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Old 01-24-2013, 05:27 AM   #31
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The turbo models are 2.0 vs the 2.5 of the n/a cars. I think the bore diameter difference is why the turbo cars don't poof HG's as readily. The sealing surface between the cylinder and the water/oil passages on a 2.5 is incredibly small.

My local independent Subaru guru uses a HG supplied by, I think, Stars (whoever that is). His view is the OEM gaskets, despite the several revisions, are no assurance of sealing success. He is adamant that he has not had any of his return after he reseals them.

I've heard endless stories about the wheel bearings on Subarus but I've never replaced a single one. Axle warping? Never heard of that one. Suspension problems? Nil. I have replaced cam/crank sensors (intermittent no-start problems), a/c compressors (noisy or failing clutches), ignition switch (wore it out), endless broken cup holders...that's about it. I've heard of a lot of coils that develop cracks but never had one.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:38 AM   #32
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The turbo models are 2.0 vs the 2.5 of the n/a cars. I think the bore diameter difference is why the turbo cars don't poof HG's as readily. The sealing surface between the cylinder and the water/oil passages on a 2.5 is incredibly small.
My 08 Outback XT has a 2.5L and a turbo. No HG issues either.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #33
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FWIW the turbo 2.0 and 2.5 are different blocks than the N/A ones. They don't just slap a turbo on a naturallly aspirated block
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:57 AM   #34
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NA 2.5L Subaru's pretty much all have had or will have head gasket issues.
http://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-...ems-explained/
^ All encompassing article

They also make THE gasket set to solve the problem
http://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-parts/



A very good indy subaru mechanic I know in W. Mass also uses them, 2 years ago my buddy bought an 01 Forester off of him that he uses as his winter service vehicle (IT technician) and only paid $4K for the car with 125K on it.

I don't think Subarus are an avoid at all costs vehicle because of this "issue", their snow performance is unmatched by anything out there and even an Audi of similar mileage and age will probably encounter more frequent break downs and repairs of higher costs.

Also if you were to buy one new and change the coolant ever 30K and/or 3 years you'd probably never encounter a head gasket failure.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #35
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i don't know that i would call that all encompassing.. they didn't mention any years beyond 2002. 2006+ engines were also altered so head gasket issues are not nearly as common with them. late generation ej motors are the only ones to have really had this problem on a large scale.. i don't think it is fair to say "if you own a subaru, you ARE going to have problems.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #36
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The turbo models are 2.0 vs the 2.5 of the n/a cars. I think the bore diameter difference is why the turbo cars don't poof HG's as readily. The sealing surface between the cylinder and the water/oil passages on a 2.5 is incredibly small.

My local independent Subaru guru uses a HG supplied by, I think, Stars (whoever that is). His view is the OEM gaskets, despite the several revisions, are no assurance of sealing success. He is adamant that he has not had any of his return after he reseals them.

I've heard endless stories about the wheel bearings on Subarus but I've never replaced a single one. Axle warping? Never heard of that one. Suspension problems? Nil. I have replaced cam/crank sensors (intermittent no-start problems), a/c compressors (noisy or failing clutches), ignition switch (wore it out), endless broken cup holders...that's about it. I've heard of a lot of coils that develop cracks but never had one.
Every Subaru I've owned and all Subies owned by the family have had to have parts of the suspension replaced before 100,000 miles and a few other items after 100,000. Ball Joints in 3 cases.

I sold my 97 after disclosing the shake at speed (after spending hours trying to rack it down). I sold it at a discount because of the problem. Her mechanic found the problem(warped axle) after 3 other mechanics (one a dealer) couldn't diagnose it correctly. Her mechanic told me that he replaced 30some each year.

The big positive for Subarus, at least new, is the very reasonable price for a full size vehicle and AWD. That being said I've fallen out of love with them and can't look beyond the warts anymore.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #37
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I should also mention that I have a 2002 that has a very noticeable hesitation off idle.

4 mechanics have looked at it, and 2 have replaced sensors with "Known good units" without success. They've all said I could start replacing bigger ticket items or have the fuel injectors replaced/cleaned, but can't gaurantee a result.

Nobody can diagnose it. I just accept it and drive "around" it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:34 PM   #38
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Well, this thread may have saved me some hassle. I was considering a used Subaru , but not now.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:41 PM   #39
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Well, this thread may have saved me some hassle. I was considering a used Subaru , but not now.
i've talked to a lot more people that were perfectly happy and didn't have to put all the work outlined in these into them than i have otherwise. i frequent several subaru forums and i haven't seen much mention of .. well, basically any of the issues, minus the head gasket thing. i would do more research before deciding completely against one.

YMMV of course.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #40
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I'm looking at 94-2002 Subes right now.

If the hg's, timimg belts and wp's have been done...what else should I look out for?

Looking to spend less than 4K if I can.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #41
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Well, this thread may have saved me some hassle. I was considering a used Subaru , but not now.
I had a new 2010 Outback that was bought back because it had so many problems and then the 2011 Outback replacement was such a piece of garbage that I dumped it before having it for a full year.

SOA combined with the horrible dealers soured me on ever going subie again.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #42
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SOA combined with the horrible dealers soured me on ever going subie again.
Who was your dealer? I've heard that Van Bortel in Victor NY is great.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:41 PM   #43
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i've talked to a lot more people that were perfectly happy and didn't have to put all the work outlined in these into them than i have otherwise. i frequent several subaru forums and i haven't seen much mention of .. well, basically any of the issues, minus the head gasket thing. i would do more research before deciding completely against one.

YMMV of course.
Yep. Like any car manufacturer, you have a loud minority of frustrated customers. That said, many of the issues stated by folks here have me worried enough not to consider a Subie anymore. They were on the list (for the turbo'd BRZ), but I don't think I can look at them in good conscience until some of these things clear. I spend a lot of money on motorcycle maintenance, but I expect my cars to run pretty well. Maybe I just need to reset my own personal expectations, but until that happens I think it's going to be a little harder for me to buy a Subaru.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:52 PM   #44
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Yep. Like any car manufacturer, you have a loud minority of frustrated customers. That said, many of the issues stated by folks here have me worried enough not to consider a Subie anymore. They were on the list (for the turbo'd BRZ), but I don't think I can look at them in good conscience until some of these things clear. I spend a lot of money on motorcycle maintenance, but I expect my cars to run pretty well. Maybe I just need to reset my own personal expectations, but until that happens I think it's going to be a little harder for me to buy a Subaru.
There is no turbo BRZ, and according to sources, the upcoming tweaks to make an STI version will not be turbo. They will pull 230 hp out of it by tuning the NA motor.

I just got one, it don't need no stinking turbo

Btw, all cars with turbos, regardless of brand, just have more moving parts to break. They tend to not be as reliable as non turbo motors. Even if the turbos no longer go south, all the extra hardware/software can have you frequenting the dealer a bit more than you wish to.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #45
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I'm looking at 94-2002 Subes right now.

If the hg's, timimg belts and wp's have been done...what else should I look out for?
All of the other parts. If you can find one that's had all of them replaced too, you'll probably have a pretty good car!
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