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1995 gt wagon playing up...

After getting a new warrent, rego & full tank of gas, the next day had a hard time starting. Once started, have to keep the revs up high constantly to stop it conking out. One mechanic says that its either the gasket or an oil ring as the car is alternating between running on 3 and 4 cylinders. Had a look and the coolant is rather low. could this have anything to do with this problem? Radiator water is good as - green with antifreeze as it should be:-) Any suggestions? Have been quoted 3.5k to fix based on labour alone so any info would be much appreciated!

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Sadly my man it sounds like a head gasket. any good mechanic would have recommended checking this first especially being a subaru (quite common). get a compression test done. and see if there is a white "foam" in your oil. if so the news is all bad. sorry but hope this helps

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