Help! Should I Buy at '06 Outback with 120K miles or '01 Outback with 92K miles?
Looking for some advice - not sure if this is the right board to post this on. I recently lost my beloved 99 Outback with 195K miles on it during a bad accident. Now trying to replace it with another Outback (used), under $10K and somewhere around 100K miles. Automatic transmission.
Current options include a 2006 base model with 120K miles, selling for $9,000. One owner, impeccably serviced, timing belt, brakes and tires all recently replaced. The main flaw seems to be that the radio needs to be replaced.
Alternative is a 2001 Limited with 92K miles, selling for $8300. Even though mileage is low the car was driven pretty hard. The top of the driver side door under the window is wrinkled (looks like water damage due to a window being left down, maybe?). A few cosmetic flaws but the nice bells and whistles like moon roof, leather seats, etc. 2 owners, don't really have access to service records.
We do plan to get the car we choose independently inspected just in case but does anyone have any tips in general re: whether to buy a newer car (in this case '06) with 30K more miles or the older car ('01) with 30K fewer miles?
Thanks for your advice.