High or Low Mileage?


Asked by Apr 10, 2016 at 01:45 PM about the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: General

OK,  when you see a 2013 vehicle for sale with almost 90,000 miles which is
twice the high side average of 15,000 miles per year,  is this a deal breaker for
your consideration.    Normal mileage is from 10 to 12,0000,  maybe 15,000 in
some cases,  but,  30,000 per year?       So,  would you consider a car that has
this much mileage in the first few years??    On the upside,   taxi's and other
drivers for hire run up mileage very quickly??   The question is this,   is it easier
on a particular car to run up mileage while the car is newer as opposed to later

7 Answers


Most of today's vehicles will run to 100k almost trouble free if maintained properly, after that you can expect things to start happening. So 90K on a three year old car would make stop and take a long hard look at if I was looking to buy, and if the records weren't handy then yes it would be a deal breaker, unless the asking price was just something you just couldn't pass up, in all my years I have only ran across this 1 time, a deal I just couldn't pass up, and I wasn't sorry I did it. It turned out to be a very reliable car, in fact we gave it too my step daughter and she drove through 4 sets of tires and now her son is driving it to school and work. So you never know.

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CarLand, Thank you for your answer. I think between choosing a car with an average of 12,000 miles per year or 30,000 miles per year, the answer is obvious. And, maintenance is the key to any long lasting vehicle. So, you're saying that 90 to 100,000 miles regardless of age is when most cars develop problems. I think that most newer cars today can make it to 200,000 miles. Do you agree?

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tennisshoes- good story. Yes, the service records are the key. What do you think about people who drive their cars to the edge of the timing belt and water pump mileage and just sell the cars prior to investing the money to do this service? I know someone looking for a used Lexus from 2000-2001 who keeps finding deals on used cars where the timing belt has never been changed and the car is between 100 and 115,000 miles with 15 or 16 years old.?? I think that sounds like a riskier investment than a 7 year old car with the same mileage? Would you agree??

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Still, wouldn't you rather have a 7 year old car with 84,000 to 90,000 miles. Even at 15,000 miles per year, seven years would be 105,000 miles. Anything over 105,000 and seven years is pretty high mileage in my opinion.

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Yes, that would tell me that they didn't maintain it as they should have, you can bet that if they didn't do something that could destroy an engine they also scrimped on other things as well, like transmission servicing.


There again if the records are there and it was maintained properly, with a good price I would buy it.


tennisshoes-- Yes, it's all about condition. When I purchased my Subaru Outback two years ago this May, it had 66,000 miles on it at 54 months which is just under 15,0000 miles per year. But, since I'm retired and use my Subaru Outback for mostly longer distance trips with my teardrop trailer, I only have 76,500 miles on the car. So, I've effectively slowed down the mileage in the last two years. Have not had any issues at all and I even took out a mechanical breakdown warranty for the first three years or up to 100,000 miles. I'll never hit 100,000 miles in the first three years owning this car.

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