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Head Gasket on Subaru 2002

I am about to buy a used 2002 Subaru Legacy with 65000 miles. I have heard that 2002 Subaru can have bad head gaskets… is there a way to check the head gasket before I buy the car?

I can only tell you to check for water in the oil on the dipstick. If there is water (coolant) in the oil, it will look kind of creamy color.

Thanks for the suggestion. Would a mechanic be able to check further regarding the durability of the head gaskets?

The good news on the car is that its under an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty for head gasket failure if Subaru coolant conditioner is used. Pay a Subaru specialist for a check before purchase.