2001 Subaru Forester S 2.5 petrol from North America
Both head gaskets failed. I wish I'd read the reviews listed here before buying the car, then I'd have known about the problem. Apparently there is a class action lawsuit against Subaru in the USA for the 2.5 engine head gasket issue.
The heater matrix rusted through and leaked, headlight bulb holder corroded and failed, radiator failed, main radiator hose blew, plus assorted wear and tear issues such as exhaust, wheel bearings etc.
We bought the Forester on Subaru's supposed reputation for reliability. Well, I guess we learned our lesson.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th June, 2011
7th Jun 2011, 22:15
Head gaskets on SOHC Subarus are cake to fix... it's no big deal. The radiator "matrix" (no one ever uses that term)... is made of aluminum, it can't "rust".
Foresters are hyper reliable and fun to drive if you need an AWD and a station wagon all wrapped up into one...
So what if it needs a head gasket, once it's fixed it stays fixed... (ask me how I know... I've owned 7 of them so far)... and seriously; name a car that won't need a H-G repair once in its life... seriously, most every car will need it... BUT with the Subaru's, at least it's a simple job... regardless of what your "trusted" shop may say.
If you can change a tire/tyre and cook a meal or sew on a button, then you can do a Subaru SOHC head-gasket job... seriously it's simple and easy. Never more than 4-5 hours tops.
Good cars here in the wild where 10,000 ft mountains and only dirt roads exist... Also a nice ride that makes most everyone glance twice at it, and it's only three hours away in downtown San Francisco or Reno, fun cars! Spunky is an apt term... Easy to fix... They have the right feel.