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I had my engine swapped by JDM of Chantilly a few years ago. They did a really nice job overall.

A few years after the swap, I noticed that I was getting a random code for coolant temperature sensor high. There was no overheating and the gauge did not read past the ominous 3 bars. I researched the code (forgot which one it was) and found no data here or anywhere for the most part.

I decided to purchase a new coolant temperature sensor. Well, when I did I noticed that the wires to it had been tied together and electrical taped over and were becoming corroded and loose. No biggie, I cut the corroded area off then heat shrinked and soldered them but of course replaced the sensor while down there to be sure. That fixed it.

About 2 weeks later or so, I had the ominous Rear Differential, Brake, and Battery light come on while driving. I figured, great...new alternator time. I jiggled the connector to the alternator and the lights would come and go.

I noticed the same thing. Wires which were twisted together with no protection and corrosion. I did the same as I did to the CTS and no problems afterwards. In both cases, I used some Deoxit on the connectors.

Long story short....don't just worry about your JDM engine not having it's oil and coolant changed due to Shaken inspections, do realize that when getting a JDM swap the shop might be great at swapping engines but not so much at wiring.

I applaud JDM of Chantilly overall for doing such a great swap though. Just be prepared for a few things to be a little bit off after a "McDonald's" type swap.
 
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well. I wouldn't consider this kind of job a "great swap"... one side might argue that all warranty is gone(and it worked through this perfectly), but "screw off" job is screw off job(I don't know how you call it this side of world :D ).
but that is problem everywhere. :(
 

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I am just happy the motor runs like you said. Minor annoyance.
 

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Finewine, why did you need a new engine? Rod bearings, rings, bore scoring, ran it without oil or coolant. Just courious as I have had mine 6 months now and the Odometer reads 114k miles. Bought it because I like the nose with the Special accessory package of wire mesh in front. i had my oil changed by my tire shop. They gave me the entire service record since new through Car Fax Car Care using the VIN number. Neither Subaru locally or the Ford dealership where I bought the trade in used car would reveal any service history although the Ford dealership had stack of her paper records. They tossed the service records in the trash after I completed the sale.

The lady owner, who took really good care of her car as per the number of Subaru service entries. The Tire guy just laughed as she regularly had her car washed and detailed by them, usually when replacing a wiper blade or something small. I was interrested in the timing of coolant, transmission ATF and brake flushes. All were redone by Subaru at around 87K for the second time. I'm trying to change the oil every 4000 miles, and redo the flushes for the third time around 125k.

Any other engine issues I need to be looking at in the near future?
 

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Sounds like a great car. A sleeper in value for sure
 
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