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    On my 2009 Impreza outback sport I happened to look at the coolant overflow tank and noticed it's about an inch and a half above the max line when fully cold. Is this problematic and worth draining a bit out?

    Also, as far as headgasket failure goes, how often does it happen to engines with 190k+ miles on them? Girlfriend's 09 Impreza had the valve cover gaskets replaced awhile ago but not headgaskets and she noticed the car was a bit low on coolant this morning. We topped it off with the subaru stuff and are keeping an eye on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRX97 View Post
    Stupid question:

    On my 2009 Impreza outback sport I happened to look at the coolant overflow tank and noticed it's about an inch and a half above the max line when fully cold. Is this problematic and worth draining a bit out?

    Also, as far as headgasket failure goes, how often does it happen to engines with 190k+ miles on them? Girlfriend's 09 Impreza had the valve cover gaskets replaced awhile ago but not headgaskets and she noticed the car was a bit low on coolant this morning. We topped it off with the subaru stuff and are keeping an eye on it.
    Your outback will be fine.

    It's hard to tell if a head gasket will go or not. Knowing the problems those motors had, I would anticipate it soon. Keep an eye on her coolant after you refill it and if it is going down drastically at a noticeably quick rate then you likely have an issue.
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