Two years ago it started running hot after 15 minutes of either driving or idling.
Coolant seemed to vanish into thin air.
The Subaru Dealership said that I either had a bad head gasket or a cracked cylinder wall.
They said it would cost $2,000 dollars just to find out what the exact problem was!
They said if the head gasket was bad then the total cost would be about $2,300 to replace the head gaskets.
They said if the cylinder wall was cracked, then we would need a new engine which would cost $7,500.
So out of frustration, we purchased a running 2000 Toyota Echo with 172,000 miles for $3,900.
The Forester has just been sitting in our backyard for the last two years.
According to Kelly Blue Book, if it was not over heating, then the amount that I could expect to get if I sold it to a private party is about $2,900.
It does have a couple of other problems also:
1) Dealership said that it needs a new rack and pinion, which they said would cost about $1,800.
I had to top off the Power Steering Fluid Reservoir weekly due to leaks.
2) The air conditioner works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.
The Echo is still running fine and it currently has 214,000 miles on it.
Our other running vehicle is a Honda Odyssey which has 220,000 miles on it.
We recently found out that the Odyssey does need one of its motor mounts replaced.
The last motor mount replacement cost us about $700.
I mentioned to my wife that I wondered if that $700 could fix the Subaru instead.
She gave me one of those looks.
I love the Subaru but we don’t know whether it’s worth sinking thousands of dollars into.
Would you recommend me using CRC Industries Block Seal Head Gasket Repair (in the can) on this vehicle?
P.S. I drive the Echo and my wife drives the Odyssey.