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#1 of 6 Lack of Subaru dealerships in the midwest
Nov 08, 2008 (8:25 pm)
I live in Oklahoma and have considered the new Forester. I inquired Subaru for a list of Subaru dealerships in Oklahoma. There are two (2) in the entire state. One is in Norman and the other in Tulsa--100 miles apart. No others, zip. So then I checked the number of dealerships in Kansas and Nebraska and find the same thing, one or maybe two per state. Subaru does not seem to be interested in selling vehicles in the central southern US and that is a shame. Dealer service is important to me and many others. What a shame that Subaru has actually reduced dealerships in Oklahoma (there used to be one in Shawnee but not now.) So if driving through these states and your Subara has a problem good luck as the nearest dealership may be more than a hundred miles away---an expensive tow in. So I have to rule out the new Forester and any other Subaru as they seem to only want to sell cars in snow country. What a shame, they are fine vehicles. Guess I will have to go with the CRV, Honda has adequate dealerships almost anywhere.
#2 of 6 Re: Lack of Subaru dealerships in the midwest [rmacarthur]
Nov 09, 2008 (8:04 am)
I imagine that if more midwesterners had purchased Subarus, then they wouldn't have closed dealerships.
#3 of 6 Re: Lack of Subaru dealerships in the midwest [rmacarthur]
Nov 10, 2008 (1:03 pm)
Subaru dealers seem to be more concentrated in the mountains and snow belt. The Subaru AWD works very well in the snow. Especially when an area gets more than a few inches a year. In your case, where you are is not considered to be in a snow belt. If you want a Subaru badly enough, you'll get one even though the closest dealer is a bit of a drive.
The Honda CRV is a great vehicle. But its AWD doesn't compare to the subaru's AWD, IMHO.
Nov 24, 2008 (2:49 pm)
Gosh, in New England you can't throw a rock and not hit a dealer. It's ridiculous. It seems like every exit has one in CT on I-95.
Subaru is definitely not well dispersed when it comes to dealers. They tend to be in the snow belt.
#5 of 6 Re: Lack of Subaru dealerships in the midwest [rmacarthur]
Dec 23, 2010 (2:09 pm)
How many Subaru centers do you have these days?
#6 of 6 Re: Lack of Subaru dealerships in the midwest [jstockman]
Dec 23, 2010 (4:38 pm)
One opened in Norman OK in conjuction with a Hyundai dealership but it has apparently lost Subaru since. One in Midwest City with a Chevy dealer, one in Edmond and one that I know of in Tulsa. Not many out here in the mid central south, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma. Love the Outback but nearest dealer would be 25 miles and once you are out of OKC and Tulsa area you are out of luck. Too bad, nice cars----I bought an 80 model in Shawnee many years ago but that dealership is gone also. I have complained to Subarau about this and we now have three (that I know of) state wide instead of two----progress~