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Old 12-19-2008, 05:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Might buy a 2001 subaru outback 2.5L H4 MPI with leather and dual sunroof. How is the engine. Is this the one that needs new head gaskets and when does the belt need to be changed? Theres asking 9,900 with 97000 miles.
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It may need head gaskets - or maybe it was already done, or maybe it's not going to be an issue (not every car had the problem).

Timing belt is 105K.
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from my time on this board, i would not buy that motor - again, not all are affected by the issue, but chance is high enough for me that I would avoid it

I actually purchased a 99' outback and quickly sold it afterwards...while the head gasket was not the reason (as they were fine at the time), the increased probability of something like that happening after I fixed the main problem (center diff) was enough to make me sell the car at a loss

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from my time on this board, i would not buy that motor - again, not all are affected by the issue, but chance is high enough for me that I would avoid it

I actually purchased a 99' outback and quickly sold it afterwards...while the head gasket was not the reason (as they were fine at the time), the increased probability of something like that happening after I fixed the main problem (center diff) was enough to make me sell the car at a loss

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Why would the center diff increase the probability of the head gasket blowing out?

I have been looking at a 2002 myself but doesn't $9900 seem a little steep for a 2001?

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Yes $9900 is too much. I just picked up an '01 with 116k miles for $6500
that had just had timing belt and head gaskets done properly.
If I'd been willing to haggle some more I could have gone lower than that.

I passed up a strong running '99 because the dealership had information
about either timing belt or head gaskets on that car and I didn't want to
roll the dice. Felt more comfortable with a known quantity.
The '01 is also the first year with standard rear LSD, and while it's also
a bit heavier and less quick than the '99, the low end torque is more
usable around town, as it'll pull from a stop in 2nd gear without complaint.

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Are the Gen 2 just as capable on off-road trails/snow as the Gen 1?

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found a subaru outback wagon with the same engine with only 5 k 2002 asking 13900. What do u think?
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5K on a 7 year old car? Why so low? Cars do not do well sitting idle that much, nor constantly being subjected to very short trips.

My grandmother, when she was still driving, was literally the little old lady who only drove to Synagogue, the grocery store, and mah-jongg. She put similar mileage on her Sundance. Every time we went to visit, my father made a point of getting the car out on the Parkway and up to 60 MPH for a good run, just to keep things moving.
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I bought my ob new, run the **** out of it, when not hauling extra weight. Automatic with h4, 138,000 miles, haven't had any problems with heads a leaking.
Keep it serviced, be sure to keep the antifreeze with conditioner up to date.
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