Timing Belt on my Subaru Outback broke while driving. Is it worth repairing?


Asked by Sep 14, 2016 at 10:31 PM about the 2001 Subaru Outback Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2001 outback sport with 187000 miles, 2.5 liter engine. I have recently done
the following repairs in the last 8 months. New cat converters, new brake
calipers, rotors and pads, new cv axles, inner and outer tie rod ends on r
front, new wheel bearing, new plugs and wires, new old air intake system,
new power steering pump and belt and  a new battery.
My question is ".....Is this car worth repairing? A family member is willing to
replace the engine if necessary,, for the cost of the parts.

3 Answers


If your family member knows what they're doing, yes, it's worth it. Look at all the work you've already done. BUT, I would make sure that they are confident to do this, otherwise, you may have more problems... Good luck.

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Keith Cahalan

also you have to look at the cost of getting a different car Are you going to pay cash??? are you going to finance?? if so what will your payments be My subie has 230,000 miles on it and i will keep it till it just won't run anymore I don't really want to have any car payments


I'm impressed Mark. 10 more points from me to you. Eagle, with the amount of work you have done to it already, I'd be inclined to keep the car if it were mine and ask the family member to do the engine swap. You can look around for local mechanics/junk yards that sell engines with warranties. You might also try car- part.com. I'm hesitant with ebay engines but maybe just cuz it's ebay?

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