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#10099 of 10838 No Subarus in Rio de Janeiro
May 17, 2007 (8:31 pm)
I just spent two weeks in and around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and saw not a single Subaru. We rented three Hertz cars, all of which had five-speed manual transmissions: a Toyota Corolla, which Hertz classifies as an "exec limo"; a Fiat Palio 1.4 flexfuel, which failed; and a VW Polo 1.6 flexfuel, which we thought a better car than the other two. Most of the cars in Rio are very small VW, Renault, Citroen, Peugeot or Fiat models that aren't sold in the USA. Japanese cars are less common. Korean cars are very rare. Audi A4 and BMW 3-series are for the affluent. My Subaru 2007 spec.B seemed so smooth, powerful, and luxurious to me after driving those three cars in Brazil, but the spec.B's clutch seemed trucklike to me after two weeks of my driving cars with weak engines. My wife's 2007 Subaru LL Bean Outback seems positively sybaritic.
#10100 of 10838 Re: No Subarus in Rio de Janeiro [renssils]
May 18, 2007 (12:17 pm)
Is the clutch on those cars better than the Spec B?
#10101 of 10838 Subaru maintenance
May 19, 2007 (5:52 am)
I am considering a Subaru but worry about maintenance costs.
I saw a posting where someone was concerned about $750 for a 30000 service which is high.Edmunds maintenance says it should be $307 which is okay. So who is right?
#10102 of 10838 Re: Subaru maintenance [tomsr1]
May 19, 2007 (10:48 am)
the 307 is probably what the owners manual says you need as a minimum, the 750 is probably a dealers padded package price with all sorts of goodies you don't need - like the cleaning throttle body and injectors and other pretty useless stuff or changing spark plugs at 30K rather than 60 etc etc etc..
#10103 of 10838 Re: No Subarus in Rio de Janeiro [nickel]
May 19, 2007 (4:16 pm)
The spec.B's clutch is neither better nor worse than the clutches of the small-engined cars that we drove in Brazil. The Subaru spec.B has a more powerful engine, lots of horsepower and torque, and requires a larger clutch. The Toyota Corolla's clutch was the least pleasant, the VW Polo the nicest. The Palio, Fiat's world car, was by far our least favorite. All three had light clutches and light, easy to shift transmission linkages because they had engines with so little power. The Toyota had 110 horsepower; I don't know about the others. By the way, I owned a 2006 spec.B, which does have a heavy clutch. By contrast, my 2007 spec.B's clutch is featherweight.
#10104 of 10838 Re: No Subarus in Rio de Janeiro [renssils]
May 22, 2007 (10:17 am)
That's where I'm from, and all you'll find is a few leftover imports from the Collor presidency era.
They impeached him. So don't look for any presidents to open up the market for imports any time soon!
May 28, 2007 (2:44 pm)
Tried my T-70 bit on Saturday. I can say without any hesitation that this is the correct bit for the front diff. sump. I changed the fluid to synthetic (not at all necessary, just wanted to since it was so easy!) I bought a measuring funnel with a two-foot clear hose-made the job completely mess-free.
'07 Legacy SE
Jun 01, 2007 (7:51 am)
Any chance that the 3.6L H6 in Tribeca will migrate to the Outback model in the future or will it fit in the current Outback engine bay?
#10107 of 10838 Re: 3.6L H6 in Outback? [ic_designer]
Jun 01, 2007 (7:57 am)
It's no wider, and only a fraction of an inch longer. I don't see why not.
It could use it to stay competitive with the V6s in Nissan, Toyota, and Honda sedans.
#10108 of 10838 Re: 3.6L H6 in Outback? [ic_designer]
Jun 01, 2007 (8:03 am)
I would think that's the plan, but not before the next-generation model.