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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#4 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
Dec 21, 2008 (8:39 am)
Hi Lynne. I have a 2004 Outback 2.5i with 91,000 miles. Just brought it in because of burning oil smell and leaks. It needs both head gaskets replaced. I always changed the oil at 3750miles, not a hard driver. It's not covered under warranty unless you bought an extended warranty, which I didn't. Subaru said they would pay for parts but not labor, which is the bulk of the cost. I also had my catalytic converter fail at 73,000 miles, that is covered up to 80,000 miles. It's a crap shoot as to when the HG will fail. I thought this would be the car I would keep for a long time but after this probably will not get another Subaru unless they address these issues.
#5 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
Dec 21, 2008 (10:30 am)
Thanks to all of you for your replies. We drove 4 hours to see the car and it was well worth it. It is in beautiful condition. The coolant conditioner was added each time the radiator was drained. We had the mechanic check the health of the catalytic converter and, so far, everything is spot on. We took it the dealer for a complete check over.
I reviewed the service records, no check engine light issues, no knock sensor or O2 sensor issues. Head gaskets are still good (at least for now). Clutch feels solid, no shudder. Of course, now that my son is learning how to drive a stick we may need to replace the clutch sooner than anticipated.
We may have head gasket issues at some point, but I think we have plenty of time to save for that. Overall, I couldn't be happier with car.
Thanks again for your input!
#6 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
Dec 23, 2008 (11:49 am)
You can call 800-SUBARU3 to make sure your VIN is covered under the extended warranty for HGs.
No car is perfect, the CR-V had engine fire issues when gen II came out, 2004 IIRC?
#7 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
Jan 15, 2009 (3:34 pm)
I have a 2000 legacy wagon with 84,000 miles. It is at the shop right now getting both head gaskets replaced - along with the timing belt and drive belts. The repair total $1600. The open recall was for an additive only - something the dealer puts in the coolant to try and stop the leak. They did it on mine and did not stop the leak, so... The warranty was extended for 8 years or 100,000, but most 00's will have run out of time - mine was nine months passed. I asked what was to keep the new gaskets from leaking and the gal at the dealer just shrugged. The shop doing the replacement now says they have not had any return after the original leaks were fixed, but time will tell.
In addition to the head gaskets, I have also had a major transmission leak - complete gasket job bill was about $600 - and it shows a small leak again. Repair was done about 25,000 miles ago.
Would I buy another? No - I had a 92, previously, and only replaced the speedometer cable on it - this one has been a different story.
#8 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [erikmsmith]
Feb 03, 2009 (12:50 pm)
You had more than your share of problems. Our 2002 was trouble-free.
We had the extended warranty and never used it!
At least that helped sell the car.
#9 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [erikmsmith]
Feb 20, 2009 (12:45 pm)
We bought a 2000 Outback this last summer. It has a little over 100,000 miles on it and we just lost the engine. Could that be from the gasket problem?
#10 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [leezamt]
Feb 20, 2009 (5:16 pm)
Could have, but it is impossible to tell without more information.
#11 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
May 26, 2009 (3:22 pm)
I just gave my 2000 Outback Ltd sedan (purchased new) to my 19 year old college daughter. It has been well taken care, garage kept and has 175k miles on it. It has been a reliable and very good car. Not sure that helps but wanted to weigh in....
#12 of 16 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes?
Feb 08, 2011 (2:29 pm)
I am considering a 40k miles Outback. Things seem okay buy the brakes are not responsive. Is that a trait of the car? Or, might there be something else? Are there other potential concerns that can be check before buying?
#13 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [drzini]
Feb 09, 2011 (10:09 am)
Some describe the pedal feel as "mushy", but I wouldn't call it unresponsive.