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#19026 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [pathtomax]
Apr 05, 2011 (6:24 pm)
I will have a bunch of updates to report in the coming days. But, I tried to have my radiator flushed and the leak still existed. I called 800-SUBARU3 as I replaced the head gaskets at 106,000 miles and now with 144,000 miles they need to be replaced AGAIN.
So, Subaru has been INCREDIBLE about helping me and I will detail for everyone soon. Just wanted to give you all big thanks!
My loaner is a 2011 Outback. LOVE the dimensions of the new version! But, I have to say, I like the steering feel and feedback of my 2001 better!! I know they changed it for the 'masses'...but I will miss my steering when I buy my next Outback!
#19027 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [pathtomax]
Apr 05, 2011 (6:33 pm)
I wonder if a change of tires would improve the steering feel & feedback... what's the factory rubber?
#19028 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [pathtomax]
Apr 06, 2011 (6:00 am)
Are you getting a new longblock or entire engine out of this?
I can't imagine that subsequent head gaskets are going to last longer than the most recent set's... what, 38k miles?
#19029 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [colin_l]
Apr 06, 2011 (3:17 pm)
You guys are really scaring me! I went thru HG's at 15k & 62k. I'm now at 86k. What does my future look like? Crystal ball, anybody?
#19030 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [fibber2]
Apr 06, 2011 (5:31 pm)
Eventually, those gaskets will need replacing again.
#19031 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [xwesx]
Apr 06, 2011 (6:22 pm)
They are replacing my head gaskets free of charge! That is the really good part. I have done ALL of the recommended services including timing belt and water pump replacement at 103,000. Head gaskets replaced at 106,000.
Now, the dealership called me back and said that my water pump is spewing all over the timing belt. Sooo...I have to get those replaced as well...and I have to purchase those parts out of pocket.
So, the long and short of it...I am a VERY GRATEFUL that Subaru is picking up the parts and labor for the head gaskets.
My real concerns as noted above:
- If I am RELIGIOUS about all service and have done EVERYTHING Subaru recommends and serviced at a reputable NH dealership... why should I have to replace my head gaskets, water pump and timing belt after AT MOST... 40,000 miles?
This will be my last year with the trusty beast... I plan on purchasing a 2012 Outback... so just need it to get through another NH winter....
#19032 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [fibber2]
Apr 07, 2011 (5:31 am)
Knock on wood but half a dozen Subarus in my family, most of the vintage prone to HG issues, and not a single problem here.
Everyone kept scaring me the same way, but the issue simply never came up. We still have an 02 (dad's) and an 03 (sister's) running like a top.
#19033 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [pathtomax]
Apr 07, 2011 (5:33 am)
You'll easily make it through another winter. But I would firm up those 2012 plans!
Subaru had several bad years for head gaskets and they made changes. My point is that when you have an all-aluminum engine and it has bad headgaskets-- especially if it severely overheats-- it's likely something is warped and you're going to keep blowing head gaskets.
#19034 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [colin_l]
Apr 07, 2011 (5:35 am)
Can't they true up the heads? Machine shop, I mean.
#19035 of 19336 Re: Updates, Big Help needed [colin_l]
Apr 07, 2011 (6:42 am)
I have a 2000 Forester and only starting having problems after the idler pulley went bad a caused the timing belt to jump. This was past the 200K mark.
I like Subaru's so much, I bought a 2011 Outback despite the fact I hate car notes/payments. And have not had one in 10 years.