Used Subarus and the head gasket thing...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Mazaev, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    It is the "fix a leak" stuff they sell at Pep Boys to people who think it will fix their leaking radiator when it is way too late. They "demand" that their customers use it because it is 90+% reliable in getting them past the warranty period.
  2. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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    that sounds about right!
  3. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    The dealer mechanic told me, I shit you not. It is a poorly engineered head design so they require the STOPS A LEAK IN A BOTTLE! or the warranty is voided. As soon as you get out of warranty replacing head gaskets is a huge profit center for the dealers.

    Love, it's what makes a Subaru a Subaru! :lol3
  4. Motomedic

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    My new-to-me POS:

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    Bought for $500 with low compression in #1 and coolant disappearing. I drove it home, ordered some OEM head gaskets and a timing belt/water pump kit off ebay and proceeded to rip it apart. Took me a day and a half total, and I've never done it before. And yes, the heads can be removed while the engine is still in the car. Next time I might remove the damn thing and make it easier. It's been back together for less than a month and I just spent more on tires than the purchase of the car! :D

    My buddy had a set of struts/springs from a Forester laying around so a quick run to the Auto parts store for some top hats and a quick +1 1/2" of ground clearance was had, as well as clearance for larger tires, allowing me to fit 215/75 All Terrains with only a minor rub at full right lock.

    The pic doesn't really show it, but there is some room under there now. At least as much as many full-size pickups, and more than most SUVs. Time for some off-road fun! :clap
  5. padiii

    padiii Been here awhile

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    09, Impreza Outback Sport, a bit under 95K. From the smell of things on the way home tonight, I have a feeling I'm joining the gasket club. I've got to get it up on ramps and have a look around.

    For those that have experienced a leaking gasket, did you notice a burning oil smell?

    Weather was shitty on my two hour commute home tonight, I just do not have the same confidence with this car that others rave about for their winter ability. I've wondered from the first winter with this car if it was working correctly. Might be time to move on for me.
  6. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    check by the filter, with blowback on the motor mount and exhaust.

    seems to be common on the passenger side.

    other things to check: oil pressure sensors on driver's side front and passenger side rear (top of engine). also check pcv valve.

    if you need new gaskets, get the timing belt and water pump done now too.
  7. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    My burning smell ended up being the hole in the exhaust pipe mid ship, at the last hanger before the pipe attached to the muffler hooks into the middle pipe.
  8. ultane

    ultane sqeezin the bag

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    You can call it horse shit if you like...

    It's been several years since I read about this on the interweb, but,... IIRC, an independent Subaru mechanic sensa in the Pacific Northwest has a website called allwheeldriveauto.com. He appears to understand the issue quite well. His theory is that the aluminum block and heads, plus a gasket containing a dissimilar metal, plus an antifreeze that allows a galvanic current to be conducted through it, AND the engine ground wire going to the left cylinder bank is the 'perfect storm' that leads to the problem. Apparently, there is somewhat of a 'stray current' loop that sets up the problem that slowly develops over time, causing the gasket to deteriorate. The Subaru 'super coolant' apparently is chemically formulated to NOT promote or 'allow' the galvanic 'current' to degrade the head gasket over time...




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  9. FPGT72

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    Intresting.....my 2000 Impreza 2.5RS has 175k on the clock and never a head gasket problem....car still feels as tight as it did on day one.....and I have not been kind to it...I lived on a gravel road in the country and had quite a fun time getting that car sideways.....silly thing is still on its original clutch.
  10. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I have to read this from start to finish, been considering a '13 WRX as my first new car, but there seems to be some issues with poor subaru tuning and ring failure. Too bad too, that little ripper is the most fun I've ever had behind a steering wheel.
  11. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I have been looking at them as well....with my last scoobie I will own another. My 2000 is a great car.
  12. Motomedic

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    In reality, I'll bet you (not you personally, but the collective "you", which includes me :D) could find something wrong with every car/bike/widget ever built. If they were ever "perfect", development would have ceased right there.

    Buy the car that makes you turn around every time you walk away just to look at it again and say "Yep. I bought the right one."
  13. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Another thing: for every thread there is an issue, there are probably 10,000 people not writing about what a great vehicle they have.

    People use the net to bitch. You can find a lot of info, but you have to substantiate it for yourself. If it still don't sit right with you, just get another car.
  14. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    this:

    this is a forum for a completely different purpose. if you want to read about a lot of people that are perfectly happy with their subaru check out http://forums.nasioc.com/
  15. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Attempting to sell my Subaru. Had two lookie loos.

    First gal drove it with her mom, and it was pretty clear she was NOT interested. No reason given.

    The guy tonight pretended he couldn't get it started for 30 seconds or so (he turned the key, then turned it off, turned the key on, then off), drove it. Then he came back and low balled me. I asked him what he didn't like/thought was wrong with the car: needs battery (battery is 6 months old), hard to start (I've never had an issue starting, drive it everyday), carpets in poor condition (not the best but in line with the age of the car), smells like dogs and rotten milk (no dog has ever been in it, I don't think milk has ever been in the car and nobody has ever indicated it smells), Air conditioner doesn't work (he didn't press the A/C button, only ran the fan, I drove it after and it worked fine), runs rough (it certainly runs rougher than a new car but seems fine to me), he was implying it needs a headgasket (already done under warranty some time ago). He also said nobody should ever pay more than Blue Book trade in value.:huh

    Pretty frustrated that potential Subaru buyers. A lot of lowballers through email and the guy tonight who obviously was trying to scam a lower price.

    Although it is fairly unorthodox, I may shoot the gal an email and ask her why she decided not to buy it, perhaps my perceptions are wrong about the car.
  16. Bueller

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    Don't bother. If she didn't want it, she didn't want it. Someone else will. As for buyer #2, I would have told him I know exactly where a Subaru is that doesn't have any of the issues he complained about (or manufactured). Then I would have given him directions to the nearest Subaru dealer, told him the price for a new one is only 20 grand more, and told him to get the fuck off of my property.
  17. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    It was the first gals boyfriends dad that looked at and low balled me.

    I emailed her and asked her to let me know what she didn't like. What she herself didn't like was the banks refusal to finance her enough along with minor quibbles (which she said were minor) like tape deck instead of CD/MP3 player and a couple small door dings. She wanted it, but couldn't come up with the money.

    Dad boyfriend offered me exactly what she could get financing for.


    I may just keep the car even though I am very tired of Subarus.

    Knew it was dad boyfriend because small area and Facebook shows all because people don't make their profiles private.
  18. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Subaru is again having fueling issues. Off it goes to get fixed.........


    It will probably then get sold.
  19. McCormack

    McCormack Cronkite of CSM

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    Let's see...

    1997 Impreza 2 door. Had a weird hesitation early on that went away on its own. Otherwise, no issues. Traded in 2001 with about 60,000 miles.

    2001 Impreza 2.5 RS. Replaced both head gaskets at around 70,000 or so. Also had to replace rear struts about a year later. Traded in 2008 with about 95,000 miles. Very fun car! Otherwise no issues.

    2008 Impreza 2.5i. Absolutely 0 issues. Traded it April 2012 with about 100,000 miles for a Jetta TDI. The Jetta was a piece of shit.

    Now have a 2013 BRZ that I love. I'm hoping it will be issue free.

    My next car will be a Subaru, hopefully a turbo Diesel :evil