I have a '98 Outback wagon purchased new with about 54,300 miles on the odo. It has been trouble free until last week when the engine was lugging in first and second gear. To make a long story short, I took the car into a local independent Subie shop who said that the timing belt needed replacement. There were a few other items (leaking power steering, parking brake, belt replace placement) that needed repaired. He quoted me a low $2000.00 and suggested doing the head gaskets as well. I gave the OK and the final bill was almost $3800.00. This did include the full head gasket deal (water pump, cam seals, timing belt, tensioner, idlers, thermostats, plugs), new a/c and alternator belts and a new clutch kit as well as fixing the power steering, parking brake oil and coolant. Was this a fair price or even worth doing given the age of the car? It was kind of sticker shock to get the final bill.