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#45 of 64 Re: 09 Outback owner [jim2345]
Oct 06, 2008 (8:44 am)
Thanks for the heads up. Just wondering, will you get the manual or the auto tranny? I don't currently drive nor have ever owned a Subaru but I'll be in the market for an Outback down the road. I test drove a used Legacy wagon (4EAT) and 1st generation Forester (manual) sometime back during the winter season to see what these Subies were all about. I was truly impressed with both units. From what I've heard with the latest Subies is that the AWD in the manual is very good while the AWD in the auto is better.
#46 of 64 Re: 09 Outback owner [noey8]
Oct 06, 2008 (10:29 am)
I'm really no expert. All I know is what I have read and you should know that I have been driving Jeeps for 20 years. But on paper, the Outback looks like the perfect replacement for me so I've been doing my homework and I really want one because I'm ready to "downsize". In part it's for the fuel economy but also I no longer have a trailer to pull so I don't need the big engine. I never go off road (on purpose) and really just need something that will keep me on the roads in winter, when I do most of my driving. I'm up in the mountains skiing every chance I get - at least twice a week. And my driveway is long and steep, so anytime I'm out and it snows, I run the risk of not making it back up. This happens to my wife all the time and about every other winter, she gets her FWD Sable stuck sideways on our driveway when she loses traction halfway up and slips back toward the street. I've solved these problems for 20 years by keeping the driveway cleared for my wife and buying Jeeps for me, but it's really overkill.
I'm ready for something more car-like but I hate bending my knees and back at the same time to "crumple" myself into my wife's Sable. My jeep fits me just right - I can stand up straight along side it and slide my butt sideways onto the seat - don't have to bend anything to get in! I'm expecting the Outback, with the same ground clearance as my Jeep to be pretty much the same - maybe just duck my head a little.
But to answer your question about transmissions, I'm leaning towards the automatic so my wife can also use it once in a while - maybe it will even become hers one day. So when I go to the dealer this month for a test drive I plan to drive both. I'm not expecting the test drives will show any big difference in traction so it's going to come down to one thing - is the automatic powerful enough? I read somewhere (Edmunds?) that the 4-cylinder auto is a real snooze - but's that's OK with me as long as it's not dangerously underpowered. I plan to give the sportshift feature a workout to be sure of this.
The other big deal for me (and if you've read my other posts in this forum you must know) is the tires. I just don't want to leave the dealership with those Potenzas still on. I hope I can work something out with them on tires.
#47 of 64 Re: 09 Outback owner [jim2345]
Oct 06, 2008 (1:43 pm)
As to the 09 Outback's ease at getting in and out I'm 6'0'' and it's very easy to get in and out of.
I injured my Back in 06 and this was a very important thing for me.
It's very easy and in fact I find I'm stepping down just a little, not too much, to get out.
I had an 06 Kia Spectra5 and it was really hard for me to have to lift myself up out of the Car and getting in was a chore as well with my Back and Leg pain.
The 09 Outback is perfect for me.
As to the 2.5i Engine not having any performance I thing the reviewers are trying to compare this 4 Cylinder with a V 6 or something.
For a 4 Cylinder Engine it's very responsive and has plenty of power.
Granted, you're not going to burn the Tires off the Rims or beat a Honda S 2000 in the 1/4 Mile, but that's not what this Car was made for.
Yes, the AWD takes some of the Power away but it's not that bad.
In fact, I have a very secure sense of control with this Car when taking off from a standing stop.
So far merging onto the Interstate, passing etc isn't a problem at all.
Now if you want pep and bragging rights, go for the Turbo Charged version.
It costs allot more and you can only get it with the standard Tranny but hey, it's a sports version.
Like I had said before, the Potenzas seem to have allot better traction than the miserable Set I had purchased Years ago for my Ford Escort GT so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and I'll see if they've changed for the better.
The owners Manual packet came with a Good Year and Yokohama Warranty Brochure inside, as well as Bridgestone so I'm sure some dealers spec them with these Tires or they wouldn't have been in there.
If you want your Wife to climb up your Driveway like a Tank then look into getting a set of Firestone Blizzak Tires.
I guarantee she won't slip and slide anymore.
#48 of 64 Re: 09 Outback owner [kentuckyranger]
Oct 06, 2008 (1:53 pm)
The Blizzaks are near the top of my list - not too expensive, either. By the way,
I checked out your website. Good job!
Oct 08, 2008 (1:04 pm)
The real problem is that at first Subaru used "VDC" to descrive a model. When it came out, 2002 IIRC, they called the H6 Outback the "Outback VDC".
Today VDC means traction + stability control, but a while back it was synonymous with that model.
Oct 09, 2008 (8:10 am)
I just want to thank everyone who replied to my posts about AWD systems and the OEM tires on Outbacks. I have heard from a lot of people who say these tires are terrible and that they have either switched over to a decent set of all-season tires or are using dedicated snow tires in winter and switch over twice a year.
I've been to the dealer and drove both an automatic and a manual. The manual was a blast but the automatic I thought was underpowered. As for the tires, they claim to have never heard a bad word about them and (of course) there is nothing they can do about upgrading/replacing them. I asked about the pictures in the brochure and the TV advertising and they said all of this is possible with the Potenzas - they think they're really good all-season tires.
I would probably buy the manual because of the fun factor and because I thought the automatic was too lame, but I didn't because I was very troubled that my wife will never drive it and then there's the tire issue. I will need to replace them right away or I won't be getting back up my driveway this winter. So I left without even asking for a trade-in appraisal.
Across the street from the Subaru dealer is a Jeep dealer. I stopped in and got a great trade. I just bought a new (2008) Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 (MSRP over $32,000) for under $20,000. I'm only going to get 17mpg, but my monthly payment is at least $100 less than a Subaru comparably equipped. Bottom line is that I'll spend more on gas, but far less overall each month. The big plus is that I have the vehicle that will get me where I need to go in winter - no question, no worries. So what it handles like a brick - I've already been driving them for 20 years.
I won't be posting here anymore and I'll bet a lot of you will be glad I won't be ranting about the Potenzas any more. Thanks again for your interest.
#51 of 64 Re: THANKS [jim2345]
Oct 09, 2008 (9:01 am)
They really are giving those away. Wow. That was a $26 grand vehicle a couple of years ago.
Just beware of resale value. Or even finding a buyer, at any price, for it used.
Oct 09, 2008 (12:19 pm)
It boggles my Mind that someone would let Tires sway their decision to buy a Vehicle.
I admit that I said I had bought a set of Potenzas a long time ago and didn't like them but man, that was a long Time ago and they weren't even the same Model, not to mention they went on a Ford Escort...
Like I stated in my Blog and on here, my new Outback with the Potenza's really performs very well.
I was in a slick, wet Parking Lot and never spun a Wheel.
It rained here Yesterday hard, and I did everything I could to get the Tires to spin out but they never did.
I think allot has to do with the AWD system but I have to also give the Potenza credit because they really feel solid on wet Roads, even in hard rain and standing Water I never lost or felt like I lost traction once.
I like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, back when it was Jeep.
Even though you saved allot of Money on that purchase, being a Chrysler product, you're going to have allot of mechanical problems that will end up eating all you saved, I hope I'm wrong.
I'd love a Grand Cherokee or Liberty, I just can't swallow the Chrysler Bottom Line.
Another BIG problem with Jeep, re-sale and depreciation.
I made that mistake back in 06 when I purchased the Kia Spectra5.
It was a great deal, awesome in fact, until I saw its value drop faster than a Sky Diver in a Rubber Suit.
I also made a big mistake back in 99 when I purchased a Dodge Caravan.
With only 60k Miles on it, the Transmission blew up and the Dealer refused to do anything about it.
I've also witnessed 3 Friends at work 1 owns a Wrangler and the other 2 own Grand Cherokee's, have chronic problems with CV Joints and Steering Linkage.
I don't mean to spook you, just be aware.
With the Auto industry and our economy in the shape it's in and the on going news of Chrysler's woes, any Chrysler purchase right now is a big risk as to Factory support and build quality.
(Grimacing, waiting for the Flames)
#53 of 64 Re: THANKS [kentuckyranger]
Oct 10, 2008 (9:58 am)
This is supposed to be a Subaru forum so Iíll post just this one reply about my new Jeep.
Thanks for your concern but believe me, I know what Iím getting into because Iíve been driving Jeeps for 20 years. This is my third Grand Cherokee and it's the best equipped and least expensive (by far!) of the lot. The build quality probably isnít up to Subaru standards, but Iíve had only a couple of minor problems with my last two (brake rotors and oxygen sensors) and those were covered under warranty. Speaking of which, the new Jeeps have a LIFETIME warranty on power train components.
And some of their bad reputation is undeserved. I think Jeeps have always gotten a bad rap in consumer reports categories like frequency of repair because so many people take them off road. If it werenít for this, the ratings would likely be better.
And youíre right about depreciation - itís a real concern, but only for the first 5 years or so. In my part of the world there seems to be a floor price of $5000 to $6000 for any Jeep of almost any age. I think the real off-road enthusiasts here create this market because theyíre looking for older ones in decent mechanical shape they can use to crash through the boonies - something Jeeps are really good at. Although new ones are just as capable, not too many people want to abuse their new $35000 - $40000 purchase in this way.
Iím sorry if youíre disappointed, but I just couldnít bring myself to spend $5000 more for an Outback only to have to put a new set of tires on it besides! Like I said, Iíve been driving Jeeps for 20 years and Iím comfortable with their quirks and general lack of drivability. I also know a good deal when I see it.
#54 of 64 Re: THANKS [ateixeira]
Oct 21, 2008 (3:38 pm)
I have been driving Jeeps and Subarus for over 20 years.
Both are great cars. In todays world it easier to get a Good use Jeep and they sell fast and for a fair price.
Today, everyone wants to screw anyone who want to buy a used Subaru.
I have seem some beat up 1993 going for up to 6K.
So for those who buy a new Jeep, If it ever does wear out, you will have no problem selling it for a fair price.
I have always gotten over 200K on my Subarus and over 200K on my Jeeps. Neither have ever given me any trouble. And I'm talking Grand Cherokees, Cherokees, and Wrangler,. Outbacks and Legacys. All are great cars..
Oh, and my Jeep Grand Cherokee rides better than anything Subaru have ever made.