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#5485 of 11746 A "new" subie!
May 05, 2002 (6:01 pm)
Hi all! I've been following the Subaru Crew off and on for the past few years and have enjoyed the threads. I figured it's time for me to introduce myself.
Last week, I traded-in one Subie for another:
1995 Legacy L 5-speed, spruce green, 65k
2001 L.L. Bean, wintergreen, 11k
I've been eyeing the new Legacy/Outbacks since they come out, and now I'm happy to say that I finally got one. I was looking at the Passat GLS 5-speed before digging deep down and realizing that I am a Subie Legacy/Outback person at heart. I have enjoyed my Bean so far. Plus we humans and our 3 doggies love the dual moonroofs.
Heather, I know what you mean about switching from 5-speed to automatic! I'm still adjusting to that and the much increased height of my Bean.
Here in North Florida, Subarus, especially Lecacys and Outbacks, are rare. So I smile with glee everytime my Bean gets oogles. In fact, right after leaving the dealer (Subaru of Tallahassee), we stopped by for dinner. We say two ladies strolling pass my new Bean; they must have liked it because they stood there for a few minutes looking at it, and even as they drove out of the parking lot, they slowed down when the passed by for one more look. Had several such incidences here in Tallahassee since then too.
What a contrast to more Northern and Western regions. We were in Albuquerque and Santa Fe two weeks back. In the hotel parking lot, literally every other car was a 2000+ Outback or Legacy, mostly in white!
#5486 of 11746 Correction: A "new" subie!
May 05, 2002 (6:25 pm)
Just saw my post and noticed a few typos and an error (must be the sun).
I got my Bean from Subaru of Jacksonville, not Tally. We drove 2.5 hours to SoJax even though we have a local dealer in town and a few others within a 2-hour radius. I decided that SoJax knew their Subies, seemed reasonable and were friendlier.
#5487 of 11746 Way sorry, Heather!
May 05, 2002 (8:23 pm)
What rotten luck! At least you weren't hurt, but it's just an awful feeling when it happens to your new car!
I'm afraid I have been guilty of new car behavior lately, parking a mile off at the mall and such.
Glad it was only the bumper that got bashed up!
I crashed the old Camry once, lost a rear door and quarter panel and it just about made me feel sick to see her all bunged up, even though she was nearly 10 years old at the time. However, the repairs were top notch, so it worked out in the end.
#5488 of 11746 Juice's New Ride
May 05, 2002 (9:26 pm)
Congratulations on your new car! I have been following your saga with interest. I'm happy that you decided on another Subaru, I know that's the first place I'll look when the time comes.
#5489 of 11746 Two Positives, One Gripe
May 05, 2002 (9:46 pm)
Color survey: White LL Bean, with tinted windows - love it!
I just locked myself out of the car yesterday at the fairgrounds. Wife and I went to meet friends to see the Cirqe du Soleil, got there late, hassled with the parking, and I managed to lock my keys in the car with the ignition still on and the engine running! (Yes, I'm a candidate for the boob-of-the-month club.)
While waiting around for AAA to arrive, I had plenty of time to consider the situation and try to come up with a reason. Placing my hand on the car, I couldn't feel ANY vibration at all! I could hear the exhaust purring, and the heat was very noticiable, but I couldn't feel anything while the engine was idling. With the AC on too. Wonderful.
Second nice thing was seeing how long it took the AAA tech to get into the car. This not being the first time I have had to call them to get into a locked car, I have watched before and been surprised how quickly one can get into a locked car without a key. Have even done it myself a couple of times on various cars. Not the Subaru! This guy worked for about 10 minutes trying to pry the window away from the door seals to slide his tool inside, without success. He finally got in at the bottom of the window, prying the window away from the door (or the door away from the window) enough to slide his tools inside to hit the power lock button and open the doors (and no damage to glass, seals, or paintwork).
My gripe (first for the Subaru after almost a year of ownership!): I remember now my Toyota power locks would not allow the door to lock when the door was open, and the ignition key was still in the ignition lock. The locks would just pop open again. Obviously this nice little feature is absent in our Subarus. Perhaps this would be a nice added feature in the future?
I'm using extra care to make sure I have my keys in my hand before I lock the doors now!
#5490 of 11746 Locking self out
May 06, 2002 (4:57 am)
Done that to myself the first three days of owning my '98 OB
Luckily the boo-boo was made close to home.
To date I carry two keys; one technically attached to me at all times (i.e. pants).
#5491 of 11746 Canoe Carrying on Outback Roof
May 06, 2002 (5:43 am)
Anyone out there carry a canoe on the roof of your Outback? I'm wondering what kind of system you are using. Yakima makes gunwale brackets, but I think you need to add their round bars to use them. They also disclaim "do not carry canoe directly on manufacturer's roof rack." Does that mean I should not even use the side rails with their system? Seems illogical.
Also, where do you tie down the bow at the front the car? I have a rear hitch so that's no problem, but the front is more difficult as there are no readily apparent attachment points.
#5492 of 11746 To abchan in North Florida
May 06, 2002 (8:43 am)
I am purchasing a new Bean and moving to north Florida and was wondering about the service in Tallahassee. I relized on my last several trips that Subies are extremely rare in Florida. In Alaska every other vehicle in a Subaru. Can you tell me anything about the service at the Tallahassee dealership?
Will be good to know there is at least one other Bean in the area.. Take Care
May 06, 2002 (10:07 am)
I've done that to myself in the past, something I am sure we all have done at one time or another. Since then I carry the spare key in my wallet.
BTW, I'm curious, why did you call AAA when the Subies now come with roadside assisstance?
#5494 of 11746 AAA vs Subaru Assistance
May 06, 2002 (11:08 am)
I've been a AAA member for a lot longer than I have owned the Subaru. Although I also carry the Subaru card in my wallet, when it came time to act, I just responded out of habit and pulled out the AAA card.
To answer the next question, I still own and drive a non-Subaru also, so can't cancel the AAA.
Yeah, this isn't the first time for me either. But I can't stand to carry around extra keys and stuff, so will have to resort to do-it-yourself or calling for assistance. This is the third time in 20 years I've been locked out with the engine running, although I claim responsibility for only two.