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#2845 of 19283 Loss of power
Feb 13, 2004 (8:39 am)
I have a 1999 forester with 70,000 miles. The check engine light came on and it will not go over 4000 rpm. I replaced the plugs, wires, and fuel filter with no improvement. I have heard there is head gasket problem. When I asked the dealer if there was a recall he said he has seen something on the internet but there was nothing official. I bought a subaru because I was sick of the American cars reliabilty, now I am having second thoughts. I emails subaru about the problem and they have yet to get back to me.
Feb 13, 2004 (8:45 am)
Well, they are extending coverage of the head gaskets to 8 years or 100k miles.
Most companies would say "tough luck" and tell you to pay for the repair yourself. Subaru is standing behind the product. You have no reason to feel any remorse, since you'll very likely be taken care of.
Our Mazda 626 had 5 major repairs in 7 years, Mazda covered *none* of them, it cost us $2500 out-of-pocket. No car is perfect, but it would have been nice to see Mazda do something, anything, to help us out. Nope.
Take it in, call 800-SUBARU3 to open up a case number so they can track it.
Be patient, in the end I'll bet you'll buy another Subie to replace it.
#2847 of 19283 Post-HG Replacement Question
Feb 13, 2004 (11:05 am)
So, now that the head gaskets have been replaced on my '01 OBW, what's the official word on future maintenance?
Will I still need to use the coolant additive when I do a flush & fill or are the new gaskets re-engineered to eliminate future problems?
I was so happy to have the car fixed that I never really thought to ask the dealer when I picked it up.
Feb 13, 2004 (11:20 am)
I think you will still use the additive. I believe Subaru includes it with each new car as a preventative.
Feb 13, 2004 (1:09 pm)
okay, just out of curiousity, I suspect my 98 Forester has developed a HG leak cause I noticed an oily film in the coolant when I drained it a few weeks ago, its got over 106K on the od, am I basically SOL in terms of getting help with fixing it from SOA? It doesn't effect my decision on replacing the HGs either way but curiousity is getting the best of me, it would be nice if SOA can do something but I am not expecting it. It's been a fabulously (mostly) trouble free 106K miles(with the exception of two rear wheel bearing replacements) looking forward to another 100K!
Feb 13, 2004 (3:47 pm)
put the sealer in and keep an eye on it. Your mileage is enough that you want other "reasons" to get in there in order to get some more bang for your cost.
Example: if you are needing to do the timing belt, adjust valves, maybe even a valve or ring job, etc. in addition to the HGs.
#2851 of 19283 You should be able to tell if your vehicle is affected
Feb 13, 2004 (5:48 pm)
if you have a My.Subaru account. The VIN's will be loaded on there early next week - and you won't have to wait for the mailings that will be "phased in". The other benefit?? We're expecting high call volume once the letters go out, so you might have some unusual delays if you call us to check into your specific vehicle.
So - if you haven't already set up an account, you might want to do it now.
Even if your vehicle is not part of the campaign, I'd encourage you to pick up the conditioner at the parts counter of your dealership. It should be VERY inexpensive and it will help seepage/leakage and may save you on other repairs. You do have to re-add it when you flush the coolant, but for the money, it would be a bargain.
Feb 14, 2004 (8:04 pm)
since I'm about to hit 60K (that went quick!), I might as well drain and fill with the additive.
#2853 of 19283 AT shifting in cold weather
Feb 16, 2004 (2:04 pm)
Is the AT on my '98 obs "naturally" stubborn in first gear in winter until the engine warms up?
The fluid looks clean and the level is good. Just wondering if the tranny is showing its age or is normal for the robustness of the torque converter. Is there AT fluid specific for colder climes (SAE) to take into account winter?
I pretty much baby my OBS in single digit weather until the engine gets up to normal operating temperature.
Just a side note-it seems every other ad on TV is a car ad. But what I like about Subaru is that their adds actually show the cars being "Driven" and not a stupid storyline that tells nothing about the car. (Lance on the bike doesn't count though-it's analogous to the car).
#2854 of 19283 Coolant additive ?'s for Patti
Feb 16, 2004 (3:40 pm)
Is Subaru recommending the use of the new coolant additive for Phase 1 2.5l DOHC engines (like my '97) to help prevent the *internal* head gasket failure which the Ph.1 engine is known to experience? Or is it only intended to limit external coolant leaks? Sorry if this has been answered before.