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Old 06-02-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default How long can a properly maintained newer N/A EJ25 last??

My parents have a 2005 Legacy 2.5i auto that racks up miles really fast, it's the car that we all drive the most, my car is too harsh and gets 22mpg on premium, the G35 gets 18mpg on premium, the suv gets worse than that and it's not very safe. The legacy is safe, comfortable, reliable, and gets 27mpg on regular! ...so we put at least 35k miles a year on it.

My parents are moving overseas, selling the SUV and leaving the Legacy with me... I wanna use it as a weekday car and leave my car as a weekend toy.
At this pace.. the Legacy will have 200k miles in no time. I do all the maintainance, the only "mod" it has is a throttle body bypass, my family never drives it over 4000rpm.. and when I drive it... it gets an "italian tune-up".

How long do you think newer N/A subarus can last?? I wanna drive it until the wheels fall off..
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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You just answered your own question. Good maintainence and not beating on it your tires will fall off before the engine dies. Ive seen several 300K subies here in vermont and the weather up here isnt pretty in the winter months not to mention they salt the roads too. Treat the car will and it should return the favor. I plan on keeping my TS til my monthly maintainence fees are the same as a car payemnt, then Ill get a new car.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:24 AM   #3
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283,751.2 miles.



There is no limit. It depends on what you're willing to spend when something goes south.

Oh....and why the heck are you wasting your money on premium in a N/A car?
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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283,751.2 miles.



There is no limit. It depends on what you're willing to spend when something goes south.

Oh....and why the heck are you wasting your money on premium in a N/A car?
My 2.2 liter NA Subie went 13 years and 350K and was still running great when I traded it in last year. No major engine work. Just maintenance related stuff. I may have done the head gaskets at some point, but I can't recall exactly.

It took until 13 years out for me to come close to my monthly maintenance fees approaching what a new car payment would cost. You almost have to do that equasion for 2 years though, rather than just one. For example, the 5MT went at 250K, replaced it with a used 5MT with 50K on it and put another 100K on the car. The year I replaced the tranny, it cost a much to own as a new car, but then it ran cheap again fo the next 3 years. If i'd repalced it after that first year, I would have missed out on the following 3. Still, with high milage cars, it's always a gamble. You can control and limit a lot of the risk with good maintenance, but stuff still wears out over time.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:42 AM   #5
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283,751.2 miles.



There is no limit. It depends on what you're willing to spend when something goes south.

Oh....and why the heck are you wasting your money on premium in a N/A car?
the G35? I follow the factory recommendations.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:13 AM   #6
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the G35? I follow the factory recommendations.
No, I'm talking about the Legacy. Your wording looks like you're using premium in a N/A 2.5L car. Maybe you didn't mean the Leggy.....
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:15 PM   #7
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my lgt just rolled over to 190k, and shows no signs of slowing... because it has always been slow! lol.

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Old 06-03-2010, 01:19 AM   #8
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Our 2003 Outback came from the factory with weeping headgaskets. They just let go (externally) at 60k. Driver side was leaking coolant and oil, passenger side was leaking oil. Quite cheesy.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:58 AM   #9
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my lgt just rolled over to 190k, and shows no signs of slowing... because it has always been slow! lol.
People don't mash on them like the fast WRXs.
Maybe that correlates to why N/A cars last longer.

Same thing with auto 240sx's.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:01 AM   #10
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That's a loaded question that has no answer.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:29 PM   #11
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definitely no answer, but i wonder the same thing about my 07 STi (that i take good care of). what you're looking for is a MTBF (mean time between failure) statistic. not sure where you'd find that and how reliable that'd be... esp with all these damn people that mod their cars
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:25 AM   #12
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I'm going to go play the roulette wheel, seems like my chance of guessing the right number is better...

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Old 06-04-2010, 11:46 AM   #13
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I had a 1997 outback till about 240,000 miles. It had low compression in a cylinder when I got rid of it. Basically drove it around firing on 3 cylinders for a year.

We fixed the head gaskets at around 100,000, thats about it.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:49 AM   #14
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To infinity! Really, it could, so long as the engine is maintained and rebuilt every few hundred thousand miles or so. You shouldn't have any problems making it to 250k, so long as you maintain the engine properly.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:48 PM   #15
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If you have enough money, the car will run forever. Slightly off topic but proving my point:







This Acura Legend belongs to a member of Autopia.org. It has over 400k on it and still looks new. He said hes spent 23k on maintenance to get to 400k.

Although I do know there's a member here who just got rid of his 300k Outback and replaced it with a new Outback Sport.

From all the junk yarding I've done, most Subarus head there with 200k or higher. No body/interior damage. Its pretty sad that all they probably need is a headgasket job.
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