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Hi everybody, I have a 2000 Subaru Outback Limited with 295K miles. I have only had the car for about a year but have put more money into it than I paid for it including new drive shaft, alternator, knock sensor, brakes (including calipers), etc. A couple of weeks ago, the timing belt broke while I was driving. My mechanic informed me that when the timing belt breaks while driving, the engine is ruined. I have very little money and had to borrow money to do anything to get back on the road. I am a pet sitter / dog walker and am dependent on my car to get around for that. I was able to borrow enough from customer advances in pay and get a co-signer to go to a dealership and get a 2009 Nissan Versa with 17k miles. Now, what to do with my Subaru. Someone offered to sell me a used engine with 115K miles on it for $400 and put it in for another $400. Should I have done that? Should I sell my Subaru for scrap? I have not offered the car for sale yet, but I do have an offer of $250 for the car. She wants to use it for parts or for demolition derby. But can I get more? The body is beautiful for its age and it doesn’t have much rust underneath either. But it does have its issues. It needs a new muffler. The drivers side window doesn’t close easily if opened. The hatch door does not open. The AC does not work. So do I keep it until I can afford to have the engine swapped out? Do I sell it and try to save up or work on my credit to get another Subaru in the future? And, if I do that, how much do I sell it for? In spite of it all, I do love the car. The awd, the sun roof, the leather seats, the seat warmer, the station wagon, even just the looks of it. But with almost 300K on it, am I just looking for trouble thinking about keeping it? But now I have what should be a much more reliable car (except in the snow I guess). Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. I am a young senior citizen with little or no mechanical skills. Thank you, Arlene.
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Tell us where you are located. - there may be someone here on the forum near you who may be interested.

Pictures would also help.

On that engine, when you lose the belt, the engine isn't totally ruined, but some of the valves will be bent. Very fixable, but not inexpensive. These belts and the various pulleys need to be replaced every 90K miles or so to keep this from happening (and only with Subaru or Aisin parts - no Chinese junk).

The other issues are most likely easily fixed by someone with experience with these cars - the rear hatch is most likely a problem with a rusted out release handle, the muffler is easily replaced, the AC most likely needs recharging (though there are other possibilities).
 

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Enjoy your NIssan and get rid of the Subaru any way that doesn't cost you more money. Don't waste your money on a supposedly running engine and questionable installer.
 

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Hi everybody, I have a 2000 Subaru Outback Limited with 295K miles. I have only had the car for about a year but have put more money into it than I paid for it including new drive shaft, alternator, knock sensor, brakes (including calipers), etc. A couple of weeks ago, the timing belt broke while I was driving. My mechanic informed me that when the timing belt breaks while driving, the engine is ruined. I have very little money and had to borrow money to do anything to get back on the road. I am a pet sitter / dog walker and am dependent on my car to get around for that. I was able to borrow enough from customer advances in pay and get a co-signer to go to a dealership and get a 2009 Nissan Versa with 17k miles. Now, what to do with my Subaru. Someone offered to sell me a used engine with 115K miles on it for $400 and put it in for another $400. Should I have done that? Should I sell my Subaru for scrap? I have not offered the car for sale yet, but I do have an offer of $250 for the car. She wants to use it for parts or for demolition derby. But can I get more? The body is beautiful for its age and it doesn’t have much rust underneath either. But it does have its issues. It needs a new muffler. The drivers side window doesn’t close easily if opened. The hatch door does not open. The AC does not work. So do I keep it until I can afford to have the engine swapped out? Do I sell it and try to save up or work on my credit to get another Subaru in the future? And, if I do that, how much do I sell it for? In spite of it all, I do love the car. The awd, the sun roof, the leather seats, the seat warmer, the station wagon, even just the looks of it. But with almost 300K on it, am I just looking for trouble thinking about keeping it? But now I have what should be a much more reliable car (except in the snow I guess). Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. I am a young senior citizen with little or no mechanical skills. Thank you, Arlene.
Hello again, I am in Hopewell Jct., NY. I will now include photos as well. It was snowing while I was taking these photos. That’s what the white flecks are.
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At 300k miles, it did pretty well. Time to move on. Unless you are a DIY person, it won't be worth throwing any more $$$ into it.
 

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Somehow you got the same 2-3 pictures over and over again! :) Any pics of the front insides?
 

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Personally, I'm not sure I would spend more money on a 20 year old car with almost 300,000 miles on it, even if it is a Subaru. It might be time to say, adios.
 

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Have fun with the Nissan and let the Subaru go. You might get 500.00 for it but sell it to the person who offers closest to that. Its a great car for someone who can do the work themselves
 

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Unless you're attached to the car AND handy let it go.

Not worth fixing. Sell it to the person that will pay the most for it.
 

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Agreed. If it has rust on the rear arches (very common) but not too advanced, and the interior cleans up, I would think you could get $500 pretty easily. Advertise as a "mechanic's special". But unless you can wrench on it yourself, don't put any money into it (just clean it up a bit)... It would also make a good parts car for someone.
 

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Hi everybody, I have a 2000 Subaru Outback Limited with 295K miles. I have only had the car for about a year but have put more money into it than I paid for it including new drive shaft, alternator, knock sensor, brakes (including calipers), etc. A couple of weeks ago, the timing belt broke while I was driving. My mechanic informed me that when the timing belt breaks while driving, the engine is ruined. I have very little money and had to borrow money to do anything to get back on the road. I am a pet sitter / dog walker and am dependent on my car to get around for that. I was able to borrow enough from customer advances in pay and get a co-signer to go to a dealership and get a 2009 Nissan Versa with 17k miles. Now, what to do with my Subaru. Someone offered to sell me a used engine with 115K miles on it for $400 and put it in for another $400. Should I have done that? Should I sell my Subaru for scrap? I have not offered the car for sale yet, but I do have an offer of $250 for the car. She wants to use it for parts or for demolition derby. But can I get more? The body is beautiful for its age and it doesn’t have much rust underneath either. But it does have its issues. It needs a new muffler. The drivers side window doesn’t close easily if opened. The hatch door does not open. The AC does not work. So do I keep it until I can afford to have the engine swapped out? Do I sell it and try to save up or work on my credit to get another Subaru in the future? And, if I do that, how much do I sell it for? In spite of it all, I do love the car. The awd, the sun roof, the leather seats, the seat warmer, the station wagon, even just the looks of it. But with almost 300K on it, am I just looking for trouble thinking about keeping it? But now I have what should be a much more reliable car (except in the snow I guess). Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. I am a young senior citizen with little or no mechanical skills. Thank you, Arlene. View attachment 478025 View attachment 478026 View attachment 478027
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Hello everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that I did let go of my Subaru. Kind of sad, but I got $300 for it. I sold it to a local garage that does repairs and sells cars. I’m not sure if they are going to use it for parts or repair it. I’m not sure if they are even sure yet.
 

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It was a neat looking wagon. Sorry for all your troubles. Now you'll at least have peace of mind that your car will start.
 
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