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Any reccomendations on a good mechanic on Subarus in New Jersey or the outlying area?

Have a '07 Outback, 90k miles. Bought it new. Have done most basic maintenance myself (hasnt needed much); oil leak cropped up a few months ago, confirmed by a local dealer that its head gaskets as I was suspecting. Their estimate is $2300 including the timing belt, new plugs and wires. The killjoy for me is that they insisted they were going to do the job without removing the block from the car. Grrrr, I think I'll stay away.

I simply do not have the time to undertake doing this myself, but the car is such low mileage and I know its history, I believe its worth fixing.
Confirmed the price with another dealer in the region, (And they indicated they would be removing the block) I'm sure they all use the same labor guidebook and the estimate was within $100. Local dealer I bought both of my Outbacks from will never see my business again for either car purchase or service for reasons of poor service and even worse communication after they bungled my car.

Anyhow - if anyone has a local wrench they recommend? I have a local independent garage that I trust and use for basic repairs when I don't have time; but he doesn't want to touch this job.

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Any reccomendations on a good mechanic on Subarus in New Jersey or the outlying area?

Have a '07 Outback, 90k miles. Bought it new. Have done most basic maintenance myself (hasnt needed much); oil leak cropped up a few months ago, confirmed by a local dealer that its head gaskets as I was suspecting. Their estimate is $2300 including the timing belt, new plugs and wires. The killjoy for me is that they insisted they were going to do the job without removing the block from the car. Grrrr, I think I'll stay away.

I simply do not have the time to undertake doing this myself, but the car is such low mileage and I know its history, I believe its worth fixing.
Confirmed the price with another dealer in the region, (And they indicated they would be removing the block) I'm sure they all use the same labor guidebook and the estimate was within $100. Local dealer I bought both of my Outbacks from will never see my business again for either car purchase or service for reasons of poor service and even worse communication after they bungled my car.

Anyhow - if anyone has a local wrench they recommend? I have a local independent garage that I trust and use for basic repairs when I don't have time; but he doesn't want to touch this job.

thanks

Jeff
Depends where you are in NJ. I use JP Autotech in Roselle Park, Union County. He's honest and prices can't be beat.

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Thanks, I'm in Middlesex County. Roselle Park isn't all that far; something this major I want it done right. There's a local garage not far from me; Milltown Foreign Car - but I've never used him. Will have to talk to both of these guys and see what they have to say. Thanks again for the referral.


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Could go to cartalk.com and go to the mechanic files section. you can put in your town and state and you get a whole bunch of mechanic shops with reveiws.
 

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Thanks, I'm in Middlesex County.
I have a very talented, very skilled, and very cheap mechanic in Old Bridge who exclusively works on Subarus and has owned them since the 80s...
 

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Are you sure is the gasket? Do you have any symptoms like loss of power or oil mixing with coolant?
 

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I have a very talented, very skilled, and very cheap mechanic in Old Bridge who exclusively works on Subarus and has owned them since the 80s...
Thanks, I'd be interested in speaking with them, if you would please provide contact info. PM is fine if you prefer.

I'm in East Brunswick, so Old Bridge is right around the corner. I had been thinking of using GT Automotive in Highland Park, but if there is a Subaru Specialist in the area I'd like to talk them. Will need to do this soon, the oil leak is starting to get worse, want to get it before it gets me.

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Are you sure is the gasket? Do you have any symptoms like loss of power or oil mixing with coolant?
No oil in the coolant. Yet. Power is....eh - its about the way its always been. This has never been a performance car. Bought it new, its my wife's car. I don't drive it as much. When you get on it, its got more snot than you'd expect, but it generally gets driven very sedately, 'cause that's the way my wife drives. Tough to compare it to my Outback, as mine's a '14 with a manual transmission, different drive feel altogether.

It's been to two Subaru Dealers and they both are saying head gaskets; so that's what I'm going by.
 

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No oil in the coolant. Yet. Power is....eh - its about the way its always been. This has never been a performance car. Bought it new, its my wife's car. I don't drive it as much. When you get on it, its got more snot than you'd expect, but it generally gets driven very sedately, 'cause that's the way my wife drives. Tough to compare it to my Outback, as mine's a '14 with a manual transmission, different drive feel altogether.

It's been to two Subaru Dealers and they both are saying head gaskets; so that's what I'm going by.
all 2000-2009 H4 plain janes will need head gaskets at some point due to external oil leaks.

take your time in finding the correct shop. no reason why you can't live with it a while,... might stink a bit when you stop it at a stoplight and the oil is burning off the exhaust.

just keep it filled with oil. maybe a drip tray under it if you park it inside. (like a air cooled porsche)

one guy on here said his 2000 H4 was weaping slowly from a head gasket for 100,000 miles. :wink2:
 

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Thanks, I'd be interested in speaking with them, if you would please provide contact info. PM is fine if you prefer.

I'm in East Brunswick, so Old Bridge is right around the corner. I had been thinking of using GT Automotive in Highland Park, but if there is a Subaru Specialist in the area I'd like to talk them. Will need to do this soon, the oil leak is starting to get worse, want to get it before it gets me.

thanks,

Jeff
I'm in Helmetta!

Shoot me a PM Jeff, I would love to put you in contact with Neo. He does all of his work based out of his house and on-site garage, but does nothing short of a phenomenal job and he loves having his brain picked; we 'talk shop' all the time.
 
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