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#27 of 29 Re: 2003 Forester X 125,000 head gasket failure [krc2]
Nov 29, 2010 (8:31 am)
Newer models have been better, but you're right, it was common. 125k miles is a lot, though, it usually happens sooner.
#28 of 29 Blown head gaskets 2003 Sub. Forester UGH!!!!
Aug 30, 2011 (2:57 pm)
Well my head gaskets did blow. My nephew put some stop leak in in and it seems to have fixed it for the time being.I realize this is a temporary fix. I am now looking to get it fixed before it blows AGAIN!!! The mechanic I am using said it would be best to put a new/rebuilt motor in it than rebuild the one in the car at this time. I am driving the car daily and sometimes it smells hot but seems to be doing ok.I just feel very anxious to get this fixed.I have Multiple Sclerosis and live on disability I am trying to get help from my church to help with the cost.My question is : is it better to buy a rebuilt one or repair the motor in the car???Repair or replace???
#29 of 29 Re: Blown head gaskets 2003 Sub. Forester UGH!!!! [happykat52]
Aug 30, 2011 (4:04 pm)
It depends.... When the motor overheats, there is a possibility that the heads will warp. If that happens, then replacement of the gaskets will result in continued leaking (or the leaks resuming not long after replacement). If they're not warped, your engine is probably fine.
I had issues with mine, as well as intermittent overheating prior to the gasket replacement, and finally took the time to tear it all down and replace at 192,000 miles. I had the car another 28,000 miles and had no further problems with them. When I had it tore down, I put a straight edge across the heads and could not perceive any warpage, so I simply assumed they were fine and plowed ahead.