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Head Gasket Oil Leak/Replacement Cost
About 3 months ago my mom's 2006 2.5 Outback with 102K miles on it began leaking oil. Not a lot, but enough that you could smell it burning off of the exhaust. Having had the oil filter leak in the past at around 60k, my dad performed an oil change using OEM subaru parts thinking it may remedy the problem.
After the oil change the car has continued to leak oil. Since the car is approaching 105K, my mom took the car in to have the timing belt replaced and also asked them if they could locate the leak.
The shop just called us and said that the car is leaking oil from the head gaskets, rear main seal, and oil pan. To replace the timing belt/waterpump, front cam & crank seals, head gaskets, and rear main seal, we were quoted $4200!.
First off, does it seem reasonable that the car could be leaking from all of these places? It only has 102K miles, and has never been overheated. I know the older 2.5's like the one in my 2000 Outback had weak headgaskets, but I haven't found much information about the 2005+ models leaking.
Second, does $4200 sound reasonable? We brought it into a reputable shop who has been servicing all of our cars for some time and they have always seemed very fairly priced at $70/labor hour. It only cost me $700 parts included to change the timing belt on my Jetta 1.8 last year.
Thanks in advance for your wisdom!