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#9931 of 11746 Circulating air question-Legacy Sedan
Jun 18, 2004 (5:07 pm)
HI. I am a new owner of a 2001 Legacy GT Limited. I am really enjoying my new car but I am very confused about the air control features. My question is regarding the constant flow of air from the vents. On my dash, I have an air conditioner button a recirculating button and a Heater button. I have all the buttons pushed to the off position and the Fan speed control dial turned to Zero, but I still feel a constant flow of outside air coming into the vehicle. Is this normal? I've never owned a Subaru before.
any help appreciated. Also , can anyone recommend where I can purchase a shop manual for a 2001 Legacy. I haven't had any success finding one on ebay.
Jun 18, 2004 (6:41 pm)
That's normal. If recirc is off, then that means it's getting fresh air. At speed, the air forces itself in due to the pressure.
Turn recirc on and it should stop.
Shop manuals come in a set, I think there are 6!
#9933 of 11746 Shop Manuals
Jun 18, 2004 (7:44 pm)
There are eight volumes but they can be purchased separately. I believe the full set is around $280. In 2000, volume 1 covered general maintenance.
#9934 of 11746 Forester still seems to have more legroom and better visibility
Jun 20, 2004 (7:21 am)
The Forester still seems to have more legroom in the front seat than the Outback, even the 2005. It is still awkward swinging my legs in, getting into the Outback.
Also, the Forester still has better visibility, especially when backing up or looking around to check traffic before switching lanes.
The new Outback does have better styling - nice curves. But even good curves can't compete with superior comfort and visibility. I realize that this is an individual matter but I wonder if anyone else has encountered the same feelings.
#9935 of 11746 Re: Forester still seems to have more legroom and better visibility [jimtarheel #9934]
Jun 20, 2004 (4:52 pm)
I agree completely -- we have an 02 Outback and an 03 Forester. Tons more front passenger room and better all around visibility in the Forester. More headroom too.
#9936 of 11746 Re: Forester still seems to have more legroom and better visibility [jimtarheel #9934]
Jun 20, 2004 (5:36 pm)
I also concur. In my '00 Outback I had to sacrifice a couple of notches forward to accomodate my son's rear facing child seat. Once we moved it into my '04 F-XT, I was able to stretch out more and still fit the seat. Of course, now he's facing forward, so that point really is mute...
Compared to my Outback, I think the F-XT rides smoother and quieter. Front passenger room is also not as cramped (your legs have some room to move).
Also note that I'm comparing the 'old' Outback to the Forester.
#9937 of 11746 Re: Forester still seems to have more legroom and better visibility [subearu #9936]
Jun 21, 2004 (2:39 am)
I would agree that my 04 leg wagon does not have a ton of front footspace. I am 6 ft and am all legs. That being said, with the seat adjusted all the way back I have found a good driving position. The other gripe is the narrow footwell, which takes some getting used to after driving a full sized american pickup for five years. I think the higher seating in the forrester would be comfortable and more flexible. That being said, I would not trade my "car" for a "small truck" (read, Forrester.) I like living closer to the pavement.
Jun 21, 2004 (10:08 am)
I'm 5'11 and I fit just fine in our '98 Forester and '02 Legacy.
The Forester is easier to get into for front passengers, because the seat height is perfect, you can sit right in and spin 1/4 turn.
But the Legacy is easier for rear passengers, because the door and footwell are a little wider. But you do have to sit down into it.
#9939 of 11746 Re: Shop Manuals [jfl #9933]
Jul 05, 2004 (5:38 pm)
The full set is closer to $500. As I understand it, you just need volume 1
#9940 of 11746 Shop Manuals
Jul 06, 2004 (5:00 am)
IIRC, for a nominal fee ($30???), you can have access to SOA's technical web site to download .pdf files from the manuals for something like 48 hours. If you have a fast connection and if they have a good index, you could probably get everything you could possibly need for a reasonable investment of time and money. I will try and find the link...