Head Gasket Leak

2003 Subaru Legacy

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Subaru dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,289 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (2 reports)
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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 272014

Legacy 2.5 GT Ej251 2.5L H4

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles


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Received the car with clear knowledge of it overheating. Was told is was a simple failed water pump. Upon inspection the water pump looked to be just fine. I do my own work. Even though this is an unusual motor and car. Removing the motor was a breeze. Out of the car in a few hours. I looked on the block closer and spotted my failed head gasket leaking from the back side. I'm in the process of replacing the parts as I was in a bind for time it could be done within a weekend easily. No special tools all metrics. I was told that the head gasket had been replaced once before but after removing it I was told wrong. It is the stock head gasket. With the help of YouTube. The Haynes manual. And some good friends what some people reported as almost a $2000 job. I'm paying 300 for with a lot of other parts.

- , Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 042008

Legacy GT 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,578 miles

Crack in head gasket. I was told by the dealer that this is quite common in Subaru's and that they are aware of the problem. I have high mileage on my car (all freeway), but it has been regularly maintained. Seems like recently I have excessive problems, beyond the annoying ones that I typically ignore (the loud air noise from the windows, the jittery clutch).

- , Redding, CA, US

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