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Old 12-23-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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Forester '98 Forester Head Gasket Referral

Ok, long story short. I was referred to NASIOC by a member of SubaruForester.org who adamantly suggested that I find a mechanic here rather than use the dealership. The head gaskets in my '98 Forester need to be replaced and I was wondering if there was anyone near the Sussex County area of New Jersey who felt up to the job. Being new, I apologize if this is in the wrong thread.

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Old 01-03-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Will it make it to Winchester va? If it will $500
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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I know a great mechanic in Gap PA who specializes in Subaru. Just had mine replaced for a VERY reasonable cost. Had it done in one weekend. PM me and I will send you his information. And yes, stay away from the dealerships, they will want minimum $1200 if not more for the same job.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Given the time factor I was dealing with I just went with the dealer. Sure it was a bundle, but this dealer is actually honest and does good work. Thanks for the offers though. Maybe next time my schedule will allow for more options.

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Let us know how it turns out. Make sure you get the other recommended maintenance items replaced while they have everything apart, its much cheaper that way. These would be timing belt/timing tensioner, water pump, t-stat, and any other seals such as valve covers and rear main seals. Everything is going to be apart anyways, like i said. get it done or you'll have to have it all done over again.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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Samirr76:
The dealer did everything you mentioned. I couldn't believe how many different gaskets there were listed on the invoice! The timing belt was serviced over the summer but they still had to replace one pulley and one accessory belt along with my brand new radiator hoses.

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Sure it was a bundle, but this dealer is actually honest and does good work.
You sure about that? ...
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... they still had to replace ... my brand new radiator hoses.
"Had to" or just "did"?

I've seen dealer quotes for head gasket jobs range anywhere from ~$1700 to ~$3500. The latter insisted that when they did a HG job they always did a full reseal of the engine, which to me is preposterous.
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