Oil leak


Asked by Aug 29, 2017 at 10:24 PM about the 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Oil leak from head gasket 105.00 miles
Change head gasket or look for another

7 Answers


As long as it is running good right now just fix it. But if its having other issues like oil consumption then replace it. See previous post.


I would replace both head gaskets and keep driving it provided the rest of the car is in good shape.

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Thanks all. I'm wondering should I try to replace the engine or have the one I have rebuilt while they are changing the head gaskets. I very rarely drive it, the smell of oil is much to strong. I do most of the work on the car myself, but I don't have the equipment or knowledge to do the head gaskets. What to do?

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If you rarely drive it then just replace the head gaskets, it not worth sinking a bunch of money into a vehicle that is rarely driven. Just fix what broke for now.


The best results will be obtained if you remove the engine first which will give you the access you need to do the job right. Be sure and have the heads checked for warp and cracks.

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99105 Thank you. I rarely drive it cause the smell from the oil hitting the exhaust is sickening. What's a average price to change the head gaskets. I've been told 3 grand and 2 grand. I appreciate u r answers .


I think it should be under 2k provided there are no other problems.

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