Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Posts specific to the 3.0 litre NA H6 engine

Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby ReubenM » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:21 pm

Hi all,

About a year ago I bought a subaru liberty with about 180,000km on the clock just to get me by for 6 months or so till I could afford something with lower mileage. Full service history came with the car and two previous owners were mechanics and everything was going fine and dandy till one day driving home I noted the temperature creep above it's usual resting position just below half. I immediately stopped, let it cool and then took it to a radiator specialist who took the radiator cap off which had fallen to pieces with the spring sitting inside the radiator. He simply replaced the cap, did a pressure test (which came up fine) and said it shouldn't be a problem. I then drove it for 400km or so and the temp started going up again (only when stopped) and I realized there was a problem. After further pressure tests and professional opinions they say my head-gasket it blown and I will need it replaced. After heading to a subaru specialist they said with an engine around 200,000 km there is no point replacing the head-gasket without a rebuild.

I have been quoted $8,500AUD for a rebuild which is insane to me. I'm considering scapping the car. I love the car's ride and the room for my family and have always been a subaru lover but by the time I spend that money on fixing this, is it worth it?

I'm after your opinions on here as to whether you think I'm getting ripped off to pay that much or whether the advice they've given is good or not.

Much appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Reuben
ReubenM
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:08 pm
Car: Surbaru Liberty 3.0R H6

Re: Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby Surge » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:42 am

I'd buy a used engine from a wreck and drop it in.
I'm sure if you look hard you will find a decent one for a couple of grand.
DIY romraider E85 tuned Subaru liberty GT Premium 2010 Auto.
New project: Lexus Soarer 2.5gtt jzz30 1992

[ACT]Free Tune help- Learning view, Romraider, ECU Flash
User avatar
Surge
 
Posts: 802
Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:28 pm
Location: ACT
Car: 2010 lib GT premium + Jzz30 soarer

Re: Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby Tradewind » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:32 am

$4k max - you are being RIPPED OFF

I did mine a few years ago, and turned out to be well worth it, no further issues
2015 Liberty 3.6R (6GEN) - Raptor headers and Raptor SUPER MAF
Tradewind
 
Posts: 2032
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:00 pm
Location: Gordonvale Qld
Car: Grey MY15 6GEN 3.6R - Raptor MAF
Real name: Tim

Re: Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby Chippy » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:50 pm

Hi All

Well, another blown head gasket case. This is my wife's 2005 Spec B with 150,000 on it. A trip back from Noosa ended up with a radiator problem which overheated the car. Replaced the radiator and was ok for a while but now head gasket gone as diagnosed by Bridgestone shop in Forestville Sydney who are Subie specialists. Their view given the age of the car is an engine replacement which they have quoted $5k for. Seems a lot. I have solved the problem by replacing the car with a 2017 Levorg, however, I need to either sell the 3.0 R as is or get it repaired and then sell. Of course, ironically about 12 months ago I spent $'s putting a Kenwood touchscreen head unit in it! Anyhow, does anyone know of a place in Sydney who could potentially do this for less than the $5K? Thanks Chris
Chippy
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:56 am
Car: 05 3.0 R-B Wagon

Re: Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby Tradewind » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:12 pm

I had my gaskets replaced, no issues since. Was a good move.

This was the set I used about 5 years ago - good German made stuff

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/05-09-FITS- ... Swwo1XdAM3
2015 Liberty 3.6R (6GEN) - Raptor headers and Raptor SUPER MAF
Tradewind
 
Posts: 2032
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:00 pm
Location: Gordonvale Qld
Car: Grey MY15 6GEN 3.6R - Raptor MAF
Real name: Tim

Re: Subaru 3.0R H6 - headgasket blown

Postby Chippy » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:26 pm

Thanks Tim

Problem solved :)

1. managed to sell the car for what I would consider a reasonable price given the blown head gasket.
2. 2017 Levorg now in the driveway

Appreciate your thoughts

Chris
Chippy
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:56 am
Car: 05 3.0 R-B Wagon


Return to 3.0R & 3.6R engine specific

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests