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My head gasket did not fail until the car was eleven years old and had around 105K on it. I found a shop that did all the work plus the water pump, spark plugs, radiator flush, valves and heads ground, fuel filter and oil change for under $1,800. I did have piston slap during the first year and the dealer ignored it the first time I went in. I came back shortly and the dealer replaced the short block under warranty. I wonder why it seems that the Forester is the only model that has the head gasket problem. My thought, is that, the Forester has always been made in Japan while the other models are made in America.Report it
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