How Many Miles Can I Get Out Of My Subaru Outback, Impreza, Forester, Legacy or WRX model?
While results will vary and the big variable is always how well the car has been maintained, what I can tell you is a Subaru is capable of going 300,000 miles. And if you are a regular maintenance type of owner you should expect to get that type of mileage out of it.
The lower end of a Subaru engine (this would include the pistons, rings, crankshaft and bearings) is virtually bulletproof as long as it is never starved for oil they will last a very long time without ever needing repairs. We have done several head gasket repairs on Subaru’s with over 200,000 miles and the cylinder walls of the engine block still look great.
The real key to getting the most out of your Subaru is identifying your driving habits and coming up with a maintenance schedule that matches.
In your owners manual you will find two different maintenance schedules one is normal and the other is severe. The real purpose of this is to give the car manufacturer a way to show vehicle ownership costs over a time period. By having a maintenance schedule that requires less maintenance, the car manufacturer is able to decrease advertised ownership costs.
All car makers do this and it is very confusing and sometimes frustrating. In the Puget Sound area just about every Subaru owner out there is going to fall under the severe category. As consumers there is this natural need to want to save money. This can truly be done without sacrifice to the longevity of your Subaru vehicle.
The quality of the Subaru automotive parts used and the knowledge of the vehicle are very important. Saving a little money on car maintenance isn’t the same as saving money on a pair of shoes. The quality difference may be very obvious with a lesser priced pair of shoes as you are walking in them, but the difference in car service may take a while to be realized. If the original part in your Subaru lasted 5 years and a lesser quality replacement only lasts 18 months what have you gained.
The best kept secret on how to reach 300,000 plus miles with your Subaru is to establish a good relationship with a great local Subaru repair shop that specializes in all makes of Subaru vehicle service like All Wheel Drive Auto. We will help you get there.