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#6854 of 8644 Question about likelihood of head gasket problem recurrence
Mar 08, 2007 (6:58 pm)
I have a 2001 Outback LTD which had the cylinder head gasket problem a few years ago. The dealer we took it to replaced the gasket and determined that the head itself was within tolerances...so that worked for a few months, then the gasket blew again and the dealer we took it to the second time not only replaced the gasket but also sent the head out to be remilled, which he told us should have been done the first time. Since then, no problems. The car now has about 80,000 miles on it and I need to trade this car, or my 97 6-cyl Camry (which I love, but the Subaru has a hitch and AWD). Can anyone advise on the probability that I will have yet another blown head gasket in my future if I keep the Subaru? Despite the comment about the hitch, we don't abuse the car, and I would expect it to last another 100,000 miles with proper care and feeding.
On the other hand, I wouldn't buy this model year used because of the gasket problems, so perhaps I shouldn't keep it. Suggestions?
#6855 of 8644 Re: '03 Legasy clutch questions [goosegog]
Mar 08, 2007 (8:31 pm)
I just got the car back from the clutch replacement...what a difference!!! The clutch takeup is smooth and no more juddering. I only hope it is long lasting. Subaru paid for the flywheel and labor, I paid for the disc plate and throwout bearing. It cost me $250 and it was well worth it. My hat is off to the dealer also, Gentile Subaru in Racine WI; I have worked at Ford or Lincoln stores for the last 18 years And I'm embarrased at how those dealers have treated their customers. The domestics have a lot to learn on how to treat people with respect. From the writeup to the shuttle ride back to get the car to the car being washed at pickup all in one day and being a warranty repair I know they didn't make a ton of money on this repair, it was a class act.
#6856 of 8644 Re: '03 Legasy clutch questions [fordwrench]
Mar 08, 2007 (9:29 pm)
Gentile in Racine is a good place, that's my local dealer too. Unfortunately I don't use the shuttle as I'm still 25 minutes south of them, but the service manager lives nearby and has taken my F-XT in for me (I had a power steering/idler pulley whine issue).
#6857 of 8644 Re: Question about likelihood of head gasket problem recurrence [jmoose]
Mar 09, 2007 (10:59 am)
In terms of resale, the work performed on your car is a definite positive point. There is no telling whether the problem will recur yet again, but the chances are slimmer both because the gasket material was, apparently, improved from the original and because the second job appears to have been quite thorough. Have you kept the "conditioner" added to the coolant since then? If so, that should help reduce the chance as well.
Just seat of the pants, I am also split if offering feedback on which car to keep. The Camry should prove more reliable/lower cost to maintain in the long run, but the Outback is infinitely more versatile. When making a choice like this, it is almost too bad that you have such a decent pair of cars. I guess you really just have to carefully assess how much you use that added wagon versatility. For me, with one car, keeping the wagon would be the only way to go (if I could reasonably feel doing so would not end up being a daily headache!).
#6859 of 8644 Re: 2000 legacy cylinder #2 misfire -- advice? [kenpeacock]
Mar 12, 2007 (7:13 am)
Did you fix your problem?
I have the EXACT same problem with my 2000 Legacy Outback.
MIL on and sometines blinking.
302 Code misfire cylinder 2
Idles poorly but does not die.
I have replaced the plugs and wires. No help.
Checked ignition coil according to Haynes manual. According to the manual specs, coil was bad.
Replaced coil today, but still running rough.
My exhaust seems loud in front (yours?). I'll look underneath tonight.
#6860 of 8644 Re: 2000 legacy cylinder #2 misfire -- advice? [jefftt]
Mar 12, 2007 (7:42 am)
Do as reset after you replace the coil. That did the trick for my '98 Forester.
#6861 of 8644 misfireing of cylinders #1 and #2 on a 99 legacy outback
Mar 12, 2007 (12:14 pm)
I am new to this group but I am puzzled as what to do next. I find that when I go on long trips generly two to six hours my check engine light comes on. When I read the codes it tells me that cylinder 1 and 2 have misfired. I replaced my spark plugs and wires on all four. I have relplaced my ignition coil and I have replaced my ignition module or it might be called the ignitor. I have even tried running tecron threw a gas tank and the light still keeps coming on. Any sugjestion would be helpful?
#6862 of 8644 Re: misfireing of cylinders #1 and #2 on a 99 legacy outback [dahlstrom]
Mar 12, 2007 (12:20 pm)
You might want to do a compression test to see if the rings are leaking or if the valves are sealing well.
You've tried the things I would suggest as quick fixes.
#6863 of 8644 Re: misfireing of cylinders #1 and #2 on a 99 legacy outback [dahlstrom]
Mar 12, 2007 (11:10 pm)
Check injector pulse ,if you have no pulse at idle and pulse in higher RPMS you need a new tps .