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#10665 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [drbean]
Apr 20, 2009 (8:41 am)
I have a 2005 Outback with 78K and a cylinder head just blew on my way to work last Friday. There are no warning signs and from all the research I've done so far this is a big problem with these cars. Subaru claims to have fixed it but obviously they haven't. My repair bill is up to $3000 so far. If you get the regularly scheduled maintenances, I would ask them to check your head gaskets/compression test so you have something in writing. I am very disappointed and if they don't help me out with this I will never own a Subaru again.
#10666 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [2005outback]
Apr 20, 2009 (5:23 pm)
Bless your heart for bringing this one up. I own 2006 O.B. 2.5i. with 22,000 miles on ODO. I'll dump it on it's 3ed anniversary (May 31), and buy Toyota Venza.
#10667 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [2005outback]
Apr 20, 2009 (7:00 pm)
I have a 2005 Outback with 78K and a cylinder head just blew on my way to work last Friday. There are no warning signs and from all the research I've done so far this is a big problem with these cars.
It was normally associated with 2 generations prior 2.5l engines. In '97 or 98 through 2002, it was a matter of time, apparently. Many were covered by the Subaru provided extended warranty through 100k miles. Others were offered goodwill cash to offset the cost of the repair.
So far, including yours, I have heard of 2 head gasket failures with 2005+ motors. I don't know if that constitutes a massive upheaval at this point. My '05 only has 40k so far so I hope it holds up. Its had its first coolant change at 30k and everything looked fine at that point.
I would definitely contact SOA and see what they can do for you. They seem to be very reasonable if you can provide maintenance records to show the car has been taken care of. Good luck with your repair.
#10668 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [googonabike]
Apr 20, 2009 (7:01 pm)
I own 2006 O.B. 2.5i. with 22,000 miles on ODO. I'll dump it on it's 3ed anniversary (May 31), and buy Toyota Venza.
At least you can take advantage of the Subaru's stellar resale value when you get your SUV!
#10669 of 10833 Re: 2005+ head gasket "new design"? [lilengineerboy]
Apr 21, 2009 (7:06 am)
I agree, it's a concern, but 2 out of hundreds of thousands sold does not make a pattern.
They may help, I wouldn't be surprised, but it's well past warranty and it would not be fair to someone who purchased a Subaru Gold warranty for them to fix it for free, especially given it's not common by any means.
May 13, 2009 (11:10 am)
Hi. I have an 08 Legacy 2.5 i Special Edition with a seat creak issue (which I've seen mentioned sporadically on this forum). Whenever my body weight shifts in the seat (such as rounding corners) my seat creaks and sounds like an old mattress. I'm an average size person (6' 200lbs) and when I mentioned it to my dealer he just gives me the "never heard of that before" look. After a test drive he says that "he thinks he heard something". Because I've seen other mention of it here, I don't think this problem is specific to my Subaru, and may be a seat design issue. If it's worse in mine for some reason perhaps I can ask (demand) that the seat be replaced. I'm just not sure if that's going to do any good. Comments and suggestions would be appreciated!
#10671 of 10833 Re: Seat Creak [dgreene1]
Jun 20, 2009 (4:09 am)
My 08 Legacy drivers seat creaks too, it's drving me crazy. Has been doing it for a long time, like you, I felt what's the point of having it replaced with a new one. I haven't brought it to the dealer for the issue. This is my 4th Subaru and they were all new and never had this issue. I have another problem with the drivers side front or rear clicking/ticking wheel bearing/brake? It makes the noise sometimes and of course it stops when I get to the dealers. They've checked the car and said it has to be a constant sound before they can fix it.
#10672 of 10833 Legacy GT Wagon
Jun 22, 2009 (12:15 pm)
Does anyone know what years the newer style Legacy GT wagon was available with a manual transmission? thanks!
#10673 of 10833 Re: Legacy GT Wagon [kominsky]
Jun 22, 2009 (12:52 pm)
2005 only, IIRC.
Rare breed, if you find a clean one, buy it.
#10674 of 10833 Re: Legacy GT Wagon [ateixeira]
Jun 23, 2009 (1:02 pm)
Thanks! I'll be looking for a wagon when I decide to replace my 330Ci. I'm not really crazy about the idea, but I take my dog for frequent mountain walks and my back seat needs constant cleaning. The other option I've been considering is a little hatch (new wrx, maybe) , but I'm not sure if there would be enough head room for her with the seats folded down... I wonder if dealerships would let me bring her on test-drives...