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Yeah, it had been painted over with flat black primer, The front grill was missing. The right rear custom wheel had been swapped out with the steeley spare: the custom was in the back and bent, along with a couple of computer printers (?). The interior was pretty much thrashed, bunch of crap scattered about, had a very strong bitter chemical smell. ... The Subie would have needed a full sand and repaint, parts replacement (light clusters, trim), full wheel replacement, alignment, and who knows what else this creature and his punk boys jacked up. The chemical contamination alone was enough to total the car.
That must have been a heartbreak. You take good care of a car, and then to see it just ruined like that for no reason.
 

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Consumer Reports just wrote about this. Subaru 4 cylinder engines were prone to this before 2009. Crosstreks do not have this problem.

"Several Subarus made our list because they share a common four-cylinder engine. CR members chronicled symptoms like oil appearing in the coolant overflow tank, overheating, and engine sputtering. Costs cited by the survey respondents tended to span from $2,000 to $4,000 to fix these Subarus. The risk for problems grew once the cars logged more than 100,000 miles. Given that these models are over a decade old now, most probably have such mileage. Clearly, they should be approached with caution on the used-car market, and current owners should be vigilant in looking for signs of a developing problem. "
 

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I must have missed this trend. We have had Subies since 2001, kids still have 2007 and 2011 Forestors in the familiy. Nary a head gasket has met its maker yet.
 
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