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You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Impreza, Subaru Outback, Wagon
May 28, 2001 (8:22 am)
A few other items to consider, and that favor the Forester:
• It's the only Subaru that comes with a full-size spare tire.
• It has slightly better angles of approach and departure, and ground clearance than other Subarus.
• It's a bit roomier than than the OBS, yet is still very nimble and fun to drive.
Also, do you do any towing?
If so, keep in mind that if your trailer doesn't have trailer brakes, Subarus are only rated to to tow 1000 lb. If your trailer does have brakes, it can tow 2000 lb. Please also note that 2001 and earlier Imprezas are rated less for both braked and unbraked trailers.
#675 of 3121 Legacy VS OBS
May 28, 2001 (2:41 pm)
Thanks for the rapid responses !
The I-club link has given me a lot of reading material. As to the Forester and Outback wagon option, they are somewhat out of my present financial range (
I am off to do some fishing and camping for two weeks starting the 6 of June. One of my fishing gal-pal will be driving up to meet us at a interior lake. She is from Seattle and has the 1991 OBS, so we will be able to do some actual test driving )
Are the Legacy and OBS made in North America or else where ?
#676 of 3121 OBS vs Legacy vs Forester
May 28, 2001 (5:45 pm)
The base Forester L is not that much more expensive than an OBS or a Legacy L. Check out the following site. They're located in Maryland, but they list all their models and bottom-line prices. Even though you are in Canada, and the prices are different, it should give you a pretty good idea as to how models compare from a pricing standpoint.
The Legacys and Outbacks are made in the USA. All Imprezas and Foresters are made in Japan.
#677 of 3121 one more thing...
May 28, 2001 (7:40 pm)
Keep in mind when you drive the 1991 OBS that the engine was not as powerful as now. It may have been only 2.0 liter, but can't have been more than 2.2, as the 2000 OBS I had was 2.2 liter and 142 hp, whereas the 2002 is 2.5 liter and 165 hp. You should go to a dealer and just test drive to see what's there. I wondered too about that pricing on the Forester. I didn't think it was much more expensive than the OBS, but I don't know prices in Canada and know some folks up there are getting the TS wagon instead of the OBS because of cost! Do a search and see if Subaru of Canada has a website. They should! I know Subaru of America does.
#678 of 3121 Trying to hold firm on final PRICE !!!
May 29, 2001 (2:56 am)
Subaru Canada www.subaru.ca is quite comprehensive. The various lines and model pricing are structured on a step ladder type pricing scale. The middle model of the lowest line is at a par with the base model of the next line up !!
The only 2002 model is the Impreza line.
All other lines are 2001 pricing structure.
Heard some where "Man's got to know his limitation" John Waynn or was it Clint Eastwood ?
Next question, what is the 0 to 60 mph for the Legacy verses OBS in 5 speed ?
You guys and gals are good, very good!!!
Don't try to lead me astray, OK )
If anyone of you want to catch large Kamloops trouts, just let me know )
May 29, 2001 (7:13 am)
I don't know the 0-60 numbers, but the OBS is lighter than the Legacy. 2,860 for the OBS vs. 3,345 for the '01 Legacy L wagon according to Edmunds. The 02 Legacy's will probably be out in the fall with some minor cosmetic changes.
May 29, 2001 (7:33 am)
The new OBS is heavier than that. I thought it was around 3100 lbs.
Prices in Canada differ, but at Fitz the Forester starts at $19,005 freight included. The OBS starts at $17,796, so it's kind of close, though it does have sweet 16" alloys.
May 29, 2001 (8:27 am)
balifly: Don't know 0-60 times. My 2000 OBS was manual, with only 142 hp and I could launch from
a stop faster than most cars. With the AWD, you can take off fast, but other cars get you after you shift out of 3rd. The 2002 OBS is 165, so you can only guess the launch is even faster.
Curb weight of the 2002 OBS from my book is 3,030 for manual and 3,105 for automatic. Of course, if you were to get the new 6-cyl Outback it's probably going to have better 0-60 times than anything.
Again, I would suggest you go to i-club, get on the Legacy forum and ask 0-60 times there. Have you been to i-club.com yet? Also you need to go to Yahoo clubs, and look for "Outback Sport" after you click on clubs. Now, that's just for info on the OBS, but they are very knowledgable, too.
May 29, 2001 (8:29 am)
Actually, the WRXs have far better 0-60 than the H6 models do. The H6s have very tall gearing, which is what allows the 20/27 mpg EPA ratings. But it also makes it a good 3 seconds slower to 60mph.
May 29, 2001 (9:16 am)
I thought that was too light. Edmunds is way under.