02 wrx, 52K miles, finally got my coolant leak. I knew it was coming, just one of those MY02 things from what I've read.
So I pressure tested (fine) and replaced the cap, but the leak continues. I'm getting a little bit on the bumper guard below the plastic reservoir, but I don't see a crack anywhere on it. I can see the rest of the fluid leaking out the bottom about mid-engine compartment, but I don't see any visible issues on the rad. Seems a common issue in this MY is close to the heater core, but I'm not going tinkering around there (not a wrench here).
I have a local shop that's done a few things for me (smaller issues, great place and I've had nothing but luck there). I use that as an option because the local dealership is 40 miles away and always turns out to be a 4 or 6 hour event for almost anything. Nice people, but painfully slow.
So...do I drop it off at the local shop and let them have a look, or do I waste a whole day (at least) at the dealership?