Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!
|Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.
We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!
Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!
Head gasket failures, which years, models?
Posted 28 August 2003 - 02:09 AM
My question: Have searched the forums, but would like the definitive answer on how to tell if you have one of the Subarus prone to head gasket failure. I know phase one, 2.5 --- which are the phase 1? Do you go by model, year sold, VIN, manufacture date ?
Heard there's a 20% failure rate, so that means odds are in our favor, right? At what mileage does it begin to show ? I have a 2000 GT Wagon.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 02:14 AM
Since you are in Oregon with most of us... you need to rallycross with us
www.oregonrally.com Next one is in Hillsboro in about 3 weeks :bday:
Posted 28 August 2003 - 06:50 AM
Further the Phase tends to have an EXTERNAL head gasket failure. The engine weeps coolant. The Phase I tends to have INTERNAL gasket failures. The engine exhaust gases drive the coolant from the engine block and..... BAM... warped heads or even loss of the entire engine.
I would not be overly concerned about head gasket failure on the Phase II. But remember the Phase II still is an interference engine. Check and replace your timing belt on schedule. I hate interference engines- small gain, huge potential risk.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 02:38 PM
as i stated in a recent thread...
the Phase II's are starting to show up with
HG issues more frequently.
i work for subaru as does my other 1/2 (at 2 different dealerships)
and while the #'s are not those of the phase I's...
the phase II's with high (60k +) miiles...
are starting to creep in with HG issues....
i hope maybe it's a few freak cases?
but somehow i doubt it...
best of luck to you...
(and to me too... i have a phase II 2.5)
Posted 28 August 2003 - 04:26 PM
Which Dealerships do you and your other 1/2 work at and can you recommend a good service dept? I live in Seattle and have heard not many good and lot's of bad experiences with all the Seattle Dealership service departments. I work in Renton and Walker's is close by but a girl I work with took her OBW in and they gave her the run-around ($$$) and didn't fix a thing. Currently we have a 96 L wagon AWD and the AT OIL TEMP light flashes for a few seconds at start up. After reading this board it's hard to believe there is a competent service department out there. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 04:37 PM
I work for carter subaru up north of seattle
and my boyfriend Gary works for Auburn Subaru
close to you
Gary is service writer there... even better!
and he's a true enthusaist who races,
modifies and knows these cars well.
You will not get any BS from him...
and as he's so close to your neck of the woods
i suggest you drop by there next time you
need a decent service dept
hope this helps
Posted 29 August 2003 - 02:22 PM
Posted 29 August 2003 - 05:54 PM
Originally posted by duane b
Thanks a bunch! He's not the Aussie dude in the TV comercials, is he?:^)
hehehe ahhh no... here's his car:
Posted 30 August 2003 - 12:00 AM
Great link, Flowmastered ! I didn't know about the website and a rally here would be something to look forward to. Btw - is there any local Subaru dealer here in Portland that'll do warranty work without giving me the brush off?
Posted 30 September 2003 - 03:18 PM
I've read else where that the replacement head gaskets for the 2000 2.5 are a different design than the originals....that shows to me that there is a known problem with the original design.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 06:39 PM
When I had mine updated I went for the latest gaskets which are supposed to be a fix.
If one of these folks with a good memory does not post the latest numbers I can look up what went into mine.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 10:44 PM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users