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#110 of 151 Re: HG leak on 06 Forester w/43k on the odo [erikwi]
Dec 14, 2009 (10:25 am)
I think the 2.5 engine has always been open deck. I think the head gasket failures changed from generalized to rare after 2003. I think that happened because the coolant formula was changed, a stop-leak additive was added at the factory, and is required to be added whenever the coolant was replaced. Head gasket leaks nowadays may be due to things like use of wrong coolant, not adding the additive, poor quality replacement gaskets, and not pulling the head off onto a workbench and thoroughly cleaning both the surfaces when a head gasket is replaced.
There are no published plans to bring the Subaru Diesel here, though that is probably the eventual intent. I think they are waiting on certain issues like further testing in other markets and reformulation of US diesel to avoid a urea additive injection pump.
#111 of 151 Re: HG leak on 06 Forester w/43k on the odo [aatherton]
Dec 14, 2009 (3:10 pm)
Mine was actually leaking oil and a tiny amount of coolant. The stop leak they added at the 30k ended my having to continually add coolant to the tank every couple of months but didn't stop the HG leak since it was mainly oil. I've seen that oil additive that claims to stop oil leaks but am a little leary of it. Don't want any passages plugged up and then get oil starvation to a main bearing or rod bearing, you know.
Rats on the diesel! It would've caused me to trade now instead of waiting a few years. I like the idea of 48mpg and AWD.
#112 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [jacksan1]
Jan 07, 2010 (10:47 pm)
do you know what the terms are to get $1000 from subaru for head gasket problems. i have an 02 forester and the shop wants 2 grand for the repair. thanks...
#113 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [k24hennings]
Jan 08, 2010 (12:59 am)
I had a head gasket failure in my 1997 Outback 2.5 engine at 139,000 miles and it resulted in the complete death of the engine. It cost me $7,000 to repair it in Canadian dollars and Subaru contributed NOTHING. ZERO. NADA. Left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a belief that Subaru engines are not particularly reliable or well designed.
The internet is literally saturated with tales of head gasket problems for Subaru engines. Head gasket problems are definitely not rare.
#114 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [k24hennings]
Jan 08, 2010 (11:14 am)
Early 02s were covered for 7/100 but you're well past 7 years now.
Call 800-SUBARU3 and be nice, see if they can help out in any way.
#115 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [priggly]
Jan 08, 2010 (6:26 pm)
I hear you... I was lucky that Subaru paid half of the cost of my headgasket repair (2002 Forester S, headgasket failure at 72k miles, cost $1800 to fix). Both my brother and my friend had headgasket problems (2001 Outback, and 2001 Legacy, respectively). 3 out of 3 I know is pretty bad in my book. I might buy a Subaru again, but it will definitely be the 6 cyl. not the 4.
#116 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [daniell]
Jan 08, 2010 (7:25 pm)
Your family had bad luck.
I had a 98 Forester for 9 years, wifey had an 02 Legacy for 7 years. Dad has a 2000 Outback, sis has an 03 Forester, bro has an 04 Legacy.
Remember these are boxers, so that's 10 flawless engines.
I'm not counting our current 09 Forester or my cousin's 99 OB, also flawless.
#117 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [ateixeira]
Jan 08, 2010 (7:54 pm)
I count 6 older engines, including your cousin's, not 10... your 09 is too new and doesn't count. As I am sure you are aware, problem seems to affect mainly the MY1998-2002. That cuts another 2 cars from your list...
Problem was acknowledged by CR, internet forums etc. Yes, all brands have problems (I am not brand loyal), but this is clearly a problem with the Subaru 2.5l motor. If it wasn't a problem, Subaru wouldn't have issued the recall/extended warranty and pay 50% of repairs costs for many people excluded from the recall. So I'd say that your family was lucky.
#118 of 151 Re: "01 Forester with Head Gasket Leak [daniell]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:18 pm)
10 heads, I meant. There's a gasket on each side.
If you count my cousin's that's 12 head gaskets.
I'm not saying the problem didn't exist, far from it. Subaru acknowledged it with a 7/100 warranty, even. Thing is, they covered 'til model year 02, so those 7 years are up even for the later cars.
What I'm just saying is it didn't affect every gasket.
#119 of 151 Subaru Forester Head Gasket Leak at 55,000 miles
Jan 27, 2010 (9:36 am)
The head gasket on my 2003 Forester is leaking at only 55,000 miles which is ridiculous. I have the oil changed every 3,000 miles which is above and beyond what is recommended, but I wanted to take extra care of the engine and then this happens. Just found out this is a known defect on Subarus, though only the 1999-2002 models were recalled. Clearly, the problem was not resolved. I am trying to get Subaru to pitch in for the repair as though it's been over 5 years, it is still within the 60,000 mile warranty period. Clearly, if a head gasket goes at only 55,000 miles, there is a defect. I hope Subaru resolves this as if they don't this will be my last Subaru. Just wanted to post this so others are aware of the problem and don't assume that it's only on the 1999-2002 models.