Spooln, i wouldn't have the dough for these goofs in the first place. its a $2500 car... Not worth a rebuilt engine is it?
Lets just say I've had a long, tiresome history with lemon cars.
Posted a vid of the noise there...
What does piston slap sound like? What happened to the outback you had that did that? It would take me 2 years plus to rack up that kind of mileage, if it would last that long, its very much worth putting money into another timing belt other issues etc...
I don't need it to be operational. I bought it because I wanted better fuel economy than 14-16mpg I get with the Jeep, with a little comfort to boot and manual trans and AWD. I believe the PO described the odd noise the motor made as "Subaru rumble."