First off, if anyone can figure this one out, dinner is on me next time you’re in Cheyenne Wyoming!
OK guys, I’ve got a good one. Hope you’re comfy and you have some coffee.
We purchased a 2001 Forester with about 70k miles on it last year. Driven by a couple in their 70s and oil changed at the dealer every 3,000 miles so we figured it was worth risking the head gasket issue. WRONG.
After about 6 months of worry-free driving, it started overheating on the highway only (after about 60 minutes at 70+ mph) so we took it in, telling the dealer we were worried about the head gasket. They said no, it’s the water pump. So we had them put in a new water pump and timing belt.
Upon receipt of the car, it was still overheating, so we took it back. We mentioned the head gasket again, but they said no, it’s the temp sending unit. New temp sending unit, and guess what, still overheating.
The third time they changed the head gasket. After some debate, they charged us for parts only. Well, it still overheated.
So they found a crack in the radiator, and put a new one on. Still overheats.
So they sent the heads off to have them inspected for warping and cracks. The heads came back clean.
Next step, the block! They installed a new block and it STILL OVERHEATS.
The dealership has provided us a rental car for the past couple of weeks, as we are now 7 (seven!) months into this process. Anyone have any ideas what the problem could be?
Thanks for volunteering your help guys!