Car Problem Reports
Subaru Forester Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure
Subaru Forester Problem
Engines Affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Average Mileage: 102,011 mi (52,525 mi - 189,000 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 103,400 mi
Blown head gasket, quoted $1800 plus $130 for timing belt at Webster Grove Subaru. I have not fixed yet but plan to post with the results.
Visitor, 2003 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 70,000 mi
Head gasket fail.
Visitor, 1998 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 189,000 mi
Driving 30 miles from home, sweet smell in the car and no heat, temp gauge in the red. Subaru dealership diagnosed that the radiator was cracked and charged me $90 for that tidbit. I had it towed to my mechanic who replaced the radiator and thermostat at half of the cost that the dealership quoted. He determined it was the head gasket and quoted me $3,000. He isn't charging for any labor from putting in the radiator and thermostat because he is just a fantastic mechanic. I see quotes for 600-$1,000 for this issue but understand there are a lot of other costs associated with this repair that are not included in these estimates. My mechanic suggested not fixing it because of the high milage. Someone commented that their subaru died four months after they had the head gasket replaced, and I am thinking if it happened to him, it will probably happen to me. I am selling it for what I can get for it.
Visitor, 2010 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 84,000 mi
Head gasket failure. Repair in process at dealer, going on 7 days.
Visitor, 2006 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 104,000 mi
Had to have head gasket replaced. Very expensive
Visitor, 2005 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 90,000 mi
this car was burning coolant during last 4 years. Dealer fixed tubing once. But it was leaking again and in recent 2 years the engine oil became leaking too.
Visitor, 2001 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 110,000 mi
head gasket leaking coolant from both sides, used the 'Subaru additive' at all coolant changes, they want to charge me $2,600 to 'fix' their crappy part.
I'm probably going to sell it instead.
It wasn't right to begin with. Subaru thieves, instead of selling that crappy $1.50 additive that extended the life of a sub-standard seal that extends the life of it 'juuuust' beyond the warranty, they SHOULD have fixed the problem with a proper seal instead
Visitor, 2002 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 60,500 mi
overheat with bubble coolant in resevoire tank. Fixed by changing head gasket.
Visitor, 2001 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 126,000 mi
I was driving home from a trip when my car overheated started smoking. My engine stalled out and wouldn't turn on. I got the radiator replaced, and the next day drove it to work and 20-30 minutes into driving it overheated again. I got it towed back to the shop and they said upon inspection they said the head gasket cylinder(s) needed to be replaced ($1800-1900) and I also would need the timing belt replaced ($400). They said that since it was driven while overheated the engine seams may have been warped. I'm going to have to sell it and find a new car.
Visitor, 2005 Subaru Forester, 111,000 mi
Replaced head gasket. 2k$