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In my Forester search I have been looking in the 10K price range, usually 09-10 models with just over 100K miles. However, a 2015 popped up in that price range with 172K. It has eyesight, x-mode, and timing chain, so a few nice features, and one less worry. I imagine the bulk of the mileage is highway, it is one owner and at the Subaru dealer. Would you consider this over a lower mileage, older Forester? Thanks.
 

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So the Subaru dealer isn’t going to auction it. If that is true that might speak well of it. However, you might want to get a Kelly black book idea on the value with that much mileage.
 

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That is a good point. Earlier this week I had started narrowing my search to Subaru dealers, as I suspect they keep the best of the best trades, and seem to have more one owner vehicles. I’m also considering upping my budget as even 2k more can get me into a much lower mileage vehicle, and one with a timing chain vs. belt and a few more modern touches.
 

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What would give me pause on the 2015 is this. Unlike the 2009-2010 the 2015 has a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the reliability of which is unknown at such high mileage.

If I were buying the 2009-2010 I would have it inspected for evidence of a head gasket leak. If I were buying a 2015 I would want some assurance that there is no oil consumption issue.

I would also ask a service advisor at Tucson Subaru what service/maintenance records they might have on the vehicles you are considering.

Check Carfax for any records of the vehicle(s) being in an accident although a clean Carfax is no guarantee. Carfax also sometimes contain service records.
 

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What would give me pause on the 2015 is this. Unlike the 2009-2010 the 2015 has a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the reliability of which is unknown at such high mileage

I can only speak for myself having a CVT vehicle with 231K. Is this anti CVT outlook getting overblown....maybe?
 
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