Join Date: Jan 2011
Car: 2006 Outback XT Limited
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If it holds good oil pressure at idle after being warmed up, then the bottom end is probably still in good shape. Also give a listen for piston slap- not a show stopper but a good wear indicator. If the compression is even on all cylinders then that's better still. At 200k there is certainly room for problems in both areas, but if the thing has always had oil in it and never overheated, you can keep going on that block for years.
Oil pressure test is a bit of a drag as it requires removing the alternator during testing, but well worth it in this case.