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#111 of 126 Re: Subaru Legacy Buying Advice needed! [matthew12]
Feb 23, 2009 (4:27 pm)
27K is way too much. Granted the car is new, but keep in mind while "new" it is not state of the art as it might have been in 2005. Some parts, like tires have a shelf life due to age in addition to mileage. I just bought a used 2005 Subaru Legact GT limited (awesome by the way, you'll love it) with 50K miles, new brakes and clutch, pretty flawless shape for $12K. The mentioned $21K is probably about right.
Apr 15, 2009 (1:12 pm)
I've narrowed down my decision to an 08 2.5i or 09 2.5SE. Looks like the main difference, besides cost, is VDC. I've found 2 08's (in colors I like) that are basically new (less than 10 miles). Question: is it worth another $2-3K for the VDC? Is there something besides this that I would get?
Thanks for any help.
#113 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [marsound]
Apr 15, 2009 (4:47 pm)
I bought an 09 SE 3 weeks ago and love it. The SE package includes fog lights, heated mirrors and washer fluid, cross bars, power driver's seat, heated seats, cargo cover and tray, upgraded Harmon Kardon sound system, splash guards, 17" alloy wheels. Some of these things are available as options on the base model, but the heated seats are very much appreciated. Good luck with your decision. I'm happy with mine.
#114 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [morin2]
Apr 16, 2009 (12:24 pm)
If you price each thing, a la carte style, then add up only the items you would want, and see if it's worth it.
VDC is probably worth about $400 or so stand-alone.
The All-weather package is another $400, that includes the heated seats, mirrors, and wiper de-icers.
Fog lights? Not sure, say a couple hundred or so. Call it $300 installed and wired.
Cross bars? Another few hundred, $300.
Power seats, I'll guess $200 or so.
Cargo cover and tray are sold in a package, I bet that's $150 or so.
Premium sound adds another few hundred, it really depends on what it includes.
Slash guards - on all four wheel wells? Painted? $100 each, so $200-400.
Plus One rims are worth a few hundred at least.
All that plus a 2009 will have better resale later.
Put it this way - if you really want the 2009, I think you actually can justify it as long as you want most of that stuff.
If you want the 2008, well...you probably would not have bought all those items a-la-carte.
Personally I think the SE package is a bargain, and if you ask Car_Man the residuals for that model are actually higher, so you make up even more of the difference there, potentially.
In the end, buy the one that brings you the bigger smile.
#115 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [morin2]
Apr 16, 2009 (2:07 pm)
Hi morin2, could you share the price that you paid? I'm in the market for a 09 SE. I'm in NE area.Thanks.
#116 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [ttut]
Apr 16, 2009 (6:56 pm)
ttut - see my message #1702 in the Prices Paid - Outback. I bought at FitzMall here in MD. Quartz Silver auto SE + floor mats, popular equipment group 2a (armrest extension & rear cargo net) and wheel locks. Total MSRP was 25901 & I paid 20999 (before tax) for one of their clearance cars (these are new but have been driven about 100 miles for test drives) no-haggle internet price; I could have bought one with 5 miles on it for 300 more - but bought the one I drove.
#117 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [morin2]
Apr 17, 2009 (5:24 am)
Thanks a lot.
#118 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [ateixeira]
Apr 20, 2009 (10:49 am)
Thanks, that's helpful. For me, the two items that are most important are the limited-slip differential and VDC, so it's probably worth putting the extra money up front for the 09 SE.
#119 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [ateixeira]
Apr 21, 2009 (6:41 am)
I wish I had those "slash" guards when I hit a curb hidden under the snow, when my Forester was new. It would have saved me a bunch of cash on new tires when I tore out the sidewall. (Sorry, couldn't resist!).
#120 of 126 Re: 08 or 09? [leo2633]
Apr 21, 2009 (12:29 pm)
That's the Rally heritage at work for ya....