Head gasket failure is a problem with some Subaru models once they get a few kilometres on the clock, mostly non-turbo models that are factory fitted with a single-layer head gasket. These gaskets simply give up after about 100,000 kilometres, however well maintained the car might be. Multi-layer gaskets used on Subaru turbo models rarely fail, and when they do the failure is usually down to high mileage or poorly maintained cooling systems. Later models don't fare any better than the older ones.
In recent times we have seen an increase in external head gasket failures on the 2.5 litre Subaru non-turbo engines.The Subaru dealerships will simply replace the failed single layer gasket with another single layer gasket.
All Drive Subaroo delivers a permanent fix for you non-turbo model Subaru.
The head gasket forms a seal between the Subaru engine block and cylinder head. It is the most critical gasket in the engine and the most difficult to diagnose. It seals both the combustion chambers and the coolant passages in a Subaru engine. The Subaru head gasket has to cope with high internal temperatures and combustion gases under high pressure. Due to the extreme range of hot and cold temperatures and pressures on a large surface it is common for head gaskets to leak between chambers over time. These leaks not externally visible. You may see bubbles in the overflow reservoir, or sludgy residue on the walls of the overflow reservoir, or random engine overheating.
When a head gasket fails it can either leak engine oil to coolant or coolant to the compression chamber. Either of these may cause engine damage and significant operational problems like burning oil and overheating, which may show up as white exhaust smoke. Occasionally, there will be a compression leak in the gasket, which will have to be replaced, before severe damage occurs. If the gasket fails in this way, a variety of problems can occur, from compression loss (leading to power reduction, or a rough running engine), to exhaust gases being forced into the cooling system, leading to the engine overheating and increased engine wear due to the motor oil being mixed with coolant.
Over the years we have not seen many non-turbo models with internal head gasket issues, while we have replaced many turbo WRX, STI, Liberty RS ¬¬, Forester GT/XT head gaskets, and if in the advanced stages, provided exchange engines. However, we have also seen an increase of liberty/Outback H6 EZ engines with internal defective gaskets at about 150 to 200 000km.
Engines EJ 205, 207, 255, and 257 DOHC 4-cylinder turbo from 1991-current, causes and options
Internal head gasket leaks in turbo models are usually caused by problems with one or more of the peripheral components, such as excessive turbo boost, failure of cooling fans, defective wiring, radiator leaks and blocked radiator cores. A blown head gasket in a turbo model usually indicates a replacement engine. There are two reasons for this: one, the OEM pistons consume excessive oil, meaning that replacing the head gasket using the original pistons increases the risk of a future engine failure and two, it is common when a head gasket goes on a turbo model for bearings, crankshafts and other components to be damaged.
Subaru External head gasket leaks
(EJ251, 252, 253) and (EZ30)
Visible leaks and false fixes
These leaks result in coolant and engine oil seeping out past the head gasket and running down the cylinder head, where they are usually visible under careful inspection. They can't be fixed by simply re-torqueing the head. They are sometimes hard to spot, showing only as slight staining where the head bolts onto the block. EJ25 and most EZ30 Subaru non-turbo engines are prone to this type of leak, which will often go undetected for some time as it is only in the advanced stages that coolant loss causes overheating. Customers who are attuned to their Subarus may report unusual smells, caused by coolant residue burning on exhaust pipes, and hot components; however most customers will be unaware of the problem. Additives such as cooling system conditioners, Bars Stop Leak, WWP-99, and Wynn's Stop Leak should never be used as these can compromise the cooling system, causing overheating and serious damage to engine components. The only practicable solution is a proper Subaru head gasket repair, which is one hundred percent effective when done correctly.
Engines EJ251,252,253, SOHC 4-cylinder non-turbo from 1999 to current, Liberty, Forester, Outback, Impreza
In virtually all cases of head gasket failure in non-turbo 4-cylinder engines the cause is the design of the single layer OEM head gasket. If the problem is repaired using another OEM single layer gasket then the same issue will inevitably arise again. The mileage of the vehicle at the time of failure should determine the course of action. If the engine has travelled less than 120,000 kilometres it makes sense to replace the head gasket. At the same time, we advise performing a major service as this will mean a considerable saving in labour costs. If the engine has travelled 150,000 or more, consideration should be given to replacing the engine with a rebuilt or remanufactured engine from Subaru Engines Australia. External head gasket leak problems are rarely reported in turbo models, which are all fitted with the more robust multi-layer gasket.
Engines EZ30 DOHC 6-cylinder (H6) from 2001 to current
While these models are not as prone to the same problems as the 4-cylinder models, they have their own unique vulnerability, with the heater core. Unlike other models the EZ30 heater does not have a separate tap, and runs in series with the engine cooling system, meaning if the heater core becomes blocked, circulation of coolant is impeded throughout the system and the engine will overheat. The only early warning sign drivers might notice is an intermittent gurgling sound from behind the dashboard. If the heater core is replaced at this stage no further repairs should be required. However, if the early signs are overlooked, the engine will begin within two years to repeatedly overheat and the head gasket will fail, possibly damaging other components such as bearings, rods and crankshafts. The heater cores in these models commonly begin to fail around the 120K kilometre mark.
Early and advanced warning signs of head gasket failure
External head gasket leaks never result in immediate engine failure. It's a slow process, and the attentive Subaru driver can spot the early warning signs and possibly save money on repairs by catching the problem before additional damage occurs. If an external head gasket leak is in its early stages it may be detected visually very easily but if it's in the advanced stage there may be more happening that is not visible. It's hard to know just how advanced a head gasket leak is, from external signs alone. Bring your Subaru in to us as soon as you notice any of the early warning signs. All Drive Subaroo have specialized equipment to test for hydrocarbons in the coolant and if these are detected early enough it might save your engine from a catastrophic failure and save you from a great deal of unnecessary expense.
Indicators of early stage head gasket failure include:
Visible fluid staining where the head bolts onto the engine block
Odour of engine fumes and coolant (smells a bit like coffee)
Slow loss of coolant and/or engine oil
Excess fuel consumption
Indicators of advanced stage failure include:
Poor acceleration or loss of power
Leaking engine oil or coolant onto the front exhaust
White smoke from the tail pipe
Air bubbles in the coolant system
Low water level in the overflow reservoir or radiator
Unusual odour from the engine compartment
A sludge "chocolate milk" like appearance in the radiator
Radiator top tank exploding
Poor engine idle
Excess oil consumption
Leaking or exploding water hoses
If you notice these signs, the head gasket leak is at an advanced stage and it is likely
that the engine will have suffered other damage and will need to be replaced.
What happens if I delay repairs?
Delaying repairs to a leaking head gasket is a false economy. It might seem like you're getting a few more miles out of your engine before paying for the repair, but continuing to drive with a leaking head gasket will cause more expensive problems to arise including:
Rusting of the cast iron bore
Excess oil consumption
Warped cylinder head surfaces
Corrosion wear on the pistons
Warped engine block surfaces
Pitted cylinder combustion chambers
Worn valve seats
Subaru Head Gasket Repair or Replacement from $1799
ADS multi-layer head gasket-the permanent fix
If you're thinking of taking your Subaru to a dealer, be aware that they will fit a replacement single layer head gasket, and eventually the problem will reappear.
But that doesn't have to happen. All Drive Subaroo use high strength multi-layer stainless steel head gaskets engineered and proven to ensure many years of reliable operation for all Subaru models and are far more durable than the OEM original item. Over 10 years and hundreds of repairs using the revised gasket, we have never had a re-occurring problem.
We have created two head gasket repair packages, one for the most economical yet reliable repair possible and the other, that we recommended, for the best possible repair plus long-term reliability.
Get a Quote
Please select your preferred option below then, complete the quick form and we will get a quote to you ASAP. If we need more detail we will phone you.
Step 1 - Select Your Option
Option 1 -Basic Head Gasket Repair Option
This option is a basic head gasket repair only. We re-use all existing parts (if still serviceable) and we do not perform any additional servicing of your vehicle, other than the included radiator service. If you want long-term service from your Subaru, and you like to keep your vehicle in top condition, we recommend the Option two repair.
Supply 1 x 2.5L SOHC Engine Gasket Kit
Remove and refit engine (service labour)
Dismantle, chemically clean and inspect, report on any findings if required
Assemble and reseal the engine using new gaskets and sealants
supply all necessary oils, filters, spark plugs, and materials
Pressure test radiator and clean if required
Option 2 -Head Gasket Repair And Maintenance Option
Note that this option is the best choice if you are looking for long and reliable service life from your vehicle. It includes many new parts, including the water pump, hoses, and timing belt bearings. In addition we perform a major service on the vehicle to ensure you will have a long period of reliable motoring.
Supply 1 x 2.5L SOHC engine gasket kit
Remove and refit engine (service labour)
Dismantle, chemically clean and inspect, report on any findings if required
Re-face cylinder heads
Assemble, reseal the engine using new gaskets and seals and sealants
Supply all necessary oils, filters, spark plugs, and materials to install engine
Supply timing belt bearing kit including timing belt tensioner
Supply new water pump
Supply 2x Misc. water bypass hoses
Supply top and bottom radiator hoses
Pressure test radiator and clean if required
Step 2 - Send Your Enquiry
you can rely on all Drive subaroo
The earlier the better
The sooner the problem is found and fixed the less expensive it will be. If you have any doubts call us.
Known unacknowledged problem
Subaru have never acknowledged a problem with their single layer head gaskets leaving the only fix up to us.
ADS the only permanent fix
Subaru dealers use only the single layer head gasket. Only ADS use the multi-layer gasket for a permanent fix.
Some Commonly Asked Questions:
Is the external head gasket leak issue also common in Subaru turbo models?
No, in fact turbo models are fitted with Multi –layer gaskets which have proven to be robust.
Can I still drive my Subaru while the head gasket is leaking?
For a while, yes you can. Should you? No, not unless you have a yen to spend a whole lot more money than you need to.
Does the H6 EZ30 and EZ36 Subaru engine suffer from the same problem?
Yes, these models do sometimes have problems, but not as often as the others, and usually caused by the heater.
How long does it normally leak before it damages the engine?
It’s impossible to say, but the range would run from a few weeks to a year approximately, depending on the type of leak, and on how the vehicle is driven.
Is it cheaper to buy a second hand engine or repair my own?
It may be cheaper to get a used engine from a wrecker, but this is usually a false economy. Given the inherent weakness of the head gaskets, it’s virtually certain that all the affected models will fail eventually.
Do all Subaru EJ25 engines suffer from defective head gaskets?
Yes, all EJ25 non turbo Subaru engines up to the current models are fitted with the inherently weak head gaskets.
Do you sell the head gasket separately?
Yes, we can supply head gasket kits. Please visit our online store.
How much does a Subaru SOHC head gasket repair normally cost?
Between $2,000 to $3,500 depending on the additional damage and the auxiliary parts required. Call for free inspection and quote now 02 9915 9900
Do Subaru dealers use the revised head gasket when repairing my vehicle?
No, Subaru dealers will fit the standard head gasket, meaning the problem is highly likely to recur if you own the vehicle long enough.
Is it good practice to replace the timing belt at the same time?
Yes it is good practice but it also depends on the mileage.
Will my check engine light come on if my head gasket was to leak?
No not usually but an O2 or AF sensor catalyst code may appear
Why should I need to repair the bottom end when the issues are in the cylinder head area?
Replacement of big end and main crankshaft bearings may be necessary. This will depend on the mileage the engine has run, and the condition of the bearings. If your engine has high miles, or has overheated or lost oil pressure as a result of the leaking head gasket, the bearings will be damaged and should be replaced.
What are some other parts or services that may be necessary while replacing my head gasket?
There are a number of parts that need to be replaced with your head gasket, and some that may need to be replaced depending on mileage or condition. A list of these follows below.
Subaru engine gasket and seal kit
Subaru spark plugs
All engine oils and fluids (Castrol brand)
Subaru water pump and thermoset
Subaru engine oil and air filter
Heater unit core check and flush
Radiator service or replacement depending on inspection results
Engine bay and engine water hosing
Our Subaru Service Centre Sydney can fix all Subaru problems, and all questions can be answered by our specialised Subaru mechanics on 02 9915 9900 or 0420 319 049
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Chris I would like to thank you along with Issac and Niazi and all involved in getting my sons car back on the road for him.
Unfortunately it was left up to myself to make arrangements to have his car repaired due to the long hours that he works and the stress that he felt he was under given the fact that he had only purchased the car in the last 3-4 weeks using all his savings to do so.
I choose Alldrive Subaroo after doing some research online and reading all of the positive reviews.
Being 53 I personally had no experience with these types of cars (I have added some photos of my cars to show how far my knowledge is with these WRX cars so you can understand)
I can say that I was treated from the start to the finish like a VIP everything was explained to me in a manner that I could understand as well as all cost upfront.
Its very rare these days to get the service that I received from every one that I spoke with along with pictures sent of the engine building process.
All this gave me full confidence that you guys were doing the right thing by me knowing that I was six hours away lack of any knowledge and a father willing to do what ever was needed for his son.
My son will be given strict instructions that his car is only to go to you guys for any maintenance/service needs that it may require
The guys were incredibly knowledgeable, turned my situation around and brought my WRX back from the dead better than ever.
talked about what i wanted and tailored it to suit, kept me up to date every step of the way.
awesome upgrade, and awesome people.
will be going straight back for future modifications
Rang these guys today for some technical advice. I am in South Australia, so can't call into their workshop. Rob was extremely helpful and took the time to talk me through some possible faults and steps I could take in diagnosing and repairing my sons Forester. Genuinely helpful and know their Subaru's. Will be calling again if I need the parts to repair. Thanks Rob.
If you’re looking for honest, friendly, efficient services, then you can’t go past Subaru gearbox. Rob and every member of the team went out of their way for our little family. I’ll be recommending them for years to come. If they offered more mechanic services, we’d be taking all our business to them.
Let me tell you something about these guys , my car went into them 2 months ago , towed it to all drive subaroo coming from another mechanic who have failed my engine badly , these guys put their dedication and time into my car , they cared and did all they can , thabk god for these guys , my car has now been returned home in perfect condition , thank you so much to every single one of yous who did all for my suby , appreciate it 😍😍
Had my Gen V Liberty engine, transmission and suspension upgraded (had engine failure last year- and I wanted that car back on the road) - ADS followed up all correspondence when I first was looking at how to go about getting the vehicle on the road before any deposit or commitment to the project- no other place was anywhere near the level of professionalism of these guys(others gave ambiguous answers or didn't return calls)- Isaac was great to discuss and understand options for the build.
Even though I had to ship the car interstate to have the work done, the car was in the best hands! When I received the car back - it was transformed - it performs beautifully, gear shift is better than when I bought the car new. It is a better vehicle in all ways than when I picked it up off the showroom floor. Thanks Gab for all the work on the performance side
The work done was done in a professional manner, no shortcuts were taken, presentation of the vehicle where the work was done was impeccable.
Thanks ADS for getting my Liberty back on the road - and more fun than any other car I've owned!
I can not speak more highly of All Drive Subaru.
I have been using All Drive Subaroo for the last 4 years now for various parts for my 05 wrx and have always found them to be helpful and professional.
I live in Melbourne so finding a company out of state who is trustworthy and is good at what they do was important to me and they have never let me down.
My latest purchase of a new engine was made less stressful knowing I was being well looked after.
Every email was responded to quickly and all my questions answered also.
I Would like to take this time to say a big thank you to
Isaac , who I think I sent 100 emails too lol thanks so much for being patient with me.
And to the rest of the team thank you also.
The new engine feels fantastic and I look forward too many years of fun with it.
I can highly recommend them for your next Subaru part or service .
Regards Brien T
Just wanted to express my gratitude and big thanks to Gab from All Drive Subaroo. Upon having to pull over to the side of road due to engine acting up and not knowing the problem whilst waiting for a tow truck. Gab pulled over to offer his help, I was surprised by his kindness to offer on helping. After diagnosising the problem and temporarily fixing it, I was very appreciative of his dedication to help others in need and expertise. Again, thank you for your help tonight Gab. Would recommend All Drive Subaroo roo for all other fellow subie owners!
I’ve been dealing with Niazi and his team from ADS for a few years now and can confidently say that they are a honest and hard working team, from little advice to big builds they do it all and they can guarantee there work and are a honest and reputable team. These guys do all things Subaru and Niazi, Isaac, Gab and the rest of the team are always professional and extremely easy to deal with. For all things Subaru call ADS now and give your pride and joy the treatment it deserves!!
I called up for advice having just bought my first Subaru, a clean white 04 liberty sedan 3.0SpecB six speed manual, (pre facelift, non-centre diff control) and had questions about the viscous coupling and gearbox, and the amazingly helpful bloke on the phone couldn't have explained it better or more simply, aftermarket LSD's, their own uprated viscous couplers, how to test the viscous coupler (by jacking one wheel and trying to move it, smooth resistance is what you want).
What more could you ask for?
I'm looking for more advice having just bought a 2.5 '04 wagon 5spd with low range, as a replacement for the sedan whose nose was broken, whacked by a young girl texting and driving her Mazda.
I'll eventually give All Drive Subaroo some money for their services, gladly.
Five stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I got my 2016 WRX serviced here and I couldn’t be happier. Their customer service and professionalism is second to none.They even steam cleaned my engine bay. I will never go back to a dealership again
A+. Thanks Guys love your work
I had planned a track day with my GC8 WRX STI on Sunday, so took it for a quick drive around the block on Saturday to make sure it was running ok. 5mins into driving it wouldn’t rev cleanly over 3000rpm. I’ve had issues with this before and thought my Sunday Track Day was over unless I could find someone to fix it on a Saturday?? All Drive Subaru was open so limped the car out there where Isaac had a look over it for me. After diagnosing what could be wrong he systematically looked at about 3-4 issues which was causing the car to do this which he explained to me as he went through them. This took 2.5hrs which was 2.5hrs after he was meant to finish his shift and leave but stayed because he wanted to find the solution to get my car running so I could get to the Track Day on Sunday. Needless to say after 2.5hrs of not rushing but fixing the problem and any associated problems which could have arisen on my Trackday the car ran perfectly. I went to leave & fix them up for the 2.5hrs Isaac had spent on my car and Niazi and Isaac said “Don’t worry it’s on us”!!! I would have been ready to pay anything for their effort and getting me to my Trackday the next day where apart from being disappointed I would have lost $300 not being there. I didn’t want to leave without paying for there service but they insisted.(I had never been there before). I’m actually blown away by a business that provides this type of customer service that is so genuine, honest and passionate. These guys are next level in knowledge, quality and honesty as a business and Subaru’s. I’m definitely a convert and will be using these guys for all my existing and future needs as I develop my STI.
Just want to thank Niazi, Issac, Gab and the team at ADS for the work carried out on the STI. Exceptional worksmanship and communication during the process. Looking forward to future endeavours together.
Excellent service and competitive pricing
Customer service n assistance is far beyond my expectations
As a pensioner its full value for money
Management n staff are friendly helpful n at times funny its like family thank you so much
George Pieri _customer new
My experience with All Drive Subaroo was excellent. I ordered a reconditioned gearbox for my daughter's 2008 Forester and collected it last Friday. From Niazi (the owner) to Rob, Chris, Adam, Ruben and the young guy in the workshop who cleaned up the parts that I needed to keep (who's name I didn't get), there was their obvious experience and knowledge of all things Subaru, plus their professionalism, helpfulness and, importantly, respect for this old guy trying to get my daughter's car back on the road. I'll be recommending them to anyone I can.
Just bought my first Subaru late last year and absolutely stoked I decided to visit ADS.
If you want something done right on your Subaru, this is the place you want to take it!
Such a great team there who really love their Subarus and show that same love to their customers cars.
They always spare the time to ensure you get exactly what you want....or better than you thought possible!
Had engine exchanged and fitted by these guys very happy with it a big thank you to Isaac Fam for your knowledge and your help to make this happen nothing was a challenge for him went above and beyond to help once again thank you to all the team
Yesterday I collected my car at 2pm with all my expectations exceeded. Both Niazi, Isaac and the staff are extremely professional with constant communication along the way both by emails and phone calls. I can highly recommend All Drive Subaroo. Since this was the 1st time I used their services i was cautious at the start, but as time went on you could see that they put the interest of the customer 1st, thanks again for the work you did on my car!!!!!
2006 wrx, car just stopped while driving. It was Hard to start. not drivable and a big inconvenience on a friday night. I wanted my car back on the road ASAP and didnt think i had a chance on a saturday. Anyways, Subaru wasn't open. I called up All Drive Subaroo the next day; Saturday morning, i got my car towed there and they were able to diagnose and fix the problem That Day! I was so impressed and the team are friendly, happy to have a chat and really knowledgeable, they had a great vibe and highly recommend All Drive Subaroo
Best workshop I have visited so far Customer service is outstanding, the boys did an amazing job with the installation of my gearbox and everything is done properly no corners cut.
All Drive Subaroo over MRT
Recently had my 2006 wrx here to receive the sti 6mt, DCCD, r180/hub/brembo swap and they could not of done a better job! The quality of work is absolutely amazing with any faults.
They told me it would be a two week turn-around due to the public holiday and waiting for a part to arrive the week after I got the call that it was all done and ready to go.
Isaac and the team were very helpfull and and answered my dozens of questions quickly and precisely, they helped me out where ever they could and if I could give any more than 5 stars I would �
Had a gearbox issue. I was told by a local company in hervey bay it will cost me $4000 to rebuild it because it was stuffed . So i started ringing around for a better price. I spoke to rob from all drive subaroo. He asked me what trouble i had, once i explained it to him he gave me a solution that solved my issue. It turns out all that needed to be done was adjust a belt. So no rebuild required. I can say i was very happy with the result and it only took me 15 mins to do. These guys at all drive subaroo if anything like Rob are lifesavers and great people its great to know there are still people out there willing to help someone out and do it for nothing. They could have said the same as the mob in hervey bay but they were honest. Once again guys thank u very much. Your help was invaluable. Keep up the great work guys there should be more trades people like yourselves. Kudos to u. Thunbs up ;-)
All Drive Subaroo recently completed a massive job on my '98 GC8 WRX. I was comtemplating doing this work on my car for a very long time and did countless hours of research into what was involved and how much it would cost. All Drive Subaroo's ad popped up in my facebook & as it was a workshop I hadn't heard about before, I sent off a quote request explaining what specific power I was after and the crazy type of response & reliability I wanted. I received a call from Isaac from ADS & he spent a good hour on the phone to me going over everything and giving me prices off the top of his head. I was very impressed with the amout of knowledge he had and realised how much more affordable the build would be with them. After that call I was 100% confident in them doing the build. It included a fully built closed deck block with reconditioned heads, full 6 speed conversion including diffs and modified tailshaft, all supporting mods including top feed fuel conversion, surge tank set up and just way too much to list.
The car has come back absolutely fantastic - everything was installed properly and neatly & they even went to the effort of cleaning up and painting just about every little thing that was original on the car. They kept me updated throughout the entire process and always rang me first if there was anything they needed to change or add to the build with detailed reasons why.
Long story short, the customer service from the entire team was fantastic, the pricing was awesome, the quality of the work was excellent and the turn around time was unbelievably fast for the amount of work done, making the whole experience truly enjoyable.
The car is an absolute response monster with 340kw atw and 1293nm of torque. Overall so happy and would not hesitate to recommend All Drive Subaroo to everyone who wants work done on their Subaru from basic to massive hp builds.
I rang these guys to talk about a problem im having with my '04 Forester pinging and was told to bring it out and well take a look . Isaac couldnt have been more helpfull and honest and upfront with his diagnosis and gave me a few options to try with the fuel system prior to me bringing it back for further analysis . Their knowledge of Subaru's is excellent and you can tell the staff are all into their Subys and passionate about them. Totally 5 star service and 100% Trustworthy !!
Wouldn't take my car anywhere else they not only looked after me but looked after my car , car was completely cleaned from the inside out after work was carried out couldn't be anymore happier just wanna say a huge thanks again, cheers
Got a full engine and gearbox build in my 09 Wrx completed by Alldrive, the workmanship, attention to detail and the overall finish product was A++, communication with the team was also really well presented, they explain and guide you trough the whole process, you can ask questions and they are happy to answer, would highly recommend Alldrive for any job big or small, will always return, thankyou for everything Guys, cars a Rocket. Cheers
After blowing the engine on our Outback a short phone call with Isaac and Adam and I was booked in for a new long block. Picked it up today to it being freshly detailed and running like a dream. Awesome work with awesome customer service with realistic prices!
Ive dealt with Mark, Nazai and Isaac and no ones made me feel stupid for asking questions. They're genuine and so quick to help. Top blokes. Plus the quality of the work on the back of that is absolute tops. Definitely would recommend.
If you want quality service this is the place to go !!! Extremely happy with there work !!!the boys went above and beyond!!
I was informed about everything and kept in the loop.
This is now the only workshop that will touch my car
Thanks again Chris
Very happy customer
WELL DONE !
'All Drive Subaroo' is a company of very professional people with a second to none product. I had a need to replace the engine in my 2009 Subaru Forester XT after it was destroyed in a freak accident. The replacement engine performs perfectly and I'm very, very satisfied with the engine that was supplied as the replacement. Quality and workmanship is a key to any successful business and in the case of 'All Drive Subaroo' there is no question of this being the case. As a retired Qantas Engineer with 42 years of service I have got to know what is good and bad with a company and believe me your company is ten out of ten. Well done.
This place and people are amazing ! The hard work they've done is indescribable, there's no words to describe how I feel or to describe the out of this world job they have done on my 2002 bug eye wrx, they have spent about 2 months and a half in restoring it back to life. It is now pretty much as close to an undercover STi hitting about 217kws, it is unbelievable. The work, time and effort they have put in is immaculate and pure perfection, it is running smoothly and beastly, it sounds and drives like a dream. I recommend these guys to absolutely anyone and everyone ! Their work is 5 star and their products are also 5 star, the nicest and helpful bunch of people you can ever find and they also share the same passion you do for your car. I'll definitely be going back there from now on !!!
Ps. Special thanks to Niazi and Isaac !! I appreciate all your help !!
Cannot thank the team at ADS enough! Car went in for a simple turbo upgrade but they opened my eyes to the true problem which i had been putting off, the engine bay was a mess of hoses splitting/cracking and running in all the wrong places, combined with many other dodgy jobs from its previous life. They helped me figure out the best solution suited to my budget and always were there to answer or dicuss any different options. The car is now completely transformed and a whole new beast. Shout out to Gabriel for all his quality work ��
Big shout out to all the guys from ADS...today my 2015 WRX went under the knife for a clutch/flywheel replacement, trans mount & Gearbox/Diff oil change!! I want to specifically extend my thanks to Isaac & Reuben for all their hard work and putting up with my annoyance & constantly breathing down their necks during the whole proces!! All I could say is wow it feels like day & night after putting the new ACT gear in...clean workshop, friendly & caring staff & above all experienced!! Niazi is a great boss who coordinated the whole process to make it as seamless as possible, I would defenitly rate/recommend them for anyone looking at getting work done!!
Niaza and the boys gave such a good service, always letting me know what was going, my 6 speed was stripped at another shop that over quoted me and didn't have much experience, Niaza took the job on, had to reassemble a gearbox that was in pieces, did fabulous job and the car drives unreal, top job, highly recommend, thanks so much !!!!!!!
I recently took my wife's car to Alldrive Subaru for servicing as it had been giving us problems. Rubén was really polite, helpful and knowledgeable. He identified and showed me some potential problems which he explained in a none technical language. It's been 3 months since our car has been serviced and it has not given us any problems. Thank you Rubén and Alldrive Subaru.
A big shout out to all the boys here.
Service is next to none, quick and efficent.
These guys know there stuff in and out. A special thanks to Mark who goes above and beyond wouldnt take my car anywhere else!
The best customer service I've ever received. Since I'm a chick I have been tricked into paying for stuff that I didn't need at other garages. The mechanics here are ALL very honest and I definitely go out of my way to get my car looked after by these guys. I 100% recommend these guys to everyone and anyone.
Mark Hains is a really helpful and nice guy who would go out of his way just to help with my 04 wrx and i got to admit the professional quality with all drive subaroo is top stuff, they know what they are doing. Well done guys for solving out my problem. 5 stars
If you own a Subaru these are the guys. One stop shop for all Subaru needs. I've been involved with the company for 15 years and never met a more dedicated, knowledgeable group of auto techs. Just wish they'd work on SAABs.
So far so good. Nazi organised a tow truck to pick up my car and were very helpful on the phone. Know their stuff very well and will hopefully have my car back late this week. Best service so far, can only get better from here. Cant wait to get my car back. Thanks guys!
I have my 1996 WRX in getting a gearbox rebuild, even before I have it back I was so impressed with their customer service and friendly attitudes, that's why I went with these great people reflecting a quality business. Thanks all drive
THIS PLACE IS MY NEW SUBIE DOCTOR :)
GUYS DID AN AMAZING JOB ON MY 96 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5
TIMING BELT WAS OFF BY A FEW TEETH.
02 SENSOR WAS GONE
INJECTORS WERE CLOGGED ON CYL 3
THROTTLE NEEDED ADJUSTING
IACV NEEDED ADJUSTING
ALL WAS DONE AND DIAGNOSED IN A DAY AS QUICK AS THEY COULD .
DRIVE IT BACK TO CAMDEN AND ITS IDLING SOO SMOOTH I THOUGHT IT WASNT RUNNING AT ALL
CANT WAIT TO GO BACK
SPECIAL THANKS TO MARK AND NAZI !!
To Nahzie , Rob and Norrie & Gab , from the bottom of my heart i just wanna say THANK YOU , for all youve done for me , You have ALL gone Above and Beyond and More , You have an Awesome Team and the Staff are ALWAYS Polite , Im Honored to have Known ALL of you for 10yrs and Youve always looked after me and my car , and even some of the Friends ive recommended youve also looked after them , I THANK YOU again and thank you , For Anyone else that has a Subaru these Guys are who you take it too , Prices are Very Affordable and Staff that Know ALL About Subaru's they have gone from Friends to Now FAMILY and again im Honored i know them ...
This organization provides a high quality service. They were able to promptly pin point the problem with my gearbox and suggest a reasonable course of action. I was very impressed with their professional manner and especially their ability to listen to what my concerns were. (I'm particular when it comes to 'the car')I totally recommend ADS as a repairer for any Subaru. Robert, Chris, Isaac, you have a great team there.
Cannot recommend these guys enough. You won't find any mechanic in Sydney as honest, friendly and knowledgeable on Subarus. I needed a valve body replaced which Subaru quoted me close to $5k, ADS was able to replace it, inclusive of labour, for half the price using genuine parts.
I had taken my car here to fix the transfer case bearing as it was making a grinding noise.I had thought the issue was resolved, however I still noticed there was still a faint grinding noise in 1st and 2nd gear. For this reason I contacted ADS and had my car inspected again and they informed me the grinding noise is “standard across this year model” and they can’t fix it which didn’t feel reassuring to me - considering I paid over $1000 to get this fixed. Tested it out on my friends wrx with the same modifications and year, but was unable to find the same issues I was experiencing. I feel like it may have been a small problem and wasn’t worth their time to fix. I won’t be coming here again and would advise other customers to try out other reputable companies as I felt this company didn’t really care what I had to say once I paid them for the job.
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the team thay relly know there stuff and i live in central QLD and thay made the whole experience a breeze and would highly recommend to anybody who need good service and Subaru parts. G box came in a timely manner and was well packed and its made the car feel like its new.so happy my wrx is back it top condition And a grate big thanks to the whole team the world would be a much better place if it was filled with more people like the teem at ALL DRIVE SUBAROO THANKS HEEPS WILLIAM
AdsI have just had dealings with ads and my experience lived up to all the positive reviews. I am not a mechanic so I have no idea of pricing, What I do know is if you are in need of a heart transplant you don't go to your local GPYou then get what you pay for, so in other words if your Subaru is in need of a professional fix then this is the place to bring it. I had a level 1 motor rebuild with a new clutch and could not be more happier with their help,advice, their workmanship and the running of my car now with the rebuilt motor. It was especially nice when the car came out cleaner than what it was when I took it there. My thanks to everyone at ads
I was looking for an honest and skilled garage for a timing belt replacement on an 08 Forester. I was recommended the lads at All Drive and let me tell you, this is the best garage I've ever been to. They know Subies inside out, and will give you an honest and professional inspection before doing any work. They knew exactly what they were doing and kept me in the loop throughout the whole job. If you want the job done right, come here.
As their reputation precedes them, their service was great![UPDATE 2020-03-06]Though I've had to sell my beloved Forester off, I still remember the exceptional service these guys provided me.They are a prime example of how all garages should operate and mechanics should behave, and they are proof that great garages can be spic and span clean!
I cannot express how grateful I am with Rob and All Drive Subaroo. I was quoted $4000 for a replacement part by my Dealer and Rob was able to supply the same part brand new for half the price. His experience and knowledge was invaluable to me, I can’t thank him enough!
Secondary air pump left the cruise light on in my Forester. Was fixed by ADS in a very short time for a fraction of the cost had I gone to a Subaru Dealer!! Many thanks Guys in ADS!! So professional and excellent customer service!
I bought my Subaru about a year ago and like any 12 year old car it had a few issues (power windows and Air vent selectors) which bugged me.I did my research and decided to give All Drive Subaroo a shot to fix them.After looking at forums and googling the parts to fix it I thought it was going to cost me quite a lot but Niazi and his team managed to solve the issues with minimum parts being required and were very up front about the work they had done....and they even washed the car before I collected it!Shortly after I wanted to fit a tow hitch to the car and asked if they could spare 1/2 an hour on the weekend. They were super busy but let me bring the car in and use their tools to do it myself (with a bit of guidance and much needed advice).A little while later I had overheating issues and thought I was definitely in for head gaskets....this time Gabriel (the Head performance mechanic at ADS) came to the rescue with his correct diagnosis and saved me a lot of money when they could have just as easily sold me a new engine.The service I got was so honest and such 1st class quality that I couldn't even imagine taking my car anywhere else.Fast forward a year and the car is still going strong and all thanks to the amazing team at All Drive Subaroo.#TEAMADS
These guys are easily the best Subaru specialists I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Their level of customer service and knowledge is unmatched by any other specialist I've previously used and they charge exactly what they're worth.Keep up the excellent work guys!
I am very happy with All Drive Subaroo. They replaced the engine in my 2003 Forester a couple of years ago and it hasn't given me any problems in the 45,000 km I've driven since. I now have all my services carried out with ADS.
I’ve had my car and my parents’ cars looked after by Isaac for years and wouldn’t trust our babies with anyone else! We’ve followed him all the way to ADS and would be willing to go further if we had to. Highly recommend you get in touch with Isaac for anything Subaru related. Being the comedian he is, he’ll give you some hearty laughs along the way
Provided all information on gearbox, diff and driveshaft options for my car, turned out I only needed the diff, opted for the r180 with modified rear drive shafts, very proffesional, helpful, knowledgeable, and very fairly priced! Would definitely go back!
All Dive Subaroo are the best they did everything they promised and more. Thanks to all the team that made my engine replacement exhaust and brake up grade a breeze love your work gentlemen. Your whole approach to my car was very professional. I would recommend that anybody needing work done on there Subaru take it to All Drive Subaroo.. Thanks Gentlemen
Robert was very helpful and informative with my email communications, I look forward to doing business with these guys. They are genuine and honest and I have spoken to many of their happy customers on a forum page
I need to fix the head gaskets on my 2006 Forrester, and have found "All Drive Subaroo" to be excellent by clearly outlining my potential pathways, by looking holistically at my long term needs, and suggesting a well defined pathway that should give me many more years of safe and sure motoring. It is very rare to find this level of professional advice, as most would just look at the immediate problem and fix that, not appreciating what is the best pathway for the customer to take. I cannot recommend them high enough.
My car broke down and I happened to be not too far from ADS. I was familiar with them, but had never been a customer prior. My car was towed there in the afternoon and even though they were fully booked for the week, they still managed to make time to inspect my car and diagnose the issue the very next day. Thankfully it was a minor repair and I was back on the road in no time. Great service.