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#22 of 23 Re: Maintenance Schedule [saedave]
Sep 01, 2011 (6:53 am)
From experience with "computer controlled" AWD is they only function when getting unstuck and moving slow and you still don't get that sheer grip that Subaru's get. (Check out videos on YouTube). VW, Nissan, Toyota, etc all function about the same. It's not anywhere near the same as all-time AWD like Subaru. I like having all-time AWD because the car doesn't have to "think" about it and I have solid traction (except on ice).
My 2008 Impreza Outback Sport (5/MT) now has 100,500 miles and I routinely get 29.7 - 31.0 MPG on each tank (95% open highway) at about 73-74 MPH and cruise control. Not bad for AWD!! I'm very pleased.
Maintenance wise, I do my regular oil changes ("dino oil") every 5-6k miles and have the tires rotated at the same time. My original factory tires went for 72,000 miles. I do the spark plug changes and am due for the timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, etc. My Subaru mechanic only changes what needs to be changed instead of changing what doesn't, to make extra money.
Now, if Subaru will ever bring their diesels over to the US??? They are loosing a market share. I also hope they don't remove AWD from their model lines.