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Impending Doom of Head Gasket Failure
By Angry Goose on
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1998 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD
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Purchased '98 Outback with 71k miles, owned for just over 1 year. At 80,312 miles head gasket failed at 4th cylinder. Warped heads, burnt one exhaust valve, total cost $1900. Repaired by independent trust-worthy mechanic, he repairs 12/year atleast. Subaru is aware of this problem and has started a "campagn" that includes a coolant additive to any of the '99 or newer engines. Very common problems in all 2.5's. Absolutely loved the car when first bought, it was well maintained by myself and prev. owner. Now the car runs differently and has lost much of it's soul. Don't trust Subaru or its dealerships.
Favorite Features
AWD. Handling in snow/rough terrain. Room for kids, cargo, dogs, and wife. Great weekend get away vehicle if you don't mind the thought of a blown gasket in the middle of the desert.
Suggested Improvements
Subaru could start by acknowledging the critical design flaw in head gasket material and overheating.
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