OOPS! 2.FIVE engine, that's right. 2.2 was way earlier. DUH, you'd think I'd know since I had the 2.5L pulled out of my own Subaru to do the head gaskets.
Thanks for the correction.
I don't see many 3.0s so I didn't mention it.
Yep, you have to *really* keep an eye on the 2.5L, although I think by 2003 Subaru pretty much had this squared away. But I have heard of even 03s going belly up---but not until fairly high miles, over 100K.
I always try to advise people to keep a closer eye on engines with a 'reputation". Not to worry, or fret, just to be vigilant. I figure if you're under there every 3K miles, you might spot something, like a slight coolant leak out of the valve cover area. That could save an engine.