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Old 09-18-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Seaping head gasket/s?

So we havent had our Baja that long but since we bought it i could smell oil after a drive. I didnt think much of it as i thought it might have been from sitting at the dealership.

About a month ago i took it to Subaru and they inspected it and said it looked like one of the headgaskets was seaping but that it was no big issue and we shouldnt worry about it.

However this still happens after every drive and i often see smoke from the oil dripping onto the headers. We had an oil change done a couple of days ago and yesterday i happened to take a peak underneath after i got to work and i saw it drip a drop of oil.

It really pisses me off that some Subaru dealships give poor service to say dont worry about it when it clearly isnt normal. When we had the timing belt replaced in our old Legacy i told them to do the water pump at the same time and they said not to worry about it as its unnecessary and just before we got the Baja, it blew the water pump a few months after having that done.

Anyway Subaru will probably charge somewhere between $700 and $1500 depending on whether its one or both gaskets.

Just wondering how hard it is to do the work myself since i could do it for a fraction of the cost.

Another option would be to do a engine swap since another engine could be bought for under $1500.

Curious if anyone has done a H6 swap in a Baja since that is probably something i would consider doing.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:32 PM   #2
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I hear your pain.... I had to have my head gasket replaced last December. I had the dealer do it. It came to $691 including a new timing belt while they were in there. But it sounds like you have dealer trust issues.

What made me mad is there was a recall (it may have been a TSB) for that very problem for Subaru's up to 2002 but not the 2003. If my memory is correct, I think 2004 was also included.

As for engine swap versus fixing the head gasket.... There are too many variables swapping a motor. Who is to say the motor swapped in doesn't have the same issue? It is your cash, but to me the reasonable thing would be to just deal with the head gasket.

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Old 09-23-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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I hear your pain.... I had to have my head gasket replaced last December. I had the dealer do it. It came to $691 including a new timing belt while they were in there. But it sounds like you have dealer trust issues.

What made me mad is there was a recall (it may have been a TSB) for that very problem for Subaru's up to 2002 but not the 2003. If my memory is correct, I think 2004 was also included.

As for engine swap versus fixing the head gasket.... There are too many variables swapping a motor. Who is to say the motor swapped in doesn't have the same issue? It is your cash, but to me the reasonable thing would be to just deal with the head gasket.

~YooperBaja

Had it at the dealership yesterday and they now believe its the drain plug gasket.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:24 PM   #4
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So when we just got the Baja and we took it for its first inspection i asked the guy at the parts dept. about a hard bed cover.
He said he would find out and give me a call but that he didnt think they do it anymore.

Never called me, so when i took it in to get that leak inspected again(last post) i stop and asked him if he ever called about it. He went on to say he did and that they dont do them anymore but maybe if enough people inquired about them that then maybe they would do another run of them. So i said no prob and that i know of a place Ozzbros that did them and i will call them. He then says that is who he called.

So later that day i decided to call Ozzbros anyway. Turns out they do still make them and that they currently had stock. WTF!!

Should have it on Thursday!

Think i is gonna have to have a talk with that GM at Subaru.
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