So I did call 1800-and the guy I talked to was awesome. I have to say, he was extremely nice, and opened a "case" for me..so we will see. Even if I don't see a dime, it was nice that they were so understanding..lets hope I get a little cash for my crazy head gasket thing! Go Subaru for being responsive..
Thanks for the advice, and to all those other Subie folks that have posted their problem for me to learn from..thanks!