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Posted 26 April 2005 - 01:29 AM
Peter S - NOOBIE and not bought a Subaru yet.
Posted 26 April 2005 - 03:39 AM
The DOHC 2.5 that came as an option for many of the above models, and standard in the outbacks, and some other models have a common head gasket issue....the brand new SOHC 2.5's though are pretty rock solid....new WRX, STI, Forrester etc
Hope this helps
Posted 26 April 2005 - 07:24 AM
The old 2.2 was bulletproof and the old timing chain was flawless.
Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:42 PM
In 1996/97 Subaru brought out the dohc 2.5L, an interference design. Some people have had overheating and HG problems. They feel burned by Subaru--I can sympathize, I'd feel the same way!
But the vast majority have not had any problems. Some feel the problem is caused by improper filling of the coolant system--air trapped in the system causes uneven cooling which leads to overheating and HG failure.
Unfortunately, you'll get as many opinions as there are Subaru drivers. A shame in a way because Subies overall are rock-solid vehicles.
If you want some expert opinions on the HG issue, check with the guys at Hopkins Auto in Spokane--they have an excellent reputation. Or call Dan Maurin at ROOpair Specialties in Tacoma (253-475-1760, firstname.lastname@example.org he's a straight shooter.
Good luck, Pete. Hope you find your way into the Subaru ranks!
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