Well, I have a 2005 OBXT and have found myself in the same situation as many before. You've all heard the same story: boy meets car, boy falls in love, boy treats car well, car dies and breaks his f'ing heart.
I bought a '97 Outback about 10 years ago, and that's when my relationship with Subaru began. I have driven that car everywhere, coast to coast, in the mountains, in the desert, and all parts between. As she started to show her age, I knew it was time to put her out to pasture and find myself a new workhorse.
In a previous time I had been a Nissan man, starting with a Sentra and then a couple Maximas. There were trade-offs when I went from the Max to the Outback, but I found the Subaru fit my lifestyle and needs better than the sedans ever did.
As I was looking for a 'new' car, my gaze was pretty firmly fixed on an OBXT. It's all the things I loved about my old OB, plus all the power (and more) that I had been missing since the Maxima!
For about a year and a half things were great! When my wife would ask about mpg/premium fuel, I'd tell her sure 'it gets less miles per gallon, but way more smiles per gallon.'
Then it happened.
I was about 100 miles from home and about 10 minutes away from a client's site, cruise set around 60. I'm not certain about the exact chain of events (as in what died first) but 5 minutes later I was able to limp it to a clear pull off and assess what I could of the damage. It was not good.
Longer story, but after I finally got the car back to my house it was confirmed that the turbo was toast and a cylinder was down.
So here we are. Old blue has been called back in action as the XT is expected to be in the ICU for a couple months.
The car is in my garage and I have begun the deconstruction process. As it sits at the moment, I have the engine assembly removed but have not bought any part yet. I am still trying to figure out what the best step moving forward will be. I have not removed the heads yet, so I don't know if they are salvageable or not. If not, that will greatly effect the decision process.
Now that you have a little of the back story, here is the current list of options I'm considering. *Note: this is my daily driver, and little to no performance upgrades are planned at this time.
1) If the heads are salvageable, then proceed to the #YNANSB path and rebuild my engine.
2) If heads are too f'ed, than find a long block / complete engine and do the transplant.
3) Explore the EJ20X/Y swap over route.
This option presented itself to me when I contacted a supplier and they quoted me on a EJ20X. "Hey, I was calling about a EJ255" I say - 'yeah, this is the motor they used in Japan and will fit in your car'.
So yesterday I was reading through the boards and started finding info/threads about this project. I would like to gather as much detailed information on this swap as possible to guide my decision. I have been finding several low mileage engines available (with 5mt & ecu), at lower prices and better condition than the 255's I'm finding.
I look forward to the community's input and insight.