head gasket replacement

pconsackett
0

Asked by pconsackett Jul 21, 2010 at 12:49 AM about the 2002 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

have a 2002 outback limited wagon with 80K miles, 2.5L.  got a quote for $3200
to replace the head gasket, seems high, even for San Francisco.  any thoughts?  
Also, how long can I drive on it with a blown gasket without doing serious damage
to the engine?

3 Answers

Bundaberg Currie
35

That price seems high but you have to remember your subaru has a boxer engine meaning the cylinders are horizontally opposed, which means the head gasket is difficult to get to because its not on top of the engine, its on the side. This could explain why the price is higher than normal. As for driving with a blown head gasket, put some radiator stop-leak in your radiator (heaps of it), dont rev the engine too high, carry lots of water with you and keep an eye on the engine temp. You can use pepper instead of the stop-leak stuff but you have to use heaps of it. You should be able to drive it around for a couple of weeks.....hopefully. Good luck!

pconsackett
0

thx!

califcarson
6,145

Get other estimates. Don't go to dealers, go to specialists that work on your type of car. Ask around about the garage you are going to also. That sound like the cost of a complete engine rebuild. $1,000 sounds high, but it appears to be labor intensive. Don't use anyone that tells you, "The book says that's the cost." Go on line, look for Subaru repair garage and call and talk to the owner. DO NOT pour any stop leak into your radiator unless you want to pay for a complete repair.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Burning Oil, Blown Head Gasket, Front drive shaft boots 15 answers

    My car was burning oil (~qt per 1000 miles). Also it showed the symptoms of a blown head gasket (temperature spike, relieved by revving engine and/or putting heater on). There is oil all over each si...

    2003 Subaru Outback Sport

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Heads torqued wrong!!! 25 answers

    If my head gaskets was torqued wrong when repaired would it eventually run hot but NOT leak anything?????? Really need some help here....2001 Subaru Outback AWD

    2001 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Shouldn't the timing belt and head gaskets and water pump be done at 100,000 miles 8 answers

    I am almost locked in to a purchase of a 2001 subaru outback vdc and the dealer doesn't seem to want to ease my mind by telling me if these things have been done. All he said is he will check to see ...

    2001 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 VDC

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What stop leak is best for a head gasket leak ? 8 answers

    I have a small water leak internal on the engine which I can smell after exiting the car. There's a few products that claim permanent repairs. Are they any good. Some are $40 and guarantee results. Wh...

    2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1999 Subaru Outback 1 answer

    Head gaskets removable

    1999 Subaru Legacy

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Outback
Looking for a Used Outback in your area?
CarGurus has 13,296 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,400.
ZIP:

Search Subaru Outback Questions

Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
Markw1952
Reputation 560
#2 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 460
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester"
282 Great Deals out of 26,325 listings starting at $1,075
Used Subaru Impreza"
191 Great Deals out of 10,086 listings starting at $1,495
Used Subaru Legacy"
260 Great Deals out of 8,435 listings starting at $1,795
Used Toyota RAV4"
831 Great Deals out of 33,526 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda CR-V"
855 Great Deals out of 46,746 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Highlander"
522 Great Deals out of 16,769 listings starting at $3,875
Used Subaru Impreza WRX"
30 Great Deals out of 2,100 listings starting at $12,896
Used Honda Civic"
1,102 Great Deals out of 62,501 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Wrangler"
771 Great Deals out of 48,904 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Pilot"
510 Great Deals out of 15,204 listings starting at $3,899
Used Toyota 4Runner"
346 Great Deals out of 10,101 listings starting at $2,495
Used Subaru Baja"
12 Great Deals out of 188 listings starting at $3,998

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 6,532 listings starting at $23,995
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
95 Great Deals out of 1,499 listings starting at $18,900
2013 Subaru Outback For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 992 listings starting at $13,995
2012 Subaru Outback For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 937 listings starting at $12,495
2011 Subaru Outback For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 768 listings starting at $10,995