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Your Community Leaders are ateixeira and rsholland.
#1400 of 10838 New Model Risk
May 11, 2004 (1:47 pm)
It's a v1.0, but it's not all v1.0s are as risky as others. For example, the Nissan Titan and Armada:
- Largest platform ever built by Nissan
- Not an interation of a previous platform
- First versions of platform arrive in US
- New Nissan engine
- New Nissan plant
Whereas the Legacy/Outback:
- New version of existing platform
- First versions available in Japan for around a year; Europe and Australia for at least 6 months
- Engines modified versions of previously used engine (2.5T in STi and FXT)
- Built in Lafayette, IN where previous Legacy/Outbacks were built
So obviously the risk is reduced for a v1.0 in Subaru's case. For a much riskier Subaru, see the 7-passenger next year.
Doesn't mean there isn't risk with the new Legacy and Outback. The thing I'm worried about most is the transmission, but I haven't heard about many problems with the FXT (the closest comparison).
Then again, I had only 1 minor problem with my 2002 OBS (driver's side window failed - fixed under warranty), so I'm probably biased to not worry as much.
#1401 of 10838 Juice doesn't have a curb weight - he has a curb
May 11, 2004 (3:05 pm)
wait - while he's waiting to jump off that fence!!
I don't have the tank capacity on any of the "stuff" I brought home, but I'll check tomorrow and post in the evening.
PS - thanks for sharing my enthusiasm about this car. I'm psyched! Just the electronic set up alone (with various system reads, codes ability to be displayed on the trip odometer, etc.) will set this car apart. It's not just about the AWD and other proven technology - it's a safe car that's wonderful to look at, drive and own. I know I sound like a homer - but those of you who have known me via these boards for awhile may notice - I don't think I've ever been this excited about one of our cars!
#1402 of 10838 Patti's kicking me off the fence!
May 11, 2004 (3:14 pm)
That's some major endorsement coming from you, especially the earlier comment about 5EAT being smooth and fun to drive.
I even stopped by my local dealer to check on when the GTs are coming in.
May 11, 2004 (5:55 pm)
So when did the local dealer tell you the GT's WERE coming in?????
#1404 of 10838 Well Ken - if you are falling - at least you can count
May 11, 2004 (6:03 pm)
on a VERY smooth and comfortable landing - in a new Subaru!
#1405 of 10838 '05 Outback sighting
May 11, 2004 (6:17 pm)
Ok, merging onto I95 N today in Rhode Island, and low and behold, an '05 Outback cruising along side. License plate was a RI plate, but had the letters M.E.D vertically along the left side and a low number. I assumed it was a Doc or something, but maybe M.E.D. stands for something else. It was not a dealer plate.
Anyway, the guy driving noticed me looking as I passed in my '01 Forester, he then came around and passed me on the left. It was a silver metallic with only the words Subaru and Outback on the back. No dealer insignia or hideous dealer plate frames.
Looked nice, very sleek, and kinda small. It was tall, with the suspension rods angling way down towards the wheels. Lots of ground clearance here. Looks a little Volvo-ish - which can be seen from the pics here and there.
From checking this forum, I didn't think they were out for sale yet, but maybe I missed it.
Awaiting the sedans....
#1406 of 10838 Re: [johnclineii #1403]
May 11, 2004 (6:26 pm)
I was told early June.
#1407 of 10838 Re: [kens #1406]
May 11, 2004 (7:11 pm)
Told early to mid June at my local Soobie dealer in Norwood, MA.
#1408 of 10838 Headroom in the 2005 OB VDC
May 11, 2004 (9:15 pm)
Patti, Juice, etal (and any tall 2005 OB owners):
I've had a yearning for the OB VDC ever since I drove one, years ago. Unfortunately the MANDATORY moonroof made comfort, let alone crash safety, an insurmountable problem to buying one.
I've seen photos of the 2005 OB and it appears to have a "hump" in the roof. Is there more headroom in the 2005 OB vs 2004?
Absent more headroom in 2005 will Subaru USA at last decouple this valuable safety feature from the moonroof by making the moonroof optional in the OB VDC? Appreciate any input.
Jake (a 6'4" Forester owner)
#1409 of 10838 Hang on to your hubcaps!
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
May 12, 2004 (4:42 am)
We're editing the title and moving this entire discussion to the Subaru Crew board.