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Forester - Headgasket Repair & Engine Rebuild



  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    Not a bad idea, will do. Found out my car was built 12/05 and hers was built 1/06. Coincidence they both have a bad gasket?

    Called the dealer that did mine and told them about it. The service advisor said SOA had them return the HGs to SOA headquarters for analysis. Hopefully they'll figure it out. I'm wanting the same tech to do my mom's car since I know he does quality work, if it turns out the gaskets actually do need to be replaced.

    Keep ya'll posted!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm glad to see SoA wants to analyze the HGs, see what happened to them.
  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    You're not the only one. I hope they can figure it out and I wouldn't be surprised to see a TSB or something come out to let dealers know to keep an eye on the 06's, just in case.

    Needless to say, my faith in Subie has been restored!
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Send a used oil sample to Blackstone for analysis - the standard test includes coolant:

    I have monitored the Forester Forum for the past year and have not heard of a head gasket leak on the 2006-on Forester.
  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    I took a sample after I got home the evening before I took the car to the dealer and sent it to Blackstone. They haven't gotten it yet and it's been almost a month now. I should've put it in a box but you know hindsight's always 20/20. I've been in contact with them and they know about it. They're just waiting for it to show up.

    As I posted earlier, Mom's 06 showed signs of oil seepage on the passenger side head gasket. I cleaned it and will recheck it every opportunity I have. If it comes back, then it's off to the dealer with her car.
  • Well, at 70,000 miles my Subie has the dreaded HG leaks. Indie mechanic, who I trust, wants over 2 grand for total repair. Or should I fight the battle with SOA and have the dealership do a half a$$ job. I need new tires also. Total cost could be around 3,000 and the trade in is around 6,000. I love my Forester and would consider the 09. What would you do? I know I am not alone with this problem-to sell or fix. I need a safe reliable AWD auto for driving in Northern Michigan. Thanks ahead for advice. :confuse:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    See what the dealer offers as a trade. They will wholesale it, question is will it be more than $3000 (your net profit sale minus cost to fix). If so just trade-up, and avoid the hassle.
  • My Subaru 2001 Forester (130000 Miles) makes a clicking sound when it goes from 2nd to 3rd. There is a little jerk only when it goes to third. It an automatic but I know the gear num as its quite obvious. Any clue as to whats going on?

  • Goldengal, sounds like you've had the same problem I’ve experienced, same model and similar mileage.
    I have a 2003 Forrester 2.5 XS with 73K on it. Although it’s a 2003, I bought it in May 2002, it was one of the first new ’03 models that hit the showrooms. I’ve maintained it regularly and haven’t had any major problems with it. Until this month. I had leaky head gaskets.
    Contacted Subaru. After some delays in getting an answer, in the end, I was told that my Subaru is “not part of the campaign” that Subaru apparently has to help customers who have had the head gasket problem. The “campaign” is for 2000-02 vehicles only.
    Not the ideal outcome from my perspective. And it does seem like the issue might not have been solved with the 2002 models. I understand any car can have a leaky head gasket, but 73K seems a little early, no?
  • Call Subaru's 800 number, I had HG problem with my 2003 forester (i also bought in May 2002!). They paid for half the cost.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
  • mariann2mariann2 Posts: 1
    Similar problems to what I've been reading here, but some differences. Please read and let me know what you think.

    127,000 major problems.
    When accelerating doesn't seem to get gas and won't go and proceeds very bumpy, then surges forward. Happens sporadically. Sometimes very rough idle ( car is almost jumping ). Pumping on the gas seems to keep it going.
    Check engine light comes on sometimes. It's reading o2 sensor, but my mechanic says it's definitely not that. Mechanic not sure...thinks it's maybe the fuel pump. ig expense for a maybe solution. Any ideas? Many thanks for any assistance.

    My mechanic has changed the oil filter, cleaned up various thingies and since the
  • chienchien Posts: 6
    I recently had a flashing Check Engine light and no power on acceleration. Flashing CEL is serious -- not to be ignored. A month or two before, I had a steady CEL (not as bad as flashing but still needs to be scanned) and after the diagnostic, the sensor was reset, and CEL went away. After the second steady CEL and more extensive diagnostic, my mechnic replaced the ignition coil as it was bad. I was running on only 3 cylinders. Car runs like new! Also, check to see if one or more of your ignition wires is corroded. Sporadic connection could account for sporadic performance.

    Good answer here at WikiAnswers: s_when_giving_gas_had_a_tune_up_done_and_replaced_bad_gas_any_other_ideas_of_wha- t_this_could_be_what's_a_v-tech_sensor
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Spark or fuel....

    First change the fuel filter, it's the cheapest.

    Then the spark plugs, then spark plug wires. At 127k you should be on your 3rd set of wires.

    Beyond that, the ignition coil or fuel pump, let's hope it's not the latter. Everything else is a cheap fix.
  • sd70sd70 Posts: 9
    I'm a little late but...

    My '01 Forester was doing the same exact thing a couple of months ago. They replaced the O2 sensor and she was running like a charm again. hope this helps.

    BTW.... I needed head gaskets a few years ago. I noticed my fan was running more often than it should be, but the car was not overheating. I was told I needed new gaskets, but it was covered under warranty. Seems to be great ever since. I was very happy to see Subaru step up to solve this issue.
  • Has any had a head gasket problem with the 2005 model? I brought my car in for a recall and was told I need new head gaskets, tires and brakes. My tires were two year old - annoying to say the least. But the head gasket issue is obviously a design flaw in subaru's. I was wondering if Subaru would give me half toward the HD repair. Anyone have any experience with that?

  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    Had my 2006 done under warranty at 43k and now my mom's getting the head gaskets replaced on her car at 30k under warranty. Do you have any warranty left?
  • I did not realize that the HG problem extended past the 03 models. We replaced our HG's on our 03 Forester and it runs great. If you don't have any warranty left -get in touch with Subaru of America and get them to at least pay half of the cost. Make sure it is your HG by reading up on the signs and symptoms in the forums. As for tires make sure they do an alignment and check tire warranty as well. We took our subie in to a private mechanic to confirm what the dealership had told us before giving the car up to the stealership for repair. SoA will only help with cost if you have it repaired at dealership. Best of luck.
  • Thanks for your reply. Wow - 2006 at at 43K! Unfortunately I don't have any warranty left - I just hit 75,000 miles and I am sure that is over the warranty.
    Any suggestions? Do you think it would help to call the corporate office?
  • Yes, apparently this is a design issue - a poor design -so it does extend beyond the 03 models. I will try getting in touch with Subaru of Ameica. I originally put the car in the dealer for a recall issue and they were the ones who told me I needed head gaskets. Do you think I should still have it confirmed somewhere else? I don't have any signs of a problem.
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