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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#87 of 126 Re: Upgrade [nickel]
Dec 05, 2006 (5:03 pm)
Click HERE for Minnesota Vehicle Sales Tax information.
The following are not included in the taxable sales price if the charges are separately stated:
ē Trade-in allowance for a vehicle taken in trade by the seller may be deducted from the sales price of a vehicle be-fore the tax is calculated. However, if the vehicle is sold to a third party, no trade-in allowance is permitted, because two separate transactions have occurred.
Special rules apply to the following vehicles. A more com-plete description of these vehicles is found in Minnesota Stat-utes, section 297B.025, Older Passenger Automobiles.
ē Older passenger vehicles. Instead of the 6.5 percent tax, there is a $10 tax if the vehicle is in the tenth or older year of vehicle life, has a sale price of less than $3,000, and is not an above-market automobile as designated by the regis-trar of motor vehicles.
#88 of 126 new owner questions
Dec 05, 2006 (6:18 pm)
Bought a new 2007 2.5i wagon with 5 speed manual. Hope you can help me with a few questions. Mileage has been, understandably, less than great with only a week and 300 miles on the car. How many miles before the engine breaks in and mileage improves? Also, I live in upstate NY and will be encountering a lot of snow soon. How does the AWD perform with the standard tires? Are snow tires necessary or will the factory tires suffice? Finally, while I love the car so far, I'm underwhelmed by the stereo system. Any suggestions for modifications? Is the Subaru subwoofer worth pursuing?
#89 of 126 Re: new owner questions [n0wiseman]
Dec 05, 2006 (8:19 pm)
About 1500 miles or so, you will see a change.
Living where you do, I would certainly protect my own, and my families safety by investing in new rims and snow tires. The standard tires with the AWD will perform well, but in snow country nothing beats chains or snowtires.
I had them install the sub-woofer package, whichy includes higher end speakers, and also purchased the tweeters, which most def improves the sound quality 100%. Make sure on install, the turn up the bass and treble gain almost to full.
#90 of 126 10k miles
Dec 06, 2006 (7:27 am)
You'll see it fully broken in and milage improve over 10k miles. Also for upstate NY where I travel fairly often get a set of snow tires, I suggest the Pirelli Sotto-zeros as great tires for cold climate as well as snow. A good 3 season tire.
#91 of 126 Re: 10k miles [paisan]
Dec 06, 2006 (8:09 am)
Thanks for the advice! I'll check out the Pirelli's.
#92 of 126 Re: new owner questions [n0wiseman]
Dec 21, 2006 (11:24 am)
Bridgestone Blizzaks also work nicely in the snow. Put them on the OBW in November and take them off in March/April. Pulled the OBW through 22" snow fall last year with no problems. Also put a set on the Wife's Jeep Cherokee for the same time frame.
They may be slightly noisy but for me they have more than paid for themselves over the years.
Of course, this year we seem to be in a moisture drought. May have the 4th brown Christmas in 100 years.
#93 of 126 Snow tires
Dec 21, 2006 (11:40 am)
Depending on where you live, I found for anywhere that only gets occassional snowfall, the Pirelli Sottozeros are a great 3-season tire at around $100 a pop. Outstanding wet/slush traction and none of the typical sidewall flex or poor grip in the dry that snow tires usually have. When I drove my legacy year round I used the Sottozeros in the winter and Azenis in the summer.
#94 of 126 Re: new owner questions [toboggan]
Dec 21, 2006 (12:52 pm)
The rain to your south has turned to heavy snow in the Twin Cities, Steve. The wet, slushy stuff unfortunately. Looks as if it is all heading your way. I think we'll have a white Christmas after all.
Please? The snow tyres aren't getting their exercise this year. I've been using Dunlop Wintersports for a few years now.
#95 of 126 Subaru Outback - Best model years and what to look for/avoid 2000-2005?
May 12, 2008 (12:03 pm)
Iím hot on the trail to purchase a used Subaru Outback in very good condition, which has had a solid maintenance record. Iíve been gathering information on Edmunds, CarTalk forums and USMB (Subaru enthusiast forum). Iíve got a little extra work to do as Iím searching for a car in Silicon Valley a few weeks before relocating for the summer from New York Ė Iíd like to have any necessary maintenance done before arriving in a few weeks. This means I have to evaluate the car by having it inspected by 1-2 reliable garages, and maybe even hiring a local Subaru enthusiast with good experience to take a quick look after inspection.
I'm just looking for the best value in a highly reliable vehicle. I don't mind doing some repairs and will do all recommended maintenance upon purchase, but would like to avoid any problems that can be avoided from the beginning.
1) Which model years from 2000-2005 would you look for/avoid, based on known issues with certain model years?
2) I read in another forum that pre-2005 Subaru Outbacks were prone to head gasket leaking.
a. Is this problem confined to pre-2005 Subaru Outbacks? Is the cutoff a different model year?
b. How prevalent was this problem? Should I avoid purchasing a pre-2005 vehicle? Iím looking for quality + value combination, and of course newer means more expensive.
c. If you purchase a pre-2005 Subaru Outback, should you replace the head gasket even if thereís no visible problem yet?
d. How much does replacing the head gasket cost at most good garages on average?
e. Will replacing the head gasket solve the problem, or is the origin of the problem in engine design and it will simply happen again?
3) What are the advantages of the VDC Subaru Outback? I'm noticing that VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) Outbacks seems to be commanding serious premiums on Craigslist and KBB.
a. What advantages does this model offer?
b. How much of a premium is it worth?
c. Which model years was it available?
Thanks again to all for the great advice Iíve been getting here.
#96 of 126 For Subaru Outback, which is better for our use, AWD or 4WD?
May 12, 2008 (12:18 pm)
I believe I just saw a Subaru Outback model listed with 4WD. Thought they were only AWD. For mostly highway driving and some weekend mountain road driving all season (including weekend ski areas), would AWD or 4WD be preferable? Would hardly ever be using the car off road - only at the very start of hiking/biking trails I imagine.