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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#3428 of 3509 Re: FXT : Wolf in Sheep's Clothing [bobshere1]
Feb 01, 2013 (3:24 pm)
I don't think Subaru makes a bad vehicle, the NTSB has rated the various models safest passenger cars since Moses was a Private. My dictate was find a mid-sized safe and utile SUV, it HAD to be a manual and Subaru is one of very few left in the Man-Tran game that sells 5-stick shift MT's , unless U like 6-shift, the new way to mess up your knee by keeping it in constant clutching in & out pumping the car along, too Fred Flintstone for me, and for me in any 4-banger (even Suby's latest powerful HP output hybrids of their boxer engine), that's about one gear-shift too many for me, it is not a Mac-Truck or some sports afterburner speed racer. FYI, I joined the Subaru USA web site as a lowly lurking member (https://www.subaru.com/index.html). There (for members only I guess) I looked at the past 2-decades of Subaru safety, evolution, successes and not so hot widgets that come & go over models, years and driver wants. Big factor Subaru recalls, some models, makes and years do seem to spend more time in the dealership than out on the road. From Subaru's USA URL I downloaded all my model's 14 part manuals (in PDF) on my 2013 Forester, followed a link on that URL to Sirius, wasn't even going to go there until I listened to some killer classic rock non-stop with no ads or chatty hosts now I'm hooked and that ain't chump=change! I learn as much about what my new Forester can do in front of a computer screen as I do week 2 owning, driving and still building it. U-Tube has some excellent videos that were shot at all model auto shows all over the place, and take that then apply it to my on-road only driving. Cruising along at 55mph with your windows fogging-up is not the time to try to figure out what turns on defoggers. I also trace Subaru's fleet by year/model recalls; more time recalled in the shop than out and about, maybe I don't need to be driving a dealership's loner all the time, while others have a pretty solid record of no recalls. My neighbor/friend's '99 Outback has 280K (!!!) on the odo and still climbs the steep/icy passes in the Cascades every few months like it was a V6 SUV or truck, runs a charm and never quit on her or given her any major problems. The Forester came with everything I wanted, like it fit in my garage! Some kit I didn't I had removed or left non-activated. Bluetooth is not for me an imperative, for others it's in the top must-have chatty selling gizmo if your chat is something you can't afford any others eavesdropping on. I understand that need and how important that is linked into the vehicle steering wheel controls that offer hands-free secure safe phone calls is maybe to a stock-broker or a chatty cell-phone user in their cars their must-have item, and whatever I bought had to fit inside my fully enclosed, work-shop & garage, larger/longer Subaru models don't fit (Under 190" is all I had to chose from in total vehicle length), or I can't close the garage door. So I had many factors to consider and that is why prior to buying the customized Forester I am putting together (will have completed 16-18 Feb '13) in an after-sale auto customizing shop linked to my dealership for fancy kit Subaru may not offer in a MT Forester on the lot build. I couldn't find window tinting building the base Forester online and keeping MT, the after-sale shop could tint all of my windows, and in this state mild tinting is legal. Window tint for me is a must-have privacy/rip-off prevention option. As were the code #'s acid etched into all the glass, one visible in normal light the other only under a UV source is passive anti-theft deterrents. It took me a lot of online searching of dealer inventories. 98% of new cars on any lot in America are automatics. That's only 2% left MT's and most of those were 6-shift and only found in a few $15-20K starters/base-models with horrible safety or driving or recall albatrosses around their bumpers!
#3429 of 3509 2010 premium with all weather package
Feb 03, 2013 (10:49 pm)
Looking for a used subaru since I will be hauling paint supply's and other equipment. Found one with 27k miles on it. Msrp is 20995 Internet price is 19995. I got them down to 18.3. It is pre certified. This is before taxes. Is this a good deal?
Living in California if that makes a difference
#3430 of 3509 Re: 2010 premium with all weather package [amzendner]
Feb 03, 2013 (11:11 pm)
Buy this one!!! I got them down to $21,000 but I ended up buying new because I thought it was only worth $18,000-$19,000. If your interested in it, id keep haggling them down as close as you can to $18,000, they have had it up for over a month now. Let me know if you get it! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/3590310657.html
#3431 of 3509 Re: 2010 premium with all weather package [amzendner]
Feb 04, 2013 (8:03 am)
Deal sounds good, they don't discount used ones much at all.
Feb 04, 2013 (8:53 am)
Also for that used subaru they want to sell me the gold warranty for 1200 dollars and 0ded. I got it because the car is used. Did I get ripped off and could I still cancel it if I wanted to?
#3433 of 3509 Re: Warranty [amzendner]
Feb 04, 2013 (9:48 am)
Is that Subaru being sold from a Subaru dealership? If so, is it being sold as a certified pre owned? That's one of the perks from buying a used subaru from a subaru dealership is you get basically a free certied pre owned warranty. If this is your case, I would pass on the warranty they are trying to sell you. If it isn't being sold from a subaru dealership, search your local subaru dealerships for the same car and try to buy one with a certified pre owned warranty.
Feb 04, 2013 (10:10 am)
The subaru is being sold at a dealership and it is pre certified. the reason i got it was because they said at 95k miles they will run a 152 point inspection and replace any parts that are starting to show wear and tear. I thought that alone would be a good enough reason. Looks like i shouldn't have gotten it then, can i still cancel the warranty? i only got the car on saturday.
thanks for your help.
#3435 of 3509 Re: dealership [amzendner]
Feb 04, 2013 (10:39 am)
Oh you already bought it? I thought you were asking our thoughts on if it was a good enough deal to move forward on?
Feb 04, 2013 (11:03 am)
Sorry my wording was incorrect. Yes i already bought it now i am just trying to figure out if i got a good deal or not. I put quite a bit of research in before i bought the car so i thought i got the car for a decent-good price. The warranty i am not sure however.
sorry for the confusion.
- i meant to type "was" not "is" sorry -
" I got them down to 18.3. It is pre certified. This is before taxes. Is this a good deal? "
#3437 of 3509 Re: yup [amzendner]
Feb 04, 2013 (12:56 pm)
Sounds like a reasonable deal for the mileage, etc. They don't depreciate very quickly after the initial hit! Enjoy it, and maybe toss a canvas cover in the back to protect it from the inevitable paint splashes now and again...