Hey all, going to look at a 1999 Outback Limited today with 135K on the engine. The owner has had the following work done:
2014 (two weeks ago)- timing belt, water pump, thermostat, seals, valve cover gasket.
I called the mechanic where he's had the work done, CMARR automotive, and the owner there, Eric, told me he didn't see any current issues with the Head Gasket. Based on everything I've read though here in the forums, it seems this is an automatic repair sometime in the next 20K miles, is that safe to assume? Or if I have the fluid flushed periodically is it plausible I could go without a replacement for a number of years?
I was thinking of taking it to AWD Automotive to have a second opinion on the head gaskets. If I will have to replace them sometime in the next 2 years I want to factor that into the price and offer I make. The owner wants $5000 cash. Interior and exterior in great shape, leather, heated seats, etc...
I've read threads here about the engine, how many owner opt to swap in the 2.2l, but I've also read that once the head gaskets are fixed, and if the engine overall is given some love on a regular basis, routine stuff, its not a bad engine per say.
Thanks all in advance...