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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#2973 of 3392 Great Deal in S. California
Nov 05, 2011 (9:02 am)
I bought a 2012 Subaru Outback last week and got a great deal at Barber Subaru of Ventura. When I started looking for an Outback about 3 weeks ago I was hoping to scoop up a 2011 and cash in on the year end deals. However, there was not that much inventory in S. California, and I while I was offered some great deals via True Car,they were in Bakersfield, Long Beach and Sherman Oaks and I did not really want to drive up to 200 miles to look at a car that may have been bought by someone else by the time I got there. I went into Barber Subaru with my price quotes and John French, the dealer I spoke with, stated "We will not lose a sale due to price" and then gave me a quote that was about $400 less than one of my True Car estimates. The 2011 was not on the lot, so he located one in the color I wanted and had it brought up here (the deep ruby pearl color) and gave me a price of $24,000 for a really basic 2011 model (I decided not to go for all of the bells and whistles so we could pay cash). Later that evening he called and said "That car sold, but I can give you a 2012 with Bluetooth for the same price. We immediately said "Yes!". The next day our new, gorgeous car was on the lot. We got out the door with taxes, registration and everything for around $25,700. I am not so sure that we would have gotten such a great deal if we had been originally looking for a 2012, but I thought it was wonderful that even though we got a newer car than we were originally hoping for, he stuck to the agreed upon price. It was a pleasure working with that Dealer from start to finish, I must say.
I LOVE this car. It is so comfortable and looks so sharp. My friends have a 14 year old Outback with 150,000 mi. on it and have had very little trouble with it (no major mechanical issues), so I hope to be driving this gorgeous car for a long time. I was really glad that I did not have to drive all over Southern California in my 11 year old Nissan Altima looking at cars and risking a breakdown, as it has also been very sound mechanically but is probably nearing the end of it's perfect mechanical record at 120,000 mi.
#2974 of 3392 2011 outback recall
Nov 05, 2011 (1:39 pm)
When I was still enjoying my 2011 outback 2.5i limited purchased in April 2011, I received 2 recall letters a couple days ago, one for windshield wipe (WVW 32) and another for moonroof (WVW 33). Although they are two small problems, I felt disappointed to see the recall letters as I always believe Subaru was one of the most reliable cars. Maybe it is because outback was manufactured in the States rather than Japan.
I don't know if there will be more problems in the future. Who knows...
Why nobody mentioned it in the forum?
#2975 of 3392 Re: 2011 outback recall [skyice]
by kyfdx HOST
Nov 06, 2011 (9:57 am)
This is the Prices Paid discussion... have you taken a look at the other Outback discussions?
#2976 of 3392 Re: Great Deal in S. California [nusubaruchick]
Nov 09, 2011 (12:53 pm)
How "basic" of a car was it?
Any base model Outback in my area (MI) has at least the alloy wheel pkg, plus a few others such as cargo net, and rear bumper cover.
I have yet to see one without these "options".
#2977 of 3392 Dealer Holdback
Nov 11, 2011 (8:28 am)
What's the dealer holdback on the 2012 Outback? Are there any other "hidden" incentives for the dealer?
I have a quote on a 2.5i Base with the alloy package that is about $800 under invoice, the MSRP is $26,371. I also have a quote on a 2.5i Premium that is about $730 under invoice, with an MSRP of $27,708.
I'm wondering if the dealer has more room to negotiate or if this is getting close to a true cost.
#2978 of 3392 Re: Dealer Holdback [jk894]
Nov 11, 2011 (11:34 am)
Well, you're definitely into the dealer's holdback at that range, so you're getting a great deal either way. True cost to the dealer is probably right at $1,000-1,100 under invoice, and you can get one for that price if it is a high-volume dealer that gets other factory incentives, but their not really making any money on the sale itself.
#2979 of 3392 2012 Outback Premium 2.5
Nov 16, 2011 (6:48 am)
We bought a new Outback Premium 2.5 two weeks ago for $24,395, including the destination fee, in the Chicago area. That was the initial price quote we got from the dealer via the internet/truecar after we submitted our request for internet pricing. They didn't have the color we wanted on hand, but they found one and delivered it to their lot for the same price. Other dealers were will reluctantly willing to match that price, however, they would have required us to choose from their inventory and pay for whatever options were already installed, like puddle lights.
2012 Outback Premium with the all-weather package and auto-dimming mirror with compass.
#2980 of 3392 Re: 2012 Outback Premium 2.5 [gattito]
Nov 16, 2011 (7:19 am)
Wow, that is a great price gattito! $600 below dealer cost according to truecar's site. The best truecar price I can get for the same thing is $25,655, and that is 200 miles away from Detroit!
#2981 of 3392 Re: 2012 Outback Premium 2.5 [kiltman]
Nov 16, 2011 (8:49 am)
It must have been a good price because the other dealerships that were willing to match that offer have stopped contacting me about buying a new car. Other offers were coming in at a few dollars over $25,000, without the mirror. They charged us $100 for the mirror in the end.
Nov 16, 2011 (10:19 am)
We just bought a base model Outback for invoice plus tow package, splash guards, rear bumper cover and floor mats. We paid $25700 out the door. I hope I did ok.