Hesd Gasket

Asked by Jun 29, 2016 at 12:16 AM about the 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 non turbo Legacy. Dealer says needs
head gaskets and cylinder resurfaced. Car has
140000 miles, should i do repair or look for a
motor?

6 Answers

1,730

I would never have dealer look at it or do it. Take it to a mechanic you can trust and get inspection and estimate for both your ideas.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
7,165

It's the head that needs resurfaced not the cylinders. I would do the head job vs another engine unless it's been abused. 140k it's not bad for normal use and proper maintenance.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
12,815

Subaru's never have head gaskets issues? So, I'm told.. kinda strange.. Even thought they are famous for this issue!. Its always more cost effective to change out the engine! simple. Buy a lower mileage engine, you will save time, money, and headaches, Its even difficult to locate decent repair facility, and or a machine shop that's competent in 2016 Check online everyone knows to replace not rebuild in this case.

6,705

what A_C? they DO have HG issues... but not every problem that comes across a forum IS a HG issue. Mileage these days generally means zilch.. it's more about maintenance/care.. LV, if you absolutely TRUST the dealer, maybe. But as Mik said, find someone with real integrity and maybe that's familiar with sub's and the head torque procedure. Are you having issues with the car? hot lava bubbling coolant from the res? weeping oil/coolant from the head gaskets? what were their reasons / were you in for an oil change or something? I recently bought a halfway rebuilt EJ253 ($450) but only because the heads were decked and new HG's and supposedly torqued correctly (I'd estimate at least $500 work). I'm going to clean it up more and do as many other gaskets as I can before I swap it out. But I would not buy just any used engine straight out of another car to try to avoid what will happen again. I also post this link to HG questions, good read, good info, and a very informational video in there as well: https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-head-gaskets- problems-explained-part-ii/

5,300

Walth nailed it! 2000+ SOHC non-turbo head gasket replacements are common and quite durable if done carefully, which includes machine shop work (as mentioned), and care in torquing new bolts. Expect to pay $1300-1700 for a high quality job all in.

5,300

Oops! Firstly, are you SURE you NEED new HGs? Subie dealers almost ALWAYS tell owners of 2000+ SOHC motors that they need HGs. If your coolant loss is minimal, and your never overheating, and you're not bleeding much oil out the passenger side head just use 10W40 oil and watch coolant levels and see how the summer goes.

Your Answer

Legacy

Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 13,626 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $900.

ZIP:

Subaru Legacy Experts

  • #1
    Anthony_60
    Reputation
    1,270
  • #2
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    720
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
215 Great Deals out of 18,420 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Outback
395 Great Deals out of 36,914 listings starting at $995
Used Subaru Forester
391 Great Deals out of 33,911 listings starting at $1,808
Used Honda Accord
1,027 Great Deals out of 63,281 listings starting at $999
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
60 Great Deals out of 1,294 listings starting at $3,365
Used Toyota Camry
1,107 Great Deals out of 72,799 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
850 Great Deals out of 78,667 listings starting at $900
Used Ford Fusion
1,110 Great Deals out of 77,141 listings starting at $1,299
Used Subaru Impreza WRX STi
43 Great Deals out of 666 listings starting at $9,998
Used Audi A4
314 Great Deals out of 10,885 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Altima
1,140 Great Deals out of 75,113 listings starting at $999
Used Mazda MAZDA6
181 Great Deals out of 13,341 listings starting at $1,395
Used BMW 3 Series
1,041 Great Deals out of 31,744 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i For Sale
513 listings starting at $20,405
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i For Sale
428 listings starting at $17,665
2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i For Sale
53 listings starting at $14,995
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i For Sale
152 listings starting at $10,950
2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 215 listings starting at $9,750

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.