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Jan 21, 2004 (12:20 pm)
According to the 2005 glossy brochure I got from SOA last week, there will be no H6 in the Legacy lineup.
Still waiting for the Outback brochure...
As Subaru attempts to go after European nameplates - they even refer to the Leagcy as more European - has the handling of the Outback become tighter/crisper = more European (like VW, BMW, Audi, etc.)? That is my biggest wish for the 2005, and my biggest want for my 2001 LLBean..
#562 of 10838 european handling?
Jan 21, 2004 (3:16 pm)
I think it will be asking a lot for Subaru to raise the clearance of the Outback and also give it handling like a 5 series BMW wagon. However, I suspect its lower weight will enable much better handling than an Audi allroad, A4/A6 Avant or BMW X5. On the other hand, reviews from experienced test drivers from Japan and NZ lead me to expect handling in the new Legacy to be far superior to the much heavier Audi's and BMW's, even the highly- touted 3 series. Subaru created a wagon with amazing handling in the WRX and there's no reason to expect less in the new Legacy. Like WRX enthusiasts, new Legacy owners may want to consider upgrading their tires to take best advantage of the car's capabilities.
#563 of 10838 wrx tires
Jan 21, 2004 (3:25 pm)
Yeah, 2 fellow employees had to get different rims and tires for their new wrx's a couple weeks ago when snow came... they had opted for the performance potenzas and found themselves slip sliding away (they had both been warned by their SOA salesmen)...
#564 of 10838 5EAT and turbo Outbacks...
Jan 21, 2004 (4:22 pm)
SubaH6 - Thanks for the review. I recall reading another you've done and that is what I was basing my description off of. Obviously my memory isn't as good as your experience. Also, thanks for clarifying the price diferences.
Juice - I'm going with Nostradamus on this one (as much as I respect your Suby knowledge). I'll wager there will NOT be a turbo in the Outback line up. SoA put the turbo in the Baja because it's supposed to be targeted at a younger demographic than the Outback. That and it doesn't get the H6 which we're sure the Outback will get.
Jan 21, 2004 (4:40 pm)
i am very encouraged that everyone seem's to believe that the current prices will hold true even for the new 2005 gt, time will tell, but i still worry that it might be quite expensive, however, if i can get into this car for 40k(canadian funds) it will be a steal of a deal. Thanx for all the posts guys....!!!!!
#566 of 10838 re: 5EAT and turbo Outbacks
Jan 21, 2004 (4:41 pm)
I may have made the same mistake myself when I was first looking at updating my previous Outback. When the new Outback became available here in Oz, I went to my local dealer and they didn't have one for at least a week, so he suggested I test drive the Liberty (Legacy) GT (this is an impressive piece of car let me tell you). This has the steering mounted auto controls which I thought was to be found on the new Outback H6, but alas, no. Maybe I had posted something after that first test drive of the GT regarding that but I don't remember.
Anyway sorry if I did cause confusion.
Jan 21, 2004 (11:23 pm)
What will become of it when the '05 are here?
Will they continue it with the new body or the existing one?
Subah6: Did the Outback down under get a lift? If so, how does the cornering compare?
If I do decide to upgrade it will be really hard to choose between the Outback 3.0 and the Legacy GT... The offering of the NAV system and McIntosh sound system will definately help me decide tho... oh well.. we shall see
Jan 22, 2004 (1:46 pm)
I think the US model will be higher up, 8.7" of clearance plus a unique bumper. And factory tint.
We'll know Feb. 6, from Chicago.
#569 of 10838 2 weeks and counting...
Jan 22, 2004 (1:51 pm)
#570 of 10838 re Outback ride height in Oz
Jan 22, 2004 (2:16 pm)
The ride height of the new spec Outback is the same as the old for us here in Oz. This is 8" ride height.