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#10519 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [xwesx]
Mar 25, 2008 (6:32 pm)
My 2001 Outback is also leaking oil from the head gaskets. It's at the dealer now. Is there any way the faulty design of the box head gaskets could cause these problems? My dealer failed to mention the possiblity of problems with the gaskets and had never heard of the recall until I googled it and freaked out. This is a $2000.00 problem and there is some evidence Subaru has paid for oil leaks in the head gaskets according to web blogs. My dealer seems to think I have very little chance of Subaru covering any of the repairs. Has anyone had any luck out there?
#10520 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [reagana]
Mar 25, 2008 (6:39 pm)
How many miles on the car?
#10521 of 10833 Re: off topic [orangelebaron]
Mar 25, 2008 (6:43 pm)
you are correct orangelebaron. my oversight on the (passenger) portion of your question.
#10522 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [reagana]
Mar 26, 2008 (7:41 am)
For people that added the coolant conditioner, they covered those for up to 100k miles. Did you ever get a letter about that conditioner?
#10523 of 10833 05+ OB Ghostwalking ?
Mar 28, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I have been following a thread at subaruoutback.org that describes a somewhat unpredictable fishtailing event on many OB's delivered since 2005. I have searched here for any corroboration but can find no references to this.
Has anyone here encountered anything like what is being described in this URL?
Warning: there are several hundred posts in the thread.
I have never experienced it with my 05 VDC.
#10524 of 10833 Re: 05+ OB Ghostwalking ? [dbike1]
Mar 28, 2008 (6:33 pm)
I might follow the link later, but for now I must groan and smack my forehead. I expect the cause of this "event" is the LSD. I love the LSD - it makes the car incredibly capable and responsive on snow and ice. Ghostwalking. Haha.
#10525 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [reagana]
Mar 28, 2008 (7:15 pm)
My '97 Outback head gasket blew at 139,500 miles, completely destroying the engine. The repair bill was $7,000.00. Subaru paid exactly ZERO of it. The new engines are supposedly free of head gasket problems. Good luck.
#10526 of 10833 Re: 05+ OB Ghostwalking ? [dbike1]
Mar 29, 2008 (6:11 am)
I have found that booting it (giving it a lot of gas) mid-corner on a slippery surface in my '05 Legacy 2.5i base 5 speed wagon will bring the back out. I assume it has to do with the open front differential and the limited slip center and rear diffs. As the front slips, it transfers power back, and then has to bring it back to the front as the front starts to slip.
I have also found that the RE92s were fine the first 2 winters (first 1/3 of their treadlife) but have pretty much sucked this winter with 25k on them.
#10527 of 10833 Re: 05+ OB Ghostwalking ? [lilengineerboy]
Mar 29, 2008 (8:02 pm)
I remember that was a common to RWD cars with limited slip diffs I drove some time ago. One wheel would slip, the diff would engage, and then if situations allowed both wheels to slip, the entire rear end was essentially drifting. No fun on icy road when car decides to steer itself.
Outback AWD is biased to send most of their power to the rear wheels. That gives great hill climbing ability (as I found out in recent test drive), but could set up the double rear wheel spin drift scenario above.
It might also have to do with Outback's suspension design, which Subaru recently changed in the Impreza, and now the Forester.
That worry (it keeps cropping up in various articles) was one reason I ended up with the '09 Forester instead of the Outback.
#10528 of 10833 Re: 05+ OB Ghostwalking ? [kurtamaxxxguy]
Mar 29, 2008 (8:07 pm)
The OB 5EAT is only 45/55 torque split so that's pretty close to the 50/50 on the 5MT ones. I have tracked my 05 LGT Wagon 5MT several times and also race several subies, and that's the beautiful thing about the Subies, I can apply the power mid-corner w/o losing traction.