Easy now. Don't blow a gasket

From Consumer Reports (Cars most likely to blow a head gasket.)
It IS from C.R.- FWIW


Huh! … Several Subarus made the list. Imagine that!

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My first Outback–a '97 model–suffered a head gasket breach at ~110k miles. Luckily, it was of the oil into coolant type of breach, rather than coolant into oil, so replacing the breached gasket(s) was not of an emergent nature, and I was able to schedule the repair at my convenience.

To my surprise and delight, the dealership charged me only ~$400 to replace both head gaskets
(yes, they gave me a giant break on the price…), and after I had driven the car for another couple of years, the car lived-on to provide reliable service to a young relative for another 5 or 6 years.

Is it any wonder that I returned to that dealership, and that I bought two more–problem-free–Outbacks from them?


@Tester, I guess that is why Subaru’s don’t have a temperature gauge anymore.

I am surprised that Nissan isn’t on the list. The Altima 2.5 is almost as bad as any Subaru.