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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-26-2004, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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How long do Outbacks last?

I am very interested in buying a Subaru Outback, but I cannot afford a brand new one. I don't like how the 2000 and newer models look, that and the fact they too are too expensive. I like the 95-99 version, but the ones I have been seeing are rather high in miles, but they fit my price range. I am curious to know how long Outbacks have been known to last before things start breaking down? I have been finding cars around the 80,000 mile range and I am not sure if that is too high or not so bad. I know that if it were a Volvo, the car would just be getting broken in, but I don't know how that translates to a Subaru. I am looking for it to last at least 5 years when I hope to finally be able to get a brand new one, but I need to know if I get one of these higher milage Outbacks I am not wasting my money.

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I work on Volvos and at 80,000 there breaking down.I would get an Outback,better quality well built.But thats just me.


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I haven't had the experience with high mileage Subaru (or Volvo for that matter) but I can say that the only car I've owned that was still driving almost like new with 80,000+ miles on it was a BMW 540i but even that was headed for some fairly expensive repairs to the suspension. I think apart from the cylinder head issue the Subaru has a great reputation for reliability. My brother in law had one of the 1976 or so 4WD wagons and drove it over rough roads for years & many 1000's of miles with very little problem.

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I have Legacy L Wagon in addition to what is pictured to the left

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It is the 2.2L Auto Transmission, but the same chassis/platform as the Outback. It is a '99 with 102,000 on it. The only major problem I have had is the AC compressor went bad and was easily replaced with a rebuilt one.
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From what I've seen, Subarus are highly reliable even with 300k+ miles or so. Many, many high mileage 1st Gen Outbacks (95-99) I've seen are still bullet proof. I know and know of many people with multiple hundreds of thousands of miles on their Outbacks and don't have any major mechanical problems. The only things you'll have to worry about is if you have an automatic transmission, not in all cases but just know that Subaru doesn't have the best auto trannies. There not that bad, but if you can drive a manual transmission that is definately the choice you should make.

Check this out: Subaru High Mileage Club
Look around there and see what you can find, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed

Also check around eBay to see if they have any Outbacks that have been on the longer haul.
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There's a 2001 H6 Outback currently advertised over at carsales.com.au with 207,000km on the odo (in 3 years). There are also several people in aussie Subaru sites with over 450,000km + on their original engines.

Subarus are very reliable in maintained properly.

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My 98 has 82Kmi, and apart from a failed head gasekt, the reliability has been fairly good. It's due for new struts, which I think is reasonable for that mileage. No troubles with the clutch or transmission, normal wear on the brakes. No rust troubles yet.
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Can someone then tell me what are the maintaince items for a 1997 Outback at between 80,000 miles and 90,000 miles? This way I know what to check on the car I am currently looking at.
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BTW, I do have a Volvo right now. 1987 240DL with 215k. It's only just started breaking down.
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As far as Outbacks go, my '96 Legacy OB w/2.5L dohc is notorious for having bad crankshaft oil seals, besides that, we drove 102k miles before trading to the '02 OB.


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