Buying used '97 or '98 Outback - Mileage and WTLF?

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Atif I. Chaudhry, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. I'm looking to buy either a '97 or a '98 Subaru Outback in Upstate New

    I've seen a few that seem to have quite a few miles, for instance a '98
    with 150K

    2 questions:

    -How much is mileage a concern with an Outback?

    -Good or bad, What to look out for (WTLF)?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Atif I. Chaudhry, Sep 19, 2003
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  2. Atif I. Chaudhry

    Greg Guest

    Ask to see maintenance records. Timing belt should have been replaced at
    105K. Drive the vehicle from a cold engine state and through a complete
    warm up. Listen for the common piston slap (knock) that you'll get varied
    opinions on in this newsgroup.
    Greg, Sep 19, 2003
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  3. O.K. thanks for the advice. The boxer engine in the outback isn't an
    interference engine is it? (i.e. if the timing belt goes the engine

    Is there any way to tell if the belt has been changed just by looking at
    the engine, i.e. if the belt itself looks new?

    Atif I. Chaudhry, Sep 19, 2003
  4. Atif I. Chaudhry

    TG Guest

    You can partially remove one cam sprocket cover to measure or look at the
    timing belt.
    I just bought a '95 Legacy sedan with 215,000 miles and an '99 SUS with
    115,000....also my '95 Legacy wagon which I have owned since new has
    289,000. Not a concern. I purposely buy high mileage Subarus. TG
    TG, Sep 20, 2003
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