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Old 01-31-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default looking at a 2002 Legacy this weekend--what should I look out for?

It's an automatic wagon with 80k miles. Anything I need to look out for? Sounds like the head gasket thing is still an issue for some 2002 Legacys but Subaru "fixed" the problem half-way through the year or something? Will the VIN be useful in telling if this one is exempt? Or should I not even consider cars with this engine?

"Certain 1999 through 2002 2.5L equipped vehicles may experience an external coolant leak at the head gaskets. As a precautionary measure, SOA is adding a special conditioner to the engine cooling system. This conditioner prevents leaks from occurring and corrects existing leaks.
Only early Phase II 2.5 liter engines are affected. Phase I 2.5 liter engines (some 1999 model year and prior years) are not affected. Countermeasures applied to the manufacturing process for those 2002 and later VINS not affected by this campaign have eliminated the need for this campaign to be performed on those vehicles."

http://www.cars101.com/recalls.html

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask. I just want a safe, reliable AWD family hauler and this is my first time looking at Subaru. Thanks.
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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drive more than one... that will make any specific problems very obvious
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:35 PM   #3
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drive more than one... that will make any specific problems very obvious
I'm not too worried about the test drive part. I'm wondering if there are specific things to look for on this generation of Legacy, and how worried I should be about this head gasket issue on a 2002.
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