Will you keep your car past 200,000 miles?


Asked by Jun 29, 2015 at 04:05 PM about the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

OK,  so,  we all know that the best value is keeping your car running as long as possible
after its paid for.  So,  how many of you generally keep your car beyond 200,000 miles.  
Sure,  there's going to be increased maintenance and a few repairs,  but,  it's less
expensive than buying a new car?     Do you agree?

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I have had 3 vehicles past 200k. I keep them until multiple system failures And I beat the hell out of them too! I used them for work vehicles and traveled the country and the only time I have sent them to the bone yard is when I have accumulated 5 or more major system failures. Then I know it is time to update.


Thanks, were they Subaru's or a variety of other cars? If they were Subaru, did you get any benefits by joining the Subaru high mileage club? And , finally, how much past 200,000 miles did you go. I've actually only had one car past 200,000 miles and I purchased it used. It was an 86 Volvo DL. Most of all my other cars, I kept them somewhere between 150,000 to 200,000 miles. Still, I got plenty of service from them.

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I have a 2001 SUbaru Outback and it has 213,000 miles on it i purchased it used for $950.00 and it had 187,000 miles on it . I change the timing belt, the water pump and cam shaft seals and all the pulleys at the same time, I also changed out the cover gasket for a total of about $850.00 it is running fine, it leaks a little oil so i keep an eye on it and it is getting a little rust around the rear wheel wells and I see a lot of subaru's with the same rust in the same area


Hi Kinder, good going, you've invested $1,800 and went 26,000 miles for a total of 6.9 cents per mile. That's an awesome return on your investment. Just proves my point that it's almost always less expensive to just repair an older car. In your case it's especially true since you're doing a lot of work yourself. Even so, even if you had it professionally done, it would still be less expensive than replacing it with a newer model. By the way, your car is an inspiration for me... I would be very happy to be able to get my car to over 200,000 miles. Although I normally think of replacement around 150,000. I've got a long way to go before even thinking about that. Tell me again, are you on the original engine and transmission, if you know?


Sorry, didn't mean to mispell your name, my auto correct did that.


I had a 1985 Toyota PU that went over 320,000 miles with few repairs which I did myself but it was a simple easy to work on vehicle, New cars that are more complex have a lot to go wrong and all those little things that do go wrong can eat up a lot of money. My 03 Forester is at 197,000 with just wheel bearing and cam belt replacements. I have two Fords with 170,000 and although they run good and don't use oil, those little things are going wrong all over the place and a lot of them will be expensive to fix. Bottom Line? The more complex the car, the more difficult and expensive to run it for over 200k.

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