Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Car: 2000 Subaru Outback
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I'll give you a Head Gasket, Mr. Mechanic
So... I just bought a new to me 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon on black Friday. We have a Forester already and I love it. Best car ever... especially for Colorado weather and forest roads. But my wife gets to drive. We finally decided it was my turn.
Found a relatively good deal, nothing too great, but car seemed to be well maintained by a wealthy family.
For my own peace of mind, I got the oil changed right away so I know when it was done, at the dealership here and they only came back with telling me I have a broken CV boot. No big deal.
Well, then I started smelling fresh oil in the car. Took it back today. And NOW, he announced... (drum roll please)... that, "your head gasket is starting to leak." Said he saw oil leaking from the gasket. Amazingly, the dealership only wants $1400 for the repair.
First, I know I am over the warranty on this sucker (135,000 miles). But I read here that some folks have had some luck getting Subaru of America to cover some of this even still. Anyone willing to tell me how they went about this?
Also, any other thing you can think of for why I would be smelling fresh oil? I assumed they just over spilled it or something.
I am going to try and contact the original owner and see if they might give me a little rebate on the selling price, seeing that its not even been a week. Fat chance... but there are still kind people in the world, I believe.