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Subaru Legacy, Sedan, Wagon
Feb 21, 2009 (10:24 pm)
I just picked up my Legacy Special edition and got what I think is a great deal. I payed $20600 out the door with TTL included. I was trading in a 2008 Honda Accord LX but talks stalled on Friday (I basically was going to start looking at another Honda). They were going to give me what I owed on the Accord but they wanted a little over $23000 including TTL for the Legacy. They were going to throw in a few extras (at the times just tinted windows and wheel locks) but the price was to high and I didn't like the whole 63 months thing for financing. So the sales guy called me today and stated they had some new incentives (I think that really meant it's the end of the month and we really need to sell a car) that would allow me to finance the car, get the final price where I wanted it to be, and still drop my payments (of course the 63 months helped that but my payment would of only gone up about 10 bucks a month had I done 60). Well I pushed him more and got fog lights, wheel locks, tinted windows, trunk cargo net, and splash guards thrown in for free. I have to go back in a few days to get the splash guards and windows done. Overall it was pleasant buying experience (probably the least stressful in a long time). There was zero hassle from the finance guy about an extended warranty and he did give me a choice of going back to 60 months but I figure the 2 years free maintenance kind of makes up for it. Besides I am going to pay extra each month for awhile to offset the difference. I am very impressed with the car so far. I didn't hate my old car but it was to big (even with two young children) and it drove like a boat at times. I am really liking all wheel drive and honestly the car is very quick even for only having 170hp. I am kind of scared though as this is my first non-Honda car in about 7 years. Hopefully I don't regret it. A couple of friends at work swear by them. I think what helped me is I went to a small dealership that sells very few cars each month. They actually have two locations and the other one is the busy dealership. The guy that helped me works at the other one and flat out told me that had I been at his dealership, the cost would of been at least $1500-$2000 higher for the car (and that they would have never agreed to more than free window tinting). I will say, the quality and finish of the legacy is a noticeable upgrade from my Accord and that was nice car on the inside. I definitely don't feel like I downgraded at all (which is what I was worried about when researching the legacy). I know the resale value isn't as high as a Honda but honestly they don't seem very far behind plus it's cool owning a car that you almost never see on the road. Hopefully over time I will continue to sing Subaru's praises .
#700 of 1010 Re: [yotr]
Feb 22, 2009 (7:42 am)
Sounds like you got a deal that you are happy with, and that is the most important thing when it comes to car buying, IMHO. I love our new '09 Leggy and have been a Subie convert for several years now.
Interesting that the dealer did not push the extended on you, as our dealer just threw a very high price down and basically wanted us to just turn it down, saying it was way too costly for as reliable a vehicle as the Subie is. We later got an offer from Subaru of America for the same warranty at 40% of the cost that we were offered at the dealership. Turned that down too, tho, as we've put very little repair $ in our Subies and most of that was after they've rolled over 100k, when the warranty wouldn't have been in effect anyway.
Back to your new ride, what color did you get??
Enjoy the Subie experience!
Feb 22, 2009 (8:24 am)
Congrats on your new ride. It sounds like you got a great deal. Paying $23K would have been crazy. You can get a Limited for less than that. I think you'll find that these cars are pretty durable. One thing that sold me (we own two '08s) was the large number of older Subarus on the streets in my area. I'm not sure I agree with you about interior fit and finish (Honda still does a really fine job, although Subaru is very good), but on the outside, the Subaru's paintwork rivals cars that cost thousands more. Now that you're part of the club, you should check in regularly on the Subaru forums here and at legacygt.com. Lots of great advice available from other owners.
#702 of 1010 Re: [robsis]
Feb 22, 2009 (3:07 pm)
White satin pearl and it is beautiful! My salesperson basically told the finance guy ahead of time that I was on a budget and to just get me out of there as quickly as possible. I was shocked as I have never had a salesperson let alone a finance guy do this. It's usually a battle to see if you will cave and buy the extended warranty.
#703 of 1010 Re: [longislander1]
Feb 22, 2009 (3:14 pm)
Honestly I would have agreed with you on the Honda interior being better than the Subaru if I was going by the previous honda's I have owned. Honda missed a step with the newly redesigned Accord. It's way to big and is a shell of it's former self (I had the last gen version also which was a fantastic car). It was also the only Honda I have ever owned that had nearly a dozen rattles/creaks within a couple of weeks. My friend also has an 08 Accord (coupe) and has the same issue with his interior. Couple that with seats that are very uncomfortable and a loud engine and you have a car that barely resembles the Accord I held in such high regard. It's not a bad car but I can honestly say it is the first honda I was genuinely disappointed in. By reading other posts in the Honda forums, I am not the only one that thought that. Also, I don't know if Honda changed their paint recently but I have never had so many issues keeping a car swirl mark free. It was a magnet for them. If the Subaru holds up, my wife and I will be looking toward a Forester in a couple of years as a replacement to our ever aging GMC Envoy.
#704 of 1010 first time buyer
Feb 22, 2009 (3:56 pm)
you guys sound like you know what you're talking about. could you guys give me your opinion on this dealer's offer? is he being straight up?
2008 Subaru legacy 2.5 GTLimited.
current options it has installed are:
* All Weather Floor Mats
* Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass
* Off Black Center Armrest Extension
Out the door would be $30,300.
0% for 2 years.
It's a test drive car with about 40 miles on it.
Given the economic climate, you think he could do better?
Thanx for any info!
#705 of 1010 Re: [yotr]
Feb 22, 2009 (5:09 pm)
Our 09 Legacy Ltd is also Satin Pearl...We just love the color, too!
As to the non-pressure, methinks they just wanted to sell you a car, and saw this as the way to do it.
#706 of 1010 Re: first time buyer [crapshoot]
Feb 22, 2009 (5:11 pm)
Sounds high to me...when we were shopping, they had several 08 GTs at $27-28k OTD....but it does all depend on your local market.
#707 of 1010 Re: first time buyer [robsis]
Feb 22, 2009 (5:32 pm)
that was my feeling too, but i wasn't sure.
really appreciate your input.
i'm looking in ny metro area by the way...
#708 of 1010 Re: first time buyer [crapshoot]
Feb 22, 2009 (8:03 pm)
Well, I'm in Flagstaff, AZ and Subies are at a premium here due to the AWD; however, the GTs with their requirement of premium fuel are a little down as our fuel prices here are pretty high.....and that price you were quoted just seemed waaaay out of line, expecially considering that there are still 08's around at all...
Good luck in your quest.....(BTW, the HK stereo and the dark carpet are great reasons to get an 09!)