Seabisquit the Subaru

Old Seabisquit has been with me a long time, and carried me and the cats Mr. Austin and Mr. Beaucastel  from New England to Oregon.  This 1993 Impreza LS Wagon still has the original engine and transmission at 431,000+ miles.  I use Amsoil 0W-30 Synthetic engine oil, ATF and gear lube.  Amsoil P.I. gasoline additive helps keep the injectors clean and things running smoothly.  I do as much maintenance as I can myself.  I change my own oil, filters, plugs and wires, and do small repairs, leaving the bigger jobs to those with proper tools and knowledge.


Old Seabisquit has outlasted three of Rick’s minivans.  The mileage on Rick’s old Mercury Villager that he drove out to Oregon in was around 320,000 when it was struck by someone running a red light.  I’m hoping Seabisquit makes it to the 500,000 mile mark.


26 thoughts on “Seabisquit the Subaru

    • Old vehicles are like old friends. I know my car pretty well now, all the sounds it makes, its moods, etc. I still have the original printed 2 volume service manual set for this vehicle. I also feel it is far cheaper to maintain a vehicle than to buy new ones. When it is finally time for Old Seabisquit to pass on, I am hoping hybrid and electric technology will be much further along and less expensive than it is today.


      • I would agree. And the older cars do respond well to maintenance. My car is only about 12 years old but I really don’t want to part with it for a very long time. We suit each other very well.

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    • Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been very pleased with Subarus. Nothing really serious has gone wrong with the old Seabisquit over the years. Just needs maintenance from time to time.


  1. WOW, that is a lot of milage. Good on you for doing your own maintenance too, I’m impressed. They make cars now that make it hard to do things in your own garage. My ex was a car guy but Mr B has no interest. I like it that way though, cause Mr B loves the cinema and so do I. More time for outings and fun together 😀

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    • Hi Doug! I Googled them, and seems they are up in Hood River, which is about 3 hrs north from where I am in the Cascade foothills in Sweet Home (yes, there really is a town in Oregon by that name). Hood River is up along the Columbia River, east of Portland. I liked what I heard on the You Tube, and have bookmarked it. I haven’t traveled far since 2012 – I am heavily involved in caring for Rick’s mother for the forseeable future – but I love to hear people I was not aware of. So much good music everywhere! I can travel about 2 hrs max to play or go hear music at the present time. Thanks for letting me know about them!


    • Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by! Those Subies are good reliable cars, at least that one! Still going strong.

      Been enjoying your wildflowers and geological posts! Many thanks to Gallivanta for bringing your site to my attention.


      • We took the plunge in November with a 2016 Outback. We got one with the Eyesight package, so it has adaptive cruise control that automatically applies the brakes if the car in front slows down, then speeds up again when the lead car does. If I’m backing out of a parking space, rear cross-traffic alert sounds a warning if it detects an oncoming car. Fancy shmancy. We picked up the car on a Tuesday and by Thursday morning we were off on the five-day trip to west Texas that I later showed pictures from. Whether we’ll live long enough to put 400+ thousand miles on the Outback is another matter.

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      • Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by and visiting Seabisquit’s page! Old Seabisquit is a 1993 Impreza that came with cruise control, but I’ve never used the option. If you travel a lot, and sounds like you do with your photography, those miles will come quicker than you think. You have a beautiful site, Portraits of Wildflowers, and I am grateful to Gallivanta at SilkAnnThreades for making you known to us. I enjoy your photography!


      • Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by! Yes, cars have changed a lot since I bought this one. I can still do a lot of the routine maintenance myself. New cars? Not looking forward to the aspect of not being able to work on them, although the computer and gadgetry is useful.

        Wishing you all the best with your new Subaru Outback, and looking forward to more of your amazing photos on


    • Hi Kevin, thanks for stopping by! If you read the geologic history of the lake as science has been able to piece it together, events match those in the local tribal oral history passed down for 7,700 years since Mount Mazama erupted. If you visit this national park, be sure to stop at the visitor center to watch the 20 minute video, and take a tour with a park guide. There is so much history here to learn. It is quite an amazing area. And don’t forget to look through the book section at the visitor center. 🙂

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  2. Lavinia, I just had to check out Seabisquit, especially now that I just got my first ever Subaru. I have been a loyal, and well-rewarded, Nissan fan since 1986, but my last one at 16 years old, was starting to go downhill. Research revealed that Nissans are no longer the super car they used to be, so I dug deep into Consumer Reports and came up with — a Subaru Impreza (sedan). With AWD standard and great mileage (even for an automatic, my first!), and so many other praise-worthy features, I suspect I will be joining you in ImprezaLand for many years to come. Seabisquit has convinced me of that!

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    • Thank you for stopping by Seabisquit’s page, Jeanne! I’ve had my Subaru since 1993, so old Seabisquit is 24 years at this time. I have been quite happy with the car, and hope to make the 500,000 mile mark.

      Wishing you all the best!

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