Last post on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Impreza, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#2932 of 3121 Re: Advice on price to be paid for a 2006 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport SE [ [slazenger]
Nov 03, 2005 (2:38 pm)
I don't know if you have bought your OBS yet, but thought I'd share my '04 OBS purchasing experience with the hope that it helps someone with their negotiations.
What I did was search the inventories available for the Subaru Dealerships within about 100 miles. When I found five vehicles I wanted, I sent an e-mail to each dealer's internet sales manager. In the e-mail I asked each to make me an offer for the vehicle in their inventory that I would want. I specified that the offer had to include a total offer price that included all taxes and fees and had to include the Subaru ski racks. In addition, I indicated I knew approximately what the invoice price, customer incentives, dealer holdback, and dealer incentives (the incentives the manufacturer gives the dealer when the customer takes the incentives available to him) were (when I was just test driving, I had a dealer that really wanted to sell to me that day and revealed all of the above information, with the exception of invoice price, which I got from edmunds).
Four out of the five dealers were within $300 dollars of each other when they made their offers to me. The fifth dealer came into line when I informed it of the prices the others offered. So, my decision boiled down to which color I wanted (I went with the dark green).
My final purchase price, including all fees and the ski racks, ended up at about $1,500 below invoice. Of course, I bought my OBS in June of '04, right after the '05s came out, so there were significant incentives and dealers were looking to get rid of their '04s.
#2933 of 3121 What Does a New Owner Need to Know?
Nov 03, 2005 (5:09 pm)
After several months of frustrating looking and driving my wife and I finally bought a new car. A 2006 OBS with manual transmission. We found the buying experience to be particularly frustrating because we have not been in the market for a long time. We try to get out money's worth out of what we buy.
Our '96 Ford Ranger (The last new purchase) now has nearly 220,000 miles on it. It still runs great, but there comes a time when one should consider spending some money.
OK, assuming that we are hopefully going to be living with our new purchase for a long time, what things do I need to do or be aware of? This is the first Suburu that we have owned. Hopefully there are some long-term Suburu owners out there that might want to comment.
So far, we are than more than satisfied with our purchase. We have had no problems with the dealer (Yet) and our baby outback seems to have no problems at all, other than getting a new remote for the security system programmed. That is one complicated procedure.
We have even been impressed with the fuel mileage, which seems to be better than we had expected. About 27.5 in mixed driving so far.
Love it so far and very happy with our purchase.
Comments and "Look out For's" are welcomed.
Cynthiana, Kentucky (The middle of nowhere)
#2934 of 3121 Re: What Does a New Owner Need to Know? [donm3]
Nov 04, 2005 (1:51 am)
Congrats and best of luck with your new outback Sport! I have the '05 OBS SE, and at just over a year and 16,000 miles it's a terrific little car. My previous car was a '98 Outback (the bigger one) I sold to a friend when it had about 180,000 miles on it.
Just follow the maintenence booklet that came with the car, and you'll be fine. Be sure to read the section on towing an AWD vehicle. I feel they (OBS) are the "forgotten Subarus", but I like them because you don't see a lot of them on the road. I take mine camping all the time, and am shocked at how much gear I can stuff into it with the seats down.
Again, best of luck with your new Subaru!
#2935 of 3121 Re: What Does a New Owner Need to Know? [donm3]
Nov 04, 2005 (6:33 am)
First off, congrats, and join us in the Subaru Crew threads under owners clubs. Introduce yourself. We'll help you keep it in top condition.
Consider keeping the Ranger as a "beater" for the dirty jobs you don't want to subject your new car to.
Every time you start up, prime the fuel pump first. It's simple, just turn the key to the ON position and wait, listen for the "whirr", only then start the car. That keeps the fuel line pressurized and makes for smoother starting and cold temp operation.
Treat it well and hopefully it will outlast even that pickup of yours.
#2936 of 3121 Re: What Does a New Owner Need to Know? [donm3]
Nov 04, 2005 (6:51 am)
Congratulations on the new car. I know it'll give you many years of faithful service. I've had my 2004 OBS 5-speed for over two years now and it's willingly done everything I ask and has never given me a single problem. Great on gas too, I've done 32-33 mpg a few times.
One thing to look out for based on my experience would be that if you get snow or slippery conditions where you are, take some time in a safe location to familiarise yourselves with how the Subaru handles in those situations. It was my first AWD vehicle (we have two now) and it took some getting used to since I'd only driven FWD before in winter.
#2937 of 3121 Re: What Does a New Owner Need to Know? [ateixeira]
Nov 04, 2005 (4:50 pm)
Thanks to all of you who took the time to repond.
I'd be happy to join you on the Subaru Cerw threads. Should I just go to "owners clubs" Any other instructions?
Should I introduce myself here or there?
There really wasn't a lot of decision involved about keeping the old Ranger. We live way out in the country, about 10 miles from the nearest small town. In this part of the world (About half way between Lexington, KY and Cincinnati, OH) just about everyone has a use for a good older FWD pickup, including us.
The pickup market in central Kentucky is different from
some other places. The dealers offer nothing for your worn out truck, but if you happen to trade it in, it appears on the lot the next day with a wash job and a price at least 3-4 times what it was worth the day before. During our car looking experience we had several sales reps at different dealers almost begging us to trade in the truck, simply because they were personally looking for such a truck and they rarely see one traded.
I tried the suggestion of letting the pump run up the fuel pressure. It seemed to reduce a momentary fast idle that it has on a cold start. Thanks!
I found my first "I wish Subaru had" Not being a "sound hound" like our daughters I would easily have traded a couple of those extra speakers for a motion-operated light in the rear lid.
It looks like there is a plug in that lid that might have held a light at some point. Does anyone know if such a thing might be available as a service part?
Thanks again for your interest and warm welcome. Both are appreciated.
#2938 of 3121 What price to expect for a 2.5i wagon auto?
Nov 06, 2005 (4:15 pm)
Hi there. We're looking to get a 2.5i wagon w. automatic. We don't really want any options besides fog lamps. Edmund says the invoice is $18,679 and TVM is $19,478. We're flexible in color.
I live in Folsom, CA (95630). Is it possible to get anything lower than invoice? Thank you in advance.
#2940 of 3121 Re: Link [ateixeira]
Nov 07, 2005 (12:01 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I'll shoot for invoice. If no go, I can wait a few more months to be elegible for the VIP program.
#2941 of 3121 am i going crazy?
Nov 07, 2005 (9:52 pm)
i'm on my way to purchasing a manual regal pearl blue OBS SE very soon - and am very excited. can you answer one question for me though? does it come with heated seats or not? i can't find it documented anywhere, but i did see that they were standard on the 05. thanks in advance!
and if there's curiosity, my 98 Jetta has become a repair nightmare, which is why i'm heading towards subi. i want something that's going to run!!