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Head Gasket Problem again?
Posted 03 February 2004 - 08:37 PM
Since then, it has been running great until a week ago. I started smelling the infamous burnt antifreeze while the wagon is at idle.
Called the dealer today and will bring the Subie in tomorrow morning for a check. The service manager told me on the phone that it is not uncommon to have the HG leakage again. That is not very comforting. The reason why I have a Subie in the first place is because of three factors.
2. Reliability-an urban myth?
3. Exclusivity-it is not another Toyota!!!
Even though I assume the repair will still be under warranty, I am not happy about it at all. SOA should start recalling all early '02 Subies with this early Phase II 2.5 engines. I really don't think just by adding some "snake oil" anti-freeze additive from SOA will cure the problem. I am not looking forward to bringing it in every 20,000 miles or every winter to have the head unscrewed!!!!
Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:00 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:09 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:40 PM
With my '02 OBW, it seems too late for the conditioner. But I just hope that this better well be my last time replacing the gasket. Even the service manager apologized to me on the phone today for this chronic problem.
Posted 04 February 2004 - 07:02 AM
I am glad to hear that SOA is at least replacing gaskets on some cars.
Posted 04 February 2004 - 07:35 AM
Lets see, the Phase II has head gasket problems too. And to "fix" the problem Subaru comes up with, surprize, a head gasket revision! Like a cheap and greasy bowl of chile, history seems to be repeating itself. Maybe the newer Phase II engines have a lower failure rate because they haven't been in use very long, and don't have very many miles on them. At this point, who can say?. Maybe the head gasket problem has been fixed, maybe not. Time will tell.
Posted 04 February 2004 - 08:35 AM
Posted 04 February 2004 - 09:59 AM
Posted 04 February 2004 - 11:48 AM
Originally posted by glee29
With my '02 OBW, it seems too late for the conditioner.
Why do you think it is too late to try the conditioner? Unless it has gotten so bad that the gasket is blown, it is worth it to try the conditioner. Subaru will extend the warranty on the gaskets to 8 years/100k miles if you try the conditioner. Extending the warranty does demonstrate Subaru's good faith and confidence in the fix.
If the stuff works, then you have avoided major surgery on your engine (and all the potential problems that come with it), you get the car back quicker, the problem is solved, and you are covered to 8 years/100K miles. If it doesn't work, then you are still covered to 8 years/100K miles.
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