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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
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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?^^^^

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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...
    Sorry for the rant..
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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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    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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