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#2303 of 2332 Re: Video [rsholland]
Jun 29, 2005 (6:39 am)
Wouldn't they need to work around the bars coming down from the top? It appears to me that the "roll top" would get in the way. If not, it would be a nice feature, assuming it is a sturdy top.
#2304 of 2332 Re: Video [bat1161]
Jun 29, 2005 (6:42 am)
Mark, I'm going on the (unrealistic?) hope that the Baja survives, and that if so, this would be planned for and engineered into an all-new model from day one. So no, I don't see this happening with the current model.
"Nice feature?" I think "Key feature" would be a better term. I think the Baja needs this to be standard as it would be a major selling point. One of the biggest complaints about the Baja, as it currently stands, is that it's not very practical, in that the bed is not secure from thieves. This roll-top cover would go a long way to ease that concern.
It offers the best of both worlds: an open bed (when needed) and a large secure trunk (when needed).
Jun 29, 2005 (7:44 am)
No doubt. In fact there's no way I could sell my wife on the idea unless it had something like that.
I'd want some other changes, too, though - like more passenger space.
#2306 of 2332 Re: Video [rsholland]
Jun 29, 2005 (10:44 am)
I agree with you regarding the security concerns from day one. The first time I showed the Baja to my wife she commented that without some sort of secure locking top, it was impractical for someplace like NYC. Back in Jan when we did the 48hrs drive, one of the drivers had a Turbo Baja with a home made pad locked top. A secure top has been demanded from the beginning.
Personally I've found the Baja to be appealling, but for my actual use it would need room for 5, along with the secure top. Till such time as Subaru has something like that I'll stick with my OB.
#2307 of 2332 Re: Video [bat1161]
Jun 29, 2005 (10:50 am)
My wife too! That was her first comment/complaint! What is it with wives; juice's wife, your wife, and my wife???
Jun 29, 2005 (11:16 am)
we shop .. we want a place to put our stuff out of view of potential thieves ...
we have kids' stuff ... we want a place to put their stuff out of view of potential thieves ...
we have purses ... we like our vehicles to 'enclose' our stuff like our purses ...
heck .. who knows? ... my cover is 'broken' on my OBW and i hate that i have no 'hiding' place
#2309 of 2332 Re: wives [ladywclass]
Jun 29, 2005 (11:21 am)
Actually Brenda, I think wives just have more common sense than us guys.
Jun 30, 2005 (8:34 am)
I guess we should call them.
I think men envision hauling lumber, mulch, stone, etc. Cave men are we.
The wives are just practical and know what will really go in there most of the time - groceries.
#2311 of 2332 opposed diesel
Jun 30, 2005 (9:55 am)
As we all know, subaru is researching a boxer diesel. I found this interesting article about another opposed diesel engine design. Maybe Subaru is looking into this possibility as well.
Advanced Propulsion Technologies Inc., in conjunction with FEV Engine Technology, designed the generator, which is about the size of a large briefcase. Its four pistons — two in each cylinder — operate under the opposed-piston, opposed-cylinder principle (OPOC), which leverages improvements to the 2-stroke cycle to generate thermal efficiency in excess of 41%.
The OPOC design, says FEV, generates extraordinary power density. A turbocharged 2-cyl. prototype generates 325 hp and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of torque at 2,000 rpm, yet weighs just 270 lbs. (123 kg).
#2312 of 2332 Re: Hoping '06 Legacys and Outbacks... [rsholland]
Jul 18, 2005 (5:32 pm)
You got your wish for the NAV bit at least. VDC, LL Bean and XT limited outbacks will now be available with NAV...I just saw the first one today, it looks good