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#18407 of 19336 Re: Purchasing question [rebel71]
Dec 09, 2009 (10:03 am)
I investigated the differences between the 2010 Subaru Outback Sport and the 2010 Subaru Impreza hatchback. I found that the suspensions are exactly the same. The difference in height comes from the difference in wheel sizes. The Outback Sport has the 17 inch wheels, and the regular hatchback (and sedan) has the 16 inch wheels. I was able to verify this with a Subaru dealership, where I was considering the Outback Sport and the regular hatchback, and took physical measurements myself with my own tape measure. The net hight increase of the Outback Sport is about 1/2 inch.
By the way, the actual ground clearance (except for some minor protruding aspects) of the regular Impreza hatchback was 7.5 inches, and the Outback Sport was 8 inches. The reason why the manufacture does not use those figures is because they measure from the ground to the lowest aspect of the chassis, which is usually a bolt or an articulation of the drive train.
I hope this helps.
#18408 of 19336 Re: BURNING WINTER TIRES? [wideopenslope]
Dec 09, 2009 (1:42 pm)
That I am. Embarrassingly, if you obtained your information from the "bio," I wrote that in 2004 and am, indeed, still building the house. Out-of-pocket is not always the fastest method....
I hope that you do end up building your dream and, if you can, do it yourself (or substantially so)! It is quite an experience and a joy (most of the time!). We finally put windows in the house this summer, which was seven years after we started building.
Regarding the burning smell from the tires, it may be a good idea to ask a Tire Rack rep about it if it continues for more than the first thousand miles or so.
#18409 of 19336 Heater problem....maybe
Dec 11, 2009 (5:41 am)
I have a 2005 Forester. It has 120,000 miles on it. It has been maintained well and I had all belts and water pump replaced at about 100,000 miles. The only problems I have had are with the air conditioning. Had to have the evaporator replaced at the beginning of the summer. The air never worked great after that.
My problem now seems to be the heater. I don't know if it is my imagination, but the heater seems very hot. It was freezing today and I had to drive with the heater position in the beginning of the hot range. I seem to recall that I always used to have the setting well into the red range. I don't know if this indicative of a problem or not I also notice that the dial turns easily at times and at other times it is harder to turn.
Any feedback will be appreciated
#18410 of 19336 died for a moment
Dec 11, 2009 (8:37 am)
Hey wow, I get to post a question!
So yesterday morning at a stop light, the OB died. all the idiot lights came on, I cranked it and it fired right back up. Then on the way home from work, the car died as I was approaching a red light at about 30mph. I believe I did have the clutch in and was coasting in. All the idiot lights came on...while coasting, I cranked it and she fired right back up again. Battery time? It is cold here all the sudden.
#18411 of 19336 Re: died for a moment [lucien2]
Dec 11, 2009 (9:19 am)
Sounds like a battery or alternator.
Have the battery load tested (usually free), and if it's bad just replace that.
If it's OK, could be the alternator.
#18412 of 19336 Re: died for a moment [lucien2]
Dec 11, 2009 (1:08 pm)
Are you getting a CEL?
#18413 of 19336 Re: Heater problem....maybe [baydrive]
Dec 11, 2009 (1:10 pm)
Curious. Is your temp gauge reading normal? You should also be able to hook the car to a diagnostics machine to read out the actual temperature of the engine during operation.
#18414 of 19336 Re: died for a moment [xwesx]
Dec 12, 2009 (5:30 am)
If so I have an OBD2 scanner he can borrow.
#18415 of 19336 Re: Winter tires [gdoc]
Dec 12, 2009 (6:05 am)
Bridgestone Blizzaks. Have them for the '98 OBW and on the 2008 Tribeca.
#18416 of 19336 Re: Heater problem....maybe [baydrive]
Dec 12, 2009 (6:30 am)
On my '98 OBW after the initial warm up, I always put the lever at the beginning of the hot (red) zone. Also turn down the seat heater (love these with leather seats).
We lucked out this morning, it was only 11° F this morning vs -8° F yesterday morning. Winter is here. More snow tomorrow and Monday.