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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback Question: How much would it cost to repair a head gasket on a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback

 

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Sidewinder7, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Denver, CO, June 17, 2012, 15:48
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I think my head gasket is trashed. I had a flat tire 2 blocks from home, so I slowly (meaning < 5 mph) drove it back to the parking lot in my apartment complex. As I pulled into the lot, I noticed black smoke from pouring from the rear of the vehicle. I don't want to start the car because it may cause further damage. If, by chance it is a head gasket, can someone give me a rough estimate on how much it would cost to repair it? Or, would it even be worth it?
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