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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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    2004 WRX STi

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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.
    (image of red XV Crosstrek)
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, Subaru pornography
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomcha View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
    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)

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    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
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    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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    Re: Who else here drives a Subaru?

    2012 Legacy.. With some Thule goodies

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