2005 Subaru outback- replace engine?

Asked by Feb 06, 2017 at 02:11 PM about the 2005 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Limited Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2005 Subaru Outback.  Head Gasket replaced at 175,000 miles, now at 272,000 miles and burning oil, Probably a quart per 1000 miles, Car is still in pretty good shape, otherwise.  Question is to rebuild or replace engine and hope the transmission continues to hold up or get a new car?  Recommendations please.

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134,105

Unless you plan on driving the car another 100,000 miles I would either live with the oil consumption or sell it cheap. With that many miles the transmission will be next. If it were my car I would try to reduce the oil consumption by running a heavier grade oil. What oil do you use now?

71,065

As F_O_R posted above, I would be very concerned about the transmission being next on the rebuild list. I would consider getting rid of it soon.

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31,325

Wow, that's amazing, 272,000 miles and still in pretty good shape other than the oil burning issues.... I don't really see how you can complain about your car? This car owes you NOTHING.

31,325

How many of you have gone more than 250,000 miles on your "American car"?? Sure, a head gasket job at 175,000 miles is not bad at all... And, the transmission is still working? Keep driving it and watch the oil level. Probably can go to 300,000.. at this point, I wouldn't replace a bad transmission either. You have certainly gotten your money's worth. Use this money you would have spent on this towards a new or late model.

10,500

More useless information.... Kalina, first change to 10w40 oil to reduce consumption, or even 20w50 "summer" oil if necessary when/if you're out of winter. Then carefully drain and refill the transmission with 3.5-4qts fresh ATF (NOT synth!). Check again in a few days to see if it's still dirty. If so, repeat, as you only refresh half the fluid each refill. Note: do NOT "flush" the AT; just drain and refill. Good luck.

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