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Old 10-08-2003, 03:55 PM   #1
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hi im new to nasioc but been on scoobymods for quite awhile...ive got a 97 outback 6 spd the 2.5L with 123,000 miles on it. I was readin some posts either on here or scoobymods about people having blown headgaskets. Is this common in scooby's?? is there any certain point when it most commonly occurs? and what are the symptoms cuz at the moment im having some really bad power loss in all gears

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Old 10-08-2003, 09:04 PM   #2
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hi im new to nasioc but been on scoobymods for quite awhile...ive got a 97 outback 6 spd the 2.5L with 123,000 miles on it. I was readin some posts either on here or scoobymods about people having blown headgaskets. Is this common in scooby's?? is there any certain point when it most commonly occurs? and what are the symptoms cuz at the moment im having some really bad power loss in all gears

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Uh, 6 Speed OB? Or is that a typo?

Anyways, the Phase 1 EJ20 DOHC that were in the Legacy GT/Outback on years MY99 and lower were prone to headgasket failure. This normally occurs during the 75K-100K miles lifeline and depends on your driving style and how you take care of the car.

Symptoms include, but not limited to; white smoke comming from the exhaust, loss of coolant, significant change in engine operating temperature, and visual inspection of any leaks or fluid from the gasket sealing between the heads and block.

I'm a noob when it comes to the MT. How long have you replaced your clutch? I'm guessing it maybe one of your problems.

I have a MY98 OB with 55K and still running strong except for an odd throbbing noise. But I fear one day it will go . Just a flawed design with Subaru, which is why the new ones are all SOHC, for their Normally Aspired engines for that matter as well.

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Old 10-09-2003, 05:39 PM   #3
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yeah..typo...its a 5spd...but i thought it was a 2.5 liter dohc not 2 litre. But anyway...im still on the original clutch...is that bad seeing as im at 123,000 miles? lol. It was my moms and she was kinda rough on it so i dunno...

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Old 10-09-2003, 07:39 PM   #4
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Oh yea that another typo.

Yes its suppose to say EJ25

As I've said before I'm not much of a MT guy. But since it was your mother's, and she was hard on it the first place, it's kinda hard to believe its still in work. I'd replace it.

If it feels like it takes a long time for the clutch to grab from the moment you start releasing it after you pressed it wall the way down, then it is indeed time for replacement.

If you are still unsure try asking a friends or neighbor to help you feel it out. They should know, as I'm not where you are so I wouldn't.

Good luck

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Old 11-01-2003, 01:24 AM   #5
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i replaced mine at about 56 k. and im not talking about my bandwith . i had all those normal problems accure with mine white smoke. leaking and shatty hp threw all gear's.i have a short ram , headers, and a full exhaust system to a spin tech muffler. and i rally mine so i beat it up on the regular


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