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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback with a head gasket leak

The car is on overall good condition with 153,000 miles on it. It is an internal leak I am told and this problem is inherent to this year Subaru. It will run between $1600 and $1900 to repair depending on who does the repair and if a radiator is included. I have heard that it would be foolish not repair it due to the good condition of the vehicle and others of the opinion that it would not be worth it because the new gasket could cause worse problems with increased compression. etc. I really like the car, but don't want to waste money. I know there are no guarantees, but I would like an unbiased opinion - or many opinions- from someone with knowledge of Subarus. Thanks for your time and opinions.

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Repair it, if u maintain your vehicle properly then with the repair your can squeeze another 60k plus out of it, do it before it gets worst to , make sure the head is sent to a machine shop also, it must be flat and true cause overheating from bad gaskets can whop the head

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How can a new gasket cause increased compression? Who ever told you that is full of it and I would stop listening to anything they ever say.

Meanwhile, if the car is that good a condition all around, you just might go for it provided you have the services of a good knowledgeable, responsible mechanic. Can you get a another car in the same condition for the 1900 bucks? Do not think so.
And what does a radiator have to do with a head gasket? The repair is just labor intensive to replace a part that only costs a few bucks. But that price is way out of line. At 100 dollars labor for hour it is going to take a good mechanic 8 hours to disassemble and another 8 hours to reassemble the motor? Give me a break!!!!!!!!

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SOURCE: 1998 subaru outback legacy 2.5

hi it seems to me like its your waterpump it will prob be worn or stuffed

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SOURCE: 2001 subaru legacy leaking coolant from head gasket......

Your mechanic is ok with saying that...however you should replace both head gaskets. This can get costly if you take it to have it done somewhere, but if you use a manual from your local library or buy one from your local auto parts store, its a much more cost effective way of fixing it. You are ok to drive it, be sure to check your fluid before you do. I would look into getting these changed within the next few weeks.

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SOURCE: Overheat on my 1997 Subaru Legacy GT

Sorry if this might break your heart. I have '98 Outback which is the same 1st generation DOHC 2.5 engine. These are common head gasket problem (I'd say 100% of every engine sooner or later) once you have had your car overheated.

You will not get this comfirmed by just have your mech check the compression on the cylinder because we call it phantom leak (internal leak which can be confirmed with hydrocarbon in coolant). And then you will end up replace every other thing before you could reach the source of problem.

Other signs of this issue are as following: random overheating after freeway or uphills drive, bubbles in coolant overflow tank, oil residue in coolant overflow tank, bubble nioses from the a/c vent.

You're looking at $1000-1500 repair by independent mech as they have to pull engine out to fix the problem. I had mine fixed two weeks ago and now my baby is running like a champ.

google for "Subaru head gasket problem"

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

SOURCE: My 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback, 2.5L, engine is making a sound

No the timing belt have been well replace or else the won't start.Well the timing must be check with a timing light and do the adjustment if necessary

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