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Old 11-28-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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I'm looking into a 2.5GT nearby and the guy said in the ad that there was an overheating problem, but now it's been fixed. But then the other night when I emailed him about checking the car soon, he says:

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I want to let you know that after showing to car to several people, there is still a problem with the temp of the car. Sometimes, the temp gauge starts to climb but the car is not overheating, sometimes the car is driven for long periods of time and the temp gauge reads normal and never climbs. I have had people tell me it is the t-stat not opening when it is supposed to (not sure, it is the one that the Subaru dealership installed) I've been told that I just need to replace the radiator cap and it will be fine, I've been told that it is a sensor that might need to be changed out, I am not sure what it is and don't have the time to figure it out. Because of the problem still existing I am now going to sell the car for $2000, that way, if a sensor or a new radiator cap is needed, the new price of the car should offset the price of any part needed.
Any info on this issue or help that can be provided / insight? Just need to check on that before looking at the car and making any decision. I need a new car as mine is going bad, but don't want to get something that would have an issue or be bad even after fixing something like that.


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Old 11-28-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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Headgaskets.

Figure $1800 - $2200 in repairs.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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+1 to that. 99% chance it needs head gaskets
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:15 PM   #4
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How many miles are on the car and what year is it? It might be covered under the recall and the headgasket warranty might be extended to 100k miles.....
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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It's a 1998 model, I think it was 181,000 miles and the engine has 65,000 miles (he said some shop messed it up and replaced it).
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:19 PM   #6
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I have a 98 legacy lgt that had the same problems. I replaced the t-stat, radiator cap, even head the head gaskets done... None of it stopped it from overheating. Although the head gaskets lasted the longest...I'm not sure if the warranty covers our years.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:21 PM   #7
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Ahhh. Well if it is something of the head gaskets to worry about, I probably will say I won't go after that car then, just out of not wanting to have a big issue to deal with. Would rather keep dealing with my 20 year old Honda for now :P Though I did find another 2.5GT somehow in the same city as well on craigslist......
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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Don't buy a broken car if you don't want to spend lots of time and money on it. You'll hate it, I promise.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:25 PM   #9
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Yeah, I was just asking if there was some other issue at hand other than replacing like... the radiator or thermostat. If it was just that I'd not worry. Or if that wasn't screwing it up either.
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