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Old 12-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #526
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166k 5spd 98 legacy gt wagon original head gaskets and full jdm front end headlights grill foglights side markers
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:02 PM   #527
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MY 972.2 LSapprox 200Kreplacing cam, oil pump seals and timing belt.Should I replace head gaskets? are there any recommended?ThanksRich
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #528
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I have recently been having over heating problems with my 98 lgt. So far the thermostat water pump and radiator have been replaced. Somehow there is still air getting in the system. Any opinions
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #529
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My 98 Outback just blew the headgaskets. 216k
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:26 PM   #530
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My 99 Limited blew a head gasket at 147k miles while I was doing wheelies in an empty Just For Feet parking lot full of snow a couple of years ago. I had my brother replace it for me and it's never been the same since. Intermittent overheating and such. I traded it for my wife's car.

I heard the dealerships were using in WRX head gaskets to replace those that were blown? Anyone can confirm that?
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:59 PM   #531
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Just blew my second gasket @210k. This time though, I'm swapping in my JDM EJ20 block and heads, until I have time to do the wiring and pop the turbo on there.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:38 PM   #532
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MY-96 bd
Miles-172,345
Trans- auto
original and No problems =)
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #533
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MY-96 bd
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original and No problems =)
I'm guessing you have a 2.2L engine though. The HG issues were mostly focused on the 2.5L engine.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:03 PM   #534
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MY-2000 Legacy GT Wagon
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Left side HG started leaking, ~$1500 to repair, plus had a few other things replaced while it was opened up.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:15 PM   #535
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so a 98 rs is not a good idea for a beater?
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:11 PM   #536
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My 2.5 had a head gasket leaking issue & then it was repaired but the repairs came too late. The constant overheating caused the internal bearings to break down & rod #3 punched its way through the top of the block, necessitating my need to create a hybrid (25D heads/22E block). I did it because I never wanted those previous issues to ever happen again.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #537
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I got the extended warrenty cause i got bad luck.
2013 legacy 2.5
1000 miles
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:03 AM   #538
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Outback 1 owned since new:

MY-1997
Trans manual
Head gaskets went at ~275000 kms. caught early when oil showed up in antifreeze.
Head gaskets replaced. Now at 380000 kms and running strong.

Outback 2 bought used.
MY- 1997
Trams manual
Head gaskets blown when I Bought the car with 260000 kms. Replaced the head gaskets right away. At 290000 something bad and noisy happened to the crank. I suspect the previous owner had driven for a while with the head gaskets swapping oil and antifreeze and bearing damage had begun. Replaced engine with jdm turbo ej20k.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #539
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MY-99
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #540
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Head gasket obviously a problem at about 125,000 miles - rapid overheating and a strong smell. It may have been failing much earlier because that "sweet smell" was present for a very long time - as early as 40,000 miles. we always had it serviced at the Subarau dealer so I always assumed that the specified coolant additive was used.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #541
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i dont know if i replied to this yet. but

YES

my LGT blew them at 60k miles and luckily was covered. the service appt was $2,000 even with the warranty.

cylinders 2 and 4. took three weeks to get the car back.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:31 AM   #542
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MY - 2011
Miles - 210,xxx
Trans - 5mt
Age - 15 years

HG was replaced at 160k as preventative maintenance. Good to go. EJ22 ftw.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:50 AM   #543
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Are you a time traveller? It's 2012, and you've already got 210,000 miles on your 15-year-old 2011 car?
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #544
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I'm considering the purchase of an '03 Legacy wagon with the 2.5 non-turbo... From what I've read the '03 supposedly isn't affected (according to Subaru). I don't see any signs of external HG failure and the coolant looks clean, the car's got 130K on it... I should be in the green as far as HG is concerned, no?? That's my only real issue with the car, it looks to be in great shape! Any input would be greatly appreciated from 03 owners or those knowledgable
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #545
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MY - 1997
Miles - 220k
Trans - 5MT
Age - 15

The previous owner said Subaru had an engine recall and went in for an engine swap at 40k miles (I purchased her at 80k miles). Therefore only 180k on this engine but zero issues with the head gasket, or really anything with the car. As far as things that have been replaced that wore out on their own (stuff I didn't break) I've replaced the radiator, alternator, a set of front wheel bearings and the driven gear that turns the VSS. Funny thing about that is the shop I took it to tore the trans apart to get to it and they said all the gears were in perfect condition as of 170k miles.

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I'm considering the purchase of an '03 Legacy wagon with the 2.5 non-turbo... From what I've read the '03 supposedly isn't affected (according to Subaru). I don't see any signs of external HG failure and the coolant looks clean, the car's got 130K on it... I should be in the green as far as HG is concerned, no?? That's my only real issue with the car, it looks to be in great shape! Any input would be greatly appreciated from 03 owners or those knowledgable
By 2003 they changed to the multilayer HG that weren't prone to the common HG failures of the EJ25s I believe. I cannot recall what year that went into place however so I hope someone else can corroborate this.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:29 AM   #546
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just bought an oo with 169K. I'm considering pulling the motor and changing the HG's now as a precaution. It needs a timing belt anyway...
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:40 PM   #547
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Got an 01 automatic L sedan with a blown seal somewhere, dripping oil slightly and hitting the exhaust at the Y pipe when I drive, anyone got a fix for it? Or should I just let it be bc it only seems to leak about a half a quart every 3000?
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #548
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98 gt wagon first blew at 170, I didn't do the work and it only lasted to 210, I did the work this time and replaced it with the six star gaskets. 223 thousand now and looks good.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:40 PM   #549
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no CEL light but i think the head gasket is leaking. what does that say?
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #550
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What does what say?
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