I purchased a new Outback in April 2008. Have only driven it about 1,260 miles so far. Car has not been in for any service. Recently received a notice from Subaru saying " Our records show that your mileage is probably now around 1,254 miles....". This is way below average mileage, how do they know? Is there a data link system secretly stored aboard this vehicle?
Received reply from Customer/Dealer Services Dept. today. No magic. They utilize a program containing algorithms to estimate my mileage depending on service visits. At the 618 mile mark I went in for an alignment correction. Based on that mileage and date they were able to guesstimate my mileage which was, to me, uncanny in it's accuracy. Guess I'm becoming too predictable in my old age.