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2009 Outback 2.5i Special Edition 5M/T
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1998 Legacy Outback Limited
approx. 140,000 miles?
overheated due to head gasket failure going up LaVeta Pass in Colorado
 

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1998 OBW 5spd/170k
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Model: legacy outback LTD
yr: 1998
approximately 170,000 miles
2.5l H4
(2nd HG replacement, previous owner blew, and replaced, engine)

I must finally concede defeat, I have a blown HG. Ive done and looked at everything else I could think of (thankfully though I only repaired/replaced what was already needed)
trying to decide if I want to fix it or just get rid of the car at a huge loss.
 

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'02 Outback LL Bean
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'97 Legacy GT Wagon 2.5L
150,000 miles (purchased at 121k)
Overheated, replaced head gaskets

I knew the head gaskets were leaking at 140k and hoped it would go longer.
 

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'99 Legacy Outback 5MT
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Subaru Model: Legacy Outback
Year: 1997
Engine Size: 2.5L DOHC
Miles: 49,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!

That's not a typo. The HG on my reman engine failed at 49k. Wow. I'll be contacting the dealer that installed the engine and SOA, though with little hope.
 

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'99 Outback
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Subaru Model: Legacy Outback
Year: 1999
Engine Size: 2.5L DOHC/5 spd
Miles: 165,000

Repaired myself with fel-pro gaskets. Through the 1st oil change without issues.
 

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2005 Outback XT, 121,000 miles
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Model: Outback Wagon
Year: 2003
Engine: 2.5 L
Mileage; 146,000 miles (2000 miles since purchased)
Repair $1600

I like the car...but I don't know that I'll buy another. Since I bought it for @$6000, I've put in about $5000 in repairs. I could've bought a much newer car with less miles for this.

Chris
 

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2000 Subaru Outback
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Subaru Model: Outback
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 2.5L
Miles: 135,700

Just got the terrible news from the dealership. Makes me wanna :16:
 

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1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 M/T, King Springs,KYB GR-2 struts, Primitive front skid plate,Subaru rear diff protector,Yokohama Geolander ATS,LSD conversion, soon 2" lift coming
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1998 Outback
125,000 at time of replacement(no overheating but alot of hydrocarbons in the overflow bottle and some oil residue)
2.5l DOHC

10k miles and ready for another 100k (Thanks to Randy S) I know its right.
 

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2008 LL Bean Outback Wagon
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2001 Outback
2.5L SOHC + 4EAT trans
Miles: 145,000

My son drove with thermostat for a week. If was leak free until then ... nursed it along for about 16 months with the sealer and just had it done.
 

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1996 Outback 2.5 Auto
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Subaru Model: Outback
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 2.5L Auto
Miles at Failure: Engine has about 150k car has about 212k

Didn't have any over heading issues, just coolant leak/oi(but more coolant then oil) coming from left side head.. (copied from another user above, i had same problem)
 

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1996 Subaru Outback Wagon Red, leather heated seats, engine block heater
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Subaru Model: Outback wagon
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 2.5L Auto
Miles at Failure: 152,000
Cost: $1700 w/new timing belt, water pump etc...

Saw temperature gauge spike, coolant reservoir had brown gunk and blowing bubbles. Had independent foreign car mechanic do the job using OE parts.

First problem ever so I didn't hesitate to drop $1700 into a 13 year old vehicle at the time. Currently with 169,000 miles and replacing the front half-axles this weekend using the awesome DIYS info found on this forum.
 

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2006 Tribeca (formerly 2002 VDC Sedan)
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Subaru Model: Outback VDC sedan
Year: 2002
Engine Size: H6-3.0
Miles: 126,000

Recently bought this from a used car dealer. Within days it burst a radiator hose, and then after repair would spill coolant out of the expansion bottle when hot. The local Subaru dealer insisted it was not head gaskets and ordered a new rad cap (took 2 weeks to get it!). It wasn't the rad cap.

Luckily, it had a used car warranty, and the warranty repairer (not the Sub dealer) diagnosed head gaskets (failed pressure test and had exhaust in the coolant), and they fixed it up for me as fast as the Subaru parts department would allow.

I have to say I am disappointed in Subaru service around here. Every part I have needed so far has been at least days away, sometimes weeks, leaving me without a car for the duration.
 

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2004 Outback 2.5L
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Subaru Model: Outback Wagon
Year: 2004
Engine Size: 2.5L
Miles: 72,000

Mild burning smell coming from the car, but only when I pulled it into the garage, never while driving.

Turns out the head gaskets are leaking coolant onto the exhaust.

Since I was not interested in paying $1300 to have them replaced, my mechanic, who I have taken all my cars to, suggested the following:

Using organic pellets made by GM that find holes and fill them temporarily. Apparently the stuff comes with all new Cadillac water pumps.

We'll see how things go. I sure wish this wasn't a problem with Subaru's.

Jeff in Flagstaff
 
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