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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2002 Subaru Outback exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012005

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Subaru Outback (not sure which engine) - noticed coolant smell around November 2005; was told by the dealer that the head gasket was leaking - they could either add a gasket "conditioner" treatment" - or I could go with the replacement gasket for ~$3000 or so. This was not long after my 60K service, wherein nothing had been found wrong. I also noted fuel smells, which they noted might require new fuel line and fuel rail(?) to the tune of another ~$650 or so. I asked about recalls, and they hemmed and hawed - they finally told me that there was a recall on earlier series engines, but that mine was outside the recall group. I've since found hundreds, maybe thousands of similar complaints by owners of late-model Subaru. Some get the replacement, but the car never runs the same afterwards. Many only get a replacement out of Subaru after going to the district or even national level at Subaru of America.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

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