2008 Forester X Premium 5MT
It is not just Subaru using open/semi-closed deck design engines, almost all manufactures now have at least one engine that is of open/semi-closed deck design. All of the engines in the pic I posted for showing the open/closed/semi-closed deck are ALL SUBARU engines.Great explanation of the various type of cylinder casting methods.....naturally, Subarus would be the weakest........
Agreed, I haven't done many Fords(one Escort) but I have done a couple of Hondas, Toyotas, a bunch of Chryslers from K cars on, and many GM 4cyl and 6cyl and of coarse a few Subarus.Opinion and experience below:
I have done MORE Mopars, especially the 4 cylinders than anything else. Ford V6's come next.
Google 'headgasket bad ' and you will see Fords and Hondas on the top of the search......
Higher repair cost, not necessarily. In my experience the repair quotes I hear from most every one(for various manufactures) seems to range around $1000-1800 for inline 4cyl engines and $1500-2200 for some V6 engines. The general quote for a Subaru around my area is in that $1200-1500 range. So some what on the high side for a 4cyl, but it has 2 heads like a V6 so shouldn't you compare the cost to a V6 repair bill?....Which would then be on the low side. It is a catch 22 type of situation, it all depends on how you look at it.Wouldn't you have a higher repair cost with a Subie HG, however, since there're 2 heads to do?
I can honestly say I have not seen(in person) a leaky Subaru HG under 95,000 miles. All of the ones I have done have had more then 125k and several of those have gone another 150k more with the updated HG with out issues with out the use of the coolant conditioner. We did my buddies '98 Outback at ~150k a few years back, it now has almost 290K on those redone HG.I'd also be more forgiving if the HGs tended to go longer before needing the repair...........once you cross 120K miles or so, it's far more acceptable than on cars much newer...............owners of 2006 and up cars just shouldn't be having to face the failures yet..........IMHO, of course......
Every manufacture has some premature failures on their record, that is what the warranty is for. As I said to "erikwi" go to the dealer and make it known it could be an issue with a small run of parts since the build dates of his two 2006 Foresters are so close, again it is what the warranty is for. Get it fixed and don't let it scare you.