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Old 11 Nov 2010, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
JustinLitalien
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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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Head gaskets leaking oil. Is this common?

Hey folks, first timer here. If I'm in the wrong forum, just point me to the right spot. Thanks for going easy on me!

Anyways, I'm driving an 2007 Impreza (2.5i) with about 75,000 miles on it. Had a local dealer give it a run through recently and they discovered my head gaskets are leaking oil onto the cross member. They mention it could start reaching the exhaust soon.

Now, I'm not a huge car fanatic, but that doesn't sound good. They estimate a whopping $1,600 bucks to replace this and I'm scratching my head. Is this a common thing with Imprezas? Is this a "serious" issue which needs to be replaced ASAP? If it is, how much longer can I milk it for? Is the dealer trying to pull a fast one?

I should mention that I ran a "cat deficiency" code recently, and the gov't would step in and replace my catalytic converter (under 80,000 miles). I read online that a leaky gasket could effect the converter. Could these two issues be seriously related?

I'd love to hear some advice from you guys. You all seem to know your stuff. I'm slowly learning, so I'll probably just ask a billion questions.

Thanks for anything you can throw my way!

Justin
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