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#2036 of 10838 Karen
Jun 07, 2004 (9:46 am)
Are you THE Karen that had (or still has) the Forester links website?
#2037 of 10838 seat height GT vs OB
Jun 07, 2004 (11:16 am)
Any idea how much higher the seating position is in the new Outback, compared with the GT? I drove an OB on the weekend but havent seen a new Legacy yet. JP
#2038 of 10838 Re: Karen [kens #2036]
Jun 07, 2004 (11:42 am)
Ken, yes, that's me. I traded in my beloved '99 Forester for a little more leg room (94-year-old grandma had trouble getting in and out). I still have the old links, but haven't updated the site for a long time, and don't have it up and running at the moment.
Jun 07, 2004 (12:03 pm)
As far as seat height, I think the whole car is taller, but the seat itself is pretty much in the same position. At least it felt that way.
Patti: thanks for the VIN decode post, I bookmarked it!
kmartin: same to you, thanks for the reviews post, also bookmarked that!
These folks invest a little time to help us all, and I appreciate that kind of stuff.
Leather steering wheel covers? I have one on my Forester, it was so good that I actually had it on my previous car for 7 years and moved it to my Forester, 6 more years and I still love it! 13 years and no wear that you'd notice. Wheelskins IIRC. You'll find them on-line.
Jun 07, 2004 (12:05 pm)
Keeping in mind that we were in track conditions with broken-in cars, I did not notice the automatic lagging much behind the MT5 models. In fact it felt just as quick in transitional driving, plenty of power on tap and quick responses.
The manual with the new dual mass flywheel felt wonderful, but the auto seemed very smart. Perhaps it had adapted well to the track after a few laps, but I have absolutely no complaints, in fact I think the tranny is one of the biggest improvements.
Or the turbo engine.
Or the steering. Man, the steering is awesome.
Jun 07, 2004 (12:15 pm)
Karen: So it is you! All the links, the mention of Phoenix and a Forester rang a bell. Thanks for having that Forester website, BTW. That was a great resource to us owners back in the good old days. I probably still have it bookmarked somewhere -- kmartin/amug or something like that.
juice: Are you slipping off the fence?
Jun 07, 2004 (12:25 pm)
Naw, for now I'm house poor. Maybe in a year or two...
But personally, I watch my kids beat up the interior and think a Forester XT, as a budget performance buy, might be a better fit.
If it were for my wife, a GT Limited Sportshift, though even then I'd be scared of her piling up speeding tickets. Might just make it a base Legacy 2.5i Limited automatic.
When the fundage is better...
#2043 of 10838 Re: Drove a non-PDI'd GT Ltd. Wagon today [mazdadriver650 #1947]
Jun 07, 2004 (12:39 pm)
I looking to possible buy a new '05 Legacy 2.5i also in the Santa Cruz/San Jose area and wondering if anyone can tell me the prices paid in this area. I got email quotes a couple thousand above invoice. Can you get an '05 for close to invoice? How are the sales people at Sub of Santa Cruz? Has anyone used the Costco buying program with the '05 Subaru's. Sorry for all the questions, I really like the new Sub's but may have to settle for an '03 or '04 because of price and the options my wife wants.
Thank you all in advance,
Jun 07, 2004 (2:44 pm)
Unless you have some IMBA discount (requires 6 months of being a member), you probably won't find any 05 models selling at invoice since they just started rolling into dealer lots.
I'm buying a Legacy GT and when I checked a few weeks ago the dealers were asking the following:
Carlsen: MSRP non-negotiable
Stevens Creek: MSRP+3K negotiable
Santa Cruz: Invoice+1K
Try broadening your search also. Walnut Creek/Diablo and Marin Subaru are also known for pretty good prices.
Things may have changed so the best thing is to visit or call them. Carlsen and Santa Cruz are no-haggle dealers so they will quote accurate prices over the phone.
If you don't absolutely have to have an 05 model, you'll probably find screaming deals on the 04s. I'm sure you could find prices BELOW invoice on any 04s left on dealer lots.