head gasket on 2008 Subaru Forester

Asked by MimMim1015 Nov 18, 2019 at 05:31 PM about the 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The head gaskets have apparently been leaking oil on my 2008 Subaru
Forester with 171,000 miles on it.  The mechanic where I take my car told me
last year "they are just little leaks and nothing can be done".  Today I was told
the amount of oil leaking from the head gaskets has increased and they need
to be replaced.  Since they have to take the engine out in order to do the work,
I was told it would be best to replace the timing belt at the same time.  The
timing belt was replaced at 105,000 miles.  The estimate for the work, head
gaskets and timing belt is $2600.  Is that a fair price?  

2 Answers


The price is reasonable but you can shop around. However, if the oil level is not dropping much I would live with the leak. The timing belt is not due yet so I would wait on that too but go ahead and replace it should you do the head gaskets. The only additional cost should be the belt which is less than $100 so read your quote to make sure they don't add additional labor for the belt change. Keep an eye on the coolant level and the oil!


I have 2005 Subaru Forester .Earlier model Subarus are known for head gasket leaks. I replaced both head gaskets about 4 Years ago when was about 80 k km .Yes I replaced timing belt as well. If I remember correctly ,all parts cost me about $600.00 .NO.. You don't have to take engine out of the vehicle to do the job . It's not too much room ,but could be done. It's site on the internet how to do,step by step by professional mechanic.

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