- Jan 2, 2005
- Northern Illinois
My oldest car is a 2011 Subaru Outback, which has been a totally reliable and solid performer since the day I bought it new. It now has 172K miles but still drives like it did when new with hardly a squeak or rattle anywhere. But one of my headlights burned out so I thought I would replace both. Before I bought new bulbs I thought I would see how hard it would be to get to the old ones. Try as I might to figure it out I could not see how to do it. I gave in and went to the mechanic that I use and he had to remove part of the front wheel wells to get at the headlights. It ended up just shy of $100 for two new headlights and the labor to install them. I remember the days when changing a headlight took about 30 seconds and the only concern would be in aligning the lights properly. This made me think that the engineers designing the cars are clearly not giving the maintenance much thought, or maybe they have and want owners to have to come back to the dealers for basic stuff like this.