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Jun 11, 2004 (10:43 am)
Thanks for the links, Karen. The reviews by automotive.com are one of the more comprehensive ones I've seen so far, short of the Edmund's write up.
#2134 of 10838 As an engineer, this drip problem
Jun 11, 2004 (2:32 pm)
is inexcusable. SOA, what were your designers thinking? How did this happen? Hopefully they will correct this for 2006.
Jun 11, 2004 (2:34 pm)
I think that's the second time someone mentions the Outback's shaky suspension, as said in the 'USA Today write up'. Could it be true? Its it the raised suspension for extra ground clearance.
Does it matter though? It's a truck
'But the turbo four vibrates remarkably at idle, cackles and grumbles at low speed instead of whirs and sings, and stutters and jerks during moderate acceleration. The hesitancy isn't evident during easy or full-on acceleration in the turbo four,'
The above statement made in the USA Today write up is the one that concerns me the most. Can this be true? Or is that guy used to driving a Lexus.
Can someone with an '05 Outback XT comment on these concerns?
#2136 of 10838 USA Today Review
Jun 11, 2004 (3:06 pm)
I am a little spooked by the USA Today review, as I am about to put in an order for an '05 Outback XT next week. Would greatly appreciate comments from owners/drivers. Thanks.
Jun 11, 2004 (4:28 pm)
Hey Karen, have you updated your web site? I still have it book marked (at work, though I'm at home now), even after all these years.
The ones I drove didn't stutter or jerk one bit. And I must have sampled about 6 or 8 of them total.
That may have been a heavily abused press car. NVH control is actually a strength, and a major strength, not a little one.
#2138 of 10838 Re: '05 Outback reviews links [ateixeira #2137]
Jun 11, 2004 (4:52 pm)
Yes, I have updated the Subaru Outback links (same ones I have posted here). The old Forester links are still there, but may be sorely out-of-date. Feel free to peruse them at: http://members.cox.net/kamartin/index.html.
Links for both pages are on the left. Enjoy! -KarenM-
PS: please feel free to post or email me corrections/omissions/deletions, etc. I'll try to update them as often as possible.
#2139 of 10838 Re: [mutsuraboshi #2135] Well, maybe...
Jun 11, 2004 (5:31 pm)
I've driven several OB's including OBXT.
Regarding the bouncy rear suspension, I didn't find it bouncy, but in some fast transition, breaking manuevers, I found it bit unsettled. I.e, in one case, I went across two lanes of traffic and then breaked sharply to get off an interstate at a particular exit. It was safe, but felt a little "shaky". I wondered if it needed stronger shocks.
Regarding the engine, I found the XT engine to be pretty smooth. I didn't notice any problems. I'll pay more attention next time.
Jun 11, 2004 (5:32 pm)
Just go take one for a nice long test drive, and see for yourself. Sometimes you have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. You might read 2 different ones, and not think they drove the same car.
Juice and Bob on the board here probably spent as much time driving them as the USA today guy did anyway.
Jun 11, 2004 (6:06 pm)
I have test driven the Legacy GT and the Outback 3.0 R and like them both, but no chance yet on the OBXT. It is not yet available in this part of Canada (near Toronto). I'm buying it anyway "sight unseen" based on (a) experiences with the GT and 3.0 R (b) the Crew's enthusiasm as expressed on this board and (c) the press reviews so far (except for USA Today). Well, we can't all be wrong! I 'm going for the Atlantic Blue w' black leather. Will post more after taking delivery, hopefully by the end of this month. BTW, the new cars are very "hot" here and I am not the first one buying "sight unseen".