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    zero529@yahoo.com
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    My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    miles common? Thanks for your help.




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    Carl 1 Lucky Texan
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    zero529@yahoo.com wrote:

    > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > miles common? Thanks for your help.
    >


    In a word, yes.
    Of course, the present condition and its past care are much bigger
    issues with any used car than its average model record from new.

    I believe there is a website devoted to soobs with over 300K and folks
    that participate in this forum have over 200K.

    Carl


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    Dmitriy
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    If you're looking at '01 - '04, you should have no trouble no trouble
    finding one with under 50k miles that is in your price range. Just a
    quick search on autotrader.com turns up a bunch of Outbacks with
    30--50k miles for $12-13k.

    To answer your original question, a Subaru (if well maintained!!!!)
    will last you well over 200k miles. With under 50k miles it's still
    basically a brand new car, and you can expect many years of safe (and
    fun!) winter driving from it

    Good luck in your search!


    zero529@yahoo.com wrote:
    > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > miles common? Thanks for your help.



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    AS
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    Default Re: Life expectancy for '01-'04

    Make sure you drive the car from cold so you can detect any piston slap
    or noisy lifter issues. Check the A/T by driving it in all conditions,
    under heavy and light acceleration, etc. Also check for wheel bearing
    issues.

    Good luck

    zero529@yahoo.com wrote:

    > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > miles common? Thanks for your help.
    >


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    bj
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    get the 03 or 04....some of the earlier ones had some problems...


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    bigjim@backpacker.com
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    First off I think folks are foolish to pay 15k for a USED car when any
    number of makes/models can be had after negotiating for $20k NEW. I
    dont doubt I will get over 100k miles on my 04 outback. You will find
    that after 50k miles the car will have become sloppier feeling than
    when new. On one hand I want to see how long I can keep it before
    major problem and on the other I want something new as the car just
    doesnt feel as nice at 75k as it did new. The subaru is awesome in
    rain snow and ice though.

    zero529@yahoo.com wrote:
    > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > miles common? Thanks for your help.



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    Dmitriy
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    A new Outback starts at $22k... that's for the very base version.
    For $15k you can easily get one with 30k miles or less... which is
    basically a new car.

    Savings of $7k... which should more than take care of servicing the car
    for the next 100k miles... even if you manage to blow the engine a
    couple times

    I'd love to have a brand new car, but IMO, from a financial standpoint,
    it's foolish to buy a new car, since the car depreciates the most in
    the first 2-3 years of ownership. According to Consumer Reports -
    40-60% within the first 4 years.


    bigjim@backpacker.com wrote:
    > First off I think folks are foolish to pay 15k for a USED car when any
    > number of makes/models can be had after negotiating for $20k NEW. I
    > dont doubt I will get over 100k miles on my 04 outback. You will find
    > that after 50k miles the car will have become sloppier feeling than
    > when new. On one hand I want to see how long I can keep it before
    > major problem and on the other I want something new as the car just
    > doesnt feel as nice at 75k as it did new. The subaru is awesome in
    > rain snow and ice though.
    >
    > zero529@yahoo.com wrote:
    > > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > > miles common? Thanks for your help.



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    Jim Stewart
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    Dmitriy wrote:

    > A new Outback starts at $22k... that's for the very base version.
    > For $15k you can easily get one with 30k miles or less... which is
    > basically a new car.
    >
    > Savings of $7k... which should more than take care of servicing the car
    > for the next 100k miles... even if you manage to blow the engine a
    > couple times
    >
    > I'd love to have a brand new car, but IMO, from a financial standpoint,
    > it's foolish to buy a new car, since the car depreciates the most in
    > the first 2-3 years of ownership. According to Consumer Reports -
    > 40-60% within the first 4 years.


    Agreed.

    I happen to *like* older cars. I like being
    able to haul a dozen two-by-fours home without
    worrying about scuffing the seats and I like
    the general feel of knowing all the little sounds
    and vibrations as I drive. I wasn't totally
    comfortable in my Outback until it had 70k or
    so miles on it. It's got 6 years and nearly
    130k miles so far and I'm hoping for another
    5 years.


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    bigjim@backpacker.com
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    That 22k sticker car can easily be had for $20k . You are free to waste
    money on someone else's trouble . I'll stick with a new car that I can
    maintain properly and has a warranty to pay for the inevitable
    problems. I will always buy new. A used car for $15k is a sucker's
    bet.

    Dmitriy wrote:
    > A new Outback starts at $22k... that's for the very base version.
    > For $15k you can easily get one with 30k miles or less... which is
    > basically a new car.
    >
    > Savings of $7k... which should more than take care of servicing the car
    > for the next 100k miles... even if you manage to blow the engine a
    > couple times
    >
    > I'd love to have a brand new car, but IMO, from a financial standpoint,
    > it's foolish to buy a new car, since the car depreciates the most in
    > the first 2-3 years of ownership. According to Consumer Reports -
    > 40-60% within the first 4 years.
    >
    >
    > bigjim@backpacker.com wrote:
    > > First off I think folks are foolish to pay 15k for a USED car when any
    > > number of makes/models can be had after negotiating for $20k NEW. I
    > > dont doubt I will get over 100k miles on my 04 outback. You will find
    > > that after 50k miles the car will have become sloppier feeling than
    > > when new. On one hand I want to see how long I can keep it before
    > > major problem and on the other I want something new as the car just
    > > doesnt feel as nice at 75k as it did new. The subaru is awesome in
    > > rain snow and ice though.
    > >
    > > zero529@yahoo.com wrote:
    > > > My wife wants an AWD wagon for our snowy country roads, and the obvious
    > > > first choices are the Legacy and Outback. It sounds like the models
    > > > from '01-'04 are probably what we want, although we disagree on our
    > > > price range (I'm thinking more $11-13K, she's thinking more $12-15K).
    > > > Anyway, I've come to realize that I don't have a good sense of the life
    > > > expectancy these cars might have. Anyone have a rough guess? Is >150K
    > > > miles common? Thanks for your help.



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    bugalugs
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    bigjim@backpacker.com wrote:
    > That 22k sticker car can easily be had for $20k . You are free to waste
    > money on someone else's trouble . I'll stick with a new car that I can
    > maintain properly and has a warranty to pay for the inevitable
    > problems. I will always buy new. A used car for $15k is a sucker's
    > bet.


    One word

    Depreciation

    I always bought new......... Until I woke up. Found that I lost more in
    the first couple of years than what I had been able to save in the
    previous 2 years to get to the original sale price.

    Never again.

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