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Well it looks like I got myself in too deep! I purchased my 2009 OB 2 weeks ago. It started dripping oil 2 days ago. After further inspection, head gaskets. It has 94k on it and was already expecting to replace the gaskets and everything else at 105k. Now, I am taking it into Wagner Subaru here in my area in a couple of weeks to get the timing belt, pulley's, head gaskets, valve cover gaskets, and a few other gaskets replaced. $2100 by the dealership sure beats the quotes from other small shops. 1 shop wouldn't even touch it. So, if I haven't had any overheating issues and no mixing in the coolant or oil, am I good to go driving it for now? I'm looking at 2 weeks till I get the repairs. I wold have done the repairs myself, but I am a little too busy to find the time.
 

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Sorry to hear someone hosed you like that. Sure, 2 weeks won't make a difference. Are you for real, is a dealership going to do your head gaskets for 2 large? Are you sure they have the head gasket work in that quote?
 

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Yeah. I did contact the dealership I purchased it from, most likely nothing will come of it, but I did anyways. Yeah, the local dealership here, Wagner, quoted me at $2100 plus tax. So, I am calling them tomorrow and going to schedule service.
 

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I was so suspicious of that quote that I googled Wagner Subaru, and I have never seen such glowing reviews of a car dealership before. I hope you know how lucky you are to have such an anomaly in your area.
 

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Well it's $2k for timing belt and head gaskets. That's about right, I think. Previous owner of my OB payed about that much for those two.

Make sure valve cover gasket involves spark plug tube seals. My OB is leaking oil there even though the valve covers were apparently done with the head gasket. I can't imagine a qualified mechanic would neglect to do it but here I am haha.
 

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Trust me, I know. I have been lurking on this forums for about a month, ever since I decided on an Outback. There was another dealership called Beechmount down in Cincy that was about 80 dollars less.
 

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$2100 for dealer labor PLUS Subaru gaskets/timing components PLUS checking/cleaning the heads seems too cheap... It's nearly $1000 (retail) for the materials... Make sure you get a break-down of components, where they're coming from (Subaru or car-parts warehouse [aftermarket]), and what the expected outcome is.
 

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New Outback owner, too

I sort of have the same problem. I purchased a 2011 Outback 2.5i limited with 175K miles, knowing there could probably be a head gasket issue...sure enough, exhaust is leaking into the coolant side and over pressurizing.

I have started on some stuff, but wanted to know if there was anyone in the Wilmington, NC area who knew a trusted Subaru mechanic. I don't want to go to the dealer in this area

This is my first Subaru, and am looking for some help in this area
 

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we have some members from NC so, if no one can suggest a shop here, start a new thread asking for a recommendation for an independent mech near you.
 

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@LimaCharlie overall, yes. However, I meant the exact labor. I.e check valve lash, clean the exterior mating surfaces and associated oily parts, post-repair drive, etc. Sometimes, you have to hold their hand/get it in writing. At that cost, I would be surprised if they aren't/won't cut corners.
 

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So a little follow-up:

$2100 + tax for:

- Head gaskets
- Manifold gaskets
- Exhaust gaskets
- Valve cover gaskets
- Crank gaskets
- Cooler o-ring
- water pump
- timing belt kit (tensioners and pulleys)
- spark plugs
- oil change
- check fluids
- 13 hours of labor
- loaner car

I priced around too. I actually called Byers in Columbus and Beechmount in Cincy. They were both in that ballpark too.
 

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I would consider that reasonable.
 

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I have always been handy with a wrench. IT blows my mind that a dealership is so reasonably priced and has such high reviews about service.
 

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That is a comprehensive list. Did they state where the timing components and water pump are sourced? Just because it's a Subaru dealer doesn't mean they are bound to use Subaru parts.
 

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I specifically asked if they came from an auto parts warehouse or were they actually Soob parts....they said Soob.
 

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A little follow-up. The non-soob dealer in Columbus that I purchased it from, may........I stress may........help pay for the repair.
 

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A little follow-up. I dropped it off last Wednesday and got it back Saturday. That evening I a cylinder 3 misfire error code. I parked it and stresseed over a few tumblers of whiskey....then the next morning........I checked the plug wire. It was about 1/4" loose. I pushed it in and reset everything. No problems since.
 
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