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#8614 of 11746 Bought a 2003 Outback
Jun 24, 2003 (8:49 am)
I've been lurking in the Subaru discussions for a couple of years since we purchased a 2001 Legacy L sedan for my wife. I live in Louisiana
and we really make use of the all-wheel drive with all of the rain we get. I just purchased a 2003 Outback wagon (automatic transmission) for myself with the all-weather package using Subaru's VIP Partner's program through IMBA. The options I purchased are the automatic-dimming mirror/compass, security system, tweeter kit, upgraded door speakers, trailor hitch, differential protector, air-filtration system, locking lug nuts, and leather shift handle. For anyone considering purchasing a new Subaru, the VIP program is the way to go. I purchased my 2003 Outback with the factory-installed options for $1,000 under invoice, as there was a $1,000 rebate to the dealer. However, I did have to negotiate for the dealer-installed options.
Having driven a manual for the past fifteen years, I am impressed with the smooth shifting of the automatic transmission and quiet nature of the engine. I should say quiet nature during normal driving !!!. My last car was a 2 seat coupe that felt like it was a couple of inches off of the ground. I've been driving the Outback for 3 weeks now and I could kick myself for not purchasing one sooner. Great visibility and driving position and tons of room in the cargo. It is a smooth and refined driving experience and fits my recreational lifestyle. My outdoor hobbies include mountainbiking and rollerblading. Can someone recommend a hitch mounted bike rack that will hold 3 or 4 bikes? What kind of gas mileage can I expect when the engine is broken in?
Jun 24, 2003 (9:18 am)
The engine is still very green. My mileage improved by 2mpg when I compare brand-new to 15k miles later.
The OE hitch-mounted bike rack only holds 2 bikes, though I've rigged a 3rd one on there. I'd get a different one to carry 3-4 bikes regularly.
Jun 24, 2003 (9:51 am)
Congrats Neil and welcome to the "Outback Family".
BTW, what color did you get?
Jun 24, 2003 (10:12 am)
Thanks for the welcome Mark.
The color is Seamist Green.
#8618 of 11746 Mileage improvement
Jun 24, 2003 (10:13 am)
I have a MY '00 Legacy GT. My mileage improved 1.5 to 2 MPG as the engine became more broken in.
Congratulations on your second Subie! Nice to see folks buying Legacies (your 2001 model) and not just Outbacks; Subaru is pinning a lot on the success of the next iteration of that model.
Jun 24, 2003 (10:48 am)
That was a new color for 2003, replacing the Wintergreen. Wintergreen was more silver, Sea Mist has a touch of gold in it. Both are nice.
Jun 24, 2003 (5:11 pm)
"Right now it has two-tone paint that looks like cladding, the new model gets a discrete layer of real cladding over the fenders. Plus it's raised."
Current generation Outbacks *do* have lower bodyside cladding (painted).
Jun 25, 2003 (5:03 am)
Not over the fenders, though. It only goes up to about knee height.
Jun 25, 2003 (7:03 am)
Our 2001 Legacy L sedan is Wintergreen metallic, and that was my favorite color until I saw the new 2003 Seamist Green color.