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Old 09-17-2020, 04:48 PM   #1
bluevelvet77
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Default 09 Impreza - conflicting coolant leak advice

Hey everybody! Thought I'd come to people of experience on this. It's not so much mechanical as it is advice on how to deal with used car dealers/mechanics.

I bought a 2009 Impreza and I've been loving it. However, I decided (after 2 weeks) to check on the fluid levels. The coolant was low in the res and after much research and debate, I decided to fill it with green (not blue) because that's what it had in it already. The color thing really bothered me but that's not the issue.

My local Subaru dealership forwarded me to their Chevy branch. Those guys told me a coolant flush wasn't in order, but the head gasket was leaking. I called the dealer I bought it from, and he urged me to bring it in right away so his mechanic could look at it.

That mechanic looked at it (after the leak was wiped away) and guessed it was most likely the water pump. Well I set out cardboard and in the morning it looked like the leak was to the back right, not the front.

I sent the pictures to the dealer's mechanic and no word yet. But it sounds like they will have to do the head gaskets after all. Should I bother with a third opinion? Or give them a little more time and more or less demand it be fixed or I return it?




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Old 09-18-2020, 07:33 AM   #2
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It's the head gasket leaking. If this subaru dealership is where you bought the car from, they should fix it for free, or you could invoke a 90-day return policy or some such thing...

Lesson learned: When buying a used impreza, always inquire as to whether the head gaskets, timing belt & waterpump have been replaced, etc.. if they don't have records about what engine work has been done, either don't buy it or assume you're going to be replacing head gaskets if you do.
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Old 09-27-2020, 11:30 AM   #3
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Just a quick update for anyone who comes across this thread..

It was the head gasket (thanks Cujo). They replaced that and I had them do the water pump/timing belt because why not.

Now there is a "clanking" sound on startup, near the dash, that quickly goes away.
Possible loss of performance.. but I don't know if that's in my head or not. Seems to lose power here and there, maybe a slight delay in acceleration.

Not sure if I should try the same garage, request the dealer pay for a specialist or return it. Pretty bummed.
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