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Old 05-07-2002, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Attn: 2nd Gen Legacy owners. Are there any that haven't blown head gasket?

I wanted to start a list of people that have blown head gaskets.

If you dont mind post your info like this.

MY-97
Miles-66,904
Trans- 5-speed
Age-5 years
Name-HIHO

Comments: I haven't blown one yet but figure it is coming. I have the extended warranty so I am not real worried about it. I would like to see if they are going at a pretty consistant basis.
Thanks for the time.

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Old 05-07-2002, 10:17 AM   #2
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Age is explicit in the MY, isn't it?

MY-99
Miles-46,123
5MT
Name-lucien2

MY-99
Miles-42,876
5MT
Name-lucien2

no problem with either one.

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Old 05-07-2002, 10:25 AM   #3
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Good topic. I would like to have this info so I can decide on buying the warranty. I think that auto or manual may be relevent info. I suspect that the manuals have more trouble due to more time spent at higher rpms. (I know that I rev the crap out of the Impreza)

linsavy
MY99 GT Wagon
Auto
42000 miles
no problem
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Old 09-18-2005, 12:23 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linsavy
Good topic. I would like to have this info so I can decide on buying the warranty. I think that auto or manual may be relevent info. I suspect that the manuals have more trouble due to more time spent at higher rpms. (I know that I rev the crap out of the Impreza)

linsavy
MY99 GT Wagon
Auto
42000 miles
no problem
cherowa1
MY95 Legacy Wagon
Auto
139k on car
I've had it a year and have had no problems with the head gasket.
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Old 09-18-2005, 12:30 PM   #5
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MY 95 Legacy L Outback
Mileage: 172,000 miles
Tranny: 5MT
Headgasket status: good
Repairs: Cat replaced (with high flow) at 172,000; Viscous Coupler @ 120,000

I like my EJ22
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:04 AM   #6
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MY95 Legacy Brighton
126,000 miles
Auto

Car over heated, took it to a dealer and they first thought it was an air bubble. Then they tested it again and there was exhaust bubbling up from the radiator. While they had the 2.2 out, they sealed up that damn oil leak in the back. That cost me a cool 1600. And since I had it in the shop I had them draw up a laundry list for me to fix. Apparently all the maintenance and repairs i had done by local shops only made matters worse the past 2 years. One new tire in 2003 cost me 4 new tires now, a new alignment, and a new transfer case. One new CV boot in 2004 cost me another one now plus a new set of clamps, and a steam cleaning. A new set of brake pads in 2004 cost me a warped brake rotor, new brake fluid, and a total system reset of my onboard comp. So tack on another 1600 for grease monkey stupidity. NEVER TRUST HILLBILLY MECHANICS.
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:29 AM   #7
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What I meant by age is age of head gasket when it blew.

Ok add if it is man. or auto.
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:32 AM   #8
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OK,

nuburu2
MY98 GT Wagon
M/T
106000 miles
no problem
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:36 AM   #9
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MY-97
Miles-~49k
Trans- auto
Age-5 years
Name-haven't named the car
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:55 AM   #10
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MY99
~47,***k miles
GT Sdn
5MT
no problem with head gasket (yet?)

-chrisC
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Old 05-07-2002, 11:51 AM   #11
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MY98 (early, as in April '97 production)
~106,000 miles
GT Sdn
5MT
At @ 40k miles I had the famous crack in #4 Cyl. They replaced the short block and I've been doing fine since. (fingers crossed as the engine screams towards redline for the 1 billionth time!) lol.....
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Old 05-07-2002, 12:22 PM   #12
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VOLTIS5
MY~98
Miles-~54k
Trans~ Auto
Age~4 years

Recent problems was just with the alternator (changed by dealership for recall) and dead battery due to bad alternator

so far no probs (knock on wood)
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Old 05-07-2002, 12:36 PM   #13
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Cajual
MY97 GT Sedan
Trans: Auto

Engine blew at 98000 Km =~60000 Miles

Cause to be determined when engine comes out in early September.

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Old 05-07-2002, 02:10 PM   #14
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BGP

Default No Problems

MY-98
Miles-34,000 (55,000km)
Trans-5 Speed manual
Age-no problems with head gasket
Name-self evident

I've been running synthetic since the 1500km service, usually Penzoil or Castrol Syntec, but I also used a case of Agip once.

...but, what's all this talk about head gaskets/No. 4 cylinder being prone to failure?

Is this just an i-Club rumour, or are there statistics to back up this claim?

BTW, I have a small oil consumption issue, nothing serious but I found it strange that a new car needs topping up with half a liter (quart) at least monthly.

Also, I regularly make use of the full rev range and have spent extended time in the 5-6500rpm territory on TSD rallies and at a rallycross.

Bill
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:54 PM   #15
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MY-99
Miles-48,000
Trans-5 Speed manual
Age-no problems with head gasket yet
Name-Jonathan

I beleive head gaskets fail all the time on MY97's although maybe its because those models have more milage than the newer ones.

Subigal's 99 Legacy failed in a BIG way (replaced the entire short block iirc), although I suspect she maybe pushed that thing a little hard at times.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:00 PM   #16
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I came to the i-club about 2 months after my short block was replaced. I got currious and did a search. There were numerous people who had engine replacements due to a crack in the cylinder wall. It seems the majority of them were cracks in the #4 cyl. I'm almost certain Jamie's was. But anyhoo, I think all of that stuff died when they dumped the archives. (? maybe ?) I did a search and I couldn't find anything.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:13 PM   #17
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jacob
MY 98 sedan
Automatic
50K miles
No problems
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Old 05-07-2002, 05:27 PM   #18
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MY97 OB
4EAT
106000 miles
no problems
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Old 05-07-2002, 05:52 PM   #19
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Default No Problems

MY-98
Miles-53k
5MT
Name- richeich

No problems at all. I had the alternator recall done, but it hadn't failed yet. I'm curious about the problems as well. I used to have an SVX, and still pop in over on their club to keep in touch. Somebody asked about older Legacys, and a couple of people jumped in there and told him the 2.5 DOHC was the biggest crap engine Subaru had ever made. I mean, absolute junk! Anyway, I jumped on there and politely asked to be educated as to why they would say that, and never really got a genuine response. I understand the SOHC is an improvement, but I didn't realize we had such terrible engines. Here's a link to the thread, just for anybody that's interested. http://www.subaru-svx.net/forum/show...ghlight=legacy
Nobody needs to go over there and start anything, just check it out for grins, if you want.

Rich
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Old 05-07-2002, 06:33 PM   #20
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MY97 Outback
75k miles
manual
No head gasket yet

I've gotten the CEL a couple of times and fixed by using BG 44K fuel injector cleaner ($20 and well worth it), since the problem seems to be from a poorly designed fuel injector (maybe soemthing with the flow) which seems to cause the cylinder #4 to "act up" leading finally to blown headgasket. That's what I seem to gather from some mechanics around here.

I really don't know the full details, otherwise I'd go into them. All I can say is keep those fuel injectors clean. Maybe get new ones.

Other problem I have is that there's a pretty bad oil leak right by my tranny. Anyone know of a silent recall regarding this?
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Old 05-07-2002, 06:36 PM   #21
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like the rear crank seal?
I got mine replaced under warranty..............
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Old 05-07-2002, 06:45 PM   #22
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MY-97
2.5 GT
5 MT

At approx. 78,000 miles, the engine went all to hell, including cracked block, blown headgasket, etc...

I'm the third owner; the previous owner did lots of work on the car- and wasted all his money then sold it to me

I'm guessing the first owner didn't do much by way of nice treatment or maintenance.

-Brian
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Old 05-07-2002, 07:25 PM   #23
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MY-97
Miles-64,900
Trans- 5-speed
Age-5 years
Name- no name for car...

Comments: Has been trouble free so far ... have one more year on an extended warranty too ...

Charlie
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Old 05-07-2002, 07:53 PM   #24
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richeich- That was pretty funny. "I heard it was crap so it must be". I think that any engine can have major problems, it just depends on how you drive it and how well you maintain it. Someone like Patrick Olsen has seen alot of headgaskets blow but he also DRIVES his car. I don't know if there are any real problems; time will tell. So far it seems that most people are having good luck with the SOHC. I love it and have had no problems in the 10k miles I have owned it. And yes I hit the red on a regular basis. I hope I can say the same after a season of auto-x.

Keep them coming, this is good stuff.
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Old 05-07-2002, 09:08 PM   #25
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It's funny this topic just started up the other day.......

I went out for a quick drive after doing the grounding mod and installing a temp gauge (read: indoor/outdoor thermometer) on my intake, and (***HOPEFULLY***) my thermostat stuck closed. The car was fine for the first part of the drive, then I was doing a little slow driving and the temp gauge started to rise. I pulled over and let the fans run. In the meantime I noticed that the coolant in the overflow had hardly moved and the upper and lower radiator hoses were very cool to the touch. I let the car cool and then headed for my house, which is only ~2 miles away. It started heating up again, so I pulled over and let it cool. When I started for the final leg home I stopped at a four-way stop and the temp gauge went up a touch then dropped to it's normal middle of the road resting place. I let it idle for 5 minutes or so when I go home and it seemed fine. I just had my coolant 'exchanged' (where they use the machine and pressure flush it) Saturday. My hopes are I only had a stuck thermostat due to some trash that was flushed from the cooling system. Anyhoo, just had to tell someone, glad you guys are here!

Guess I'll be heading up to the dealership tomorrow to get a new thermostat and then I'll have to drain out all my nice new coolant.
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