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    Repair question

    Hey guys,

    I'm fairly new hear. I have a 2004 2.5RS. It has been in great condition ever since I bought it in 2003. I have now approached 105,000 miles and have noticed an oil leak underneath. After looking at it, I was told that I need head gaskets as well as my 105k check up (new timing belt and water pump). I was quoted $3000 by the dealership and $1200 by a friend. I'm not sold on the friend doing the work because he hasn't really worked on Subaru's in the past. I found a local shop that does work on them, but can't get a hold of them and they haven't returned my emails or voicemails (great customer service).

    My question is...

    What is a realistic cost of the these repairs?

    New head gaskets?

    New timing belt and water pump?

    Thanks in advance

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    How did the oil leak lead to a diagnosis of head gasket failure?
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    both my friend and dealership

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    Your friend is inexpensive and the dealer expensive. The parts for a thorough timing belt job (timing belt, water pump, gasket, thermostat, gasket, accessory belts, tensioner, all rollers) can exceed $500 for a WRX, and then there is the cost of the gasket kit for the heads plus expendables. This doesn't count the labour though.
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    yeah, labor is always more expensive. I guess going through my friend is a good option. I gotta buy the parts myself. Any suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daetronWRX View Post
    yeah, labor is always more expensive. I guess going through my friend is a good option. I gotta buy the parts myself. Any suggestions.
    See if there is a Gates timing belt kit available for your car and discuss gasket kits with your Subaru dealer for the heads. If there is no Gates kit, see the dealer for everything IMO. It's not an insignificant amount of work but if you are paying for the parts yourself in addition to your friends $1,2K that's more realistic as far as total cost (you'd be around $2K).
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    the $1,200 was an estimate with me purchasing the parts. he said $600 for the work. I'll look for a Gates timing belt.

    Thanks

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    I still don't understand how both came up with the head gasket from a oil leak. Is there oil in the coolant? Is there coolant in the oil? Usually if the car is running good and just leaking oil it is just coming from the front or rear main seals. Just my .02

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    My guess is they looked into the oil leak, and in addition to, say, a leaking valve cover gasket they saw an external head gasket leak -- not entirely uncommon for the 2.5L motors earlier at least.
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    What kind of experience does your friend have, i.e. what kind of cars has he worked on, and what's his experience level in years of experience as well as what kind of work has he done?

    $500 in labor to do this whole job is really cheap (assuming $550 for the timing belt parts and another $150 for the gaskets).

    I'm with SD_GR they probably saw a leaking gasket somewhere. But that's definitely something I'd want a concrete answer on. Find out where exactly the oil is leaking from for sure.
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    Hi I was informed I had a Blown Head Gasket 1 year ago, we parked the vehicle up got quotes from the diff specialists and was then informed From Subaru that It would cost around 3,500$ inc GST &Parts/Labour Gasket/Water Pump/ Cambelt.
    I think it is an unreasonable price but Subaru will not deal with 2nd hand parts unless they purchase....VEry weird

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