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Old 08-18-2019, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default So this is regarding a Forester . . .

I am considering a 2007 Forester, non turbo, with under 120,000. The seller has disclosed some problems that seem manageable, but one, "oil leaking from head gaskets" gives me pause.

He states does not add coolant at all, but does a a quart of oil every few months. But did not answer, directly, my overheat question.

How likely is it that I would be replacing head gaskets in the near future?
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:16 PM   #2
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I canít speak for every Subaru, but I have a 2007 Impreza (same engine as yours with all the updates and everything) and I currently have 120k on it, previous owner had head gaskets done at 100k, might not be as prevalent but is still a problem even this late in the EJ series. Iíd find one that isnít leaking or, better yet, one that has been replaced! Unless you need it ASAP I wouldnít go for it, there are tons of other Foresters to choose from
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:46 AM   #3
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You're going to find that the majority of EJ253 engines (not specific to Foresters) leak from the HG, or the gaskets have been replaced already in its life. It's a common issue with them around the 100k mark. As thatgarrett said, find one that had the work done, or plan on fixing it at some point.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:50 AM   #4
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Plan on fixing it. I would buy it with the price reflecting the fix... If he wants to sell it so he doesn't have to mess with it then you might be able to get a good deal. If he doesn't want to budge on price then I would pass personally.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:32 AM   #5
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Before we get someone posting that Subaru fixed this before 07.....our soccer mom 08 Outback had the head gaskets replaced at 80k miles. This is NOT a cheap job. While it's being done, you'll likely replace the timing belt, water pump and tensioner. So expect several thousand dollars by the time you're done.

I would pass unless it's like $2000 to buy.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:51 AM   #6
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Thanks to all.

Tough call, as the asking price is below KBB range for private party. I will probably pass as I have too many projects as it is and it is an hour away, but may price the job at a local Subaru specialist.

How likely is it that they could overheat due to head gasket, yet not have to add coolant?
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:18 PM   #7
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Even if head gaskets were done it doesn't always mean they did it right. I purchased an 02 outback a few years ago that had them done at 120k, when I got it was at 140k, and by 150k they were externally leaking coolant already, probably because they didn't get them resurfaced properly. Not all dealers resurface them while doing gaskets so if buying one where they have been done always check paperwork for evidence of them being properly resurfaced too.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:47 AM   #8
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If it's priced accordingly, it's fine, they all leak eventually. Good time to pull the motor and replace a ton of stuff and have a perfectly good car for another 120k miles.
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