2010 Subaru Impreza experienced engine
failure which was attributed to broken
connecting rod bearing. The car is covered
under an extended warranty. The dealership is
slated to replace the following parts:
Short Block
Oil Pump & Oil Pick Up Tube
Oil Pressure Switch
My question is, would it be better to replace
the engine than to repair it? I know nothing
about cars, obviously, but research turned up
class action settlements related to engine
failure in these engines.
Thank you in advance!

6 Answers


a short block is a rebuilt engine less the heads and intake. As long as the heads are reconditioned I don't see a problem even though a Long block would be better meaning the heads come reconditioned and installed with it.

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Agree. The heads need a valve job and new valve seals.

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How many miles are on the vehicle? Jim

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With only 86,000 miles on it yes, an engine repair should be ok. You still have lots of life left in the vehicle. As already mentioned, have the heads gone over too. Even if you have to pay for just that, in my opinion it's worth it. I'd feel comfortable with the dealer's recommendations. Hope that helps! Jim


The extended warranty only covers the short block, but I too agree that the heads should be ok if the failure involved only a blown rod. But for security I'd spend the $150 to have a machine shop pressure test and measure the heads. Good luck. Ern TSG/B

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