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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Car Buying, Wagon
#23 of 41 Re: Good news and bad news [ateixeira]
Oct 11, 2007 (6:13 am)
I gotta say, my '00 outback limited wagon has just been diagnosed today with the head gaskets. She has 164k miles and we haven't seen this problem for long. So I was greatly relieved to hear it was a real problem that the dealer could fix for a resonable fee considering everything involved.
So don't assume that the gaskets would have gone by 120k. These cars are solid, this stuff can happen late in a cars life.
#24 of 41 Starting issues.... injectors?
Oct 11, 2007 (7:09 pm)
My 99 Outback isn't starting when it is raining out. I am not getting fuel to the engine, it sounds like it is out of gas. I just replaced the fuel filter, am getting fuel pressure out of the filter towards the engine, but it still just turns over. Happened once before 2 weeks ago (also when it was raining), replaced the fuel pump and it's been driving fine until today. I have 156k with about 1200mi a month. I don't know what to do next. Any help? Anyone else experience this with their high mileage subie?
#25 of 41 Re: Good news and bad news [xctrygirlewd]
Oct 23, 2007 (12:03 pm)
Wow, at 164k I guess the engine doesn't owe you much.
#26 of 41 Re: Starting issues.... injectors? [mike_wolf]
Oct 28, 2007 (12:23 pm)
Why are you certain it is fuel? Since it is a problem that only shows up with the moisture, it could also be a spark or MAS (mass airflow sensor) issue.
#27 of 41 Thinking about a 2001 Outback
Nov 02, 2007 (9:45 am)
I am thinking about selling my 2001 BMW 540, buying a 2001 Outback with the H6 and banking the difference. All of the potential OUtbacks I see are arounf 100k miles. Are there typical concerns with a high mileage 2001 Outback? What should I look for or be concerned about (aside from regualr mainenance by the PO)?
#28 of 41 Re: Thinking about a 2001 Outback [formulavee]
Nov 05, 2007 (12:36 pm)
The EZ30 engine is pretty solid and never had the gasket issues from the EJ25.
Turn off the radio, open the windows, and drive in a figure 8. Listen for any unusual drive line noises, feel for binding, grinding, anything like that.
It's a good model without a known problem area, and any flaws should make themselves fairly obvious.
Inspect the gaskets anyway, the front and rear seals, the wheel bearings, things that are common issues on other Subarus.
#29 of 41 High Mileage 98 Legacy 2.2 5MT
Nov 25, 2008 (8:24 am)
Are any other posters able to direct me to previous threads regarding high mileage maintenance issues/items on a 98 Legacy, 2.2 liter with a 5 speed manual trans.? If this hasn't been talked about in a while, here is my dilemma - my Legacy sedan now has 152,000 miles. I am the original owner and except for about 30,000 that my son put on the car, I have driven it since new. It has had the head gasket replaced and a repair to the gas tank filler neck (was rotted and leaking air, giving off a check engine code). It had a short block replacement at 60,000 under warranty (cold engine piston slap) and at that time the dealer replaced the pilot bearing and 5th gear in the transmission. Trans fluid was replaced with synthetic at that time and hasn't been changed since. Except for replacing the bearing, the clutch is original, as is the exhaust, all pumps, etc. I take pretty good care of my cars, so oil changes and other routine maintenance have always been done. This is my daily driver and I put about 300 miles a week on it. Still gets over 32 MPG on the highway! My problem is that the clutch is on its way out (shudder that I can't get rid of by adjusting; fairly soft engagement and very occasional slipping). This is about a $900 repair. It is also time for timing belt, drive belts & hoses to be replaced, spark plugs, fuel filter, brake fluid replacement and some other maintenance items - figure these things will cost another $200-$300 or so depending on how much of it I do myself. Do the "experts" think it is worth replacing the clutch and other work to put the car back in good order, or it is time to move on.... I guess what I am worried about is that other things will start to go like water pump, fuel pump, exhaust, CV joints, etc. and it will become a money pit. The body is still decent and it still runs well generally. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance!
#30 of 41 Re: High Mileage 98 Legacy 2.2 5MT [buffalosuby]
Dec 01, 2008 (1:06 pm)
I think it's worth keeping. Then again I still drive a 1993 Miata daily.
You could fix only the priority stuff and from then on follow an "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mantra.
Odds are one of the things you mention will indeed fail each year, but each will likely cost you a car payment, two max.
That's cheaper than a new car.
The time to sell it is when you stop trusting the car to start every day.
My Miata has not reached that point, so I've kept it. I did invest over $1000 on a timing belt, water pump, valve cover gasket, etc this year. But that's still only 2-3 car payments, and it has already lasted long enough to pay itself off.
#31 of 41 Finally trouble on '95 Legacy Wagon
Jan 12, 2011 (7:56 pm)
I have a '95 Legacy wagon with 215,000 miles on it. It has given me no trouble all these years although it looks its age. But now I need a new timing belt, water pump is leaking and the break line is shot. Without the timing belt I think the repairs will come to $1300. I have a 2006 Acura; so I'm not without a car. I've loved having the wagon to haul large items including my two Goldens. My car repair guy advised me against buying an Outback if I sell my Acura. So I don't even know what car I could buy to take the place of my Subie.
Just would like some thoughts from any of you.