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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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When did your OB have its first big problem?

I have 60,000 on my 2015 and no problems yet. Hoping it goes many, many more years before I have do any major repairs.

Am curious to hear from others - how long did your OB before your first major (say $1,000+) repair?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 10:38 PM
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Uhhh, never? Also, define "big problem". Wear items and required maintenance aren't problems or repairs by my definition. Brakes, suspension, timing components on belt driven engines, etc. All part of owning a vehicle just like gas, oil, and tires.

Kaylee required a three passenger front axles, valve cover gaskets...and that's it. Granted the timing belt service was spendy, and her HG are leaking...but she is still on the road currently with her new owners at 16 years and 180,000ish miles.

Mal needed new struts, but that is a wear item not a repair. Only significant repair has been new front axles. He has many minor problems, but he's also 17 years old and was very beat on by his original owner.

Sprout has needed valve cover gaskets and front axles. No significant repairs by original owner.

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^ Good to hear. Seems like they're pretty reliable cars
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Exclamation Odd way of asking a bassakwards questions

First major problems were the ribbing’s from my boys for driving a Subaru ( worse than any $1000 repair).

Rear brakes Omg that hurt 18.99 plus tax autozone

Sway bar upgrade $99 personal reason.

Let’s see put 38,000 miles on outback new tires.

Been back to the dealer 0 times.

Wait are you looking for trouble - I bet the dealer could do $1000 service for you!

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I am not sure what you mean by "Big Problem"
2012 OB

Around 5K miles needed new rear caliper.

Around 60K miles, much of front-end was replaced under Xtended warantee (ball joints, tie-rod ends, control-arm bushings, a front caliper )

Around 70K miles Power-steering pump failed. (no leaks... just no power steering) 100% covered under Xtended warantee including 2 days of loaner-car. ... no cost to me but my time to dropoff and pickup.
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On the 03 OB . At 30,000, complete exhaust system replaced under warranty. Cat. converters plugged up. Anti lock brake block valve defective. Dealer unable to find problem. Private shop found problem at around 60,000 miles. Replaced and no problem afterwards.

98,000 head gaskets needed. 185,000 head gaskets again.

2017 OB No major problems yet in 44,000 miles
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I'll let you know. 2011 about to roll 90,000 miles. Of course - I may replace it before anything happens, if the finances are there..

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Around 48k... rear brake job, pads and rotors. Considered "wear items" so not warrantied.
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First issue I had on my ‘02 was the head gaskets at 164k miles or so. (Wasn’t the first owner but had all the service records from the first owner) On my 2011, had a crank case seal go at 160k some odd miles last September, and that was the first issue that wasn’t a wear and tear issue or one that I created of my own stupidity.
Other than that, nothing so far on my 2011 and I rolled 171k miles a weeks or so before heading to Greece a couple of weeks ago.

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