2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Head Gasket built to fail

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Head Gasket built to fail
By gib on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


it started off as Beautiful Relationship. but the honeymoon ended quickly. 1st the Air conditioner dropped to about 10% output, then the Brakes needed a complete remake, rotors pads fluid, all went bad, then the radio, and now after only 40K the Head Gasket is leaking. This is a "known" problem and there have been many recalls but when i contacted Subaru they took the position of," it's 1yr out of warranty". i agreed, but anyone who knows anything about cars knows a 40K engine should never have a HG failure. Subaru makes TERRIBLE Head Gaskets, look it up on-line BEFORE you buy one. the 1 piece of misleading information out there is that many more HGs have failed than have been written about!

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Subaru owners seem to accept the Head Gasket failure as part of wear and tear because it's not so expensive that replacing the vehicle seems valid. But it's a failure that seems intentional on Subaru's part since no other car seems to fail with nearly this rate. WHY? you decide.
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