Last post on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Car Buying, Wagon
#32 of 41 Re: Finally trouble on '95 Legacy Wagon [carteach]
Jan 12, 2011 (10:36 pm)
Well, $1,300 sounds a little high for that work, but I am not sure how hard it is to replace a brake line on one of these things. You should definitely replace the water pump if it is leaking, as that is a sure sign it will fail in the not-too-distant future. But, the good news is that it takes no extra labor to replace the timing belt when you're in there for the water pump (because you have to remove the belt to access the pump), and the belt itself is about $100.
Were it mine, I would probably do the work if it is otherwise in decent shape. That said, if you have done no other work (such as strut replacement, CV joints, wheel bearings, etc), there are likely many other things that need attention now or in the near future.
Aside from the appearance, I would not bet against a new Outback. I, like many others, have some concerns about the wheel shake issue that is not uncommonly reported, but, aside from that, the model has thus far proven to be quite solid.
The 09+ Forester is also a great car. Coming from the '95, I suspect you might find it a nice fit.
#33 of 41 Re: Finally trouble on '95 Legacy Wagon [carteach]
Jan 13, 2011 (8:11 am)
My car repair guy advised me against buying an Outback
He's probably concerned about the head gaskets, but that was 2004 and prior. A newer one should be fine.
#34 of 41 My high mileage subie
Jun 27, 2011 (9:52 pm)
here is my dilemma- my 2000 outback ltd has 257K- already replaced head gaskets- brakes twice, clutch once- belts once or twice, hubby has diligently changed oil every 3-4K miles. i really love this car..has 2 moonroofs, weather band, manual, heated leather- i could go on i just love it. but practical spouse says time to get new;gotta have reliable car; rpms rev spontaneously at times...i could keep it and get a smaller impreza for long distance trips or just say heck with it and go all out...decisions decisions- anyone want to offer their thoughts? if i do buy i want all the things i have now esp. weather band if it is still an option.
#35 of 41 Re: My high mileage subie [diver7]
Jun 28, 2011 (8:41 am)
The new Impreza probably has about the same passenger room as your 2000 Outback and with the new engine offers MPG economy, similar performance and no head gasket worry. I believe there will be a model with leather.
Weather band seems to be missing.
#36 of 41 Re: My high mileage subie [saedave]
Jun 28, 2011 (4:11 pm)
It is; I don't think Subaru has included weather band since the 2005 model year on the Legacy/Outback. I'm not sure when they phased it out for the Forester.
#37 of 41 Re: My high mileage subie [saedave]
Jun 29, 2011 (4:36 am)
Thanks for replying. hate to hear about the weather band- it really helped me through these storms we've been having. think i'll keep this car and drive it til it drops.
#38 of 41 Re: My high mileage subie [xwesx]
Jun 29, 2011 (8:28 am)
A Midland HH50 Pocket Weather Radio sells for less than $18 on Amazon and is small enough to be clipped to a visor. I suspect it works better than the old Subaru built-in.
#39 of 41 Re: My high mileage subie [saedave]
Jul 10, 2011 (6:57 am)
hey thanks you know sometimes i need someone to come along and offer a simple solution
#40 of 41 Re: Good news and bad news [ateixeira]
Apr 24, 2012 (5:41 pm)
164 is alot? I dont think so, my god! This is where I buy my Subi's. If it needs head gaskets...good! Then I get'em cheap...if the H-G's have been done, then they are ready for another 150k. Actually with Felpro's I havent had a failure all the way up to 300 & higher.
A fuel pump at 190...and whatever else the CEL tells me to do...and the darned things seem to go indefinately.
Brakes here, half shafts there, its no big deal to keep these things on the road.
#41 of 41 Re: Good news and bad news [phxmotor]
Apr 25, 2012 (10:36 am)
I did see a Forester for sale that had 274k miles on them.
Did you buy that one? LOL
Quarter million mile club is awesome!