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#10731 of 10838 Re: 2005 legacy gt limited wagon [scottinky]
Oct 14, 2009 (5:05 pm)
I recommend going to a dealership and bringing a car seat with you to see if it will work for you. I am the proud owner of a 2005 Subaru Outback wagon. I just put in an infant car seat and honestly, there's not much room left on the side that has the infant seat. The distance that the front seat can go back was significantly limited. My wife and I are both under 5'4" tall, so this works for us, but taller people would have no leg room in the front (or the back). I love the wagon...but honestly it wasn't designed with an infant car seat in mind; a toddler car seat facing forward might work though.
Oct 15, 2009 (3:41 am)
i have two toddlers in forward facing seats. I am going to check one out this morning and see. as far as cargo space goes, cant really think of much that can beat the Odyssey with the third row seats folded down.
#10733 of 10838 Re: legacy gt wagon [scottinky]
Oct 15, 2009 (9:21 am)
Oh, geez. my apologies! I was thinking CR-V... not Odyssey! Hahahaha; how silly of me. Yeah, a minivan beats the pants off any SUV, hands down.
That said, my family just moved from a Caravan to a Forester. In the standard configuration, passenger space is comparable in terms of leg room, etc., even though the Forester's front seats do not have quite the upright stance of the van. We gave up a lot of cargo space, but we did not use it all that often in the van, and we can make up some of that by using the roof rack more frequently along with a hitch-mounted storage tray. Considering avg. fuel economy is 6-10 mpg better than the van, and the AWD of the Subaru is multiple classes above the van's, I'd say it was a tolerable move.
If you're keeping the Honda, perhaps you get the best of both worlds?
#10734 of 10838 Re: legacy gt wagon [scottinky]
Oct 15, 2009 (9:53 am)
My Sienna has 99 cubic feet of space behind the 2nd row with the 3rd row folded, and I'm sure the Ody is close to that.
That's more than any Subaru offers behind the first row! Even the Tribeca.
So you will sacrifice some space, no question.
Having said that, newer Subarus have grown significantly. The 2009+ Forester is a lot roomier than its predecessor, and the new 2010 Outback feels huge as well.
Try them out. The Forester has a nice fold-down arm rest, plus a fold out cup holder at the base of the seat. This keeps 2 kids separated so they don't fight, plus you get 2 cupholders and some space for their toys. We have 2 kids (ages 7 and 10) and it's right-sized. Cargo room is a lot better than a mid-size sedan, but can't touch a minivan's. Still, it's enough for the 4 of us most of the time.
The Outback is similarly roomy.
I still do road trips in our van - can't beat the space. But when it's snowing we know our Forester can take the 4 of us anywhere in comfort.
#10735 of 10838 Re: legacy gt wagon [ateixeira]
Oct 15, 2009 (1:25 pm)
Scott is speaking specifically of a 2005 Legacy GT wagon, so the new models really don't do him any good.
#10736 of 10838 Re: legacy gt wagon [xwesx]
Oct 16, 2009 (7:12 am)
And I'm recommending the super-sized newer models, made for people just like him.
#10737 of 10838 6 weeks later I finally have my car back
Oct 16, 2009 (8:58 pm)
After 6 long weeks of being without my own car I finally have it back and it is running. Turned out to be the Climate Control Module of the Body Integrated Unit. According to the local Subaru place no where in the tech manuals is it ever mentioned that the failure of that module could cause all the other issues!!!
#10738 of 10838 Re: 6 weeks later I finally have my car back [poodlemom1955]
Oct 19, 2009 (7:54 am)
Very strange, noone would ever have guessed that...
#10739 of 10838 Re: Tire profile change possible? [lilengineerboy]
Oct 20, 2009 (12:20 am)
Yes, the brakes on the GT models are larger and only 17" wheels will fit. I believe some folks have been able to fit 50 profile tires on there with no problems. A better option may be the Outback XT though. Turbo engine and room for MUCH larger tires.
#10740 of 10838 Outback fog light grill ?
Oct 25, 2009 (2:22 pm)
I have an 09 Outback and worry that the large fog lights are in such harm's way with stones, etc. Is there an after-market fog light grill that might stop some stones from breaking the lamp? There seems to be enough room for something that might snap into place around the lens.