Head Gasket on Forester XT - What else should I replace?

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by merryfknpoppins, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. merryfknpoppins


    Dec 5, 2022
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    Helped a buddy out by buying a car off him with a blown head gasket. 2004 Forrester XT, 200k miles. Now - into the shit. Also - thanks for having me.

    Second time I've done a 2.5 head job, but first turbo motor and holy bejesus the shit that's buried in this thing. I'd like to avoid breaking into this engine bay for a few years and will be taking skiing frequently. Aiming for peak reliability (for its age) - willing to put an additional $1000 into parts.

    Aside from a bad head, I also pulled the following codes
    - P0546 Exhaust Gas Temp Circuit High Bank 1 sensor 1 (thrown twice)
    - P0011 Intake Camshaft Position Timing Over Advanced bank 1
    - P0021 Same as above, bank 2

    Parts on hand
    - Head gasket and head rebuild kit
    - timing kit w/ water pump
    - head bolts

    What would you add with a $1000 budget (note, suspension, brakes etc. in good shape. Focus is on engine)?
    merryfknpoppins, Dec 5, 2022
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