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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for an AWD wagon that can fit a couple large dogs and handle a Canadian winter. After looking at the Volvos I decided on a Subaru mainly on its better AWD and cheaper to maintain.

Is there any years I should be looking for or staying away from? I'm finding early 2000s for around $3K and 2005-2008 for $5-8K
Can't afford anything newer

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 06:12 AM
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From 2000 they all fine rly. Just with diff engines and gearboxes u get diff drivetrains. I say look for vdc models only

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Head gasket leaks are a problem you should look out for in any of those 2000-2009 models. They can leak oil and or coolant externally. They don't usually leak combustion, so it isn't a classic "blown" head gasket but it's still expensive to deal with.

People tend to keep the good ones, so there are a disproportionate number of "leakers" available on dealer lots- be ready for that.

A leaky one can be successfully re-gasketed, and if done right it is a lifetime fix.

Many more details elsewhere on this site, but that is far and away the biggest problem you should look out for. Good luck!


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But when u fix it one time with good hg u forget that problem
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Cool, I was hoping to avoid the head gasket problem but guess not.
Going to look at a 2008 llbean with 180k KM on it, just had the timing belt and water pump done, what would it cost to go the gaskets? Is it something a diy could do?


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still that doesn't mean car will have HG problem. not every car do of course. and HG problem could be diff you can still drive as it is some time. of course it could be done DIY as most things. just not much space to work if you not lift engine up. but could be done with engine in car too. its possible.

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A good gasket job has been averaging around USD $1600 in recent reports, adjust for local.

I agree with scalman above, not every car is going to have leaks, but enough of the ones available for purchase leak so you should be ready with a plan.

Some people just keep topping up and driving for years. That's fine for the car if it fits your lifestyle.

The 3.0L 6 cylinder engine has a lower incidence rate for gasket failure, but higher costs and consequences when it happens.

The 4-cylinder gasket job can be a DIY. It is greatly simplified with the use of an engine hoist, worth it even if you have to rent one. There are excellent guides online between youtube, this and other Subaru sites.


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