I took my recently aquired '03 Outback to dealer for recall service "Parking Rod". Took 5 & 1/2 hours total, they had told me 3. (ok, done bitching)
At one point in the middle of this, they called me back in to show me something about "your car". I had a guess. Yup, head gaskets leaking. (externally)
Single OHC. (phase II correct?) 70,000 miles. The guy was asking if I wanted to have it done now. Suggested also do timing belts and showed me an oil leak at timing belt cover, lower just right of center, said was "piston plug gasket"
I know it's time for new belts and complete front re-seal. It's just that there is no way I can do this untill next spring. I will have to do it myself, I do not have 2 grand to spend.
I mentioned I would have to do it myself, but what gasket would "they" use, MLS or what? No, single layer.
Yet I have seen (I think) reference to a SUBARU MLS gasket for the Phase II EJ25. I'm obviously confused. Most here indeed recommend only using Subaru headgasket, though there are threads debating a "5 star ?" MLS. But that's not my question.
If ask subaru for a HG for this car, exactly what are going to sell me? The same thing that is now failing, or an upgraded version?
AND: It's not using a lot of coolant, very slow weeping. I need to drive it maybe a couple hundred miles per month, if that thru this winter. I know there is no way to predict the odds, but I AM interested in hearing speculation as to if I might suceed in making it untill next spring.
Thanks for any thoughts