Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday December 20, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.0L Turbo)

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
DannyLerch
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 353235
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX
World Rally Blue

Default 100k headgasket change on 02 wrx.

So I've owned a few pre owned subarus. My Wrx is my first turbo'd one. I'm at 92k miles and I'm thinking about doing a head gasket change now before it goes bad. My last two subies blew a gasket right past 100k miles. I waited til it was too late and it coat me a pretty penny. Though they were 2.5l motors. The cost to have the heads machined was expensive. My bill on my old outback was like 2400 bucks. That included timing belt, water pump, head gasket, new pistons, and a re machined head.

If I have the gasket upgraded to say a cosworth head gasket and I get it repaired early before the current one goes, what would the repair cost typically be? $1600 for gasket swap, timing belt, and water pump? Heads should t need re machined if the motor hasnt over heated correct?

I'm tempted to do it myself and I've been reading the stickies. I've recently swapped radiators and I'm super paranoid about blowing my head gasket. I know in the past, subies would blow a HG if the coolant system wasn't burped properly. I was very careful to do this when I swapped rads. Either way I'll be doing this very soon.

I'm just weighing my options. Do it myself or pay a professional? I'm relatively mechanically inclined and do all my own maintenance and mods. I've just never cracked open a top end before so it is a little daunting. Any thoughts?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
DannyLerch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
rdieder
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 257818
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: ABQ, NM
Vehicle:
2007 STi
CGM

Default

Leave it alone unless you know you've overheated at one point or another.
rdieder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013, 12:23 AM   #3
RScott2.5
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 301010
Join Date: Nov 2011
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: olympia/Ellensburg
Vehicle:
1999 OBSRX
Silver

Default

^+1 to this and also the early 2.5l motors had alot of problems with headgaskets.
RScott2.5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013, 01:09 AM   #4
bwrex
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 117805
Join Date: Jun 2006
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: lake oswego, OR
Vehicle:
2002 WRX wagon
Black

Default

The Ej205 has 3 layer steal gaskets you don't need to worry about them, the only reason why your headgaskets leaked on your outback is because they are crappy thin single layer gasket. Subaru's don't have head gasket problems this is a misconception. the early EJ251 motors have issues with them, and lots of people bought cars with this motor. This is when Subaru started to really take off as a company, and that's why people think they have problems with headgaskets. You would not be able to boost these motors if they used the same gaskets.
bwrex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013, 01:24 AM   #5
DannyLerch
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 353235
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX
World Rally Blue

Default

Thanks guys. That put my mind at ease. Now I can channel funds to other projects with the car. Thanks!
DannyLerch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.