View Full Version : How long does it make economic sense to repair instead of replace a Forester?

12-10-2008, 09:37 AM
This time next year my '04 Forester will be turning 100,000 miles. Had some money saved for a new car but the economic downturn wiped me out with the car fund. Looks like I'll be nursing the '04 along for a long, long time.

Up until now have had zero problems with my car other than body squeaks and wind noises. The motor is tight and the auto tranny seems fine. But I expect my car to start needing some repairs soon, as nothing lasts forever.

Do you think it is practical to try to get 175,000 to 200,000 miles out of my car? By then I hope my financial condition will have improved enough for me to buy a new Forester. How long does it make economic sense to repair this car instead of replacing it?

04-01-2009, 10:58 PM
If it is paid for, it is always cheaper to repair it...especially if you are handy with tools.... If it costs $450 to fix it a couple times a year... then it is a lot cheaper than buying a new one (of anything, nowadays).. If you have to put a new transmission in... that is cheaper than buying a new one... You should fully expect to get 175-200,000 miles out of that engine if the oil, and oil filter are changed regularly--3-5000 miles.... air filter should be changed every 10,000 miles... have the oil changed in the transmission every 50,000 miles and the rearend (and front differential) every 65,000 miles. Rotate the tires every 8,000 miles...Regular maintenance will make the thing last at least 200,000 miles.....:D

04-02-2009, 08:26 AM
Thanks for the tips.

11-18-2009, 09:54 PM
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO GET RID OF AN 04 it's the nicest looking and most fun to drive. I think get an 03-05 with low kms if you get a new one