I have had some slight rough running with a cold engine and stumble <2000rpm. Finally it tripped a CEL which was read as a misfire code.
The mechanic swapped the coil and plug(recent) and no change. He did a compression test and air blew out the exhaust. So…the car needs a valve job which entails motor removal and fixing the head and reinstall. He rough estimates this at $2000 and rate is $65/hr.
He mentioned looking at pistons and may be a bit more if rough.
Questions on this car well maintained(170,000 miles 2005 Legacy turbo wagon with manual) my wife loves:
- Should I consider a replacement of short block($1700 part) mentioned in threads/blog posts? No clue how much labor involved but motor is coming out.
- Fix issue least expensively and cross fingers for another 2-3 years (15k/year) relatively problem free?
- Run!? Car Edmunds is $4k-$5k but this car is apparently rarer(5mt turbo wagon) and can fetch more money working