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I've been in the market for an older Suby to use as a dedicated ski car for a while.  My mom called me and told me she had a friend who was selling an Outback so I came down to NM to check it out.  The car is a 2000 with I shit you not 52,000 miles on it.  It was a second car for some Texans that sat in the garage of their vacation home for the last 12 years.  Everything works and it runs like a champ. I got it for well under book or CL prices.  Score.

 

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Curious b/c I'm in the market for same vintage - what was the sale price?  4 or 6-cyl version?
 

Local dealer has a 2004 6 cyl with 51,000 on the odometer, 1-owner trade-in from an 84-y/o, with full record of dealer service every 3000 miles or so.  I like everything but the price so I'm going to ignore it for a couple of weeks and see if that softens up.

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I still see a lot of those on the road.  Keep in mind that the belts, including the timing belt are rubber and age will be a factor even with only 52K actual miles.  Same goes for the tires.  Other than that it should be very economical to maintain.

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I still see a lot of those on the road.  Keep in mind that the belts, including the timing belt are rubber and age will be a factor even with only 52K actual miles.  Same goes for the tires.  Other than that it should be very economical to maintain.

 

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Spend the money on the timing belt if you are the slightest bit unsure of the age.  Expense replacement of belt, but cheaper than having engine fail when the belt goes.

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Curious b/c I'm in the market for same vintage - what was the sale price?  4 or 6-cyl version?
 

Local dealer has a 2004 6 cyl with 51,000 on the odometer, 1-owner trade-in from an 84-y/o, with full record of dealer service every 3000 miles or so.  I like everything but the price so I'm going to ignore it for a couple of weeks and see if that softens up.

 

I paid 3k for this one and it is a 4cyl.  It is hard to find older Subaru's with under 100,000 miles.  People drive the crap out of these cars.  I love it so far, just wish it had more power.

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I've been in the market for an older Suby to use as a dedicated ski car for a while.  My mom called me and told me she had a friend who was selling an Outback so I came down to NM to check it out.  The car is a 2000 with I shit you not 52,000 miles on it.  It was a second car for some Texans that sat in the garage of their vacation home for the last 12 years.  Everything works and it runs like a champ. I got it for well under book or CL prices.  Score.

 

2000's are notorious for head gasket issues at around 90-100K, not a huge issue if taken care of properly especially when you get one for this price. You could flip that right now and double your money but it would be tough to get a car as nice for even the 6K. 

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2000's are notorious for head gasket issues at around 90-100K, not a huge issue if taken care of properly especially when you get one for this price. You could flip that right now and double your money but it would be tough to get a car as nice for even the 6K. 

 

 

Yeah the plan is to drive it at least one ski season, maybe two, and sell it before I get to 100k.  I'm doing the timing belt in the next few weeks and its had everything else serviced so hopefully I can drive the piss out of it then still sell it for a profit.

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Heck, if you replace the timing belt you should keep it indefinitely.  Best winter beater EVER!  Get something with a little more kick for summer.

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Heck, if you replace the timing belt you should keep it indefinitely.  Best winter beater EVER!  Get something with a little more kick for summer.

 

Yeah, I bought it with the intention of getting rid of it someday (for a profit) but it is growing on me so we'll see after ski season.  I replaced the air filter and spark plugs and it feels like it gained 10 hp. 

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