Evening people. I've had my current Subaru Outback for over 3 years now - the longest I've ever had a daily driver - I'm 53 this year. Brilliant car, love it. 3.0 flat 6, with a quality LPG conversion. 56 plate, now sitting at 132k miles. Picking up a mates facelight 2007 version of same car next weekend. 90k miles.
However, the new one has no LPG so the realism of 25mpg on a good day will hit home, rathre than LPG one which does realistic petrol cost of around 38mpg. The 56 plate has started on the old underbody corrosion, although looks near mint on top. I'm under it every year with the gloop but scottish salt and mud has started to take it's toll.
The dilemma is this - I would quite happily keep both, as in the sticks of Aberdeenshire, so having a standby is not a bad idea as zero options if the car goes down. Not happened with the Outback but getting on now. But both are in the high road tax bracket, so to keep both is going to be a £1200 hit annually. Man maths with having the 1 has been justified by a lack of repair bills as bugger all goes wrong with the 3.0 Subarus. Just maintenance and consumables. No pissing about with DPFs, dual mass clutches, shitty Bosch components going fizz and all the rest of it with "senisble" cars.
Annual mileage is circa 8000, so obviously it makes zero sense to pay 1200 quid road tax. But the 3.0 OBs and Legacies so hard to get hold of now, is there any semblance of justification? I am guessing this is going to be the last 3.0 pez hurrah.