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#7962 of 8642 2004 Outback HeadGasket
Jan 23, 2009 (6:50 pm)
My friend and I bought a total of 3, 2004 Outbacks and all three had coolant leaks from both headgaskets. His two happened at 60k and 70k mine happened at 107k.
Subaru paid for half of his repair but the first rep I called gave me a real hard time and then offered me $500 dollars in goodwill. I took my car to Colonial Subaru in Danbury Ct and Art the service manager got Subaru to cover the entire headgasket
repair. I ended paying for the waterpump, timing belt, timing tension adjuster, V - Belt and the very late 90k service. The total price was $980 for everything. I took my car to Colonial because of advice I received from this forum (60k service) and it really paid off. If you are in the Hudson Valley NY area forget about Smith Cairns in Brewster and stay clear of Curry in Yorktown as well. Colonial Danubury is the most professional of all that I have been to. I would like to thank SOA for going above and beyond and I also want to again thank Art Azzarito of Colonial Subaru Danbury.
#7963 of 8642 Head gasket or warped piston problem
Jan 24, 2009 (11:23 am)
I have a 1999 outback legacy with 89,000 miles. I have owned the car for six year and bought it from a honda dealer with just 41,00 miles. The cars original owner is a very good friend of mine and I know it was well maintained. I have kept up with regular scheduled oil changes and had the local dealership VanBortel perform the 60,000 mile service check a few years back.
I took it in to a local trusted mechanic to have the clutch replaced last week. After completing the job the car began to overheat on the test drive. He thought that air may have gotten into the system and tried everything he new to fix the problem but nothing worked. I had the car towed to Van Bortel yesterday. They tested the engine and found no leaks from the engine or tail pipe. They said that the thermostat was not holding and wanted to try replacing the thermostat and flushing the radiator which would cost $322. They called back to inform me that the radiator was clogged but the thermostat was changed and the car is still overheating. The engine will need to be taken apart and it is either at best case a head gasket problem which will be $1,500 or a major engine problem in which case the engine may need to be replaced for the tune of $4,000-$4,500.
#7964 of 8642 Re: Head gasket or warped piston problem [rlm23]
Jan 24, 2009 (11:55 am)
#7965 of 8642 Re: Head gasket or warped piston problem [jjcunningham]
Jan 24, 2009 (2:37 pm)
Very trusted. I helped him get his new building financed when his prior bank was giving him the run around a few years ago. It is a small family business and he is a stand up guy. No doubts at all.
#7966 of 8642 Re: Head gasket or warped piston problem [rlm23]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 24, 2009 (7:13 pm)
Well look if you have a Subaru with the 2.5L engine from the 1990s, and if the mileage is approaching 100,000, you are probably going to have to do the head gaskets, if not now, soon enough. It's a common problem and most of us Subaru 2.5L owners have had to deal with it. I did the gaskets and new radiator, thermostat, belts hoses at 130K and the car's been really sweet since then.
#7967 of 8642 Re: 91 Subaru Legacy Fuel Tanks Remova. [bleuboy]
Jan 26, 2009 (2:46 pm)
has anyone any information on removing a fuel tank on a 91 legacy wagon? I have had nothing but trouble and any hints would be helpful. Thanks
Jan 26, 2009 (2:52 pm)
1.Fold down rear seat back and turn up carpet.
2. Remove access hole cover.
3. Disconnect fuel pump electrical connector.
4. Start engine.
5. Crank engine an additional 5 seconds after it stalls.
6. Turn ignition OFF.
7. Drain fuel from tank into a suitable container.
8. Remove clamp and disconnect fuel filler hose from fuel filler pipe.
9.Remove clamp and disconnect air vent hose from fuel filler pipe.
10. Loosen clips and disconnect air breather hoses from pipe.
11. Loosen clamps and disconnect fuel delivery, return and evaporation hoses.
12. While supporting tank, remove band retaining bolts and remove tank
13. Reverse procedure to install.
#7969 of 8642 Re: Subaru , 1996 Outback Wagon, No power until warm [getimb]
Jan 26, 2009 (5:38 pm)
I'd say a bad coil-pack, it's about $80+/- andis the coil where the 4 spark plug wires plug into.
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#7970 of 8642 Re: 2010 Legacy/Outback [gjksn]
Jan 26, 2009 (5:46 pm)
I thought I had read somewhere (pre-senility keeps me from remembering where) that the next generation Legacy/Outback would be larger. However, now that I've seen some photos and perused other information, it doesn't seem accurate. The car doesn't look a whole bunch different in size or overall design. I also didn't think current generation didn't look remarkably different from the previous generation which includes my 2003 Legacy wagon. It's evolving, yes, but is it not changing much in size?
Although it is changing only marginally in exterior dimensions, the interior size is increasing a lot. Also the concept is not exactly the real deal. Head and tail lights will be different and obviously not so many spoilers and air dams on the real one. Very similar in size/specs as a G35/37 sedan.
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#7971 of 8642 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 27, 2009 (6:56 pm)
all well and good UNLESS mr bleuboy has an awd wagon like me - then you have to remove exhaust and rear axle etc. to drop tank. = an expensive disaster waiting to happen! my question is why remove it- unless dead sure it leaks? i had a mechanic tell me my tank was leaking on top when it turned out to be just bad hose connections to fuel pump, which is accessible on pass side beind seats just as described by mr shiftright. there is also an access cover on driver side which gives access to hose connections beside tank where fuel lines disappear on their way to engine. i had leaks there too. point is nothing was wrong with tank! 91 leg wgn 265K miles in salty new england. they are pretty durable nowadays and don't seem to rust out like in the olden times.