Last post on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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Subaru Forester, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback
#4 of 10 Re: Subura over rated! [clayj]
Apr 24, 2013 (6:11 am)
The 2009 models had the EJ engine, not the FB.
No gasket failures and my family has owned:
01 Outback (dad still has it)
03 Forester (sis still has it)
04 Legacy (totalled)
09 Forester (wife's car)
11 Forester (brother's car)
That's 16 head gaskets due to the boxer design with zero leaks.
thousands of head gaskets problems worldwide
True, but out of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
Over Stated is more like it.
#5 of 10 Re: Subura over rated! [clayj]
Apr 24, 2013 (7:05 am)
I had zero added cost of maintainance for the head gaskets up until they went out at 200,000 miles. Then it was $1500 to have both sides done on a 2001 Outback. A 12 year old car with now 210K+ miles. Still goes through snow, and rain better than most new cars. Not overrated. Disappointing with the head gaskets, but still relatively cheap over 12 years of ownership.
#6 of 10 Re: Subura over rated! [ateixeira]
Apr 24, 2013 (12:59 pm)
No gasket failures and my family has owned ... Obviously YMMV.
100% headgasket failure and my family has owned ...
1989 GL-10 Turbo 1.8L
1989 GL-10 Turbo 1.8L
1996 Outback 2.5L DOHC
2002 Outback 2.5L SOHC
2003 Outback 2.5L SOHC
2005 Outback 2.5L SOHC
Crossing fingers on the following:
2011 Outback 2.5L EJ25
2012 Outback 2.5L EJ25
2012 Impreza 2.0L FB20
#7 of 10 Re: 2007 Forester LL Bean with a blown head gasket [ateixeira]
Apr 24, 2013 (3:35 pm)
"The EJ25 engines had issues, but the coolant doesn't even flow through the heads on the FB series of engines, so that's not even possible. The heads have their own separate lines for coolant."
Coolant does flow through the heads of the FB series, as it must for cooling.
But it does not come from the block past the head gaskets. As you say, the coolant for the heads comes through separate lines off the water pump.
#8 of 10 Re: 2007 Forester LL Bean with a blown head gasket [aatherton]
Apr 25, 2013 (6:17 am)
I meant from the block to the heads, i.e. through the head gaskets. No holes in the gaskets for coolant flow.
Dave - you have seriously bad luck!
#9 of 10 Re: 2007 Forester LL Bean with a blown head gasket [ateixeira]
Apr 25, 2013 (8:56 am)
And you, AJ, have seriously good luck!
It really is a common problem. That's why Subaru uses "stop leak" products standard in their coolant on that block. If they didn't think it to be so serious, they wouldn't bother with it.
It's unfortunate that the OP has had these issues with his car, but it's just one of those risks of car ownership.... machines break.
#10 of 10 Re: 2007 Forester LL Bean with a blown head gasket [xwesx]
Apr 25, 2013 (9:04 am)
Luck with Subies...I had rodents eat the wiring harness in my Toyota.