2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R- good buy?


Asked by Montcalm1911 Feb 09, 2018 at 01:36 PM about the 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I need a reliable SUV to commute to our family farm and to help take my 86
year old dad to Doctors appointments.  Need a comfortable, reliable car that
will not be needy to maintain.  Have found one at our local Subaru dealership
with 119K miles for $13,900. appears to have been well maintained.  should i
go for it or wait?  trying to stay under 15K was going to go highlander or Rav4
but liking the Outbacks now.  Thanks for any advice/ warning you can share.

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Some of these cars use oil so be careful. Compare the price on various online car valuation sites like the BlueBook, NADA etc.

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Thank you F O R for your response. I was reading another thread with mixed concerns about oil consumption. Lots of chatter about transmissions too. I’m just wondering if i would be crazy to buy a vehicle with 119k miles? Do you have a feel for how long most 2012’s would be reasonable to go? Seems like many car owners are getting 300 k miles these days but i didn’t know if that was reasonable with this vehicle?

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Stay away from the Subaru the RAV4 is a good choice as low as you can find something with lower miles on it !

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The automatic transmissions are good. The CVT are not very good and super expensive to replace. I think a 2012 probably has the 5 speed auto.


The Toyota vehicles would be a better choice. Subaru has had some issues with excessive oil consumption and they have had head gasket issues for years. Hopefully the Subaru Guru will add information to this thread.

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Subaru’s are usually overpriced. Highlanders are not cheap also. 3.6 Liter Subaru is probably the subaru you want. You can probably find a 2008 BMW 530 wagon with less miles for less money. People will scare you about maintaining it, but it isn’t bad if you are informed, Volvo 5 cylinder engines are nice also and cost far less than Subaru and Toyota. They are more comfortable also. 2008 Ford Fusion. There is an elderly gentleman we see from time to time who really likes his Kia Rio. He is also in his 80s. You probably can’t go wrong with a Kia that used to be a rental car.

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