sunny5280 Posted January 10, 2017 Share Posted January 10, 2017 Over the weekend my Outback experienced a cooling system issue. Took off from a stop light and smelled some coolant. When I pulled into the parking lot and stopped the vehicle a plume of smoke radiated from underneath the hood. A sight to see as it looked as if the car was on fire. Took it to the mechanic yesterday where the diagnosis was a hole in the upper radiator hose (typical of a hose with, I assume, 146K miles on it). Repair was $160 for the upper and lower hoses. While he was in there I had him replace a leaking valve cover gasket, the oil filler tube, and perform an oil change. Total cost: $460. I was shocked. As a BMW owner $460 may have been the cost of replacing just the VG gasket. I bought the Outback for a number of different reasons...low operating / maintenance / repair costs being one (but not primary). It still amazes me how inexpensive this vehicle is to maintain / repair compared to my BMW (not complaining about the cost of the BMW, just surprised at the significant difference). I know there are people here who would have DIY for probably 1/4 the cost but I do not have the time or place to do this kind of work. Just thought I would share a very favorable experience with those on the forum and for those who may be considering the purchase of a gen 4 Outback. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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