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Old 12-10-2002, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default head gasket leaking...

well I took her to a mecahnic today and my fears have been made legit, I have a leaking head gasket. I dont know how long it will be until I get get the thousand bucks needed to fix her but until then I wont be driving much. IF I do need to drive it somewhere and I ensure that the car has proper fluids how much risk am I taking of being left stranded somewhere? Also, has anyone been through this yet? Naturally I'm 8 thousand miles over my subaru warranty. Any advice, recomendatations...anything???
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Old 12-10-2002, 08:55 PM   #2
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that sux, a head gasket on a 99? thats odd.

I know with ford after a car is out of warranty, mileage or time wise, we can 'good will' two repairs up to 1500 dollars each repair, with in 7 years of purchase and/or 20k miles out of base warranty. I think thats very nice of Ford to offer.

maybe subaru has something like that, worth a call to subaru or your local dealer.

Jay McDade
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Old 12-10-2002, 09:21 PM   #3
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Damn man, thats terrible!


How did you know it was leaking?

Jay, I was "good willed" by Subaru for some repairs when I was just out of my warranty period 2 years ago.
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Old 12-10-2002, 09:24 PM   #4
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You should call Metric since they seem to be the friendliest dealer around. Hopefully they can help you out and get it fully or at least partially covered as a good will gesture. Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2002, 09:41 PM   #5
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cool deal Kevin, good to know that.

I second the call to Metric, im sure they may be able to help you out, they have a great reputation.

good luck

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Old 12-10-2002, 10:07 PM   #6
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It doesn't matter, go to Metric.

My car will be there for well...


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Old 12-10-2002, 10:29 PM   #7
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So I guess I should return it to stock before I take it in huh? Just in case. all it involved is putting the stock airbox back on, though I'm tempted to leave it (and my working MAF) alone.
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Old 12-11-2002, 09:27 AM   #8
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Yes, do return it back to stock.
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Old 12-11-2002, 09:32 AM   #9
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What symptoms were you experiencing for you to notice this?

I might have the same problem on my hands. I posted a thread about this yesterday - http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=286518

It's going to cost you around $1k for this fix?!
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Old 12-11-2002, 09:42 AM   #10
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I dont have any problems with the car behaving abnormally at idle. and my exhaust doesnt look strange at all from what I have seen, the car runs normally also, but then again I'm NA and my engine doesnt behave in quite the same way yours does.
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:06 AM   #11
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I'd say go for Metric as well.

I'd return it to stock, just in case.

I've hear about this head gasket problem on a few 98s and 99s over on the Edmunds board.

-mike
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Old 12-11-2002, 05:42 PM   #12
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98's very common phase 1 DOHC, head gasket eater...

99 sohc, not so common.

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Old 12-11-2002, 11:52 PM   #13
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SOHC engine with leaking head gasket...
i seen it all the time
mostly on the legacys and outbacks
impreza and forester ... i still see them coming in for leaking head gasket but just not as often as the US made subarus
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Old 12-12-2002, 08:56 AM   #14
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how much do you think it would cost to fix this.?????
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Old 12-12-2002, 01:23 PM   #15
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I have a 'OO RS with 42K on it, had the head gasket replaced last week, luckily fell under the 5 year 60K mile drive train warrenty so I paid nothing more than 100 bucks to have STI engine and transmission mounts installed while the engine was out (great mod by the way).

Dealer didn't mind the mods, actually was tempted to take it for a spin after getting it done. The symptoms were typical, loosing coolant (could smell it but not see it, no puddles) a small oil leak developed but there was no obvious mixing of oil and coolant. Dealer said they needed to take it apart to make sure. They asked if I had the extended warrenty, said no. They said no problem, it's covered by the drive train. As long as they keep this up, I have no reason to go elseware.

The dealer is A&T Subaru is Souderton PA.
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