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#7747 of 10838 2006 Legacy GT
Aug 23, 2005 (8:01 am)
I have a couple of questions on the 2006 GT. Does anyone know if they recalibrated the auto tranny as more than a few reviewers mentioned in the 2005 it sapped a lot of the engine's power. Or have people felt that it mated well to the engine to begin with? Also, has Subaru added retained power to the 2006s?
As an aside on the bent valve topic a few posts back...I owned a 2000 Forester which also had a bent valve which stopped me dead in my tracks on the highway. That Forester was in the shop multiple times for the 14 months I had it and it was replaced with a 2001 Forester as I invoked the Lemon Law in NJ. Subaru was exemplary in the way they handled the issue and I loved the 2001 Forester (which BTW had a nicer interior/exterior than the 2000) and here I am again looking at another Subaru, the Legacy GT.
One other comment, why did Subaru think to add navi only to the auto GT limited and not the manual? What's up with that?
#7748 of 10838 GPS Navigation
Aug 23, 2005 (8:11 am)
I own a 2005 VDC Outback wagon. Since the 2006 is the same body style. Is it possible to add a factory GPS Navagation system to my 2005. When I contact
800 Subaru or various dealerships nobody knows the answer.
#7749 of 10838 Re: 2006 Legacy GT [gmanmd]
Aug 23, 2005 (9:48 am)
I haven't heard of any changes to the 5EAT map. Any automatic transmission will create drivetrain losses and the 5EAT is no exception. Also because of the torque converter, an automatic will tend to increase turbo lag. However, the 2.5 turbo in the LGT is fairly stout so it is definetly not the same as, say the previous generation WRX+4EAT.
While die hard enthusiasts will disagree, I believe the 5EAT is a fine match for the LGT. It upshifts smoothly and quickly and downshifts are instantaneous. Over time, the 5EAT performance improves as it learns your driving behavior. I believe that the 5EAT models tested by the car magazines did not have that benefit and therefore showed less than optimal performance.
Over at LGT.com, 5EAT owners have shown 0-60 times at the dragstrip that are within one second of a 5MT. And the numbers are more consistent to boot.
Subaru's choices for the 2006 model line up has a lot of people scratching their heads with respect to transmission, navi and color.
#7750 of 10838 Re: GPS Navigation [subout]
Aug 23, 2005 (9:51 am)
While nothing is impossible, I think it would be a very, very expensive retrofit that your dealer probably would not be willing to undergo.
I'd wait a little while since there are a few enthusiasts out there that just may try the retrofit themselves.
Other than that, the only options would be to take the depreciation hit on your 2005 and trade in for a 2006, or go with an aftermarket unit. I think juice was very happy with his Garmin for his 1998 Forester.
#7751 of 10838 Clear License Plate Covers
Aug 23, 2005 (9:56 am)
Does anyone know where I can get these made of high quality materials? Meaning - they won't fade or crack or yellow after a year or two.
Aug 23, 2005 (11:35 am)
Actually I didn't get it yet, though I have sampled a couple of units.
The factory NAV is integrated so I doubt you could add that cost effectively.
Check out the Garmin StreetPilot c series, under a grand with voice instructions and 3 models to choose from.
#7753 of 10838 Re: Professional Solution for both XM/MP3 for Any car !!!! [kens]
Aug 23, 2005 (6:09 pm)
I just purchased an 2005 Outback 2.5i Limited and am having a similar problem. I want to integrate my iPod, but am not happy with any of the FM Modulators or Transmitters out there. I want a hard-wired solution and was considering CleanSweep. However, I'm generally satisfied with the factory radio and speakers and don't want to spend that kind of money replacing it. Also, I want to keep the look and style matching all the rest of the controls on the center console. If CleanSweep is overkill, what other alternatives are there for the 2005 Outback? Unfortunately, I just learned today that the '06 models will now have an AUX-in on the back of all the radios. I think I must have contacted every car audio company and none of them have solutions for Subarus.
Major help needed!
#7754 of 10838 Re: Clear License Plate Covers [samiam_68]
Aug 23, 2005 (6:41 pm)
mats.com, they have these plate holders with covers I have had for 3-4 years on 3 vehicles and holding up great
#7755 of 10838 Re: Professional Solution for both XM/MP3 for Any car !!!! [dee0000]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:03 pm)
Where did you hear that the 2006s now have an AUX-in in the back of the unit? That is good news.
The only other hardwire option other than a FM modulator is to hack into the headunit and create your own AUX-in. Some very clever people over at LGT.com are working on a solution. But this solution involves quite a bit more involvement than an FM modulator.
If the 2006 models do have an AUX-in, then maybe the cleanest and simplest solution is to buy just the headunit from a dealer and swap out the old one.
#7756 of 10838 Moving to Costa Rica
Aug 24, 2005 (3:32 am)
Planning on moving to Costa Rica....roads are not improved for the most part, at least where I'm going. Need something reliable, dependable, good on gas, and can take a licking...within reason. MUST be 4wd. Friends have recommended the Subaru Outback, but I know absolutely nothing about them except promo stuff
Can I get some pros and cons on the Outback? I have about a year to go, but wanted to start doing my homework, just in case I run across something between now than then. I currently have a 4wd Jeep Grand Cherokee with 140,000 US road miles - which may turn out to be my ride.....