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#7374 of 10833 Re: TIRES FOR 2005 LEGACY SEDAN BASE MODEL [mph42]
Jun 21, 2005 (7:22 am)
I put Bridgestone Turanzas on a 2003 L. L. Bean last Spring and ran through the winter with them. DO NOT PUT THESE TIRES ON YOUR CAR!
They were so bad in the snow that I thought I was driving a rear-wheel car instead of a Subaru. I live north of Pittsburgh, so our winters are probably similar. I assume it's the tread design, but whatever the reason, these tires were terrible. I almost slid off the road on several occasions and in conditions that I wouldn't have thought twice about with the OE tires.
I put Michelin Pilots on a 2000 OB LTD a few years ago. I was very pleased with them and would buy them again.
#7375 of 10833 Re: TIRES FOR 2005 LEGACY SEDAN BASE MODEL [mikejl]
Jun 21, 2005 (7:27 am)
thanks. I have good experience with my Michellin on my MPV as well. I had heard Yokohoma is good as well, anyone ? I know foresters have these on them
#7376 of 10833 Re: 2005 Complaints and Raves [robr2]
Jun 21, 2005 (8:22 am)
I can't believe it! I have a 1996 OB and it opens the doors using the key.
Since the Key-fob only lasts about 2 years before breaking, how can they be so stupid not to let the key open the door.
I also don't like the lack of storage space, the Integrated Radio, the gawd-awful faux wood trim or the silvery-plastic dash panels (I believe this was started by Nissan/Infinity and is now seen on all Japanese cars).
You'd think that Subaru would learn that the demographic they appeal to may appreciate a well thought-out car, with some room for customization. Instead they keep trying to build a one-size fits all car - and loosing useful features in the process.
I think I'll get a 2006 XT and take it to the Pimp my Ride guys for a work-over
#7377 of 10833 Re: Cruise control disengages [piperboy72]
Jun 21, 2005 (12:05 pm)
I have the same model with the exact same symptoms. Just finished a 1400 mile road trip and the first two hours on cruise was just fine. Then it started disengaging at different intervals. We narrowed it down to when the OB was going uphill (sometimes). Speed ranges from 75-80 on cruise.
Also seemed to work better when the outside temp was lower. We were driving through New Mexico and morning temps were around 70-75. When temp got above 95 the symptoms seemed to be a lot worse.
I also experience the downhill chugging just as you start down a hill. Pretty unnerving.
I think both of these have to do with the new electronic throttle that the dealer was "so" proud of. No more mechanical linkage with the gas pedal.
#7378 of 10833 Re: Cruise control disengages [phale]
Jun 21, 2005 (12:28 pm)
I just spoke with the service dept. at a local dealer (Flatirons Import, Boulder, CO) and Subaru is aware of the cruise control problem and indicated that it is caused by a software "bug" in the cruise control controller. Subaru is working on a patch and should be ready in a month or so. Subaru will notify owners when the ECU can be upgraded to correct this problem.
#7379 of 10833 Re: 2005 Complaints and Raves [jaguar62]
Jun 21, 2005 (12:40 pm)
The integrated radio is essential for eliminating radio theft. As a past owner of a dozen German cars with single DIN radios, I can attest to how often they are stolen. Our insurance premiums would be higher if Subarus had such radios. A jack for external audio devices would be nice, however.
The single key eliminates additional places for easy break-in. Note how many trunks with keys have an armored plate added!
With Subaru's low production volumes, one size must fit all.
#7380 of 10833 Re: 2005 Complaints and Raves [saedave]
Jun 21, 2005 (1:20 pm)
wow what a different world it is 12 hours from Wichita, KS there in Chicago.
1) I have never had a radio stolen of any kind and I have had many aftermarket stereos. I do detach the faceplates or use other similar built-in security features.
2) I have never seen an armored plate for a trunk nor has my trunk ever been broken into.
therefore to me it's easy to agree with the original notion that the climate-control integrated radio is evil. it is one of the reasons, a smaller one though for sure, that I don't own 2005 Legacy GT.
#7381 of 10833 Re: 2005 Complaints and Raves [saedave]
Jun 21, 2005 (2:00 pm)
Does anybody really have radios stolen anymore? I remember the VW's with the Blaupunkts back in the 80's were a problem but that was back in the days of factory AM and maybe FM with 2 front speakers. Nobody was stealing the DIN Delco out of my Cavalier!!
The intergrated radio is done because it's part of the design element. Could you imagine a DIN sized plate breaking up the flow of the dashboard?
#7382 of 10833 Re: TIRES FOR 2005 LEGACY SEDAN BASE MODEL [sweet_subie]
Jun 21, 2005 (4:50 pm)
I switched the stock Bridgestone Potenza's (lousy ride and handling) on our '05 Outback Limited....replaced them with Bridgestone Turanza LS-H.
Incredible difference in ride comfort..great handing in rain. No problem in snow so far last winter...but did not drive in anything more than 6'' deep.
These tires work just fine for me....good luck.
P.S. see any tire reviews on Tirerack.com
#7383 of 10833 Re: TIRES FOR 2005 LEGACY SEDAN BASE MODEL [dougb10]
Jun 21, 2005 (7:05 pm)
Thanks for your reply. The tire getting by far the best reviews from buyers on Tirerack.com is a Goodyear called Triple Tred, a tire which came out a year ago: it's the only one which has almost no negative comments in 3-400 reviews.