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#30449 of 35282 Re: Runflat Tires [jayrider]
Feb 20, 2013 (4:53 pm)
The only thing better than spending money, is planning the purchase.
So so true.
#30450 of 35282 Re: Runflat Tires [tifighter]
Feb 20, 2013 (4:56 pm)
You're right tifighter - what was I thinking?
#30451 of 35282 Re: Runflat Tires [breld]
Feb 20, 2013 (5:41 pm)
I wasn't worried. I was thinking, "I doubt they're going to go bad in the next six months!"
#30452 of 35282 Re: Runflat Tires [xwesx]
Feb 20, 2013 (6:17 pm)
I'm starting to develop a bit of a reputation here.
Am I the akangl of the lower 48?
#30453 of 35282 Re: Runflat Tires [breld]
Feb 20, 2013 (6:22 pm)
I think you can coexist. She is the truck person, and you handle all the BMWs and other nice cars.
#30454 of 35282 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [ateixeira]
Feb 21, 2013 (7:15 am)
Yes, the 2014 Forester will keep the FB25 engine and now gets a CVT.
The FB25 is nice - timing chain, separate coolant flow to the heads, and easy access oil filter at the top of the engine. Could use DI to make a bit more power, though.
32mpg highway for the AWD model will be best in class.
I wasn't a huge fan of the CVT in the Impreza when I had one as a rental.
That said, I'd give up a couple MPG to do my own shifting... wonder if the 6th gear on the new-generation Subies has alleviated the screaming highway RPMs of the previous NA Outbacks?
Could be a tossup between Outback and Forester if I am forced to go Subaru to get the 3rd pedal...
#30455 of 35282 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [ronsteve]
Feb 21, 2013 (8:54 am)
Good point, the base model has a 6 speed manual option. I'm sure 6th is as tall as it's ever been.
The turbo CVT can also simulate 6 or 8 steps, which may feel more natural to someone who doesn't like CVTs.
#30456 of 35282 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [ateixeira]
Feb 21, 2013 (8:57 am)
Looked it up for ya...
1st 3.454, 2nd 1.888, 3rd 1.296, 4th 0.972, 5th 0.780, 6th 0.695. R 3.686, Final 4.444:1
Looks like 3rd-6th are all overdrives, but the final drive ratio is pretty short.
The CVT has a HUUUGE spread, 3.581-0.570, R 3.667. Tall Final drive at 3.70:1
#30457 of 35282 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [ateixeira]
Feb 21, 2013 (9:17 am)
Ask and ye shall receive... from an outback forum, forget who wrote it but i copied the information...
"60 MPH, 6th, 2100 RPM. 36.0-37.2 MPG. Still very effecient, even at a moderate speed, this is the speed I typically drive at(all highways here are 55-70 limit) and I routinely get 550-600 miles per tank(33-36 average)."
there you go.
#30458 of 35282 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [steine13]
Feb 21, 2013 (9:27 am)
It would be useful to compare to the OB's CVT ratios, which are:
CVT in manual mode: 1st gear 3.581, 2nd 2.262, 3rd 1.658, 4th 1,208, 5th 0.885, 6th 0.618. final 3.90
CVT in automatic D mode continuously varies between 3.581-0.618
So the Forester has a taller final drive, and a taller lowest ratio on the CVT. It can probably get away with that since it's lighter than the Outback.
You lose some aero, but not much. No wonder the Forester is rated higher in MPG.