Expected Life of Sooby Suspension & Steering

I've got an almost 10 yr old 97 Brighton Wagon with 144k mi. Never replaced anything in the steering, suspension (or drive train). And as
far as I can tell, don't need to. Is this unusual, or can I expect many more miles before something goes?
Only major repair was a failed belt pulley last year - $900 repair which also solved my oil leakage problem of several years.
Now, if only the car got mileage befitting its 2.2l engine.
Jim
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

I'd say it has seen a lot of highway driving if CV joint boots haven't been replaced - that's a little unusual I guess. Not impossible, obviously.
Carl
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

Hi,
Other than CV joints as Carl mentioned, I'd suspect the shock section of your strut assemblies is probably getting tired. Otherwise, if the car's been used on decent roads, not frequently overloaded, hasn't been smacked into curbs and potholes, I don't think your experience is out of line.
Rick
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

I just had to replace one wheel bearing in my right rear a couple of weeks back. That was a $500 punch in the face, but I was expecting it. Mine is a 2000 OBW.
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wrote:

Whoops. I forgot I did that last summer.
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

I think that part of it will be your tolerance for a soft/mushy ride. I noticed that my '99 Outback started to lose it's firm stance at about 100k and I started looking at new struts and shocks. I've sorta put it as a low priority and may handle it when the weather cools off in the fall.
The car now has 126k miles and doesn't seem to be getting any worse. I could drive it indefinitly the way it is, but I would prefer the firmer ride.
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you should be due for your first wheel bearings any time soon.
My 95 Brighton, 233,000 km has had 3 replace in the last 60,000km
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wrote:

I'd forgotten I did replace the right rear one a year ago.
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Depends how you drive it. My old Loyale felt fine and had 165K on it. My new '97 Outback has a new engine, but the rest of the chassis has 200K on it. No problems except for the occasional torn boot and CV joint.
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We sold a 90 Legacy wagon last year with 267K miles with norunning gear problems other than front CV joints occasionally.
Dick

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