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Old 01-03-2009, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How much does it cost to get a head gasket replaced?

I have a 1998 Forester and was wondering what it would typically cost to get a head gasket replaced.
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I have a 1998 Forester and was wondering what it would typically cost to get a head gasket replaced.
it depends where you live and what kind of shop you will take it too, here in northern California it could range anywhere from $500 if you take it to a hack shop.....to $2500 and up.
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Jee wizz that is expensive.
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I was quoted approx., $1500 for both side, water pump, new intake gaskets, oil seals, valve cover gaskets, spark plug gaskets.

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Wierd thing is it seems like my oil is laking from multipule places. Definitly the valve cover gasket but it als seems like oil is leaking from the front part of the engine block where the engine meets the pullies and what not.
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Wierd thing is it seems like my oil is laking from multipule places. Definitly the valve cover gasket but it als seems like oil is leaking from the front part of the engine block where the engine meets the pullies and what not.
$1500 is not expensive for head gasket. You need to consider what it takes to change them. They have to do the following:

1. Drop the engine out the bottom.
2. Pull of the valve cover
3. Remove the Intake manifold.
4. Remove the timing belt.
5. Remove the head.

You say yours is leaking from valve cover and several other places, how many miles have you got on your engine? Well, not only did they replace the head gasket, they also replace the water pump, oil seals around the camshaft, valve cover gasket, Spark plug gasket, etc..... They basically replaced everything that could potentially cause an oil leak.

The front part of the engine block is wear the oil seals around the cambshaft are located.

So if you think $500 is expensive!!!!!! What do you think it should cost to replace just the head gasket and nothing else!!!!!!
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Wierd thing is it seems like my oil is laking from multipule places. Definitly the valve cover gasket but it als seems like oil is leaking from the front part of the engine block where the engine meets the pullies and what not.
Not sure about the front, but valve cover gaskets are pretty easy to diy.
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Before you shop around, why not ask for a warranty replacement? The head gaskets on my 2000 Forester needed replacing in late 2007. The shop quoted me $3,000 "for starters." I then looked around on the net and discovered that there is a warranty program that you have to ask for. I asked for it and got the replacement done free of charge.

I don't know if the 1998 Forester is too old to take advantage of the program, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.

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We charge $1800 .... that includes also doing the Timing belt, water pump and oil pump reseal .... A little more if you also need t-belt bearings and/or Tensioner ...
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^^^ man. im not liking these prices. I think a swap is in order.

I'm hoping a wrx engines mates to a stock forester SF 5 speed ok ?
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I recently got my headgasket replaced at the dealer where I bought the car. Cost me $900. While they had everything out, I added another $100 for the timing belt and all other drive belts to be replace. So $1K total about for me.
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Before you shop around, why not ask for a warranty replacement? The head gaskets on my 2000 Forester needed replacing in late 2007. The shop quoted me $3,000 "for starters." I then looked around on the net and discovered that there is a warranty program that you have to ask for. I asked for it and got the replacement done free of charge.

I don't know if the 1998 Forester is too old to take advantage of the program, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.

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my 03's HG is messed up..
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WWP-99 Campaign covers only 1999 to 2002 phase II engines excluding some MY99 with phase I engines. It extends headgasket external leaks to 8 years or 100,000 miles.

Head Gasket Problems - Subaru 2.5 liter engine - Phase 1 and 2

MY2003 are excluded. One of the head techs at the dealer suggest I send a letter to SOA laying out the history of my car to push SOA to cover beyond MY2002. I just haven't got around to it but soon. One headgasket failed at 60K for me than another at 90K. The first one I got warrantied but not the second.

If anyone does get a headgasket replacement, please be advise and inform the shop of this...

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-gasket-10672/
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WWP-99 Campaign covers only 1999 to 2002 phase II engines excluding some MY99 with phase I engines. It extends headgasket external leaks to 8 years or 100,000 miles.

Head Gasket Problems - Subaru 2.5 liter engine - Phase 1 and 2

MY2003 are excluded. One of the head techs at the dealer suggest I send a letter to SOA laying out the history of my car to push SOA to cover beyond MY2002. I just haven't got around to it but soon. One headgasket failed at 60K for me than another at 90K. The first one I got warrantied but not the second.

If anyone does get a headgasket replacement, please be advise and inform the shop of this...

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-gasket-10672/

That ain't no fair.

03 was the transitional year...arg......

there are so many of us(03 owners) who had to get the HG job done..
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Welp, FWIW, My dealer quoted me $1600 for starting price
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