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Old 07-29-2006, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default 97 Ouback wagon - repair or get rid of?

I'm new here, so please bear with me. My wife has a 97 Outback (Legacy) wagon limited editionwith the 2.5 liter engine and manual transmission. The car has 101,000 miles and has been reliable to date. She has a new job and will be driving 110 miles daily on mostly highway roads. It's time for a timing belt, accessory belts, water pump, seals, spark plugs & wires, new coolant & hoses, thermostat, front pads & discs, and a clutch.

My mechanic only works on Subaru, and says it will be easier to work on it if we remove the engine, so I told him to replace the clutch since he is going this far. Now he tells me (and a search on this forum seems to confirm) that the 97 2.5 liters like to blow head gaskets. Ok, I told him to replace them.

I'd like to keep the car for another 100,000 miles if it will be reliable. I just replace both front half shafts this spring. What do you think? Are these cars likely to self destruct at 100,000+, or should the work described above put the car on track for another 100,000 mostly problem free miles?

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Old 07-29-2006, 05:00 PM   #2
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I believe the replacement headgaskets are a new design so once you replace them, they shouldn't leak ever again. The knock sensor is the only other problem item on newer Soob engines ($75 sensor + about 5 minute install), so the tune-up should do it for another 100,000 miles at least.
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Old 07-29-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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but it's a bucket


Originally Posted by sketron13
The knock sensor is the only other problem item on newer Soob engines ($75 sensor + about 5 minute install)
you must have small hands.

I tore the hell out of my knuckles on that one.

simple, though.
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Old 07-29-2006, 07:33 PM   #4
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After you get the headgasket job done, the engine will be rock solid
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