I am considering buying a 2011 Subaru Forester with about 80,000 miles.
The pre-purchase inspection at a Subaru dealer revealed a minor “seep” at the right of the timing cover. We were told that this is a common problem, does not require repair and should not inhibit us from purchasing the vehicle.
However, research and calls to Subaru mechanics revealed that a seep/leak could require replacement of the timing cover, resealing of the camshaft carriers or repair of the valve cover gasket - all expensive repairs.
Other mechanics told us that it may simply require repairing the silicone seal around the timing belt cover and should not require further maintenance.
Please share your insights and experience.