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Subaru Impreza, Subaru Outback, Wagon
May 03, 2009 (2:02 pm)
I have rejoined the Subaru family, after 7 years away. Those of you here that know me may remember that for years I had a '97 OBS that I loved, and then in mid-2002 in a fit of insanity, I sold it for a used 4Runner.
Well as of Saturday (yesterday), I am once again an OBS owner. I am so glad to be out of the Matrix I traded in, I have actually considered kissing the Sube once or twice.
The new ones are fabulous, and I don't regret that I waited past the years of weird styling and nonsensical feature packaging that characterized the Impreza line mid-decade.
I must admit that up to the last minute I was trying to decide between the OBS and the Premium 2.5i, as I do not value the AWP that the OBS gets (I'm in coastal Northern California) and I quite like the idea of the moonroof in the premium, but in the end it was my love of the 2-tone paint (yes, I am proud to admit I am one of the last 4 people in the country to continue liking that paint scheme after the 90s ended! ) and the 17" alloys, which look great on this car and noticeably improve handling in my opinion.
So anyway, my newport blue OBS is sitting in the driveway (5 speed of course), have managed to drive it 150 miles already (loving every minute), and this time I think I may remain a loyal Subaru customer for life (although I still wish they would get to cookin' with diesel). Paid $18,299, MSRP was $20,941. Good deal IMHO.
May 04, 2009 (2:15 pm)
It's a shame this discussion isn't cross-linked to the Impreza folder, and that Impreza doesn't have its own folder in wagons.
Instead, to see discussions on my car, I have to visit the Legacy folder here in wagons, and the sedans board for the Impreza folder. My car is an Outback Sport, but it is neither a Legacy, nor is it a sedan.....
Which relates of course to the natural confusion caused by Subaru's perennial insistence in trying (but never quite succeeding) to separate the Outbacks from the rest of the Legacys, and to call the OBS an Outback in the literature, even while it is technically a trim of the Impreza line.
Boy, now my head is spinning....
#3060 of 3121 Re: PS [nippononly]
May 05, 2009 (9:18 am)
Yours is not the only one!
I have always wondered why they decided to title that Impreza's trim as "Outback Sport," when it shares no common characteristics with any other Outback aside from two-tone paint and fog lights.
I will leave it at that rather than beat my head against a wall, but if it makes you feel any better, I am one of those four who likes the two-tone!
May 05, 2009 (8:47 pm)
Hey imagine that: two of the four of us two-tone fans are Edmunds members!
#3062 of 3121 Re: well [nippononly]
May 07, 2009 (10:23 am)
Congrats, that's very cool! Welcome back.
I know you've been shopping around for ages, so you must feel relieved.
The Matrix had uncomfy seats, correct? I think that was your primary beef.
The OBS is a strong value, in fact I'm sure you paid Honda Fit prices and ended up with a much more substantial car with a 2.5l engine and AWD.
#3063 of 3121 Re: well [ateixeira]
May 07, 2009 (2:34 pm)
I am most relieved, I had forgotten what having a driver's car felt like!
The seats in the Matrix are terrible, as is the seating position (minivan style, with seats with front edges that rise up so high that pressing the clutch to the floor is very difficult). But that's not all, the e-throttle is extremely annoying because there is a substantial delay between pressing the gas pedal and the engine responding, and it plays hell with shifting a manual, especially when you are trying to rev-match.
Apart from that, the interior tackiness just grows and grows on you until it is depressing getting in the car. The factory stereo (the optional upgrade, mind you, not the base unit!) has terrible sound quality - everything is muddy and there is no bass. The steering gives you no road feel at all. And I was up to 3 warranty repairs on that thing, and it hadn't reached 30K yet!
I am hoping I can still count on Sube to be totally reliable, as my others have been.
Next thing for me is the car was delivered to me with some sort of rear valance that attaches to the bumper askew and kind of hanging down. So the Sube dealer where I bought it is working with a body shop to get a new one ordered and installed. I am told it will be covered under warranty and should only take 20 minutes to install, so that's good. Hopefully that takes place early next week. Until then it looks a little ugly, but not too bad. Should have caught it when it was delivered to me on Saturday, but it was raining and I was in a hurry to be somewhere.....
May 07, 2009 (2:38 pm)
The Fit I could have bought for the money I paid wouldn't have had ESC, one thing I'm glad to have on the new car since I will be going to the snow a lot. It's nice that Subaru is putting VDC on all the Imprezas now.
I was out in heavy rain on Sunday driving some canyon roads, but the car never slipped or did anything untoward, and I never saw any indication that the VDC had kicked in. I am assuming that a light flashes on the dash if the VDC is invoked, right? So the OBS has amazing grip in the wet, what with me trying to intentionally get it to slip!
#3065 of 3121 Impreza Outback Sport - terrific value
May 08, 2009 (4:07 am)
I bought the OBS for my son two months ago. Since he is in college I’m driving it trying to help to break it in. My comparison experience telling me that OBS has the best values around. Especially the safety features. If you pay attention to the safety feature everyone of them are standard. Not like Honda Fit. You have to get the Sport model with Navigation System in order for you to get the traction control. What a rip off.
Many of my co-workers praise the style, the color combination (sage green) and the details that Subaru has paid attention to it. I’ll have a piece of mind that my son is driving the OBS for many years to come.
Subaru – safety is not an option.
#3066 of 3121 Impreza OBS engine clung sound
May 08, 2009 (5:44 am)
I bought the Impreza Outback Sport two months ago. Every time I shift to Drive (cold or hot engine) when the car starts to roll I hear a “clung” sound from the engine compartment. Since it happened consistently I thought it is the normal sound. Does anyone have the same experience like me?
#3067 of 3121 Re: Impreza OBS engine clung sound [shawmou]
May 08, 2009 (6:59 am)
I hear it too, just once each time I start the car, when I have finished backing out of the driveway or parking space and start to move forward down the street. I think it must be normal since it is so consistent, and I remember reading something in the manual but I forget what it was, that is self-testing and may be heard when you first start the car. ABS brakes maybe? I just can't remember, but check the manual, it is in there.