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#2629 of 3121 Differences btwn '05 OBS and Impreza 2.5RS?
Aug 02, 2004 (1:15 pm)
As a previous owner of 6 Brats and a GL sedan, I know older Subie's well, but have been away from them for a long time now...
The DW just totalled our '00 MPV and we have zeroed in on the '05 Impreza as a replacement.
One quick question that I haven't been able to clearly answer on Subaru's web site:
What are the differences between the 2.5RS wagon, and the OBS for 2005? The OBS has the lower cladding of course, but the 2.5RS appears to have been upgraded with seats, steering wheel, and stereo from the WRX, while the OBS gets the first two, but the stereo is a carryover.
Otherwise, is there a suspension difference, or anything else with the OBS? The OBS is $800 more, and I'm trying to justify exactly why.
Aug 02, 2004 (5:28 pm)
The only difference that I see are a slightly higher ride hight, a set of roof rack cross bars & a somewhat homely two tone paint job. Not $800 worth of a difference there. I like the RS sport wagon better, but I do like the ride hight of the OBS.
#2631 of 3121 Re: Differences btwn '05 OBS and Impreza 2.5RS? [brattobaja]
Aug 02, 2004 (5:40 pm)
The Outback Sport gets roof rack cross bars, an outside temp gauge (the OBS and STi are the only Imprezas to get this feature), rubber cargo mat, rear bumper step pad, different wheels, 2-tone paint, slightly raised HD suspension, different seat trim. The new-for-'05 Outback Sport SE also gets some other goodies such as 6-disk CD changer, a couple of unique colors, and a few other items that escape me at the moment.
Aug 03, 2004 (8:59 am)
Thanks, Bob the Encyclopedia.
Aug 03, 2004 (11:54 am)
I went through the same debate a bit when I got my '04 Outback Sport. After a year of ownership, I'll share my opinions.
Roof rack - Haven't used it.
Rear bumper pad - Love it. As a golfer, I'm always putting a foot up on the bumper to change shoes. I'd mark the bumper up badly without it.
Rubber cargo mat - A necessity in my book. It's great for keeping things from sliding around, like groceries.
Outside temp gauge - I kind of like it, especially in the winter.
Two-tone paint - I like the look, but to each his own.
Raised HD suspension - If you off-road at all, you'll appreciate it. It's not an SUV or truck, and really isn't meant for serious off-roading, but it IS designed to go where other cars can't, or shouldn't. I've taken it on some rough trails to get to good fishing spots, and I've appreciated the added capability of the OBS.
I'm not sure if the differences are worth $800, considering you can get most of those as options for the RS, but since my dealer had a better selection of Outback Sports as opposed to RS's, I was able to find a vehicle in the color I wanted right on the lot. And in truth, I like the look of the OBS much more than the RS.
Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll enjoy either way.
Aug 03, 2004 (12:26 pm)
Really? I use my Forester's roof rack all the time. In the past two weeks I've carried my lawn mower and then a baby stroller up there. Before that, a double dresser, 5 sheets of plywood, 2 sections of 6'x8' fencing, you name it.
The cross bars help secure all that stuff in place. I don't think the RS wagon even has tie-down holes, the Outback Sport does.
I don't have a temp guage but my wife does - I think it's a neat feature that's I'd like to have on my next car.
Aug 03, 2004 (2:10 pm)
Wow...thanks a million to everyone for the insights...that helps a ton.
I'm leaning towards the OBS, primarily because of my location (outside of Reno, NV) and at 5,200 feet in the mountains, we'll use it to deal with snow in the winter, plus take a fair share of dirt roads to get to out-fo-the-way fishing/camping spots. I like the idea of the covered rear bumper and cargo mat for the same reasons.
Now if it could only pull a small tent-trailer....
#2636 of 3121 Thanks Juice re: A/C problem
Aug 03, 2004 (2:46 pm)
I bought the car used, so didn't order the options. But the 1st owner did put several goodies on it. how do I tell if I have the air filtration system?
The dealer, as suspected, could not duplicate the problem. They said they went in the dash & everything checked out okay. And the problem has not occurred again...yet...And that's a concern I expressed to the dealer. I'm about 6,000 miles from going out of warranty. And if it's going to happen again, it'll likely be when I hit 6,001 miles.
He told me something I was unaware of. That if the problem was documented under warranty, but not corrected, I'm covered on that problem for another 12 months.
#2637 of 3121 Re: [brattobaja]
Aug 03, 2004 (4:55 pm)
While standard on the OBS, the rear bumper pad, rubber cargo mat and roof rack cross bars are options on all Impreza wagons.
Aug 04, 2004 (5:20 am)
Check under the glove compartment. If you don't have it, there will be smooth plastic at the bottom of the HVAC thingy there.
That peice breaks off when you install the filtration system, so if you *do* have it you'll see a metal cover with two screws holding it in place, and a rubber gasket to seal it.
If you can't figure it out lemme know and I'll e-mail you a picture from when I installed mine.
Fred: good to hear about the 12 month coverage. It's like a free extended warranty on that part.