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How will my Sube die?
Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:39 AM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:45 AM
I'm getting close to 260,000 miles in my '95 Legacy wagon (MT, AWD). It's running great, but at some point, it's going to die. Are there any typical warning signs before things really start to go downhill? For what it's worth, tt the 240,000 mile service I went ahead and replaced all of the pullys and the water pump in addition to the regular stuff.
if it has been well maintained, regular fluid changes, and in todays modern world, my guess would be when someone hits it. After that my second best guess would be a blown head gasket or a tranny failure.
The opposed piston engine desighn, almost all the forces cancel eachother out (like the old VW).In theory there is no upper limit on the engine wear.
Posted 14 June 2006 - 11:04 AM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 11:10 AM
do not let it overheat. the radiator, hoses, clamps, thermostat, radiator caps....if they haven't been replaced they can easily cause overheating at some point. overheating is not a good thing. if you keep coolant and fresh oil flowing to the block they wont' see significant wear.
which does lead to the question, have you replaced all the radiator hoses heater hoses and fan belts. Also have you changed the coolant regularly. Your nest issue to watch out for is a clogged radiator. That will show up as the temp gauge climbing 3/4 up with the ac on, ac dropping out, and temp going down.
Also the radiator fins seem to fall apart after a while, and will give the same symptons.
Posted 14 June 2006 - 01:22 PM
seriously-just like nipper and grossgary said..don't allow over-heating,change oil regularly,etc..
Posted 14 June 2006 - 01:37 PM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 01:48 PM
"You see, of course, if you're not a dunce, How it went to pieces all at once,-- All at once, and nothing first,-- Just as bubbles do when they burst. " --Oliver Wendell Holmes
Or perhaps "Not with a bang but a whimper." (Apologies to T.S. Eliot, who wasn't speaking of vehicles.)
Posted 14 June 2006 - 05:33 PM
Take care of it and run it until someone else takes it away.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:58 PM
I recall a post a while back about a guy in the netherlands who worked as a lead car in caravans of new cars. He had his Outback sport for almost 500,000 miles before it needed major engine work. Of course he kept it maintained etc etc
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:15 AM
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:22 AM
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