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Subaru Outback Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

Subaru Outback Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007

Engines Affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L 6 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 101,248 mi (22,000 mi - 169,000 mi)


The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 125,000 mi

    Head gasket leak

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  • jimr24, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 147,000 mi

    car overheated , replaced water pump , radiator , sensors ,hoses ,head gasget

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 97,000 mi

    Oil leaking from Head Gasket (Both sides). Told by Mechanic to monitor fluid levels. Car Serviced twice a year as we don't put enough miles on it to follow that schedule.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 93,216 mi

    Engine light on. Heats up when a/c is on. Started hesitation on acceleration just after having major front end work completed with a AAA approved Subaru Repair garage costing $1800.00+.
    Had been seen by Subaru dealer for recalls in 2003 & 2004

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 85,000 mi

    Head gasket started leaking one month after the 90,000 mile maintenance, which I did early. Frustrating, but I still love my Subi! Replaced head gasket.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 120,000 mi

    Head gasket leaks and car overheats. Talked with an executive at Subaru and they told me I was sol. Felt blown off as soon as they heard over 100,000 miles. Original owner here and will pay the $2100 bill to fix but probably will sell ASAP just to recoup the cost. Wife loves that car but they knew the heads were bad and we never received a recall.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 93,500 mi

    check engine light. replaced wires,plugs,coil. light still came on. dealer said i needed a head gasket

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 22,000 mi

    Found a leak in my driveway just after oil ch. Back to Firest- they checked - said it was head gasket.Subaru dealer from wh I bought car,replaced it. Happened during 1st 3 yrs of ownership.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 65,000 mi

    Coolant level drops, sweet smell when engine stops

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 119,000 mi

    Vehicle is overheating and loosing collant, intermittently. Cylinder head gasket at the rear of the left side cylinder head failed. Did not repair.

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