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#6535 of 19336 2002 Impreza 2.5 RS Head Gasket
Apr 25, 2006 (10:29 am)
My girlfriend has a 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS with 49,000 miles on it. I just took it to the Subaru dealer(#2 in the country) in which my dealership (Mazda) is affiliated with for service. When I picked it up, the service manager told me the head gasket needed to be replaced because of a slight leak, as well as some other minor things, heat shield clamps that came off. We had an extended warranty on the vehicle, thank God, but, I am wondering if anyone here has had a head gasket problem with this vehicle as well?
I know how reliable Subaru is, and I was a bit shocked, and my service manager has said he has done a few head gaskets on this model, but, not too many.
She loves the car, and it's much better then my Mazda6 in the snow, which is obvious, AWD vs. FWD.
#6536 of 19336 Re: 2002 Impreza 2.5 RS Head Gasket [aviboy97]
Apr 25, 2006 (6:57 pm)
Unfortunately, if you do a search on this forum using headgaskets, HG, overheating, etc., as your key words, you will probably get a thousand hits. 1996 thru 2002 were very prone to this.
Let them do the job, and insist on having them add the coolant system conditioner that is supposed to reduce the re-occurance. Make sure your service order reflects this, and add it whenever you change coolant in the future. There is a TSB with an extended warranty against failure, but unfortunately, most 2002's are not covered (mainly 2000-2001), but have them check your VIN to be sure.
Apr 26, 2006 (12:55 pm)
Very strange, Steve. Maybe that's why they changed them.
Head gasket issues were not uncommon, though it did not affect most '02s, but it was a running change that model year so your girl friend probably got an early one.
#6538 of 19336 Re: Brakes [ateixeira]
Apr 26, 2006 (1:17 pm)
either that or the problem still exists but we aren't hearing much about it yet due to insufficient numbers of high mileage 2002 and newer models.
..like I've been saying for a while. I guess we'll find out in the next year or two!
#6539 of 19336 Re: Brakes [locke2c]
Apr 26, 2006 (5:57 pm)
Colin, do you remember if your pads had the large taper that I am seeing?
Anyone else who has changed pads on a 2001 or prior?
#6540 of 19336 Re: Brakes [fibber2]
Apr 26, 2006 (7:28 pm)
1stsubaruparts.com shows the same front brake pad from 2000 thru 2002 for the Legacy. They do not list Outback as a separate model.
Stock factory pads, front and rear, are not tapered at all. I've replaced the pads on my 2000 Legacy only once in 133k miles (at 65k). I bought pads in preparation for the second change but there's still sufficient lining on the current pads so it's going to be a while yet.
#6541 of 19336 Re: Brakes [fibber2]
Apr 27, 2006 (5:28 am)
I changed the pads a number of times on my '99 Impreza RS and also on friends'. I don't recall any pads being tapered like that, but it was quite a while ago so I could be mistaken.
#6542 of 19336 Re: Brakes [fibber2]
Apr 27, 2006 (8:22 am)
I replaced both front and rear on my 98 OBW with Hawk HPS pads and they did not have that tapering. I do remember that the rears took a little effort to get them to fit in the carrier and I was initially thinking that the wrong ones were delivered.
98 OBW Ltd
#6543 of 19336 Re: Brakes [fibber2]
Apr 27, 2006 (1:05 pm)
The front pads on the '96 look very similar to this, Steve. They do have a fairly significant taper.
Oh, well Alan says his '98 does not.... maybe I will have to go and look at them again. I have a new set in a box in the basement I was going to install this summer.
#6544 of 19336 Re: Brakes [xwesx]
Apr 27, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Well I guess the good part about the taper is that they will continue to improve with age! Every mm worn off will mean a few square mm more contact patch.