Join Date: Feb 2012
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I have a 2010 Outback 3.6 with approximately 93,000km on it. I purchased the certified pre-owned from a Subaru dealer in the Greater Toronto Area in 2012 with approximately 27,000km. I loved the car then, still do. The car was running fine... until a couple of days ago. I was on my way home from work and some white smoke started coming from under the hood. I pulled over, popped the hood and noticed the inside of the engine bay was sprayed with coolant (greenish fluid). Didn't think it was a good sign, I checked the coolant reservoir and it looked creamy/milky...I thought it was odd, so turned off the engine for a few minutes. I wasn't far from my regular mechanic, probably less than 3km, so I thought I could drive it to his garage.
Started car again, drove about less than a km and noticed check engine light turned on as well as other indicator lights, I didn't notice the temperature gauge light up. Again, some white smoke started to come from under the hood, so I pulled over again and popped the hood. I looked under the car and found coolant leaking (green liquid) and a trail of liquid behind me as I was turning to pull over. I called CAA to get my car towed to my mechanic as I figured that I couldn't make the short distance. While waiting for the tow truck, the leak had slowed down and eventually stopped, checked the coolant reservoir and it still seemed full, but still had that milky look to it.
My regular go to mechanic (has his own shop) wasn't around, so another mechanic that shares the shop with him had an initial look and told me that there was oil mixed in with the coolant in the reservoir and found black "stuff" in the rad. He couldn't fully diagnose the issue because he had other cars to work on and suggest to wait until my mechanic returns from vacation.
I've been doing research for the last couple of days and I suspect it could be a head gasket issue, worst case scenario cracked engine block. I thought the issues with head gaskets were only happening to models before 2010 and specific to the 2.5l engines. I guess mine is the exception. I'm pretty upset, because I bought the car based on reliability and safety and was hoping to get at least 200k. I've recently got rid of my 2002 Mazda Protege 5 that had over 240k on it, didn't have major issues, but was a total rust bucket. I love Subaru but may be thinking twice about the next once. I realize that this could be possibly a big job or a complete write off, but I don't know what I don't know until my mechanic inspects the vehicle.
Based on the above symptoms, would anyone know what could be the issue and cost to fix (if it's worth fixing)?