2002 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: 2 blown head gaskets 20k miles

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2 blown head gaskets 20k miles
By derek_someda on


2002 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Weather Pkg (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


at 2.5 yrs noticed coolant drops in driveway.
Problem progressed to wet spot.
I thought no big deal that a hose needed to be replaced or clamp tightened. At 3yrs checked under car and found both head gaskets were leaking oil and water.
Subaru was out of warranty and said my VIN was not amongst those recalled. Changing the gaskets would be over 3k.
They sold me a 6 oz bottle of Subie coolant stop leak that did nothing.
I used barrs stop leak with nano tech the last several years.
Now it clogged the overfill hose so I cleaned it out. At 60k miles the oil is indicating overfill so I assume the water is now crossing into the engine block and have to get rid of the vehicle.

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Odd that they stock Snake oil and only sold it for 2 bucks unless they know that it is defective. Last I checked 22% of these engines had head gasket leaks.
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