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    With some friends at Micheux state forest riding the curse of Dark Hollow.
    Like I said in the other thread, that bugeye is damn sexy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop3422 View Post
    Like I said in the other thread, that bugeye is damn sexy!
    But was quoting the picture right after it being posted really beneficial to your post? This isn't Nasioc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    This isn't Nasioc.
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    Not knowing anything about WRX's...I always thought the intercooler was where the hood scoop is. In that picture above, the bug eye looks like it has the intercooler at the front. Does this mean the air intake is run up to the hood scoop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    Not knowing anything about WRX's...I always thought the intercooler was where the hood scoop is. In that picture above, the bug eye looks like it has the intercooler at the front. Does this mean the air intake is run up to the hood scoop?
    The stock position is under the hoodscoop, that bugeye has been modified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    The stock position is under the hoodscoop, that bugeye has been modified.
    I see. Thanks.

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    finally bit the bullet and got a full yakima setup for my hatch. Nice to put the muddy bike outside of the car for a change. I did clinch the cheeks going under the first few overpasses on the parkway though not used to having something on the roof that high.


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    I guess I need 10 posts to put up a pic.. Oh well I'll get there..

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    I did until I realized I wanted a REAL four wheel drive system with low range. Opted for a Toyota Tacoma instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I did until I realized I wanted a REAL four wheel drive system with low range. Opted for a Toyota Tacoma instead.
    I really wish Subaru would give us a low range like they do or did Down Under. I can make my Forester go places it shouldn't really go, but the tall gears are lacking off road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I really wish Subaru would give us a low range like they do or did Down Under. I can make my Forester go places it shouldn't really go, but the tall gears are lacking off road.
    That kinda sounds like I am dissing Subaru. I'm not, I loved my Outback for around down on snowy/icy roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I did until I realized I wanted a REAL four wheel drive system with low range. Opted for a Toyota Tacoma instead.
    I was all set to buy a Tacoma until I stumbled upon my Subaru. The Tacoma had everything I wanted except good gas mileage. My XV offers that and the towing, 4x4/AWD, and standard transmission I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    I was all set to buy a Tacoma until I stumbled upon my Subaru. The Tacoma had everything I wanted except good gas mileage. My XV offers that and the towing, 4x4/AWD, and standard transmission I wanted.
    Looks like a nice car. Hard to go wrong with Subaru, although I'd still like a low range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    I was all set to buy a Tacoma until I stumbled upon my Subaru. The Tacoma had everything I wanted except good gas mileage. My XV offers that and the towing, 4x4/AWD, and standard transmission I wanted.
    I had the exact same experience with the Tacoma. Nice truck!, but the gas milage would have killed me at the pump.
    My Outback with the 3.6 gets 30 MPG on the highway.
    With the 3.6, the AWD is as close to 4WD as you can get IMHO, as the center diff (VTD) is computer controlled and will send power where needed.
    Pulling my boat out of the water at some crappy boat-ramps down here, I have very rarely experienced even one wheel losing traction..
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    That is awesome, great car too. I dearly want one. On the Yakima system, the investment is worth it. My Yakima rails, box, bike and ski holders are 10 years old and still working great. I store them in the garage in the off-season for each sport. I've had to buy new tower mounts a few times because I got different cars, but the rest of the equipment still works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    I had the exact same experience with the Tacoma. Nice truck!, but the gas milage would have killed me at the pump.
    My Outback with the 3.6 gets 30 MPG on the highway.
    With the 3.6, the AWD is as close to 4WD as you can get IMHO, as the center diff (VTD) is computer controlled and will send power where needed.
    Pulling my boat out of the water at some crappy boat-ramps down here, I have very rarely experienced even one wheel losing traction..
    I actually heard great things about the Outback and that's what brought me to the Subaru website. It was October when I started searching for a new vehicle so it was right around the release of the XV Crosstrek. I saw the orange one right when the page opened and I immediately wanted to read more about it. I found the Outback was a little bigger than what I needed. I really liked the WRX, but need to tow my bikes(motorcycles). The XV fit my needs and had everything I was looking for.
    Quote Originally Posted by InlawBiker View Post
    That is awesome, great car too. I dearly want one. On the Yakima system, the investment is worth it. My Yakima rails, box, bike and ski holders are 10 years old and still working great. I store them in the garage in the off-season for each sport. I've had to buy new tower mounts a few times because I got different cars, but the rest of the equipment still works great.
    Good to hear as I bought both the Highroller and a Yakima snowboard/ski rack. I have to say I was EXTREMELY nervous the first couple times using both. It seems as though the tray twists and allows some side to side movement, but the bike doesn't go anywhere. I was also just imagining my boards flying off on the highway. I feel better about using them now

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    ^ Glad you like the XV!! Nice vehicle too! The WRX is super cool, but it won't do for my business and besides that, towing with that car is not an option. Not that it couldn't, but who would use a sports-car as an SUV??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    Good to hear as I bought both the Highroller and a Yakima snowboard/ski rack. I have to say I was EXTREMELY nervous the first couple times using both. It seems as though the tray twists and allows some side to side movement, but the bike doesn't go anywhere. I was also just imagining my boards flying off on the highway. I feel better about using them now
    I have the High Roller as well and yes, there is lateral movement going over curbs, bumps, aprons, etc. but I've never had the bike go anyway, and to be honest I'd rather have that motion transferred to the bike tray as opposed to the fork dropouts. Use the cable lock as added security, but I've never had an issue.
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    I was wondering if any of you guys had an opinion on the new CVTs?

    I'm car hunting and the Outback and Forrester are on my list, but my wife doesn't want another MT, and the auto option on both are CVTs. The only one I've ever driven was an early nissan, and I didn't like it...but I'm hoping they've gotten better over the years.

    Just nervous about the reliability. The dealer says they're completely maintenance free, but that is hard to believe.

    I'd prefer a MT, but my vote often doesn't count in our household

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Pirate View Post
    I was wondering if any of you guys had an opinion on the new CVTs?

    I'm car hunting and the Outback and Forrester are on my list, but my wife doesn't want another MT, and the auto option on both are CVTs. The only one I've ever driven was an early nissan, and I didn't like it...but I'm hoping they've gotten better over the years.

    Just nervous about the reliability. The dealer says they're completely maintenance free, but that is hard to believe.

    I'd prefer a MT, but my vote often doesn't count in our household
    You need to convert your wife. My wife only drives manuals now. The CVT is supposed to be quite good - surely much better than that old dog of a 4 speed auto they'd been using. The old trans was an early 90s unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Pirate View Post
    I was wondering if any of you guys had an opinion on the new CVTs?

    I'm car hunting and the Outback and Forrester are on my list, but my wife doesn't want another MT, and the auto option on both are CVTs. The only one I've ever driven was an early nissan, and I didn't like it...but I'm hoping they've gotten better over the years.

    Just nervous about the reliability. The dealer says they're completely maintenance free, but that is hard to believe.

    I'd prefer a MT, but my vote often doesn't count in our household
    I am a manual guy myself, but I read nothing but good things about the CVT during my research experience. Apparently the newer CVT transmissions are leagues better than the older stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    You need to convert your wife. My wife only drives manuals now. The CVT is supposed to be quite good - surely much better than that old dog of a 4 speed auto they'd been using. The old trans was an early 90s unit.
    She can drive them. We've only had manuals up until now. But, as she'll be driving it more than me...I told her we could get an auto.

    Sometimes you have to pick your battles

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    I wanted a manual until I drove the cvt. I had a chance to spend about five hours driving a friend's new outback last weekend. I'm sold. Cruise Control with the cvt works better than anything I've driven.

    The lack of shifting is odd at first, but you get used to it. It does make the car feel a little more sluggish than it actually is. It handles pretty well, just doesn't feel very quick.

    I drove a forester a year or so ago and, IMO, the outback blows it away. The forester is a little more sporty feeling, but the outback is much more comfortable, more roomy and just feels more solid. Not to mention the better mileage. To me, the decision would be a no-brainer.
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    The CVT seems cool, but old habits die hard and I've been driving manuals since I was 13 and first learned to drive.

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    Any CVT I've driven was horrible. Like driving a combination between a lawn mower a washing machine and a sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Any CVT I've driven was horrible. Like driving a combination between a lawn mower a a washing machine and a sewing mach
    Such was my experience with our Audi' after 30K miles......
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    So we got a new Outback 2013 at the beginning of December, it is the 2.5 with the CVT and having being from the UK I was very anti automatic transmissions. I have to say I am converted. If you want to drive it as a semi manual you can drive it in Manual mode. If you want forget about it you can use auto mode then if driving along and want a quick overtake just use the paddle shifters to change down as you need to. Way better than any auto I have ever driven.
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    What's with the weird pictures?^^^^

    Spam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    What's with the weird pictures?^^^^

    Spam?
    Must be as it was on another thread too. The spam is so weird here - most of it isn't even trying to sell us anything.

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    Yea I don't get it.....on topic replies and weird ass pics

    Good job you got us spammers? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    Yea I don't get it.....on topic replies and weird ass pics

    Good job you got us spammers? ?
    I hope there's a special place in Hell reserved for spammers.

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    Guys I need some insight here, been going nuts for the past few weeks. Car in question is a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero, aka WRX wagon. Out of nowhere there's a creaking noise coming from behind the gauge cluster/instrument panel right in front of you (at least it sounds like it's coming from there). I haven't touched anything in the area to cause it and it will come and go, mostly come, it's not really temperature dependent either, it will creak well above 32 F and below too. Driving on the highway, smooth pavement, partial throttle, it will creak, even coasting it will creak sometimes.

    And it definitely sounds more like a creaking noise (then for example loose interior trim piece clips).

    Here's what I eliminated so far as I drove without these for a few days trying to locate the area. This is definitely not the source:

    - both A pillars, took them off and drove around, so it's not the clips in them

    - took off the vent cover along the windshield (the long plastic piece running along the glass) and it wasn't those clips either, and there's a bunch on it

    - steering column plastic cover, both pieces, top and bottom, were removed from the car and it's not that

    - even drove around a few times with someone actually holding the gauge cluster as I pulled it out of the opening in the dash and something was still creaking

    - holding down to the HVAC piping behind the gauge cluster didn't do it either

    - holding down the circular vent cover on the dash left of the cluster isn't it either

    - doesn't sound like it's the clock surround piece as you hold it down and still creaking coming from the dash area in front of you

    - also this wasn't it, tried that and I was creaking too

    Quite annoying, and I have no idea where else to look really, all loose cable bunches under the dash have been zip tied as well, anything that looked like it may be rubbing or touching was tied to something to eliminate movement.
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    Hopefully the Saab curse hasn't infested the above Saabaru ...

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    SAAB was a great brand before GM f^cked them to hell and back.It must be that GM 'touch'...
    We owned several pre-Government Motors SAAB's and they were all great, without any issues. Yes, they had their quirkiness and weren't mainstream and that was the best thing going.
    Add to this the phenomenal driving characteristics in bad weather and AWD was not needed at all. As a matter of fact if you owned a SAAB 900 and had winter tires, you did not need to put snow chains on that car.
    My Subaru is as close to my old 900 as I could get within the modern car designs of today...
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    ^^^ It's not creaking. That is the sound of a rat banging a chipmunk under your dash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OscarW View Post
    SAAB was a great brand before GM f^cked them to hell and back.It must be that GM 'touch'...
    We owned several pre-Government Motors SAAB's and they were all great, without any issues. Yes, they had their quirkiness and weren't mainstream and that was the best thing going.
    Add to this the phenomenal driving characteristics in bad weather and AWD was not needed at all. As a matter of fact if you owned a SAAB 900 and had winter tires, you did not need to put snow chains on that car.
    My Subaru is as close to my old 900 as I could get within the modern car designs of today...
    Sorry for the rant..
    I once had a Saab 99 I liked I lot. Ford did the same thing to Volvo. Many Saab and Volvo owners have switched to Subaru - I hope they don't get too lame in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I once had a Saab 99 I liked I lot. Ford did the same thing to Volvo. Many Saab and Volvo owners have switched to Subaru - I hope they don't get too lame in the future.
    I hope too that Subaru stays a bit 'odd'
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    Just picked up the green OBS to go with the red OBS.

    Who else here drives a Subaru?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1358064930.822368.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I once had a Saab 99 I liked I lot. Ford did the same thing to Volvo. Many Saab and Volvo owners have switched to Subaru - I hope they don't get too lame in the future.
    I love my "Ford" Volvo. I picked up a '07 XC70 end of November. I drove a '07 OBW first, didn't like it very much. I loved the Volvo as soon as I sat in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Shawn, how's that new granny ring holding up for you?
    I haven't had time to put it on. And it's been so cold here, I haven't gone for a ride in the last week. If this keeps up I'll have to buy some cold weather riding clothes. I'm hoping to get it on this Saturday, and I will report back.

    I just gave you some positive rep for the great transaction! Thanks Zach.

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    I test drove a couple Scoobarus this past weekend.

    My thoughts:

    The dealer had A LOT of cars on the lot, but not much choice....
    No XT forester...which was what I wanted to test. Drove a regular one. Didn't like the CVT.
    No Manual OBs. Salesman told me it would be hard to get one, and I'd have to pay extra.
    OB was good, but felt huge after driving my 2 door rabbit for 6 years. I liked it, but don't want the CVT 2.5i. They couldn't find me a manual one. No bigger engines on the lot, either.
    So I asked about WRXs, but they didn't have any hatchbacks...only sedans

    Anyways, the OB was pretty decent, but over all I left rather unimpressed. Though, I'm not sure if it was the cars or the dealer experience. They had tons of cars on the lot, but they were all the exact same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Pirate View Post
    I test drove a couple Scoobarus this past weekend.

    My thoughts:

    The dealer had A LOT of cars on the lot, but not much choice....
    No XT forester...which was what I wanted to test. Drove a regular one. Didn't like the CVT.
    No Manual OBs. Salesman told me it would be hard to get one, and I'd have to pay extra.
    OB was good, but felt huge after driving my 2 door rabbit for 6 years. I liked it, but don't want the CVT 2.5i. They couldn't find me a manual one. No bigger engines on the lot, either.
    So I asked about WRXs, but they didn't have any hatchbacks...only sedans

    Anyways, the OB was pretty decent, but over all I left rather unimpressed. Though, I'm not sure if it was the cars or the dealer experience. They had tons of cars on the lot, but they were all the exact same thing.
    You definitely went to a bad dealership and/or had a bad salesman. While it doesn't account for not liking the CVT (I don't like them either, especially with a naturally aspirated engine), the dealer failed to provide you with a contrast.

    I drove an FXT for over 2 years and loved the thing. And now I'm on to my 2nd WRX (I keep leasing cars) and went with the hatch. I will likely buy this one at the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    You definitely went to a bad dealership and/or had a bad salesman. While it doesn't account for not liking the CVT (I don't like them either, especially with a naturally aspirated engine), the dealer failed to provide you with a contrast.

    I drove an FXT for over 2 years and loved the thing. And now I'm on to my 2nd WRX (I keep leasing cars) and went with the hatch. I will likely buy this one at the end.
    Find a better dealer for sure. We have one dealer in the area that stocks tons of manuals. They're hard to get according to the dealer; they actually put in fake special orders under fake names to get them I guess. The funny thing about this is most of the people buying manuals live in hilly San Francisco! Gotta love the hill holder clutch. Test drive something smaller with the manual - the 5 or 6 speed makes these cars seem semi zippy (to me) and the boxer rumbles when pushed hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Find a better dealer for sure. We have one dealer in the area that stocks tons of manuals. They're hard to get according to the dealer; they actually put in fake special orders under fake names to get them I guess. The funny thing about this is most of the people buying manuals live in hilly San Francisco! Gotta love the hill holder clutch. Test drive something smaller with the manual - the 5 or 6 speed makes these cars seem semi zippy (to me) and the boxer rumbles when pushed hard.
    Just to put some perspective on things, when I ordered my first two subaru's, I told the dealer what I wanted and he did a NATIONWIDE inventory search, found me the car and arranged a dealer trade to have it shipped to me.
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    RUN Le Pirate RUN, as the dealer you visited is clueless and while it is true that some models are harder to come by, paying more for an MT model is BS. Find a better dealer for a better experience...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Pirate View Post
    No Manual OBs. Salesman told me it would be hard to get one, and I'd have to pay extra.
    Any salesman that ever tells you that a manual tranny is extra in the US is an idiot and I'd either walk out or ask for a salesman that wasn't a moron. You can order one with whatever you want in it from the dealer.

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    Guilty!! I have a 2006 Impreza Wagon. Just put on a hitch so that I can carry my bike around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Pirate View Post
    I test drove a couple Scoobarus this past weekend.

    My thoughts:

    The dealer had A LOT of cars on the lot, but not much choice....
    No XT forester...which was what I wanted to test. Drove a regular one. Didn't like the CVT.
    No Manual OBs. Salesman told me it would be hard to get one, and I'd have to pay extra.
    OB was good, but felt huge after driving my 2 door rabbit for 6 years. I liked it, but don't want the CVT 2.5i. They couldn't find me a manual one. No bigger engines on the lot, either.
    So I asked about WRXs, but they didn't have any hatchbacks...only sedans

    Anyways, the OB was pretty decent, but over all I left rather unimpressed. Though, I'm not sure if it was the cars or the dealer experience. They had tons of cars on the lot, but they were all the exact same thing.
    Take a look at the new XV Crosstrek. I absolutely love mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    Just to put some perspective on things, when I ordered my first two subaru's, I told the dealer what I wanted and he did a NATIONWIDE inventory search, found me the car and arranged a dealer trade to have it shipped to me.
    That's how I was able to get mine also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    Take a look at the new XV Crosstrek. I absolutely love mine.
    I second this note, the Crosstrek is an awesome vehicle well worth consideration. Also, look into the largely similar Impreza. You lose some ground clearance and the ability to tow but gain some handling and fuel efficiency improvements. Both are seriously awesome vehicles and probably the best Subaru produces right now after the WRX/STI and BRZ.

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    Beautiful looking vehicle that XV. I will definitely be looking at it when it comes time.

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    XV in orange please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
    XV in orange please
    Me too. Although, I wish they hadn't reduced the horsepower over the older models that I have now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I did until I realized I wanted a REAL four wheel drive system with low range. Opted for a Toyota Tacoma instead.
    The older Subies came available with a dual-range transfer case. And the Australians and some other international markets still get dual-range gearboxes in their Subies

    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I really wish Subaru would give us a low range like they do or did Down Under. I can make my Forester go places it shouldn't really go, but the tall gears are lacking off road.
    Indeed. Though if it's an automatic Subie, it's not so bad. A manual... yeah I can see that as quite the nuisance. Best bet to stay with a Subaru is to import and swap in an Australian spec dual-range manual gearbox. Expensive and impractical, unless you REALLY want it! (Some have done it in North America)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    I was all set to buy a Tacoma until I stumbled upon my Subaru. The Tacoma had everything I wanted except good gas mileage. My XV offers that and the towing, 4x4/AWD, and standard transmission I wanted.
    Haven't I seen you around somewhere on another forum? Or am I mixing up usernames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    Take a look at the new XV Crosstrek. I absolutely love mine.
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    Beautiful looking vehicle that XV. I will definitely be looking at it when it comes time.
    THIS

    When I'm financially capable of owning one... Oh man it'll be the best daily driver EVER

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    I'm curious as to why there is a nearly 10% drop in MPG between XV and Impreza. Does the 4" lift really affect the MPG that much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stremf View Post
    I'm curious as to why there is a nearly 10% drop in MPG between XV and Impreza. Does the 4" lift really affect the MPG that much?
    It's not only due to the increased ride height, but also due to larger/heavier tires.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Haven't I seen you around somewhere on another forum? Or am I mixing up usernames?


    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, Subaru pornography


    THIS

    When I'm financially capable of owning one... Oh man it'll be the best daily driver EVER
    ....not sure maybe. What else are you into other than mountain biking? It is a FANTASTIC daily driver and a very capable vehicle. It is amazing in the snow and laughs at crappy road conditions. I recently had a 3+ hr trip to Vermont for some snowboarding. With boards on the roof I got 31mpg with my 5 speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by stremf View Post
    I'm curious as to why there is a nearly 10% drop in MPG between XV and Impreza. Does the 4" lift really affect the MPG that much?
    There is also a weight difference in the two.

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    jcaino - Didn't even see that. Looks like ~7% bigger (and wider). That's the reason right there. When I went 10% bigger on my truck, I dropped 2-3MPG, so makes sense. I think if I were to get one, I would go with 205/50/17 (Impreza sizing). About 0.8" ground clearance would be lost, but that still puts you at ~8", which is far better than 5.7" on the Impreza.

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    Had any checked to see if factory 16" wheels from previous model impreza's fit over the brakes on the XV?
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    I didn't realize the front rotors increased by 0.7" (10.9" to 11.6"). Since 15's fit on regular Impreza's, I'm going to assume 16's fit on the XV's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
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    Indeed. Though if it's an automatic Subie, it's not so bad. A manual... yeah I can see that as quite the nuisance. Best bet to stay with a Subaru is to import and swap in an Australian spec dual-range manual gearbox. Expensive and impractical, unless you REALLY want it! (Some have done it in North America)

    ...
    This would be awesome, but I remember it's come up a few times in the Outback forums, and the more knowledgeable wrenchers always say there' some incompatibility with final drive ratios (or something like that). I'd still love to see someone try it. I feel like the N. American market got skunked on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    ....not sure maybe. What else are you into other than mountain biking? It is a FANTASTIC daily driver and a very capable vehicle. It is amazing in the snow and laughs at crappy road conditions. I recently had a 3+ hr trip to Vermont for some snowboarding. With boards on the roof I got 31mpg with my 5 speed.
    Ummmm...
    i-club, iwsti, ClubCrosstrek, XV forums, Dirty Impreza, Norcal Subies, Ultimate Subaru Message Board (USMB).... and many others I can't recall.

    Despite what some have said about the VDC, it isn't going to stop me from buying a Subaru XV 2 years from now!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    This would be awesome, but I remember it's come up a few times in the Outback forums, and the more knowledgeable wrenchers always say there' some incompatibility with final drive ratios (or something like that). I'd still love to see someone try it. I feel like the N. American market got skunked on this one.
    Lo and Hi range RPM to speed - YouTube

    Mad props to this Subaru owner for getting the Australian-spec dual-range manual gearbox to work!


    Yeah, really do wish we got the dual-range box for the EJ-engined Subarus... But hey, at least some of the EA-engined Subarus had them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
    Ummmm...
    i-club, iwsti, ClubCrosstrek, XV forums, Dirty Impreza, Norcal Subies, Ultimate Subaru Message Board (USMB).... and many others I can't recall.

    Despite what some have said about the VDC, it isn't going to stop me from buying a Subaru XV 2 years from now!

    Replace the 420 with a 707 and that's me over on ClubCrosstrek

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
    ...

    Lo and Hi range RPM to speed - YouTube

    Mad props to this Subaru owner for getting the Australian-spec dual-range manual gearbox to work!


    Yeah, really do wish we got the dual-range box for the EJ-engined Subarus... But hey, at least some of the EA-engined Subarus had them.
    Amazing isn't enough a word to describe that! So someone has managed to finally do it. I also watched his 20+ min video of him following a bunch of Toyota trucks through the canyon, and something about it just brings a huge grin.

    Now, is his low range an automatic? He went up Baby Lion's back on another video while holding the camera outside the window the entire time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
    Ummmm...
    i-club, iwsti, ClubCrosstrek, XV forums, Dirty Impreza, Norcal Subies, Ultimate Subaru Message Board (USMB).... and many others I can't recall.
    I met the guy that owns USMB by happenstance. I was picking up an MWE axle from the guy who makes them and he had space in another shop. The guy that owns that main shop owns the USMB. Pretty cool guy too. Think his name was Shawn. I have his business card here somewhere.

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    I've pushed my 02 Forrester pretty hard and I've made it places where a few Jeep/truck guys were surprised to see me. I've always wished they'd make a special "adventure" model with a proper low range and some suitable skid plates. Unfortunately when the 02 goes to Subaru heaven it may have to be replaced by a Toyota 4x4; I just wish they'd send us a clean diesel version as the fuel economy bites on trucks. The guys down under seem to get all the best options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I've pushed my 02 Forrester pretty hard and I've made it places where a few Jeep/truck guys were surprised to see me. I've always wished they'd make a special "adventure" model with a proper low range and some suitable skid plates. Unfortunately when the 02 goes to Subaru heaven it may have to be replaced by a Toyota 4x4; I just wish they'd send us a clean diesel version as the fuel economy bites on trucks. The guys down under seem to get all the best options!
    I've "heard" rumors that the next gen of Tacoma's (and probably 4Runners) will have more fuel efficient engines that will get upper 20's. If I can get a 4 door Tacoma that gets upper 20's, my Land Cruiser is getting the boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stremf View Post
    I've "heard" rumors that the next gen of Tacoma's (and probably 4Runners) will have more fuel efficient engines that will get upper 20's. If I can get a 4 door Tacoma that gets upper 20's, my Land Cruiser is getting the boot.
    This is what we want! One Sub and one Toyota 4 door 4x4 for camping and carrying gear.

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    Well not really a 4x4 off road Subaru like most in the thread but I have just as much fun with it.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech420 View Post
    Replace the 420 with a 707 and that's me over on ClubCrosstrek
    Ahhh, that's why!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    Amazing isn't enough a word to describe that! So someone has managed to finally do it. I also watched his 20+ min video of him following a bunch of Toyota trucks through the canyon, and something about it just brings a huge grin.

    Now, is his low range an automatic? He went up Baby Lion's back on another video while holding the camera outside the window the entire time.
    I think it's a manual. I don't recall if Subaru made a low-range automatic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
    I met the guy that owns USMB by happenstance. I was picking up an MWE axle from the guy who makes them and he had space in another shop. The guy that owns that main shop owns the USMB. Pretty cool guy too. Think his name was Shawn. I have his business card here somewhere.
    Yeah, he's the site admin. It's an excellent site to get service advice regarding older Subaru vehicles (3rd generation Legacy and older).

    It's where I found out just how widespread the EJ25D head gasket failure was. I also found out the SOHC EJ25 non-turbos head gasket issues aren't as bad.

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    2008 outback 2.5i and a 2012 Impreza 2.0i Limited PZEV Hatchback here....AWD is preferred as we live on top of a hill with a steep gravel driveway. Great cars except that the outback has already needed CV boots replaced at 97k miles and I still can't get rid of the hot grease odor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RancidSLP View Post
    Awesome! I'm afraid to think what sort of mileage does that set up get you on the highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phbike View Post
    Great cars except that the outback has already needed CV boots replaced at 97k miles and I still can't get rid of the hot grease odor.
    You made it to 97k miles before your boots cracked? If only everyone could be so lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
    You made it to 97k miles before your boots cracked? If only everyone could be so lucky!
    Mine went to 135k. 97k is not bad however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    Awesome! I'm afraid to think what sort of mileage does that set up get you on the highway.
    Awful. Really awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb View Post
    You made it to 97k miles before your boots cracked? If only everyone could be so lucky!
    One of our OB's had 49K before the boots went....
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    Being a piece of rubber, and subject to weather and everything that happens under a car, I'm not sure why people have lofty expectations of CV boots, on my CR-V I had to replace them at 60k, it wasn't a huge deal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Being a piece of rubber, and subject to weather and everything that happens under a car, I'm not sure why people have lofty expectations of CV boots, on my CR-V I had to replace them at 60k, it wasn't a huge deal...
    Not too mention, the one closest the DP always goes first. I've had mine last only to 60K IIRC, but then again, I've had a Cobb DP since 15K miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RancidSLP View Post
    Awful. Really awful.
    I thought as much, and that doesn't ease my mind any, because my Outback will be doing that at the end of March. But instead of 2 bikes on the roof, I'll have 3 up there and 2 off the back. And we're driving from California to Utah. Not looking forward to that gas bill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Not too mention, the one closest the DP always goes first. I've had mine last only to 60K IIRC, but then again, I've had a Cobb DP since 15K miles.
    Yeah that's which one died on my car. I have a 4" DP so it's closer to the boot than stock or other aftermarket. One died on my wife's Forester at 205k miles but I don't know if they were ever replaced by the previous owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Being a piece of rubber, and subject to weather and everything that happens under a car, I'm not sure why people have lofty expectations of CV boots, on my CR-V I had to replace them at 60k, it wasn't a huge deal...
    Your right it wasn't that big of a deal, however my 1994 Acura Integra GSR went 200k and 16 years before they cracked. I guess I was lucky with that car.
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    2003 Forester, 99k miles. New AC compressor being installed tomorrow. AC clutch went out. As I have found out before, Subaru sells modules, not parts.

    I'll keep it at least another year, but I really want something with a bigger trunk. I can't fit groceries in it. Can't just throw the bicycle inside without some planning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post
    2003 Forester, 99k miles. New AC compressor being installed tomorrow. AC clutch went out. As I have found out before, Subaru sells modules, not parts..
    Like this?: Subaru Forester Beck Arnley Clutch Kit 061-9182 at Auto Parts Network

    I wouldn't expect any auto manufacturer to sell just the sub-part, even though they are available. The A/C unit is fairly easily accessible and this is something one can probably do themselves (although I haven't looked into it much, I have worked on my A/C on my WRX). This is where the dealers make a good deal of profit, by selling overpriced parts and doing labor on them. Some of the reasons they do this is CYA type stuff, so they can't be sued or have an action against them for not fixing a problem, but it's mainly to make $$$. No different than any other auto manufacturer.
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    I've routinely bought an A/C compressor from a junkyard car since many times the same compressor is shared between multiple cars and years. It's a ton cheaper than buying a new compressor for $700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger View Post
    My wife has a 2012 Forester. I have a 2012 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon. I had a 2005 STi until some jerk rear-ended us, causing a five-car pileup. Yeah, we were the first "sandwich." We were hit at nearly 60 mph from behind. The car was totaled, and so were our mountain bikes.

    Yes, we should be dead. I'd love to post pictures but unfortunately I don't have 10 posts yet, so I guess I have to post useless posts until I hit 10 posts.

    Glad you are alive after the Sti crash. Sorry to hear about the car and bikes but hopefully you and the wife are OK. Would love to know how you like the Subaru and 2012 Jeep.

    Reason I ask is I'm in the market for a new vehicle and been shopping for a good deal on a handful of outdoor friendly vehicles.

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    Holy Cow! Thank God you and your wife are still alive!

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    Damn, glad you are ok. I've seen some amazing wrecks on NASIOC where the subaru owners came out amazing given the impact and crash. Those cars have some seriously strong safety features built in, such as the pillars, resistance to T-bones, etc. That was always one thing I liked about my subaru besides everything else. My brother also rolled a forester down a hill and walked away.
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    Wooden Tiger, you and your wife are lucky to be alive or not permanently injured. That WRX saved your lives. Had you been in a Dodge Neon (similar looks and shape) it would have been a different story.
    Victims are always drawing the short straw in these situations. Anyone that has had an accident through no fault of theirs can likely attest to that. Glad your getting on with your lives..
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    I'm sorry for all the grief you're dealing with, but isn't the guy who rear ends someone automatically at fault and liable for all damages? I was the front car of a 3 car pile up once. It was relatively low speed, and I drove away from the accident with the bumper and trunk tweaked, but the guy who caused the accident had to pay for damages to both cars. Surely your police officer who responded to your crash saw how obvious the cause was.

    If you haven't done so already, have you thought about an attorney to help with what is sounding to be a bad claims experience?

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    It's strange how the front end has more damage then the rear end.

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    I only looked at the pictures and haven't read too much into it, but I recommend getting an attorney. If you have begun treatment the money he will be able to convert that into will be more than enough to cover their cost. In picking an attorney I would recommend asking around in your area and avoiding the giant personal injury firms that advertise heavily. This recommendation comes from my experience as an auto claims adjuster for 5 years and presently being in law school.

    Of course you might get everything you want on your own, but know that adjusters and attorneys do this on a daily basis. Truthfully, as an adjuster the settlements I paid to non-represented claimants was probably about half of what those with an attorney got. The threat of filing suit and extra expenses are real to an adjuster.

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    My wife was rear ended by some rich 18 year old kid with a new truck and one of those worthless ramming bars on the front. She was stopped at a light and he was going 45mph when he hit her. NO damage to his truck, her 09 Versa took the entire impact. Her bumper was untouched since the truck was jacked up. She was in physical therapy for 4+ months. Luckily no lasting injury, but we were screwed. Should've hired a lawyer since those brush guards are not street legal since the bumper cannot operate as designed. Really pisses me off how the person committing the crime always skates free without a scratch and the person they hit have to live with the physical, mental, and monetary consequences.

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    I'd file a lawsuit and use a good personal injury lawyer to squeeze the ****er that hit you. I told my mom to remain in the car and get an ambulance if she ever was hit and I even installed a trailer hitch to protect the back of her car too. She doesn't need a hitch but it helps with minor stuff.....
    A car is just a car, but too often *******s get away with way too much because victims don't fight back enough IMHO. I'd really would go after this guy if I was you and get together with the other peeps he caused damage to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger View Post
    We were pushed into the back of an SUV so the bumper was higher.
    plus the front end has more crumple-iness than the rear...

    glad you're ok.

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