1998 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Impending Doom of Head Gasket

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Impending Doom of Head Gasket Failure
By Angry Goose on


1998 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited 4dr Wagon AWD


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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