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I have a 2002 Outback 2.5L 4cyl.
Just took it in for inspection and they said the head gasket is leaking. No way!!
It's got 145K miles on it.
Is it worth it to replace it?
I have to replace timing belt as well. All said and done about $2100.
Only concern is if I pay all that to get that done and then the transmission goes out. With that many miles you never know.
Time for a new car?
Thoughts?


Andy
 

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for most of us the answer is yes, it is worth it to replace the head gaskets. but your answer maybe different.

how long do you plan on keeping the car?
how many miles do you drive a year?

145k falls in the middle of a timing belt interval. how long have you had the car? how many miles?

typically these head gaskets leak externally and as long as you keep it full of oil and coolant you can drive them a long time while leaking . but if you are due for a timing belt then you may as well do it all.

but again, the timing belt was due at 105K miles. if it was not done then do not drive the car until it is . if it fails you will bend valves. if it was done at 105k, i would drive it a little longer and try and save up some money each month to pay for it.

cars are tools and cost money to drive. purchase price + repairs + gas + insurance. and for that cost you get miles. if spending $2000 allows you to drive the car another 40k miles (= 5 cents a mile) i believe that is worth it. maybe worth it if you only get 20k miles. (=10 cents a mile). the other thing to consider is how much could you sell it for? add that to the $2100 and what kind of car could you buy for that? what repairs would it need? how long will it last?

it is almost always cheaper to fix the one you have. but we rarely buy cars based solely on economics. we buy because we LIKE the car and we sell because we want something different, newer, fancier sportier, bigger, FASTER, etc ...

i would definitely get a second price.
 

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I have a 2002 Outback 2.5L 4cyl.
Just took it in for inspection and they said the head gasket is leaking. No way!!
It's got 145K miles on it.
Is it worth it to replace it?
I have to replace timing belt as well. All said and done about $2100.
Only concern is if I pay all that to get that done and then the transmission goes out. With that many miles you never know.
Time for a new car?
Thoughts?


Andy
Price sounds way high! - Subaru dealer charged me $1500 but subaru ended up picking up the tab. If the car has not been over heated and is in good shape otherwise - its worth it. Mine was done at 65K and was perfectly fine at 180,000 when I sold it.
 

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I wouldn't say that the $2100 was high for a dealer. On my 02, I got two prices for HG and complete timing belt/pulley replacement: One $2500 and one $3500. The latter price included fixing the muffler/cat system which was close to failure.

I finally had it done for $1500 including the muffler/cat repair. I bought all the parts off the internet.
 

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Approx $2k for a full timing belt job (replacing everything) and a good HG repair (checking and machining heads as needed) is reasonable for a shop in my area.

That being said, if the car has been well serviced, I'd have no reason to expect it to not make 200k.
 
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