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When to sell my 2005 Outback 2.5 XT?

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I just got a check-engine light and brought it in to the dealership for a look and minor check at 82,500 miles.

Seems like they're suggesting a valve adjustment ($2,000+) and a front and back axel boot tears and timing belt need replacing. Further, brake pads apparently need replacing at front and back for additional $600. All this would be about $4,000 total.

Should I just sell/trade the car before making repairs or is this model worth repairing? For example, if I spend the $4,000 will the car last me another 40,000 miles or so before another major expense or is this model destined for added repairs/costs?
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I'll elaborate in a minute but here is what you need, you should be out the door with $900 (for two axles and brakes) + cost to repair lean condition issue.
Axles - $150 - $250 each.
Brakes - $300 - $400 for front and rear.

*** Do not have the valves adjusted, they are not...can not...cause the lean condition. waste of money. Not too mention Subaru engine don't typically have very tight exhaust valves at such a low mileage, highly unlikely as well.

200,000 miles is a drop in the bucket for that motor, it is well worth it.
They're trying to make money on you, price you into a new car, or want to flip your current one. You are simply getting hosed.

What state do you live in - i'll come do all your brake, axle, timing belt work and travel a lot. Not doing the lean condition from a distance. LOL

The lean condition needs figured out, but valve adjustment isn't the cause, so that's not the starting point...maybe someone can peak at the FSM for us, I can't right now?

Timing belt, not now, you got 20,000 more miles, that's not causing the CEL.

Step 1: figure out the cylinder misfire.

Ask them to reboot them (do not budge no matter what excuse they give). Mechanics get paid "per job", not per hour, and know which jobs/how to make the most money. The system hoses you if you don't know what to ask for. Rebooting costs $150 - $250 per axle. It is plain stupid to replace a known good and very robust part that will last the life of the vehicle....with a subpar lower quality remanne'd part...that costs more. Makes no sense at all, except to the dealer who just wants to charge more to get it done quicker. Subaru OEM axles are unbelievably robust and should never be replaced - always reboot (unless you lifted it and drive offroad with welded lockers and are really abusing them...but i'm just assuming that's not you. LOL)

*as a matter of fact i'll buy your old axles if you have them replaced, i'll run them another 100,000+ miles.

You only need new pads, ask for that and stick to it no matter what apocalpytic nonsense they give you. If they aren't vibrating, don't replace the rotors. There is absolutely no need to replace the rotors if you don't have symptoms, you don't replace parts just because someone said so with no symptoms. Shops do this all the time and while they have reasons, it's needless. Brake pads should be $150 or less, they are ***unbelievably*** easy to change. Takes a few minutes, that's it.
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