Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Seattle 98102
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester XT
Transmission: 5M (Man-hwel)
My 04 XT is leaking along the top PS side crimping as well at 126K. Looking at Mishimoto all Alumin(i)um for $380 from Mishimoto. Calling Jackie tmo at Annap Subaru to see if there's a $ diff. Just saw they have a huge aftermarket vendor list from which they can order all the good stuff(Mishimoto, Whiteline, Perrin, etc.).
Lehman Sub is quoting me 540 for oem radiator, 480 for 'good aftermarket'. How can it be justifiable to double the markup, even if labor is incl. still unreasonable. Sorry, no thanks. Will DIY and get one that won't 'uncrimp' again.
Found Mishimoto Radiators on Amazon for $279, free shipping. Annap Subaru can do them for ~$285 shipped. Installed it looks pretty sweet. All the guys at Lehman Subaru now want one. They put mine in for free since they had the belt covers off doing belts, idlers and the AVCS actuator.
Found out that as the 3rd owner beginning at 118K(I purchased the vehicle from the 2nd owner, who bought it "Certified Pre-Owned" at 80K from owner 1) that it was now at 125K on the original timing belt. Yikes!
Anyhow, the 1,3,4 misfire and 0011 timing overadvance in bank 1 ended up being a combo of a dead AVCS solenoid and stuck AVCS actuator on that side. I can envision the solenoid perhapse failed when or at some point after the actuator stuck, which was the cause of the terrible to no idling in my case. That crapped up the plugs(except#2), burned lots of oil-had about 6/8mpg less while driven with the misfires and shook the radiatior to the point of a leak around the crimping.
To all the spark plug banter, the mechs at Lehman(30 years exp on Subarus, the svc mgr owns 2 Foresters) were quite emphatic about using the OEM plugs. This probably goes along with the discussions of ruined engines after using other plugs outside the temp range, gap and electrode material specs advised.
Last edited by H20pulse; 05-12-2012 at 10:36 PM.