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#11686 of 11746 Interesting Wikipedia Notes
Sep 24, 2008 (8:24 am)
I was reading the Wikipedia article on the Subaru Outback and found this interesting piece of information regarding the 2000-2004 Automatic Outback.
Is this true???:
"The 4 speed automatic transmission, had a feature where the transmission could be instructed to ignore 1st gear from a standing stop to assist driving on traction limited situations, such as ice and snow. The system was activated by moving the gearshift from the "D" position down to "2nd". The car would then start in 2nd gear, and not 1st. The transmission also splits the delivered torque 50-50 between the front and rear wheels. Once the car stopped, the transmission would start back in 2nd and not 1st, until the system was upshifted to 4th."
I tried this recently on my '01 and could almost "hear" all the wheels pushing me forward.
Thanks for any insight!
#11687 of 11746 Re: Interesting Wikipedia Notes [pathtomax]
Sep 24, 2008 (11:00 am)
Yes, true. I read that from some Subaru material a while back.
Good way to start in Snow.
Actually, an SoA rep was on these boards for a while, and she polled us to find out how many people knew about that feature. Most owners did not know, so they ran a publicity campaign to inform more owners.
Sep 24, 2008 (3:17 pm)
I just took delivery of a new Legacy SE yesterday.
Can someone help me with resetting the trip computer? The manual simply talks about resetting the trip button. I don't see anything but the one button that changes the reading from temp to mpg to ave mpg, etc.
I tried pushing the trip reset button by the speedo but that didn't do anything. Anyone's help would be appreciated.
#11689 of 11746 Re: Interesting Wikipedia Notes [ateixeira]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:31 pm)
Good to confirm and definitely good to have up north here!
#11690 of 11746 Re: Trip Computer [altimate]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:38 pm)
IIRC the button used to switch between A/B Trip odos on the gauge panel when held will reset the ODO it is displaying. This also resets the Avg MPG for that ODO.
#11691 of 11746 Re: Trip Computer [paisan]
Sep 24, 2008 (6:35 pm)
Thanks a lot Mike.
#11692 of 11746 Re: Trip Computer [altimate]
Sep 26, 2008 (2:56 pm)
Yep. To reset the individual trip odometers (A or B), you need only push the button to select the proper meter, then push and hold for a couple seconds to reset. They reset independently, so you can use 'A' to track tank-based mileage, and leave 'B' accumulating to give you an inception-to-date economy rating, etc.
#11694 of 11746 Subaru brand overall reliability?
Oct 11, 2008 (8:13 pm)
I've only owned Hondas and Toyotas, mainly because I have always found them to be the most reliable - never had one break down, only needing to change oil and perform regular maintenance on them, no major repairs ever necessary. I'm looking into buying a Subaru Legacy because I want a car that handles well in the winter snow, but I am concerned that a Subaru won't be as reliable as Honda or Toyota. How reliable are they in comparison? Is this a car that I can drive for 10 years, 100,000+ miles, without frequent, major repairs?
#11695 of 11746 Re: Subaru brand overall reliability? [ludergirl]
Oct 14, 2008 (10:42 am)
Well, so far you've been lucky, because any car, from any brand, can give you problems.
Generally I do think you're likely to get 100k trouble-free miles from most Subarus. At least free from major troubles.