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#16880 of 17118 Re: Cars on this business trip [fibber2]
Nov 18, 2012 (3:59 pm)
Just returned from my annual week long opportunity to hobnob with my fellow wizards in the field of microelectronics failure analysis, this time in Phoenix. Just imagine 900+ geeks all under one roof! Amazing and terrible, all at the same time.... Characters from "The Big Bang Theory" brought to life.
You guys must have to beat the ladies away with your slide rules and graphing calculators...
#16881 of 17118 Re: Cars on this business trip [robr2]
Nov 18, 2012 (5:15 pm)
Na, the women in this field are just as messed up as we men are. Now granted there are fewer of them, but we have a good time laughing at ourselves.
Comments abound, such as "oh, that's just Joe being Joe. Must have skipped his meds this morning".
#16882 of 17118 Re: Cars on this business trip [fibber2]
Nov 18, 2012 (9:48 pm)
Lift off the brake at a stoplight, and you are treated to a stuttering clutch experience until you get to about 5 mph.
That was exactly my experience with the Fiesta I rented in Pittsburgh this last May. As long as I was accelerating from a stop, it didn't bother me much, but if I was idling along (such as in a parking garage), it was enough to drive me batty.
And, that's why I bought mine with a proper manual transmission!
#16883 of 17118 Re: Cars on this business trip [fibber2]
Nov 18, 2012 (9:59 pm)
Piston engine Ford A/T goes boing-boing-boing, but the Mazda engine Subaru CVT goes hmmmmmmmm
#16884 of 17118 Re: Cars on this business trip [dcm61]
Nov 19, 2012 (2:13 pm)
A lot of people complain about the Focus trans. Manual should be mandatory.
#16886 of 17118 Re: I know what answer I'll get from you guys... [kcram]
Nov 19, 2012 (10:26 pm)
Interesting reading, although the comments from readers is very telling. My overall impression is that Subaru build quality is less consistent, especially from US production, than it was ten years ago.
However there are oddities in those comments; the comment that sheet metal is thin seems bizarre as my experience is that metal was very solid. Certainly Subarus are very robust and crash-worthy. For some strange reason, I was hit six times in the rear in my 1999 Outback with only superficial trim damage. However three cars ended up undrivable after hitting the Subaru.
The ultimate reliability of the Subaru is not as good as a Toyota, but definitely far better than Mercedes or BMW
#16887 of 17118 Re: I know what answer I'll get from you guys... [grahampeters]
Nov 20, 2012 (8:56 am)
People love to vent...
Look at owner loyalty, they're at or near the top. People come back to buy more when they're satisfied. We're on our 3rd.
I bet comments for other brands would only be worse.
#16889 of 17118 Re: I know what answer I'll get from you guys... [grahampeters]
Nov 20, 2012 (11:23 am)
Not sure I would make that blanket statement anymore. Both Honda and Toyo have seen big hits to their reputations (and deservedly so ) with huge recalls over the past two years.
Personal experience has shown similar reliability for our 3 Toyos and my 2 subies. The big thing here is that Subie has to be careful not to let reliability issues creep in as sales increase. That big jump in Toyo sales in the past decade I believe had a lot to do with their QC issues.