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2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport - ring job vs motor replacement

Is it better to do a ring job or replace the motopr

Depends on who is doing the ring job and how long you can wait for your car to be repaired.

A “ring job” done correctly is a rebuilt engine complete with bored cylinders, new pistons and rings, refinished connecting rods, crank, heads, new bearings all around ect, ect… This will take a few weeks to a few months depending on how backed up the machine shop is.

I’d replace the engine with a re-manufactured one that comes with a strong warranty, installed by a shop that warranties its labor as well.