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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#3226 of 3392 Subaru 2.5 Premium purchased 10/27/2012
Nov 02, 2012 (6:19 am)
My wife and I purchased a new 2013 2.5 Premium this past Saturday. Has the weather package and one other package. Drives nicely but I am still learning of about some of the quirks the car has. Finally use to the steering. Discovered my cellphone is not compatible with the BT system but I have a Garmin GPS so I am able to use it as my hands free device.
Purchased this over a 2.5i as the dealer made it worth my while. The other car I seriously considered was a Honda CR-V. It was a close call but several thing pushed me to the Subaru. First, better seats. I know this can be subjective but the Subaru seats just feel better. Second, fit and finish. The Subaru has tighter tolerances than the CR-V and the materials, especially the fabric on the seats is more substantial. Third, NVH. The Subaru has a much quieter interior than the CR-V (less road noise) and the ride and handling are better too. Fourth, fuel economy. In my research, the Subaru generally got better fuel economy than the CR-V. Lastly, a comment made by a Honda dealer salesperson. He stated that the Subaru was more stoutly built than the CR-V in most every respect. I kept that statement in mind.
I have about 300 miles on the car, mostly highway. Getting about 25 mpg on a new engine.
#3227 of 3392 2013 Subaru Limited 2.5i Price?
Nov 02, 2012 (6:58 am)
What do you guys think about a 2013 2.5i Limited Graphite Gray (w/out moon roof package) - basically pretty basic with a few options like car mats, splash guards for $27,220. Is the 60 month 1.9% financing a good deal? This seems to be the lowest price I've been quoted in the state.
I got a good deal from a Chicago dealer - $25,800 however the sales tax is much higher there from what I hear - 9.5% versus 5.5% here in Ohio.
I tried to use that price as negotiating factor, however I wonder if dealers know this tax difference already, probably leading to more attractive pricing to compete.
#3228 of 3392 Re: Great experience for informed buyers... [1hhead]
Nov 05, 2012 (8:55 am)
I live in Duluth and contacted Troncalli based on your review. Their price is not close to the $1500 under invoice you were able to negotiate. Any suggestions?
#3229 of 3392 Re: 2013 Subaru Limited 2.5i Price? [kevinohio]
Nov 05, 2012 (8:56 am)
Kevin, I'm looking for the exact car you purchased. Can you give any advice on dealers you contacted for best pricing?
#3230 of 3392 Re: 2013 Subaru Limited 2.5i Price? [ksdjwd]
Nov 05, 2012 (9:07 am)
Hi ksdjwd - it was difficult to find, however most dealers were willing to order or do a dealer trade for it. Best pricing I found was from Chicago dealers, however it wasn't enough difference for me to travel there from Columbus- I may have saved about a grand by going there for it. However I was hesitant something could go wrong, or there weren't destination fees or something included. Plus I heard the tax rate is higher, although I thnk you pay tax based on your actual state. Gerard Subaru in Chicago had the best price at $25,700 something, but it expired and went up. Grand Subaru in IL was another one with really good pricing - like $26 something with a few extras I was not getting with the other models.
I ended up buying at Busam Subaru in Fairfield - near Cincinnati. They were the only ones I could find with the car in stock and gave me a fair price - not as good as the Chicago ones but a little lower than Columbus and other Ohio dealers. Plus it wasn't too far of a drive for me - like an hour and a half.
If you go "no moon roof", you can save a few grand, if that's not important to you. I didn't even know they made them w/out, as most dealers don't advertise or promote them on their lots.
We paid $27,220 and got the 1.9% financing promotion going on for 63 months. Not sure if this was a great deal or not, but most dealers I talked to were not budging in their price.
Hope that helps! Keep me posted on what you find or do!
#3232 of 3392 Re: 2013 Subaru Limited 2.5i Price? [kevinohio]
Nov 07, 2012 (12:27 pm)
Kevin, thanks for your insights. I agree it's risky to drive too far from home...never sure what surprises await even when you think you have an understanding. One dealer offered a good price but turns out the car had 2000 miles on it. Glad I asked about mileage before I drove 2 hours. Was your price for a OB Limited without the moonroof? Was that an out the door price or were there dealer fees/taxes on top? I'll keep you posted on what I do.
#3233 of 3392 Subaru Outback Buying Advice
Nov 07, 2012 (3:13 pm)
I’ve driven a 1997 legacy outback for 7 years and loved it, barely no issues, but recently lost it to flood. In the market to buy a new Outback, but have gotten stuck on whether I should buy a $6000 2001 model 123,000 miles, or if it’s worth paying $12,000 for a newer 2007 model 104,000 miles.
I can afford the 2007 model only if it will save me repair costs down the line, but seeing that the mileage is almost the same I wonder if I will?
Here are some other factors to consider:
2001 LL bean model:
had a 2008 rear/side impact accident, back bumper and back/right side replaced. Some rust there.
6 cylinder, super quiet motor. Runs really smooth. Super clean car, looks well taken care of. Dealership have put in new tires, tire rods, breaks, water pump, and anything else to make it “like new”
4 cylinder, 30 day warranty,
only one owner, but looking over the carfax report it has had a lot of repairs such as
Engine/powertrain computer/module replaced
Drive belt(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Drive belts replaced
Light bulb(s) replaced
Front brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced
And failed emission inspection at 70000 miles
Failed safety inspection at 50000 miles
Any advice would be great. Thanks!
#3234 of 3392 Twin Cities Outback
Nov 09, 2012 (1:06 pm)
Tomorrow (November 10) we will be picking up our Venetian Red Pearl 2013 Outback 2.5i Premium (CVT). Pre-installed options are the All Weather Package, all-weather mats, and the rear bumper guard.
We were going through online inventories of the different Twin Cities Subaru dealerships when we came across this car. Walser Subaru had it offered at $24,598 (not including tax/license fee. etc.), which frankly stunned us. We called the dealership to make sure that the number was not an error, which they assured was not. We drove it, and decided to buy.
It appears that Walser Subaru is making significant markdowns for the Subarus, except for the Impreza/Crosstrek and BRZ. I wonder whether or not other area dealers are doing the same.
Subaru HAS to be giving dealerships major incentives to do this. TrueCar shows $26,301 as the estimated cost for the identically-configured Outback.
#3235 of 3392 Re: 2013 Subaru Limited 2.5i Price? [ksdjwd]
Nov 09, 2012 (7:02 pm)
It was 27220 before tax and title. I went without the moonroof package. It was a base limited with floor mats, body side molding, and something else but I am forgetting at the moment. We went with graphite gray. It was tough to find one without a moonroof. With moonroof the best price was like 28,600. Yah let me know what you do! We are loving the car so far.