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The Wrong Subaru Head Gaskets in Seattle

Pictured below are some after market head gaskets we recently took out of a 1st generation 2.5l DOHC in a 1997  Subaru Legacy Outback.  They are the single worst idea I have seen in trying to address an issue that Subaru has already resolved.

Subaru came out with a great replacemant gasket for the first Generation 2.5l that is a real fix for the problem.

This gasket pictured below lasted a few months, yes months!!  The gasket is similar in design to the original gasket that was used in production and then was tweaked making it even weaker.

The reason I point these gaskets out is I would hate for any of my readers to buy them, and get no real life out of the repair.  I imagine since the repairs were made at a local “general repair shop” that the method of repair played into this as well, which is reason number one on a list of a hundred to make sure the shop you are taking your Subaru to is a Subaru Expert.

Paying to have the repairs made properly a second or third time will create financial and emotional frustration.

Thanks for reading , and know what you are paying for!!

Justin

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5 Responses to The Wrong Subaru Head Gaskets in Seattle

  1. Dwayne August 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Ken,

    Your article certainly points out the problems with the wrong headgasket. I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza TS … starting to show the headgasket problems. How would i know which is the right gasket? Stay with the manufacturer’s model?

    Thanks
    -dwayne

  2. Justin Stobb August 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Dwayne,

    We have a gasket that we sell, and that is the only gasket I really suggest using.

    If you buy the Gasket from Subaru you are putting in the exact thing you are taking out.

    Justin

  3. bonnie friedman October 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I have a 2002 Subaru Forester with a blown head gasket. It has 84,00 miles on it and I’m being told that it will cost around $3,500 to repair.
    Has anyone had a similar problem?

  4. Justin Stobb October 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Bonnie,

    Here is an article I wrote in 2006 and Q&A session about the head gaskets that is still on going.

    http://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-head-gasket-problems-explained/

    Justin

  5. John December 2, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    Hi,

    I will soon have to have the head gaskets replaced on my 2001 Subaru Outback. My mechanic is not a Subaru expert but still a good mechanic. I’d like to know where I can purchase genuine subaru parts? My mechanic will let me provide the parts. I also do some routine work myself but autozone or advance auto don’t seem to carry genuine subaru parts. I see a lot of website’s advertising subaru parts but I don’t know who to trust. Thanks for your assistance and great website.

    John