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.
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
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.
Subaru could start by acknowledging
the critical design flaw in head
gasket material and overheating.
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