Which model years had piston slap & head gasket problem?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by ed, Jun 15, 2005.

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    ed Guest

    Looking at buying a used Subaru, anyone know which model years had the
    piston slap and leaking head gasket problem?
    ed, Jun 15, 2005
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    jakkerma Guest

    I owned a 1995 legacy 2.0 na hydraulic lifters, which started to rattle in
    the morning after 100000 km.
    Drove to 230000km though, I think it would have lasted to 300k
    After that I owned a 1997 Impreza 2.0 na, mechanical lifters, also started
    to rattle after 100k,
    swapped it after 220k, still in ok condition. Now I drive a 2000 Legacy 2.5
    na phase1.
    Blew a headgasket after 50k..., but no piston slap yet.
    jakkerma, Jun 18, 2005
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    2.5L engine from 1997 and 1999 had blown head gasket problems, but in
    reality only a very small percentage had any problem. The 2.5L engine
    from 2000 on to ? had occasional head gasket weeping problems that
    forced Subaru to recommend a "cooling system conditioner" be install
    free resulting in an 8 year 100,000 mile system warranty. My 91,000
    mile 2000 Forester is fine. Head gasket weeping seems to be a problem
    with most all manufactures today and install a conditioner in at the
    factory. Piston slap I don't have it in 91,000 miles on my 2000
    Forester but, then I do an easy break-in for 2,000 miles to get
    everything polished instead of grinding the pieces into place by
    beating my engine. JMHO
    Edward Hayes, Jun 18, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    I have a 1993 impreza, 1.8L manual, and absolutely no problems. I have
    179,000 miles on it, doesnt burn any oil, and my mom has the same year
    and her's has 299,000 miles on it and still runs great. I can definately
    vouch for this engine.


    Paul Johnson
    Graduate Student - Mechanical Engineering
    University of Florida - Gainesville, Fl

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    Paul, Jun 19, 2005
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    Tom Reingold Guest

    So are there preventative things we can do?

    I have a 2000 Legacy L wagon.

    Tom Reingold, Jun 22, 2005
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    Subaru has a "cooling system conditioner" that they will put into the
    radiator. When done, Subaru will extend the warranty for cooling
    system seepage to 8 years or 100,000 miles. Contact www.Subaru.com and
    email them with your vehicles vin # and thy will get you the
    information. There was a recall for this and I was sent a letter
    stating what to do.
    Edward Hayes, Jun 22, 2005
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