These vehicles have achieved the first milestone of having passed the 100,000 mile mark.
For a Subaru, they are just getting broken in.

NOTE: Not all pictures may appear.

send me back home...

From: amy
To: Subaru High Mileage Club
Sent: Sat, Mar 31, 2012 12:23:39 GMT+00:00
Subject: RE: Subaru High Mileage Club

Its the outback wagon. There its no puddling, no blue clouds of smoke nothing.....
I will very you a picture in the next sunny day of the odometer....there was a picture of the car with my original email......but here it is again. coolant is a lovely shade of green.

Amy McCoy

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

-----Original message-----

From: Subaru High Mileage Club
To: 'amy'
Sent: Sat, Mar 31, 2012 01:08:23 GMT+00:00
Subject: RE: Subaru High Mileage Club

Congratulations on the longevity of your 2003. What model is it (Impreza, Legacy, etc)? Also I am concerned about the oil loss. Do you even notice puddling of oil under where your Scoobydoo has been parked? If not that, check for any seepage like hoses or other areas underneath that look wet. Finally, please check the coolant. Most coolant is lime-green in color. It should not look gray or brown. Please let me know what you find.

Also, if you can get me some pictures (including an odometer shot) I can put them in the gallery.

Rich Kahn, SHMC


From: amy
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 8:03 AM
Subject: Subaru High Mileage Club

my car is now at 195,000 miles and still going strong. It is only a 2003 so that tells you how much driving I do. The only thing that is showing its age is that every 1000 miles I put a quart of oil in. I am huge fan of mantainance so changing the oil is an every 6 week requirement. Love my ‘Scoobydoo’ and it has loved me right back. Just gave it a full detail....doesn’t look bad for an old girl! One other thing, I have never been a huge fan of taking my car for maintanance and repair to the dealership, but after my viscous coupling ( I think that’s what the called it) went Colonial Subaru in Danbury Connectiuct made me a convert. They are great! not to mention they give you a loaner that is a current model and doesn’t smell like smoke!

Amy in CT

Please post in >100k section. thanks!

High Richard, I live in London UK and own a 1997 Subaru Legacy AWD 2.2 GX Wagon (UK Spec).
The mileage on my Legacy is 168,515 (miles) I've attached a recent pic of my odometer at 168,115 miles.
My Subaru is automatic 4EAT tranny with ATS (active torque split) AWD. The engine is EJ22E with all the 1997 revisions i.e. moly coated pistons and so on. My Subaru has never had any major mechanical faults or repairs. In fact it's never had any mechanical problems at all. It has suffered from electronic sensor problems all of which I've replaced. Namely; Air flow mass meter & knock sensor. The seal between the water pump & block started leaking at 165k. This was wrongly diagnosed by so called 'experts' as a worn waterpump shaft seal. These waterpumps last forever but they eventually leak from the mating face at the block. I have made lots of improvements since purchase but the car has never had any work done on the engine, tranny or drive train. The only suspension components I've replaced are rear drop links (anti roll bar linkage). I change the engine oil every 800 miles. I changed the AT fluid 3 times to resolve a torque bind issue because one change only replaces approx 40% of the AT fluid due to most of the AT fluid being retained by the torque converter.

I only use RON 97 premium unleaded petrol, Castrol magnatec 10w40 semi-synthetic engine oil & Comma AQ3 AT fluid. Original cambelt changed at 167,110 miles & still looked ok.

The car drives like new with no trouble codes for AT, ABS or ECU. Gas mileage still meets with factory figures. The engine ticks over perfectly at 800rpm and drives like new. Lots of power & pulls like a train.

Here's the routine work I've carried out in the last 12 months:

Cleaned & serviced ICV & throttle body
Fitted super heavy duty battery
New NGK plugs 1.1mm gap (2.2 standard)
AT fluid drain & change x3
Engine oil changed x3
Front Diff fluid replaced.
New cambelt kit & Impreza GC8 drive belts
Cooling system flush & change x3
Braided fuel lines & GT quad cam filter
Rear poly drop links
4 wheel laser alignment x4
Replaced rusty wiper arms, tailgate handle plate & guides with sandblasted, powder coated parts.
Total wax-oil underseal
Super high temp exhaust paint, whole exhaust system

Here's a couple of pics.

Kind Regards,


Hi Richard

Enclosed 3 pics. of my 95 Subaru, as you can see, I remove the hubcaps in the winter to make wheel cleaning easier.



In a message dated 10/12/2009 9:35:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
That is great, Mike.

Can you get me some pictures, including an odometer shot?

Richard B. Kahn


From: []
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 5:11 PM
Subject: Subaru High Mileage Club

Hi there

My 95 Subaru Legacy station wagon automatic has 160,000 mls. on it without major mechanical failure.

Maintenance is simple:
Oil change + filter every 3,000-4,000
Complete electrical overhaul every 50,000 (plugs, wires etc.)



Hello Sherry and Richard,

Enclosed are two pictures of my 1997 Subaru Legacy LTD Outback Wagon. I live in a lake and mountainous area where I value the performance and characteristics of this vehicle. I'd like to update at a later date with the recorded repairs. That said, none were of any unusual nature.

Thanks for creating this site. The stories are what I consider descriptive of the less materialistic of our society -- car owners who don't have to have the latest, greatest to impress others but who value high quality vehicles and "adopt" them as part of their lives. Having owned everything from General Motors to Ford to Chrysler to Renault, count me as one whose motto is "Subaru shows the rest how cars should be made to last."

Barbara Cooper

Hello Richard,
I'm writing to you from Italy (Valdagno in the Vicenza province, Veneto area, north-east of Italy). I'm a commission agent and I drive my Subaru Outback 2.5 A/T for about 6.000 kms per month. I bought it in 2007 with 130.000 kms which are doubled up to now: in fact it has 260.000 kms on its curriculum vitae. My Subby seems to be a demo model: it has peculiar blu navy leather interiors and a touch screen navigator that includes the board computer. It was registered in november 2003 while the official sale of the new model was in the beginning of 2004 (in Italy). When I bought it I decided to install a LPG system to fuel the car in order to save a lot of money: in fact LPG costs less than half the price of gasoline and it is evironmental friendly. The car runs perfectly and its comfort is evied by many passenger who are in some case Mercedes or Audi owners: even if their cars are younger than mine they complain about vibrations and strange sounds that their cars produce with even less comfort. The only extra ordinary parts changed were the ball bearings of the four wheels (first the rear 2 at 150.000 kms and then the front 2 at 220.000 kms). The car is put in for its MOT regularly every 15/20.000 kms.

Please find here enclosed a picture of my car taken in Stelvio Pass (Italian Southern Tyrol) in november 2007.

I hope to get into the High Mileage Club.

Thank you in advace.

All the best,

Cristian Maria Randon Hello Richard, please find here attached some pictures regarding the odometer, the board computer including the navigation system and the peculiar navy blu leather interiors (I've nevere met anyone else with such interior colour yet). Thank you in advance. All the best. Cristian

Hi Richard,
I am the proud owner of a 1999 Legacy Outback wagon named Snowball with 133,700 miles on it. He's my second Subaru and I am proud to say that this is thus far the only car brand I've ever owned and have no intention of changing that. I've had literally no mechanical problems whatsoever with Snowball, and have only performed routine maintenance. I have replaced the timing belt and a CV joint, but other than that, nothing major. I've travelled extensively with Snowball all over the country, bought him in Colorado (where I'm from, and proudly display my "Colorado Native" sticker on the back), moved to Missouri (where no one even knew what he was) and am now in Florida (where they are few and far between). I always love seeing another Subaru and was so pleased when I saw a Subaru somewhere in my travels with the High Mileage Club sticker on the back, Snowball and I were thrilled that we could join!!
Happy Subaru Travels to all,
Hilary and Snowball

Hi Richard,
You know, I can't remember where I saw the sticker, but I do remember that it was a somewhat newish Outback, probably about the same vintage as mine, and I'm pretty sure it was blue...though I know that this is vague. Here are some pictures of Snowball...enjoy!
Best Wishes,


Here is my newest addition: A 2003 Subaru WRX 2.0 Liter Turbo with a long list of custom items. And, 102,000+ miles as you can see on the odometer. I did not hesitate to purchase this car even with the mileage.

My 95 Subaru Legacy wagon picture somewhere on your site now has 213,000 TROUBLE-FREE miles. Other than oil change every 3,500 miles it just runs.

My 2002 Legacy GT Wagon 2.5L now has only 60,000. I drive the 95 Legacy wagon MORE than the newer GT Wagon. The 02 GT sits in the garage, under a car cover. I take it out to go on family outings, or one of my many photo trips (I'm a photographer).

Jorge Moro
(Webmaster's note: Jorge's Legacy has been moved to the 200,000 miles section. Folks are loyal to their Subarus, and for good reason.)
From: "Emil Heise"
Subject: May I be a "real" member again?
Date: Fri Sep 01 14:28:11 GMT+00:00 2006

Dear Richard, I've finally hit the required 160,000km in my Impreza! This car has been mine since the odometer showed 64,000km - only 2˝ years ago. As expected, all I've done is regular maintenance and had absolutely no problems There are only about 40 of this model in Denmark, so it gets plenty of admiring glances from people in the know.

Here's "Teri" this winter, very much in her preferred habitat! :

And a shot of the odo Tuesday evening :


Hello Richard,

My Subaru legacy 2.0 awd is over the 100000 miles. It is a fine car and a special one in Holland. In Holland there are not manny subaru's. Please set the photo's on your internet site. Succes with the subaru hihg miles club.

Peter from Assen
Subject: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 3/18/2006 1:52:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Reply To:
Sent on:

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Hello <<...>> <<...>>

My Name is Zvi, From Tel-Aviv, Israel.

I own a Subaru B4 Model 2000,

With 164000 Km (app. 100000 Miles)

The first Subaru I had was 1984 1300 dl 4 doors sedan, It was a company car, drove a bit sluggish due to the small engine but with legendary reliability.

Since than a had a 1990 Leone 1600 DL with power assist , and than I owned a 1993 legacy 1600 DL which I bought in 1998.

My present car was converted to a BI-FUEL, i.e. to LPG (gas), since than I enjoy a smooth and Low-cost ( and pollution) drive.

the car has all the original engine and transmission. I replaced the tires , and I feel that the clutch has to be replaced soon.

In the pictures you can see the car in the middle of the road between Eilat, on the red sea,

to Tel-Aviv. you can see my son's boat, a LASER boat, which he competes as part of his team.

Zvi Rechnitz
GM- Sales & marketing
Information Security Solutions
Phone: +972-54-2049100
Fax: +972-3-6487882

Hi there! My name is Julie Muckinhaupt, from Jamestown, NY, and I own a 2000 Subaru Outback Limited wagon. Her name is Subita and she has approximately 121,900 on her. She was our family car before I took her to college with me, so she racked up most of those miles on roadtrips and such with the family. Aside from tires, brakes, and oil changes, the only major things I've had to deal with were the catalytic converter at 112,000 and a broken sway bar (after hydroplaning into a ditch) at 119,000. She's a great car (although a bit of a gas guzzler at times), and I've thoroughly enjoyed being a Subaru wagon owner for the past year and a half.

Attached is a picture of Subita in the snow and a snapshot of the odometer at 121,833 (as of April 16th, 2008).

Subject:Re: Re: I'm looking to possibly buy a 99 Forester with 122k on it but have a concern
Instant Messenger:

Well, I'm the proud owner of a '99 Subaru Forester with 122k on it. I'll post pictures in the 100k section of this site as soon as I get em' . This was actually bought from a used car dealer who specialized in subaru's and though I could not contact the previous owner, I had two different mechanics go over the car and checked out the CarFax on it. It's got a new timing belt, all the other belts, water pump, and the seals you can get at when you're changing out the belts. Also, I had a number of other tweaks done before I took delivery of the car. It drives like a dream, and I'm glad to be back driving a Subaru after the 14 year hiatus with my Montero (a wonderful car which died at 246k miles, and at 17 miles to the gallon in 2:20 per gallon gas country, no longer feasible!) Here's to the next 200k miles!!!!

Subj: Here's the photo's of my Forester
Date: 6/27/2004 12:42:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

This is actually my second Subaru. My first was an 83 GL Wagon which I traded in back in 89 for a Montero. 247 thousand miles later, the Monte died and I found my Forester with 122k miles on it. It's the most comfortable, powerful, and all around great car I've ever owned. Here's to joining the 400k club sometime with it!

Hank Duderstadt
P.O. Box 10416
Oakland, CA 94610

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 6/2/2003 2:38:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Michael

Here's my 1985 BRAT, purchased off of eBay for less than it's worth. It has 138K (only 6K since I bought it a year ago) but I know it will run forever. Clutch has always seemed to have no adjustment left in it, but never slips or makes noise. New brakes and wheel hub replaced when I bought it, otherwise no problems. PS I'm looking for the high roll-bar version of the body cap/shell.
Seattle, WA
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 3/15/2003 11:07:41 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Dave Elliott

Hi, my Name is David Elliott, and I live in Crewe, England, in the U.K.

I have a 1998, 2.5 litre 4cam Subaru Lagacy Outback. It is an Auto (unusual in Europe) and was one of a special edition called "Alecante".

It now has: 102583 miles on the clock, and the manufactures guarantee will expire next month. (5 year unlimited mileage).

Apart from cam belt tensioners (4 to date) it has had the engine (short) replaced under warrantee after 3 years. This was due to excessive piston ware. The premium unleaded fuel in this part of England can have a high sulphur content, which raises the combustion temperature. Subaru introduced a new type of piston to overcome this problem. I was impressed by the garages response, after listening to a cold start when it "rattled", they said "Book it in, and we will fit a new short engine".

It's running fine just now, and I shall keep it for a few years more.

Does anyone know what to do about the lacquer coming off the alloy wheels? When exposed to winter driving, the unprotected parts corrode.

Dave Elliott

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 3/4/2003 10:07:11 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Anna Lea Roof

Dear Richard,

I love my 1993 Subaru Impreza wagon! I'm the original owner; it will be 10 years old in April, 2003. It currently has 163,500 miles on it. I drove it to Colorado last summer, where it turned over 157,000 miles (see photos).

The original brake pads lasted 120,000 miles. I change the oil myself every 3,000 miles. Things are slowly failing - the rear wiper, rear washer, and rear power door lock no longer work - but it still gets me where I'm going. 200,000, here I come!

Anna Lea Roof
Overland Park, Kansas

P.S. Do you still have bumper stickers available?
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

Diane Campbell
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!!

Diane Campbell

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 2/16/2003 4:23:42 PM Eastern Standard Time

Hi there, I'm not sure if you're interested in this because I'm from the UK but thought I'd let you know anyway in hope that you can include it on your site.

I bought my MY98 UK Impreza Turbo in January 2002 with 92,000 miles on the clock and a year on and its now on 108,000. Now, big deal you may say but after joining my local Subaru owners club and going out on a few runs with them them I realised it was quite a bit faster than most of the other cars. After further investigation I found out the ECU had been modified heavily and the turbo was increased way above standard. This work was all done just two months after it was first registered meaning it has done almost all these miles running very high turbo pressure.

During this year Subaru's have taken over my life I am now helping run Scoobycity and often take my car along to track days and 1/4 mile challenges where I'm always the fastest car there. Not bad considering it has the highest number of miles.

Please click the links below for some pics of my car.

Danny Snelling
Site Admin & Treasurer
Subj: Re: 86 XT Turbo
Date: 1/14/2003 6:12:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

Richard here are the pics of my subie. also my new e-mail address is please use this for future messages. i also have a website for my car

thanks for accepting me into the club


Proud Subaru Owner


hi, my name is Jeremy. i live in Pueblo Colorado. i just bought a 1986 Subaru XT GL-10 Turbo. it has 150,115 miles on it. the only work that has been done to it is changing the oil every 3,000 miles and it just had a new clutch put in it along with new brakes, two front tires, and all new gaskets. other than that no major work has been done to it (so i was told). if you want to contact me my e-mail is the e-mail address you will see attached to this is my girlfriend's dad's. i am using his computer so please do not send anything to that address. use the address. thanx

Jeremy<BR> Proud Subaru owner

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 1/1/2003 4:34:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Kari Gigstead


Just got onto your website and thought I'd let you know about my "little beast". Unfortunately, I have little clue as to how she's lasted this long, but I'm determined to keep her running forever if possible.

I purchased this 1978 Brat for $400 a little over a year ago. It was a little rough, but it wasn't more than a new this and a new that before I was romping her around the Rocky Mountains. She has a little over 150,000 miles. As far as I know everything's pretty much stock except the few bits and pieces I've put on. She's still running the old 1.6L, but I've been contemplating beefing her up with a 1.8L and dual-range 4WD. It will be a project; but being Subaru fans from long ago, we've got plenty of parts laying about.

Aside from myself, my family has a veritable herd of Subarus parked in the yard, and as far as I know they've all got 100,000 or more miles. Again, they're history is mostly vague to us as they are all 'adopted'. My father even still owns his old 1973 wagon! Unfortunately Minnesota winters has depleated the outside so much...

Attached, please find a photo of my Brat. They so aptly named these cars...if I don't take her out romping at least once in a while, she acts up...that's Brat-itude!

Take care,
Kari Gigstead
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 12/23/2002 3:22:39 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Ed Durand
To: Shmc001

I have a 1995 Subaru Legacy LS wagon. I never owned a car that went over 100,000 miles so as it approached that milestone I eagerly watched every mile until the six digits changed. That was 8,000 miles ago and the Legacy is going strong. It races down the highway at maximum posted speed and handles great. It drives like a new car, in fact, when a truck took out its rear end a couple of months ago, I rented a 2003 Chevy couldn't hold a candle to my Subaru. I change oil every 3,000 miles give or take 500 miles. I had some hose leaks in the spring and it smelled bad and some smoke came from under the hood. But I found a great reasonable mechanic and it was fixed for $250. Other than a brake job, that is all I had to spend on maintenance. I am now looking forward to 200,000 miles. It is my second car, the other car I have is a 1998 Outback. I love Subarus and plan to trade in teh newer car for a 2003 model only because I travle from Mass. to Maine frequently.

Ed Durand,
Swansea, MA

Subj: pictures of forester
Date: 12/22/2002 4:30:47 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Christine Atkinson

Dear Richard, I was thrilled when you wrote to me to tell me to take pictures of my Forrester,and you would put them in!!! Thank You!! I sent them to you, I hope you get them, actually, I already have 106,000 miles!! This is a privelege to have my pictures of my subaru in your newsletter. As you can see in the pictures, I live high up in the mountains, and we need the Subaru's to get up!!! We trust them and love them,they are the only cars we buy!!! Thank You and let me know if you get the pictures.... Peace and God Bless!!!
Christine Atkinson...
Subj: my 92 legacy wagon
Date: 11/6/2002 12:03:10 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Matthew Allen

I am the proud owner of a 1992 legacy L wagon. I picked it up about 2 1/2 years ago with roughly 138,000 miles on it,mostly highway i was told.Besides my mechanic owning it for about two months,i am the third owner(second that has registered it).As far as repairs done to it,the most major repair i had to do to it was the timing belt.besides the regular oil changes,i had to replace a strut,brake pads,and a couple of minor things.that had to do with the ignition like wires,plugs,etc. even though it does need another strut on the drivers side along with a cv joint in the front,which is all minor details. i wouldn't want to drive anything else(unless maybe it's another subaru of course).As of right now she has 149,670 miles on the odometer.i included an exterior picture of the car,don't have one of the odometer yet.i have plans for the car,one includes a lift kit. also is a picture of the intake i added.

Matthew Allen

Subj: Finally - The pictures
Date: 9/11/2002 8:17:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jorge L. Moro

Hi there Richard,

If you recall, we spoke a couple of months ago via telephone when you contacted me. Thank you. I apologize for the lateness of these photos, but, I've been so busy.

Well anyway, here is my Subi -- a 1995 2.0L 4Cyl AWD/ABS Wagon in Metallic Green w Grey Cloth interior. It is an Automatic, and, has Power everything and cruise. My subi has 154,800 miles on it now, not 145 as the speedo shows. The photo's were taken I think in June but a couple of big road trips took care of that.

The car has been trouble-free up to now. With the exception of routine maintenance - Oil change every 5k miles with CAM2 10w 40 oil, and that's about it.

Work that has been done -- Let's see: I've replaced both front axles (very inexpensive compared to my Audi). I've also replaced the rotors all around, in additon to pads, etcl, as well as tires, and the battery once. The exhaust is original equipment--really. It's wonderful. We love it. Fuel mileage is unbelievable; On our July trip to Tennessee, we got a high of 35Mpg on the highway w/o the AC on. With the A/C, we averaged around 25MPG at around 70 MPH.

On one of my trips to South Carolina, mileage, with both kids again, full luggage load, was around 23 - 25 MPG.

This is a fantastic trouble-free vehicle. I highly recommend Subaru to eveyone! My family also owns the Audi which I drive, and a new Jetta which my daughter drives and whenever we go out, everyone always opts for the Subi.

Anyway, thanks for the website! Great job. Keep up the good work.


Jorge L. Moro
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

Dear Richard,

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


Brett Seabrook - Group Security Consultant
Mobile: +44 (0) 7747 767 340
Office DDI: +44 (0) 208 867 7914
Office Fax: +44 (0) 208 867 7859

Subj: Subaru High Miles club
Date: 8/15/2002 2:56:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Gabriel Tumbaga

Hi. My name is Gabriel Tumbaga, and I own a 1986 XT- DL. It has a 1.8L non-turbo engine, and is front wheel drive. I love this little car. I've had just minor problems with it, which include:

CV Axle
R/F Hub & washer
Head Gaskets
Timing Belt

Those problems probably would not have happened if my father took better care of the car before it became my car. Other than that, I have just regular oil changes. I sometimes have to refill the break fluid. This car has 127K miles on it and is still running pretty well. The engine clicks sometimes, I've been told it is stickty lifters, but I'm not sure. I have an air intake, and modified exhaust. The muffler pipe is cut about 2 feet after the Catalytic converter. This sounds GREAT. I love the way the car rumbles. I know I don't own 2 Subaru's, but it would still be nice if you would add my car to your website ^_^. Ok, have a nice day!

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 7/12/2002 4:44:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Andrew Bowers

Hey Rich.. New subie!
1983 GL-10 sedan, 127,000 on the ticker now. Original motor, original trans. Only problem I ever had with it was the digital dash was fried when I bought the car for $250. Replaced it with an analog dash. This is a fully loaded model: Sun roof, cruis control, FACTORY AIR, power windows, digital dash, AM/FM 4 speaker cassette, cloth seats...
It's an 83 so it doesn't have the black out package, trunk rack, or fog lights :-( OR 4WD or the Turbo :-( but it is a 5 speed and gets 28MPG around town, and 32 MPG on the freeway so I am not complaining. Attached is a pic of the front, and a pic of the dash. (although I don't think you can quite make out the mileage)
I have all the original owner's manual and stuff, it was bought at Riverside BMW-Subaru in Roseville, CA in April of 1983.

05/17/02 07:45:46 AM
What is your name? Emil Heise
City Copenhagen
Are you a Subaru owner? YES!
How many miles on it? 146,000
How many Subarus do you own? 1
How do you like them? Like? Love!
Would you buy another one? If my wallet would allow it!
Do you have any comments? Hi Rich, you haven't put my car on the site. How come? Please don't tell me that my Subaru isn't worthy
Subj: pictures
Date: 5/15/2002 11:41:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Rick in Augusta, ME

Hi Richard , here are the pictures of by 89 Subie dressed up as the American flag I'm not to good at this touching up thing maybe you can do better. As I told you there is 181,660 on her and she runs great she is still attached to her original drive train, and has had only tune-ups and regular maintanance done to her she was bought in Dec. 2001 for only 300.00 and really needed to be painted so I got innovative and this is the results . Hope you like her.

Thanks, Rick in Augusta, ME. P.S. Pictures of my XT6 89 will follow shortly that I bought for 200.00 in Auburn ,Me.

My name is Art Burkett and I live in Nixa MO. This is my "86 Subaru DL". I'm the third owner of this vehicle.It hasn't had any major problems that wouldn't be expected at 187xxx.As far as the camo paint I hope to test it real soon on a Pretty Ozark Mountain top!
Hi Rich,
   I hope you remember meeting me at Bob & Michelle's housewarming party last summer, and again at orientation night at Alvirne HS. I'm the owner of the blue 1991 Legacy with the "KT1E" plates.
   Well, the "KT1Emobile" hit 100k today (3/22/2002), and still runs great. The only issue I've had is the clutch -- I seem to need a new one about every 40k, but I attribute that to me being tough on clutches. Otherwise, I just keep up with routine maintenance. There is some visible rust in various spots...I joke about the body falling apart before the engine does. I would be happy to become a club member, now that I'm eligible.
          Lorraine Mack

ps...we are currently in the process of adventures in home selling/buying. Our humble home on Frenette Dr. has been sold, and we are buying a house in the south end of hudson (pending water/radon tests, and squaring away issues around the septic system)
Date: 3/30/2002 4:45:05 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Lorraine Mack

Hi Rich,
Here are the photos you requested. One picture was taken in 1991, when my son (in the photo) was in kindergarten. The latest photo was taken with the same kid, now in 9th grade. A photo of the odometer reading also included.
      -- Lorraine Mack(KT1E)

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: 12/28/2001 4:25:03 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Joseph Piazza
To: Nv1z

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.

Joseph Piazza
Subj: 1990 Legacy
Date: 12/26/2001 9:01:45 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Nilton Santos
To: Nv1z

Hi Richard,

Attached is a picture of my 1990 Legacy LS 4WD 5spd the car has 120,000 miles and no major mechanical problems, the only thing i ever changed in this car was the wheel bearing and oil of course, I love my subaru and this is my 4th subaru i have.

Thanks for this website, it give subaru owners a space to express their feeling about their cars.

Nilton Santos
Kearny, New Jersey

Subj: High mileage SVX's
Date: 11/18/2001 3:15:35 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Steve

I just looked through the pictures on your site and didn't see any SVX's. This must be rectified! Momma's car is a '95, currently with 116,xxx miles. This car was 'Featured Car of the Week' at last June ('01). So far we've had a belt pulley loosen up at under 20k, and some kind of sensor break around 70k. That's it. Just keep the oil changed and drive. We at had four SVX's show up for the Autofest Nationals car show last October. All had over 100k on the odometer. I believe Randy's '92 Pearl had something over 160k. It's a driver's car. Nobody wants to leave 'em in the garage!

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 10/24/2001 8:54:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Hello, My name is Matthew Ayres and I'm from The Dalles, OR. I own a 1987 GL Wagon FWD. and it has 173,970 miles on it. This is my first car as a new driver and I love it, I'm the 4th owner of this car but it runs great however the previous owners replaced just about every part in it so it's new to me. However last summer I was in an accident and since then replaced the windsheild and rear side quarter window. but it stills runs great even if it doesn't look it. But I'm a subaru lover for life.


Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 6/19/2001 4:58:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (ron nelson)
Reply-to: ron nelson

Greetings, fellow Subaruers.

My name is Ron Nelson. I live in south central California, on the coast. I have had my Subaru for about two years now. It is a 1982 4wd GL wagon, color 17. When I bought it for 900.00US, it had WAY passed the one hundred thou mark without major work as recorded by the previous owner. ( a refreshingly honest individual ) I just had to send this along because although Ive been a fan of Subaru for many years, both aero and auto, this is the first one that I have had the pleasure to own. (1982 is my favorite year for Subaru) I use mine as primary transportation for my regular surfing sorties. I do all of my own mechanical work which has so far been regular tune-ups and a brake pad replacement. Believe it or not, my GL still has its original clutch! (the replacement of it will be the first "major" work that I will do, and soon, as it is getting a little stubborn going into second gear.)

Anyway, I can fit my nine-foot surfboard inside the passenger compartment, which in itself is impressive, aside from the fact that this particular Suby seems to be a very tight machine, and extreemly reliable. SUBARU FOREVER!

"Otter" Ron Nelson, Lompoc, California.
Subj: My Subaru
Date: 6/2/2001 10:33:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jake80500
To: Nv1z

We own a Subaru with high miles on it. Heres what you requested on the page to email you with.

Name- Viel's
City- Rochdale
State- Massachusetts
Model and year- Legcay Wagon, 1995
miles- 140,000
work done- tune up @ 140,000 miles, oil leak fixed, belt tensoner, and new cam sensor.

I attached a picture of it. We love the car and will be getting a 2002 outback wagon next year. We are thinking about keeping this one also. Thanks
Trevor from the UK reports:

Hello Richard, I have just been looking at your gallery and see that the UK is under represented, so I thought I would send you a picture of my 1990 1.8 gl legacy which I have just acquired. I got the car as a part of an experiment, if all goes well then I will be looking for a newer low mileage example.

Trevor (M1CXF)

Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 1/18/2001 5:41:33 PM Central Standard Time
From: Craig Craven

Hi Richard,

My name is Craig and I have a 1984 Subaru GL. Right now all I have is an exterior shot of my car, suprisingly it only has 127,457 miles on it. Ive attached a picture of it in this mail.

Savannah, GA
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 1/20/2001 10:41:04 PM Central Standard Time
From: Corky Russell

Well this isn't going to be spectacular but, it does have over 100,000 miles on it. The picture shows just over 100,000 miles, right now it has 102,000 miles on it. I am the second owner, I have all the paper work from the first owner. It is a 1980 1600 DL Hatchback. The only problem that shows up in the paper work is that there was a bad clutch put in at about 90,000 miles, it was replaced at 92,000 miles. The first owner followed the maintenance schedule and had the dealer do the work. When I got it, it had 99,640 miles on it. The first thing I did was flush the radiator and change the oil, it will be changed again in about 640 miles.

Corky Russell
Sammamish, WA

This 1994 Legacy FWD sedan belongs to Stan and Marlene Chamrin of Londonderry, New Hampshire and has 121,331 miles as of today. This is Marlene's baby as it is the one she primarily drives. I was told they do not plan to get rid of it even if Marlene gets another Subaru. It will be the car their children use as needed.
Subj: Subaru High Mileage Club
Date: 12/19/00 4:08:24 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: (Alan Groves)

Hi my name is Alan. I'm from a country you may never have heard of called New Zealand. Population 3.8 million, number of cars per person 3rd in the world. US would be number one. I have a 1993 Subaru Legacy Twin Turbo Automatic Wagon with almost 101,000 miles (162,000km) and just qualify for the high-mileage club. It has 250bhp, goes and stops fast, and handles corners like a dream.
Routine maintenance has been an oil change and service every 10,000km. The front brake discs were replaced at 100,000 miles and a mass air flow meter was replaced at about 80,000 miles. I do a lot of motorway driving so the previous tyres lasted 45,000km (Bridgestone RE711), but the current tyres will only last about 35,000km. They are Toyo T1S 205/50 and they are very sticky, very quiet, and very, very good in wet conditions which is where the AWD Legacies perform outstandingly well. The tyres should have lasted longer but I've spend 7 days at the racetrack in sprints this year. This wears the edges off the tyres very quickly. The only modifications done was to replace the 60 watt headlamps with 100 watt headlamps, replace the front disc pads with performance pads (Ultimate pads from Universal Brake Parts/North American Friction) and synthetic brake fluid.
I like how solid, dependable and responsive the car is. I think it will last another 100,000 miles. My wife likes just as much as I do. The picture of the odometer was taken with a flash gun which unfortunately only directly illuminated the bottom half. I had to brighten the picture to highlight the speedo numbers.

What is your name? Lino Rodriguez
City Minneapolis 
State or county or province Minnesota 
Are you a Subaru owner? yes 
If more than one Subaru, which is primary? 1991 Legacy L FWD 
How many miles on it? 151500 
How many Subarus do you own? One 
How do you like them? Excellent vehicle 
Would you buy another one? Yes 
Why or why not? Great handler, fun to drive, reliable 
How did you find this Web Site? Web search for Subaru clubs. 
Do you have any comments? Great web site.
Subj: two high mileage subies
Date: 9/10/00 1:54:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (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,

I have all records for the car and as far as I can tell all parts are original. I have had no problems with the car, and have had nothing replaced except the timing belts and one air-conditioning belt pulley. The mechanic who worked on it said it was in great running shape, and was "Like new." The oil is changed regularly (about every 3,000 miles) and just in case you might want to know it has always been fueled with regular gas. The car is in great shape inside and out, the interior is seen below...

Ooh, and i almost forgot, I am from Cabarrus County North Carolina.
[Regarding a 1988 1.6 GL Coupe] I do not know his exact mileage but the car has over 193000 km [120625 miles]. now whitout any problem. The only problem i had was to replace te exhaust pipe.. It was very rusty but now it is replaced for a new one. Best regards Rene from the Netherlands.

PS When i look at your e-mail adress you must be ham radioamateur (NV1Z) I'm radioamateur to PD0RFU

As far as my vehicle goes, 1981 model, its odometer is actually in miles (unuasual for this country ((Australia))) and the original engine was changed at 165k miles 265000km for two reasons. 1. mainly because it was blowing smoke and using excessive amounts of oil, 2. i had the oppurtunity to fit a modified one to make the vehicle better for low down torque.

Currently the odometer is showing 210k miles but since the original engine was changed at 165k then it is only suitable for the 100k section. Having larger wheels on the vehicle for offroad use it really effected the gearing and hence low down torque. In the picture the standard wheels are fitted. The original motor couldn't drive them as well as i liked so the option of a modified engine couldn't be overlooked.

As far as gearbox goes, at 163k miles it was sounding old and by 165, when i killed the front diff towing a 1500kg car on a 750kg dual axel tralier, total load 2150kg, i decided to do something about the oil prob with the engine too. When i replaced the gearbox, i got a cheap one from a wrecking yard that was fair condition and have since fixed it so now the vehicle is in perfect working order.

The ratio of on road to off road that my car gets is very close to 50% / 50% and as off road work comprises mainly of: deep river crossings, bog holes, sand, mud, snow, bulldust, 35+ degrees nose up and down, loose shale, rocks, sand dunes, etc etc not to mention the tonnes of fire wood towing during the winter period, i feel that it is serving me quite well. As i have no intention of selling it, i want to see if it will make 1/2 a million miles!!!
Amy S. of Nashua, New Hampshire owns this 1987 Subaru GL FWD sedan with over 148,000 miles on it, and guess what? No major problems. (SHOCK!)

Debbie S. of Londonderry, New Hampshire owns this 1990 Legacy 4WD Wagon with nearly 147,000 miles on it. She will probably pass 147,000 on the way home from when I took this picture. My wife has a nearly identical Legacy (see below) and she just passed 170,000 miles!
Ran across your website while doing a search for Subaru. Its very impressive and Im quite intrigued that most Subarus have made it past the 100K mile mark. No offense, its not shocking...but its good to hear it. Its sad when you hit the junk yards, and see a Subaru with like 95 or 120 on the dash.
Well...anyways, I am a Subaru owner. Im Rob Storberg and I live in Arden Hills, Minnesota(10 M north of St.Paul). Between me and my father, we have three Subarus, but have had more that just didnt make it.
My primary is an 86 GL 1800 4WD HB. As of today, the odometer bears 176,513 miles on it. I have enclosed a picture of the dashboard I took with a new digital camera. Its small, but the milege of 175,416 is clearly visable.
In my other photo, I have sent, is the main look of the car. Its a lil rusty onthe left side, but other than that it has had no major repairs done.
In six years of owning my Subaru, I have replaced the right driveshaft once, and the radiator as well. I really didnt need to replace the radiator, but I got it free from a vendor of mine. I do have a long outstanding bosy work issue with her. Ive had to replace the left door due to rust and have got the majority of the fender engulfed in fiberglass.
Its not a mechanical problem I know, but in Minnesota the salt eats it up and what can ya do?
Anyways, I have done all the routine maintance on my car and have had the standard shocks/struts/brakes worked on.

Mark and Deirdre of Hudson, NH own this 1986 Subaru XT FWD coupe with over 135,000 miles on the clock and no major problems. The only work they have had done to this beast is timing belts at around 70,000 miles.
Gene and Diane Balinsky own this 1994 Legacy AWD wagon with over 153,000 miles and no major problems.

Bill and Diane Hart of Newburyport, MA own this 1992 Legacy FWD Sedan. With over 140,000 miles on it and no major problems, it runs well enough that they are considering having the body gone over and any rust taken care of. See for yourself. It looks pretty good now!
Robin of Danville, New Hampshire owns this 1986 Subaru GL-10 FWD sedan with automatic transmission and over 196,000 miles and as far as I know with no major problems. In case you do not remember the GL-10 has the cool digital dashboard that rivals a Nintendo-64 video game! Welcome to the club, Robin!

Therese Brousseau of Hudson, New Hampshire owns this 1987 Subaru DL FWD sedan with automatic transmission and over 126,000 miles with no major problems. Welcome to the club, Therese!
Jim Chevalier of Pepperell, MA owns this 1986 DL 4WD wagon that just passed the 100,000 mile mark. No major mechanical problems.
Heather and Jay Adamik of Townsend, MA own this 1991 Legacy Wagon with over 120,000 miles on it and no major problems. They used to own another Legacy with over 160,000 on it that fell victim to an accident. That is OK, however, because they replaced it with a 93 Loyale sedan. Guess what? You will have to check out the over 200,000 miles section to find it!
Now we are international! Mick from the UK reports the following vehicles: a 1984 Brat/Pickup with 112,500 miles (replaced driveshafts), a 1987 Justy 1.2 with 104,300 miles, a 1988 L series Estate with 146,000 miles, a 1989 L series Saloon with 135,000 and a 1991 Justy 1.2 and 1994 Justy 1.2i that are coming on strong! Mick says he does all the work himself, using Castrol motor oil changes every 6,000 miles and genuine Subaru parts. Check out the over 200,000 miles section for other cars Mick has owned.
Rick Trout of Denver, Colorado says, "I bought this 1984 brat used in 1995 With 130,000 miles on it I change the oil and fluids every 3,000 miles or so I drive it daily to work and play when I bought it it was an original brat but as you can see i made a few changes it still runs strong today with 175,000 miles on it."
Greg Dugas of Litchfield, NH owns this 1991 Loyale Wagon with over 175,000 miles on the clock
Ed Adamczyk of Massachusetts owns this 1994 Subaru Legacy AWD Wagon (non-turbo) that has over 131,000 miles on it. Nothing but routine maintenance. You think that's something? Check out the over 200,000 miles part of this site...

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