Head gaskets question for 2010 and up models...... only.
This question is aimed at those who have a 2010 Subaru Outback or later.
Has anyone experienced a head gasket failure? And, what was your total
miles when this occurred??
Subaru re-engineered the old head gaskets design and the problems of the
2000s and prior really diminished...
By the way, if you don't actually own a Subaru, please skip answering this
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Starting your own database, Grasshopper? Your sampling universe is (and will be) too small to have any validity. Regardless, you already learned that the 2000-2009 era HGs were replaced by a more robust design, but that the problem with the prior era 2.5i was with its fragile DOHC design. Some 2010-2011 Imp/For 2.5i still may be suspect, however, depending. What (and why?) are you trying to learn here?
Most late model subarus experience this problem around 140000kms and up.This is the forth generation subaru and it all started in1996 with the introduction of the 2.5 litre engine
Ernie, you've got a problem with being informed??
Not at all. But my early training in sampling statistics AND knowledge of the facts suggest your polling will be powerless, and thus meaningless.
See? Petrney's remark is an uninformed, simplistic, incorrect conclusion of the underlying facts and data. Where ya gonna put it, Mark?
Ernie,. I'm thinking that head gaskets might last long enough for me to sell my car around the 11 to 12 years range without any problems. And, get into another younger model?? I'll see later when I get closer to this milestone. It's always good to get feedback from others owning this particular vintage 2010 to 2014 or later.. if I can dodge this bullet, I'd rather do that... I'm pretty conservative with my cars - how else did you think that I got almost 20 years service from my 1995 Honda Accord? Besides, cars really last longer in SoCal...
Is the outback your retirement mark?
Hi Mark, Walt, et al. I wouldn't worry about the HGs in the 2010+ 2.5i...and since salt- free but hot climates have different issues, I'f perhaps focus more on dry-rot issues with rubber parts than metal corrosion. So start checking your t-belt annually for cracks after the 8 yr mark, and watch those hoses and brake lines, etc. Rubber hates ozone too! Aside from this easy stuff I fear that you'll be forced to a probably rude decision point when the CVT acts up. After all, it IS Subaru's big guinea pig of the 2010-2012 era; even the Phase 2 (2013+) are failing alarmingly....
Walt, I thought your query was aimed at ME! Ha. But yes, I doubt that I'll be around once the best-handling 2013-2014 OBs age out, as it looks like Toyaburu won't make a good-sized fine handling 5 door until after the next redesign...probably 2020...if history serves correctly. It'll have been an interesting four decades for me, eh?
Ernie, YES, I understand about the heat issues.... That is why I've thought about replacing the timing belt in the eighth or ninth year, just to be safe.. About the CVT....I had the transmission fluid changed by the Subaru dealership and it's running fine at 81,000 miles... I'll keep an eye on this.. you know, you can buy a new car even for $5,000 , SO, even if I were to have a costly repair, it would probably be something I would NOT have to revisit for a very long time... still, would rather not have to do this. There's no car out there without issues... This will not be my last car and depending on how the overall service is on my car, I'll decide whether or not to continue with Subaru... Funny thing on how you mentioned the 2020 model, I was thinking about one of these later on.... we'll see.... This is NOT Subaru's first CVT...that would date back to the Justy from 1989... And, CVTs are not at all new by any means, they've been around a long time... As for failing everywhere...sure, all the samples you see are failing, you're in this business, but, the question is what's the overall percentage...do you actually know... And, at what mileage?? I'm thinking around 125,000 to 150,000 average.... http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-asian/curbside- classic-extra-justification-four-door-subaru-justy/
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