Last post on Nov 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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#3 of 4 Re: 2006 Forester 111K Miles Head Gasket, Timing Belt, Front End Wk-Fix? [xwesx]
Nov 16, 2012 (12:02 pm)
My sister just had the same dilemna with her 2003, fixed it up, and has no regrets. It's working great and ought to last well past the break even point.
However, I sent her to a good indy mechanic and that cut her bill substantially.
OTOH, if you're looking for an excuse to buy a new car, here it is...
#4 of 4 Re: 2006 Forester 111K Miles Head Gasket, Timing Belt, Front End Wk-Fix? [rogerroy]
Nov 26, 2012 (1:18 pm)
If it has relatiively new tires and brakes, I'd consider performing the required maintenance/repairs. However, I would shop around and see if you could get a better deal from an independent garage as opposed to the dealership.
Also, if you have basic mechanical ability, you can purchase a great battery from Costco for $59.99 and install it yourself in a few minutes and save a close to a hundred bucks in the process.
In my case, at 90k miles, I took my '05 Forester to the dealership in 2010 for a 90k mile service. It required new brakes, tires, fluids, and the dealer talked me into the timing belt replacement prematurely as they were doing something in the engine that made the change easy. It cost me about 2k for everything. The car now has 135k miles and is still running strong 2.5 years later. The 2k was a hard pill to swallow at the time, but as I reflect back on it, it saved me $$$ is the long run. 111k miles is not a whole lot for a Subaru. There is still lots of life left in that vehicle.