This is actually my mom's car, but I just found about this yesterday. My brother took her Forester out the other day and said it sounded terrible -- deep knocking at start up and throttle overrun in gear (stickshift). So he then notices that the oil pressure warning light is out too -- doesn't light up when the car is switched to "on" and never lights up. So god knows if the oil pressure has been dangerously low or for how long. Anyway, after a visit to a mechanic, we now know the engine has serious rod knock and they want $8500 to put a new engine + clutch/pressure plate! In a car with less than 200K miles. Fucking Subarus. First they have all those problems with head gaskets, then I do some searching to find rod knock is another common failure. That's absolute bullshit IMO and shouldn't be happening to a modern car at that mileage. Apparently they called the dealership who told them if they can drive it to the dealership, they'll give them $5000 trade in for a new one. My mom is considering this, but I told her she'd be crazy to buy another Subaru after that! Thoughts?