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  1. Gen 4: 2010-2014
    My 2012 2.5i Premium CVT is at 122,700 miles. I've been performing oil changes every 5,000 miles with my last one at 120,000. At about 119k I checked my oil level and saw it was about a quart low. I topped it off and checked my coolant at the same time and didn't notice any discoloration or...
  2. Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Reaching out because my knowledge of cars is basically just enough to get me into trouble!! I have a 2007 Outback 2.5i running on about 124k miles. We bought it at 75k and I've done a lot of work myself (replaced drive belts, and alternator, power steering pump etc.) but during a recent recall...
  3. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    Not quite sure where to start on this so please bear with me. I am going to lay everything out that has happened in the hope something important jumps out that may lead to a solution. The car in question belongs to my spouse, an original owner of a Subaru Outback (2004 base model, AT, EJ259...
  4. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    New to the forum so bear with newbe questions. Have 2001 Subi Outback sedan with 65k miles. Original owner and car is in very good shape. No rust, rips, ware spots etc. Subi dealer just informed me it needs head gaskets, oil pan gaskets and timing chain replacement $3k total. Questions: 1...
  5. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    Hey there.. First post here but I could really use some help. About 24 hours after Head Gaskets were done (2007 Outback 2.5i 140k miles on car) I get an AT Oil Temp light flashing. Relatively convinced it wasn’t overheating (it was -2 F) I drove home and did some research. Looks like it could be...
  6. Gen 1: 1995-1999
    Hey everybody just got a new winter beater and I figured this would be a good place to ask some experts about it. Picked up a 1998 outback 2.5l with 172k miles for $600 last week from an old lady. Drives great I’ve already put about 400 miles on it with zero problems, doesn’t smoke, tick, not a...
  7. Head Gasket Issues
    I've had a 2006 Outback Limited 2.5 5MT for the past 3 years. It's primarily used for schlepping hikers and bikers to trails on the weekends, so I'm only putting about 5,000 miles on it each year. Currently it's sitting right around 130k miles, and I'm reasonably certain that it could use a head...
  8. Gen 2: 2000-2004
    Getting ready to replace my leaking head gasket. Only symptom is bubbling in the radiator bottle. Oil is clean. Exhaust is not white. I hope I have caught this early enough. Rig has 230K and is new to me. Seems as if the OEM Subaru parts kit w/MLS head gasket is the best bet. A kit on Ebay with...
  9. Gen 3: 2005-2009
    About a month ago I checked my coolant reservoir and it was completely dry. Obviously this was very concerning so I filled it up and left it in the garage to see where the leak is. I’ve looked it over top to bottom both hot and cold and can’t find a drop anywhere. This made me think I’m screwed...
  10. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    My Outback is running great again but now my wife’s 2.0L box engine Impreza has a problem. Does anyone know if it is possible to have a leaking head gasket that stops when you turn on the A/C? Coolant is leaking and causing lots of smoke making it hard to pinpoint the exact location. My view is...
  11. Head Gasket Issues
    I have an '05, 2.5 (non turbo) that's overheating. Replaced the radiator cap and thermostat, bled the system but still getting a little bubbling in the radiator funnel no matter what I do, and still overheating when I try to drive it. Tried a block tester to check for combustion gasses in the...
  12. Gen 5: 2015-2019
    Hey OB gang 👋 First post on the forum, new to Subaru and trying to buy a used Gen5 Outback Limited. Have been looking private party for a few months and found what appeared to be a good deal the other day. 2015 Limited in White with 107k miles. Asking $15k - Good shape overall but cracked...
  13. Head Gasket Issues
    Just wondering if the head gaskets ever leak out on top of the motor? I have a 04 outback SOHC. I have some coolant pooling up on the passenger side top of motor, it's right by the upper radiator hose but when I feel under the hose it's not wet.
  14. Oil, Oil Filters, and Fuel Discussion
    I have a minor(ish) head gasket leak on my ‘06 Outback. I probably add 1.0 qt every 2-3 weeks. I drive 300+ miles a week. Is stop leak a bad idea? I’ve heard it can gunk up everything, not only the leaks. I am leaning toward just dealing with adding oil for a bit longer until the time comes to...
  15. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    Hi all, I had a HG failure and got quoted $3000 to replace them (including timing belt and pump). Bravely (stupidly) I decided to have a bash at it myself. I have the manual, which I mostly followed, but also got guidance from youtube -mrsubaru1387 (for the engine removal) and speed academy...
  16. Problems & DIY Maintenance
    I have a 2011 Outback 2.5L with 240,000 miles, original owner, and no real problems to date other than a replacement of the CVT transmission 3 years ago (dealer covered it at 100%). About a month ago, I started occasionally hearing a little gurgling behind the dash board, which I have read is...
  17. Head Gasket Issues
    I had my 05 Outback in an independent Subie shop to replace a broken wheel stud and also check out an occasional rough idle. It would sometimes miss on acceleration, especially when cold. They put their diagnostic machine on it, and said that I have a head gasket leak and low compression on...
  18. Head Gasket Issues
    Hi y’all, as the title says; I have a 2001 OB w 97,500 miles. The HG is pretty far gone. The coolant is mixing. No temp issues yet and no white smoke. The car is clean as ****. I just bought it for $2700. I screwed up, didn’t do my homework and bought a lemon. There is a shop here in New Haven...
  19. Head Gasket Issues
    Hello! I am new to owning a used 2010 Subaru outback. I got the car in Sept 2019. I'm am not at all car knowledgeable. An older couple owned it before and I bought the car at 72,500 miles. Around 85,000 miles I started having an overheating issue but it didnt overheat everytime I drove it. I...
  20. Gen 5: 2015-2019
    For the last couple years, I've added about a pint of engine coolant, usually in the fall, to bring the level back up in the reservoir. Very occasionally in the summer I've caught a slight smell of coolant around the car too. Never while driving, only after it was parked. Early this year I...
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