1998 Subaru Forester L from North America
I bought the car used in March of this year. Have been hearing a grinding sound, sort of a rubbing when making sharp turns. Came to find out, my axle boot is deteriorated and needs to be replaced, but cannot be done without replacing axle as well, so that will need to be scheduled.
Just had 3 belts replaced, 4 tires put on, total tune up all this at around 900.00.
Now am told that oil is leaking into coolant from some gasket somewhere,; Sears didn't have the technology to tell me from where, so have called Subaru and am waiting for a call back.
Everyone else on this site says it's from a blown head gasket, but the inside indicator does not go up to hot, so I don't know if that is it. She does smell hot however when I park her, and I have just gotten out of the car; is this a head gasket or an intake gasket leak? Does anyone know?
Oil leaking into coolant.
Uncomfortable long distance driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th November, 2008
CV shafts are a common failure on any car with high miles like yours. Belts, tires, tuneup are all common wear items on vehicles. Coolant in oil = bad. From what you say, it is probably a head gasket. A intake gasket leak would typically cause the exhaust to run white. If you smell/see coolant on the engine, it is likley the head gasket. That is probably why the previous owner sold it to you.
Many cars have been scrapped long before they reach 180,000 miles.