Sandy, our most important mechanic, recently commented that he has worked on more Subarus in the past 4 months than ever before in his long, long career (that was a dig at Sandy getting older). Anyway, that is because I bought the shop in August and I love Subarus and my client base is, well, a Subaru demographic. I love my Subaru Cross Trek, and we put 400,000 kms on our Subaru Forester. However, I did have to put head gaskets in the Forester 3 times…one last time just before I sold it: to a buyer that promised to take the car to 500,000 kms!
Anyway, the point of this post is to touch on the Subaru head gasket problem that plagued these awesome vehicles through to 2010.
Subaru 2.5 non-turbo engines eat up the head gaskets every 150,000 kms, or sooner. that is just the way it is. It costs $2000-$2500 to install new head gaskets in these engines. In my opinion, it is almost always worth it to take the plunge and fix up your Subaru engine. If the rest of the car is in good shape, it is actually a small amount to pay to keep your AWD vehicle on the road. Trust me: a new Subaru is over $30,000 and well, frankly you will pay more than $3000 in taxes alone to buy a new one.
If you have head gasket troubles on your Subaru, call me. I know those engines inside and out and can turn around a head gasket repair pretty quick. Kroffat Brake & Wheel 250-748-0441.