Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Austin, Texas
Car: 2001 VDC/SC One of a Kind
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
More recent Subarus I've owned:
The 99 Outback 2.5 auto went 300k miles without internal issues. Not even head gaskets. Timing belts, water pumps, thermostat, 1 altenator, a battery or two, one CAT, hoses, brakes, tires, struts and occasional bushings or steering/suspension parts replacement that wears. I kept a strict schedule of maintenance and was particular in the fluid types I used.
The 2001 VDC Outback Wagon just flipped 180k. I specifically looked for the H6 for several reasons. The fuel economy difference is minuscule and really depends on how you use the car. The timing chain and components never need replacement. Water pumps are long life also due to the design. The extra HP and torque. Overall, Subaru designed the engine for long life, in the 100s of thousands range. All the reviewers of the H6 models griped about the retail price of the car, but when you account for extremely low maintenance cost over the life of the car, you actually save money over the other models. Regular oil changes and fluid flushes, keep up with the suspension/steering issues and you won't have to tear into the engine every 60k miles. I only had a major repair on the transmission when it needed to be rebuilt due to a seal failure and broken bearing. But I new about that when I bought it in January.
The OE engine is actually mounted to an engine stand now, as I have installed a JDM with the supercharger build, but it only needs minor repair of a lifter that started making noise. It was running excellent when I pulled it, stronger than the newer H6, and I will repair it in the event I decide to use it in something or someone needs one.