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!!