Originally Posted by Suby Spanner
The days of simply saying "thermostat/water pump/blocked radiator' etc are well behind us now.
Not quite, my 2003 XS Forester had a blocked radiator and I used rainwater to fill it and the windscreen washer bottle.
03/17/2011 and 178,405 kms later the Temp needle shot up into the Red Zone, I had to replace the radiator because the cores could not be cleared by a radiator specialist shop.
Workshop (Subaru specialist not Dealership) said it was sand, akin to the type used when casting the engine. The radiator was approx. 1/4 full of it.