I have a 2005 Legacy with a EJ253 (failed) engine and a TZ1B7LC transmission (love it in the snow and steep grades). With winter rapidly approaching, I need to get her back on the road.
I have spent considerable time researching for an engine that is as "plug-n-play" as possible and could find little or nothing on engine compatibilities. I only need a normally aspirated, 2.5i (170HP?) as complete as possible (being retired, I'm not looking forward to anymore than bolting on and plugging in an engine nor the expense of a turbo, diesel, etc.), either US or Japanese manufacture (we live in a "frontier" county in CA., less than 7 people per sq. mile, and therefor have no smog inspections).
My son (lives in MN.) is very adept at re-flashing the ECM and will work me through that, if necessary.
Any help for an old guy?