Car Problem Reports
Subaru Outback Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure
Subaru Outback Problem
Engines Affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L 6 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 102,718 mi (22,000 mi - 169,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Subaru Outback, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 125,000 mi
Head gasket leak
car overheated , replaced water pump , radiator , sensors ,hoses ,head gasget
Visitor, 2003 Subaru Outback, 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.
Visitor, 2000 Subaru Outback, 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.
Visitor, 2001 Subaru Outback, 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
Visitor, 2001 Subaru Outback, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Subaru Outback, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 65,000 mi
Coolant level drops, sweet smell when engine stops
Visitor, 2003 Subaru Outback, 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.
Visitor, 2000 Subaru Outback, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 111,000 mi
complete loss of all coolant within 3 weeks of topping up. Pressure test revealed a leaking left head gasket, which was replaced with new head gaskets (for the turbo charged engine, even though we don't have that kind). We were told that these other gaskets were more "robust". Also changed the water pump and timing belt. Total cost was $1900.
Car was overheating, right after purchased ,replaced thermastat, then flushed radiator, still over heated, now they say a cracked head