My 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon (2.2 5 speed) just rolled over 300,000 miles. I bought it used in June 2003 with 165,000 on it. At 200,265 miles I replaced the alternator with a rebuilt from Autozone. I have had to replace it several times since, but it is lifetime warranted so it's a free swap. I had to replace the mass air flow sensor at 208,168 with a used from the salvage yard. At 245,014 I replaced the clutch. Other than that it's been routine maintanance such as brakes, belts, plugs etc. I keep the oil changed every 5000 miles with Mobil 5000. I do have to add about a quart of oil every 2000 or so miles. It leaks some and uses some but never really smokes.
I pull a 5x10 box trailer behind it quite a bit and have hauled some pretty heavy loads in it. The heaviest load was a load of coal that weighed 2700 lbs. I pulled that through the mountains about 200 miles.
The second picture I sent is of the car just after pulling the corn planter home that is behind it. I pulled it about 50 miles. It's 15 ft. wide and was real fun pulling out a narrow winding 2 lane road. I'm sure I got some funny looks pulling that behind my Subaru.
The body is starting to rust around the rear fenderwells. If it doesn't rust out I'm going to try for 400,000. I'll let you know when that happens.
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From: Subaru High Mileage Club
To: 'David Eddy'
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 9:23 AM
Subject: RE: Subaru High Mileage Club
Hopefully you werenít doing nearly 85 mph pulling the corn planter on a narrow winding 2-lane road :-)
Richard B. Kahn
That's a good one. No, I wasn't pulling any load when it rolled over. The fastest I was able to go pulling the planter was 45 on Rt 50, a 4 lane road. At that speed it started swaying back and forth, so I let off the gas and slowed down. I hope I never get the idea to pull a load like that again.
By the way, my brother owns a 92 SVX and my Dad owns a 2002 Outback LL Bean. I have owned seven Subaru's so far. My first new car was a 94 Impreza. I traded it for a new 99 Legacy GT. A few years later we saw my 94 for slae on a car lot and dad traded a Justy for it. He has since sold the 94 to a friend that is still driving it. I traded the 99 for a new 2002 WRX. I eventually sold the WRX on ebay. I bought a 92 and 95 SVX on ebay. I sold the 92 to my brother and the 95 on ebay. The 95 went clear to California. I also owned a 82 Subaru wagon with over 180,000 miles on it that I paid $175 for. It rusted so bad I scrapped it, but I kept the motor and used it to build a homemade generator.
And now I have the 96 Outback. As you can probably tell, I am definately a Subaru fan.
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 2/25/2003 5:32:49 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Diane Campbell
Hello, there are 2 high mileage Subaru's in my family. My son is driving a 1993 impreza that turned over 200,000 miles about a month ago. I change the oil every 3000 miles and use the high mileage oil. Nothing major needed done, just the "brain" or ecm I think it is called had to be replaced. It still runs great, he is going for 300,000! I am driving a 1997 Impreza Sport outback with 117,000 miles. I recently purchased it since my 1992 Legacy was totaled in a wreck (no injuries)They are both great in snow and fun to drive. I wouldn't ever want anything else
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 2/28/2003 5:51:09 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Diane Campbell
Hello, I wrote a few days ago and borrowed a digital camera for some photos,
The purple impreza is my son and his wife, and it has over 200,000 miles. The green impreza sport is mine and has 118,000. Thanks for allowing me to share our love of our subarus!
I originally owned the 93 Impreza then gave it to my son and I bought another one. That was a 92 Legacy that did not survive a crash 2 weeks ago!!
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 12/2/2002 8:01:06 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: William 'Huck' Huckelby
I've currently go 5 Subarus, but have owner 13 total, most of which had over 100,000 miles.
My present Subarus are:
1992 SVX-LS Tour 155,000 miles
As for maintenance, I bought it with a bad tranny at 138K, I replaced it with a used one, that lasted about 1,500 miles, then I swapped in a 5-speed, and have had no tranny problems out of it since. It also need both rear wheel bearing replaced when I got it, and the right rear again after about 10k then again after about 1,000 miles, at which time I replaced the whole knuckle assembly, that was about 5 months ago and so far so good. It has had no engine problems, and Iím sure the previous owner abused it.
1989 XT6 AWD 5-speed 134,000 miles
Iíve had this one about 6 months, itís my daily driver, had air suspension problems when I got it, replaced it with standard struts/shocks. Last month It had a timing belt break due to the bolt in one of the idler rollers had been over tightened and striped the treads in the block allowing it to droop and make the timing belt ride toward the outside till it frayed the belt and a string caught on the oil pump gear and shredded the belt, so a heli-core and a new belt later, itís back in action. The electric power steering pumps warning light has been coming on now and then, but a new set of brushes should fix that.
1995 Impreza L FWD 5-Speed 137,000
I bought this one to fix up for my oldest daughter, needed a radiator, and the front left brake caliper (it was sticking), runs like a sewing machine, have had no major mechanical problems.
1996 Impreza Outback Sport AWD Auto, 78,000 (wifeís car)
Doesnít quite make the 100,000 mile club, but probably will within the next year or so, engine has had no problems, but the tranny had to be rebuilt at 62,000, and still doesnít feel like I think it should, but it does work!
1986 XT FWD auto 105,000 I got this thinking Iíd fix it up, but it had been run hot and it had ruined the motor, so Iím using it as a parts car for my XT6
Previously Iíve owned:
1987 RX Turbo AWD 5-speed coupe: 115k when I sold it.
1986 XT Turbo 4WD 5-Speed: had 117k when I sold it.
1988 XT6 AWD auto had 134k when I sold it.
1990 Legacy L AWD auto sedan:142k had to replace the tranny(Subaruís week link in my opinion)
1991 Legacy L AWD auto wagon 112k when I sold it to a paper carrier, who had to replace the tranny after about 9 months (weak link)
1991 Legacy AWD 5-speed: 178k when I sold it.
1994 SVX-L FWD auto 78k when I sold it.
1993 Legacy L FWD auto a wreck I bough for parts, donít remember the mileage.
Sorry for being so long,
But thought Iíd fit into your multiple Subaru page!
Keep Ďem on the road!
William 'Huck' Huckelby
P.S. I've attached a few pics of some of them.
Subj: I own a Subaru at both ends of the planet!
Date: 9/12/2002 12:13:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Brett Seabrook
Can you please re- post this story and the attached pictures that U have promised for some time.
I am a Kiwi from AKL New Zealand (southern Hemisphere somewhere below Australia!!) working and living in the UK.
Over here I have a 98 Legacy 2.5 Quadcam wagon with the full leather and six stacker CD this car has travelled 104,000 miles and I replaced a rear wheel bearing yesterday. This car is great for motorway travelling and is really smooth, it drives beautifully
Also I have sent details to my brother in New Zealand of your site. In New Zealand we both own Leone 1800 station Wagons (Same model as your Loyale) we have done some serious off- roading in them. They are completely standard except for modified alloy sump guards front and rear, the rear one just stops you from loosing your bumpers when you go over a steep bank. We found out from a friend of our who tried to off-road an auto, that it just not the same as the manual hi-low ratio and any how, what we did was went to a tyre dump and got the equivalent tyres size etc and had them retreaded with tractor tyre grip pattern (only to be used for off road) on the 13inch tyres. Because these wagons are so light manoeuvrable and capable in the mud and I mean REAL MUD !! we have got through swamps that even the big foot type off roaders can't go and boy do they get PISSED OFF WITH YOU !!!!.
I have fitted a limited slip dif in mine which came from a wrecker ex turbo two door and this has only made it more impressive, basically these cars will climb trees and eat nuts!!! and are completely standard right down to the glove box and carpets (which get wet every now and then). When we have finished off-roading all we do is change the tyres for the road version, give the radiator a steam clean, (the mud caked on makes them overheat) and away you go and if you role them or write them off hey they are only worth $500
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Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 2/10/2002 11:16:07 AM Eastern Standard Time
My name is Matt Davis, I am from Greenville, South Carolina. We have 3 subaru's in my family between my wife and I. We have two black 1992 SVX LS-L and one 1989 DL 4x4 wagon. My SVX (the one with the spoiler) has over 155,000 miles on it now and her's has just over 116,000. The DL 4x4 wagon currently has over 270,000 miles on it. Attached is a picture I took while driving as it rolled over 250,000 miles. Routine maintenance for all three is mainly the ritual oil change at 3k miles. The SVX's run only Havoline synthetic motor oil. Unscheduled Maintenance on all three has mainly been replacing seals to stop oil leaks and a recurrent wheel bearing problem on one SVX. Other than that the cars have been very reliable despite being driven hard. The wagon routinely goes off road and has survived more than one "flight". I have submerged the wagon over the hood in water while crossing a creek and although it did stall out, it started and ran fine after being pushed out. The SVX's routinely make an over 850 mile trip from South Carolina to New York to visit family. I wouldn't attempt this in any other car. They handle very well and are very comfortable at speed and manage to get 26-27 mpg on the highway out of the 230 hp flat 6 (the engine rev's at only 3000 rpms at 90mph!)
My wife has owned a 1986 GL 4x4 hatchback, and a 1988 DL 4x4 wagon. My father owns a 1996 legacy brighton My older brother currently owns a 1992 legacy and has owned a 1987 GL 4x4 sedan and another 1992 legacy that he sold to my younger brother My younger brother owns a 1992 legacy
Great website - I enjoyed reading the stories section
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 1/23/2002 7:55:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Jeremy and Amanda
Please include us in your multiple Subaru section. Great web site by the way :)
I live in Reno Nevada and my name is Jeremy Heck. I bought my 1991 Subaru Legacy L AWD 3 years ago used. At the time it had 80,000 miles miles on the ticker, within 3 years I clocked the mileage up to 178,000 miles. Major repairs would be; the clutch was changed at 120,000 miles, I replaced the rear wheel bearings at 140,000 and the two front axles I replaced last year at 160,000 miles. I have never had any problems with that good ol 2.2 liter motor. It starts up every morning with out any trouble. I've put $0 into the motor as of today. Just regular oil changes every 3000-5000 miles. Legacys are such great cars I made my own web site at www.offroadsubaru.com . Check it out and see what Subies can really do!
Amanda Heinemann also from Reno Nevada and owns a 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS. It just hit 28,000 miles this week. No major work has been done to it. Just a few power mods. You can also see more of her car at www.offroadsubaru.com .
Jeremy and Amanda
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 12/28/2001 4:25:03 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Joseph Piazza
Hey, my name is Joseph Piazza and I live in Gainesville, Fl. I own two Subarus (1985 XT GL and a 1991 XT-6) but only one has over 100,000 miles on it.The XT GL, 155,000, and I treat that XT GL like crap and it always drives the same as when I got it. It was my first car, I got it when I was 15 and I am 20 now. When I got the XT GL it had 80,00 miles. Man I drove that car so much. I was the first person out of my group of friends to own a car so I would fit 5-6 people in it a trip. For the way I drive, the problems are, #1 tires, it is a 5 speed and I burn tires like there is no tomorrow. Other than that just routene maintence. Alt, ps pump, timing belts oil changes etc. I do all the maintence on it. It is sitting now because I am too busy driving my XT-6. I liked the XT GL but I wanted somthing faster but with the same handling features. So I picked up the XT6 a couple months ago. I already put 5,000 miles on it. It has 93,000 miles on it now so when i hit 100,000 miles I'll let you know. I also had an 84 Suaru GL 4WD wagon with 220,000 miles on it. I treated that car like a rally car, till I gave a friend an off road ride in it and he wanted to buy it. So I sold it to him for $900, man that was a tough car, leaked NO oil. I could go on and on. I have so many Subi stories but I wont tell them because it will be off the subject of high milage.
thx for reading - Joseph Piazza
Here are the pictures of my XTs, the red one is the car with 155k miles.
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 11/30/2001 11:58:14 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: The Stutzman Family
We currently have four Subarus:
1991 Loyale 4WD wagon, automatic, Bermuda Blue. 101,000 miles, so it just qualifies for the high-mileage club. No really major problems. Weíve replaced both front axles, the starter, the transmission modulator, and weíre just about to replace the oil pan gasket.
1993 Loyale 4WD wagon, automatic, Misty Dawn Metallic (brown). 92,018 miles. Major engine problem at 68,000 miles necessitated replacing the entire engine block, heads, and head gaskets for $4000. Weíve also replaced both front axles and the transmission modulator.
1993 Impreza L+ AWD wagon, 5-speed manual, Aqua Frost (light blue). 45,347 miles (I know that one certainly doesnít qualify for high-mileage). Absolutely no problems.
1995 Legacy L AWD/ABS wagon, automatic, Quicksilver Metallic (silver). 78,665 miles. No major problems. Replaced starter and one engine seal.
1986 GL 4WD wagon, 5-speed dual range, Crest Brown, completely rust-free. Approximately 165,000 miles in 1998. Replaced catalytic converter, valve lifters. This car was totaled when a Chevrolet Suburban barreled into the rear end at around 35 mph, crushed the cargo area, and bent the rear unibody on 1 April 1998.
For routine maintenance, we used to change the oil every 3,000 miles but have recently changed to every 5,000 using natural oil. We rotate the tires at the same time as the oil change, and we wax the cars twice each year.
I donít have a picture of the GL or the Legacy nor of any dashboards, but I do have a picture showing the two Loyales and the Impreza lined up in the driveway in front of the house. I will try to take some additional pictures to send to you.
The Stutzman Family
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
|Stan and Marlene Chamrin of Londonderry, New Hampshire own these two Subarus (for which one has over 100,000 miles, see the Gallery section.) Marlene owns the 1994 Legacy on the right. Stan owns the 1998 Outback on the left. Stan has owned three other cars in the same timeframe that Marlene owned her Subaru. The Subaru is Stan's fourth car. What do you want to bet he will be sticking with this one?|
Subj: two high mileage subies
Date: 9/10/00 1:54:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason Neal)
I have 2 that could be in the high mileage club and my name is Jason Neal, I am from Mount Angel, Or and the cars are a 91 Loyale Wagon and a 78 FE Coupe (a rare subie at that too) I have had the loyale since 94,000 mi. and have a lil over 131,000 miles on it now and the FE has no hundered thousand mark on it ut I have a feeling it has a lil over 228,000 miles on it cause it was bought in Elko, Nevada. The loyale has had the timing bel changed at 120,000 miles and the struts were done at about 128,000 I had just replaced the alt at 130,000 and oh yeah the drivers side Cv joints were replaced with also the wheel bearings on the whole frount end done at about 100,000 and now needs a new one on the pass side (it's 2wd) and also the rear springs are in need of replacement too, Now the FE Coupe I have had just for 2 months and the engine needs a new front oil seal and all the vac lines replaced which I will do when I can afford to do that and also replace the tires so it's drivable and that's all needed.
Thank you for your time,
Subj: New catagory.
Date: 8/27/00 9:59:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time
I thought that you may be interested in this picture for your new section.
From left to right: (white) '88 4WD Dual Range 5 speed L series Royale with (223,000 km) 138,000 miles and all original, (silver) MY '81 4WD Gl with (currently) 241,000 miles (387,000 km) which i might add has just come home from a 900 mile weekend trip to the snow and back and the (beige) MY '83 Dl 4 speed Dual range 4WD with (346,000 km) 214,00 miles and just a new pair of head gaskets about 1 month ago. Although the '68 red mini tried to get in on the act.
The reason for the km figures is that in Australia we use km ( although the silver one has miles) and i put them in while i was doing the conversion and decided to leave them there.
Subj: Re: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 8/25/00 7:09:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: email@example.com (Dave)
I just happened to have this photo on this pc that has my two current Subes in it. In the foreground is my '98 Legacy GT Wagon and in the background is my '92 Legacy Sport.
Heath Rumple of Cabarrus County, NC owns 4:
Subj: (no subject)
Date: 8/23/00 11:52:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time
I was thinking of sending in a picture of my car (1988-XT-GL) but I was not sure if you would want it on your website, because I have only owned it for a year. I have contacted the previous owner, who clams that the car has never had any problems at all, also I have all its records which would indicate that he was telling the truth. My family also owns three other Subaru's (87 GL-10 4WD Turbo wagon), (88 Justy GL), and a (90 Justy GL). All these cars, and mine have over 100,000 miles on them and have had no major problems. Please E-mail me if you are interested in any of these!
|Heather and Jay Adamik of Townsend, MA own two, namely these. A 93 Loyale with over 235,000 miles and a 91 Legacy with over 120,000 miles!||
||The Kahns of Hudson, NH own two. A 1993 Legacy AWD Turbo and a 1990 Legacy AWD wagon, BOTH qualifying for membership in the High Mileage Club.|