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#9277 of 10833 Re: 2006 vs 2007 XT limited... VDC worth it? by choekuo [edwardsf]
Sep 15, 2006 (3:03 pm)
I don't know why folks complain about the fuel economy of the Subaru Legacy Outback XT. I own a '99 Legacy Outback and and '06 XT. When I drive I get about 19-20 MPG in the city and 25-27 on the highway with both. Sure I can goose it and lower the fuel economy a bunch with the XT but you gotta be driving too fast or aggresively. I drive in the Boston area so you need to be reasonably quick otherwise you get run over!
BTW: If I wanted better fuel economy I would've bought a econo-box.
#9278 of 10833 Damaged Head Lining
Sep 15, 2006 (4:49 pm)
I have a 2005 Outback Limited. A few days ago, I tried to fit a wooden headboard for a bed into the rear with the seats down. The top of the headboard pushed up into the head lining and left a 12" "groove" about 2" wide.
The head lining itself was not torn or ripped.
It appears to me that the foam insulation itself has been compressed and doesn't want to return to its original shape.
Other than being reminded of it every time I look in the rear view mirror, there is no problem. It is strictly cosmetic. Having it all replaced would be too expensive.
Any thoughts about fixing this, or should I just accept the fact that I am a klutz and enjoy my Outback.
#9279 of 10833 Re: Damaged Head Lining [dougb10]
Sep 15, 2006 (5:00 pm)
Sorry to hear about the damage. Given your vehicle is relatively new and that you will be reminded of it every time you look back, I would try and fix it.
My guess is that a dealer will just replace the entire headliner, which will be the foolproof, yet expensive way to fix it. Given that, I wonder if you could try and fix it yourself. A few things you could try:
- Massaging back the foam through the headliner
- Cutting a very small section of the headliner to access the foam with some thin tool and seeing if you can "pull" it back into shape
- Using that same opening and filling the area with some other foam to help make it less noticeable
You probably can close up the incision with some Crazy Glue.
#9280 of 10833 Re: 2006 vs 2007 XT limited... VDC worth it? [c_hunter]
Sep 15, 2006 (5:10 pm)
By the way, I was sorry to see them drop the 3.0R wagon -- I always like the idea of the H6 and accompanying features with cloth interior.
I put Katzkin leather in it. But I don't fit in the LLBean or VDC as the sunroof eats up too much headroom.
#9281 of 10833 Re: This has to fit... [choekuo]
Sep 15, 2006 (5:21 pm)
This looks great. Does anyone have this and know for certain this can be mounted in the dash space?
Go to any of the dedicated Subaru boards - there are many threads and pictures.
#9282 of 10833 Re: 2006 vs 2007 XT limited... VDC worth it? [choekuo]
Sep 15, 2006 (8:36 pm)
Can you wait a few months on your vehicle purchase? E.g. until around Christmas?
If you wait, you'll surely get much better discounts on the 2007's. Subaru won't offer better rebates on the 2007's until more 2006's are cleared out.
This way, you'd get VDC and SI for a good price.
#9283 of 10833 Re: This has to fit... [garandman]
Sep 15, 2006 (9:02 pm)
Sorry to be dense since I'm new to this forum... where do I find these dedicated Subaru boards that could show me this?
#9284 of 10833 Re: Damaged Head Lining [kens]
Sep 16, 2006 (6:17 am)
Hi Ken....appreciate your suggestions. I have tried to "massage" the foam using a lint roller, but it had little effect. Because the headliner itself is not damaged, I am reluctant to cut through it and attempt to fill the indentation in the foam, then replace the headlining. I am concerned it would really look like a patch job....actually worse than before.
I think I will probably leave it alone....the car has been absolutely perfect and we love it. Just made one change early....dumped the Potenza's and replaced them with Bridgestone Turanza LS-H tires. Huge improvement on the ride and handing in the wet.
#9285 of 10833 Re: Damaged Head Lining [dougb10]
Sep 16, 2006 (10:04 am)
Sorry about that aggravating ding to your headliner - I know the feeling.
Since you seem to be faced with either a homemade repair or swapping the whole thing out, how about: 1) trying to expand the foam with heat - like a hair dryer (start on low), or, 2) a bit of heat and steam, like those travel steamers that you use to "unwrinkle" clothes that have been mashed in your suitcase.
Sounds like you couldn't go too far wrong!
Ken in Seattle
#9286 of 10833 Re: Damaged Head Lining [kmclean]
Sep 16, 2006 (11:31 am)
Ken in Seattle...
Thanks....will give it a try. The last time I used my wife's hair dryer was to try and remove condensation between the panes of a large picture window of a condo that we had. Wrong idea! A loud cracking noise confirmed that "Mr. Fixit" had screwed up again.
Can't see that I have too much to break this time....
P.S. Love visiting your part of the country!