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Old 10-28-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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We have a 2006 Outback 3.0R. I purchased this model because the sun roof on the LL Bean version decreased available headroom. We added leather seats from Katzkin.

It currently has 154,000 miles on it. Maintenance problems thus far have been minimal: one rear hub and a radiator. A recent oil analysis showed the engine to be in excellent shape. The transmission (which I've never liked) still works the way it did when new. I drive 30-40,000 miles a year, including Boston city traffic. This model is an ideal size for us, and better in snow than my WRX. This year had the aluminum hood and tailgate.

Just curious if anyone has driven one 200,000 miles or more?
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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I have nothing to add, other than your experience makes me happy. I just bought an 08 Outback LL Bean 3.0 last weekend with 58K. So far I love it. You are right however, about the 5EAT. What a lazy trans that thing is. I hope to have great luck with it, but so far it's world's more refined than my 08 FSXT.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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There's someone on SubaruPutback.org with 410,000 miles on a 3.0. It's had head gaskets but that's about it.

I have to decide whether to sell it now, or put some new KYB's on it and buy new snows. That would be about $1,200, so probably worth doing.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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So let me ask you this: the shift into 3rd gear is abrupt EVERYTIME. Any ideas? I mean it smoothly shifts into all other gears, but 3rd. It's rather annoying!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
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So let me ask you this: the shift into 3rd gear is abrupt EVERYTIME. Any ideas? I mean it smoothly shifts into all other gears, but 3rd. It's rather annoying!
I'll check tomorrow at work to see if there is a TCM reflash for this, there are multiple TCM updates for various shifting and other concerns. Maybe this will be in there too, also we could try doing a trans re-learn procedure.

Shoot me a PM and maybe we can meet up at my work and see what we can do.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Now turned 155K. Had the trans fluid change and they found a leak, so it's a lot perkier.

Also had KYB shocks put in to replace the Monroes. Much improved.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:45 PM   #7
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I don't see any reason why you couldn't go 250k or more with routine maintenance. Just be sure to follow your dealer's advice and maintain the car like it needs to be- love your car and it'll love you back.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:25 AM   #8
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I don't see any reason why you couldn't go 250k or more with routine maintenance. .
No doubt.

The question is whether the additional maintenance costs incurred make it worthwhile to do so.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:39 PM   #9
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My buddy has an 06 3.0R LL Bean Sedan. It's at 133k miles and it's currently at the dealer for a throttle issue. The starter has been making noise and will likely be replaced under his extended warranty. Recently a coolant leak near the coolant temp sensor (spraying coolant all over the engine bay) was fixed also.

All of those things are relatively minor I think and overall the motor seems fine, pulls hard, and runs smoothly.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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my wifes 2002 outback llbean has 168k running strong.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:32 AM   #11
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Our 03 outback with the ez30d has just turned 275000. Besides regular maintinance i have done nothing. Thinking of a suspension upgrade tho
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:41 AM   #12
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We've done a bunch of maintenance in the last month. Not unexpected given the 156,000 miles. We had to replace the front lower control arms, sway bar bushings front and rear, a transmission line that was leaking a bit, and one of the near-new KYB shocks ruptured and had to be replaced under warranty.

The only think I don't like about the car is the integrated radio and climate control system. I'd like to be able to put in bluetooth and USB, but there doesn't seem any good way.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:07 AM   #13
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Is it the one where the climate control is above the radio?
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:15 PM   #14
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Go over to LegacyGT.com and go through the trans forum for info on the 5EAT.

The 3.0 is one of the best Subaru engines here in the states. Just give it standard maintenance.

Peace,

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Old 03-15-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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I just bought an 06 LL Bean and I love the car, planning to do upgraded tranny and supercharger kit once I get the funds. I also have a 97 impreza wagon with full wrx swap and my outback is more fun to drive (minus being auto)
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:00 PM   #16
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Also I bought it with 113k and just put my first thousand on it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:19 AM   #17
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I have noticed that when shifting from 1st to 2nd it laggs about 400 rpms, but every other shift after that is only about 200-300 rpms, anyone else notice this? I'm thinking about doing the 5eat tranny upgrade
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:20 AM   #18
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The H6's that I see around work are really hit or miss when it comes to problems, some people seem to really maintain them so I've seen 200k+ quite a lot. On the flip side, I've had plenty of 100k H6's falling apart because of neglect and years of auto-fatigue.
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