Sorry to revive an old thread, but if anyone's interested, here's my $.02. I bought a 2004 wagon with 280,000 miles one month ago. When I first saw the ad, thought it was nuts that someone was trying to sell it. Turns out that it was clean. Really clean. One owner, kept it stock. I drove it and took it by my mechanic (his shop rebuilds several Subaru engines a week). Nothing mechanically wrong with it. I took the gamble and bought it. I immediately replaced the timing belt, tensioners, thermostat, and water pump; changed the oil; and replaced the rear diff and gearbox oil. The diff oil had no metal in it. The gearbox oil had some flakes, but nothing worse than I've seen before. I've loved it the car so far and it pulls strong and runs great all around. I think there are people out there who really take care of cars. But I think they are incredibly rare, and I was incredibly lucky.