Subaru Model: Outback Wagon Limited Year: 2000 Engine Size: 2.5l Phase 2 Miles: ~133k minor external leak of coolant and oil
Currently at ~145k. Still leaking. Getting worse. Just putting off until after the wedding!!! Will be doing the HG myself along with all of the top end seals at the same time. All OEM parts as well.
(10/15/2009) Update: Still leaking. Oil and coolant going down faster and faster. Time to replace, soon.
(02/8/2010) Update: Getting really bad now. Currently at 159k miles. Scheduled an appt for Weds with All Wheeldrive Auto to take care of business. Headgaskets, Timing Belt, Water pump, replace all hoses, battery harness, rear main seal and a wad of cash. 1 yr/15k mile warranty as long as they do 2 of the next 4 oil changes after.
Subaru Model: Outback Wagon
Engine Size: 2.5
Miles: 118k when head gasket failed, repaired it then sold the car after that, I have never been so glad to be rid of a car! I still own two Subarus and love them though
Never overheated, no coolant loss or external leaks, just blowing steady bubbles in coolant recovery tank and smokey, dark coolant. Caught it early (I hope). Always dealer maintained w/ coolant conditioner, etc.
YEAR: 2005 Outback 2.5i Limited
MILEAGE: 79,970 miles
DEALER ESTIMATE TO REPAIR: $2200
MECHANICS ESTIMATE TO REPAIR: $1600+
RESPONSE FROM SUBARU USA: Wow, that's unusual, but unfortunately being out of warranty...
EDIT: Subaru USA offered to open a case and perhaps pay up to 20% of cost of parts. Resolution: Sold the car.