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Hi guys

So (on the wife's car) the dealer tells me both LH and RH side cam carriers are leaking. Not badly (at the moment), but I need to keep an eye on the oil level and get it repaired at some point. It's almost all labor, they need to take out the engine, and it will be over $1700 for the repair, and they will need the car for two days.

I googled for "cam carrier leak" and before I clicked enter Google offered to modify my search to "Forester 2011 cam carrier leak". I guess this is a common issue!

Seems like a ridiculous cost to fix a leak. The car probably isn't worth much more than 7k. But I did just get new tires for it, and spent a lot on the 60k service not long ago (I got everything done that they advised, it was about a grand). Current mileage is 73k.

So now I'm debating what to do. If I pay the $1700, what's to say something else expensive isn't going to come up soon after. My missus likes the car, but I don't want it to turn into a money pit. I just managed to get rid of the payment on my 2015 Forester a few months ago, and was hoping to go a good while without another car payment.

Advice?

TIA
 

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At my last inspection,(December) mechanic found oil leak around timing cover. A friend once mentioned older Legacy/Outbacks eating up front main seals, so I was guessing that, but I'm seeing a lot online about cam carrier seals. Either way, ouch. I was so happy about having the baby paid off, but I spent big bucks last year on brakes and clutch, and now this. But I freakin' love this stupid car. (Part of the problem with brakes was that it sat for 6 months after my heart attack, so rotors got pitted. Then my leg was weak while I recovered, so I put an extra 3-4 years wear on the clutch. At that, it was cheaper than the $2.8 million for a good used heart, but still...)
 

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@Loobster - sorry you didn't get any replies to your question. I can't recall seeing it first time round.

I'm sure if the head gaskets, timing belt etc was replaced during the repair you'll have a reliable car.

What was the outcome?
 
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