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#1208 of 1296 Re: 4 month review Legacy 3.6R from Canada [rschleicher]
Oct 16, 2010 (4:30 am)
My bluetooth has the center console activation buttons in the middle with a speaker on one side and microphone on the other. I believe that with the Nav system you get the bluetooth through the H-K audio system speakers and you also get a button on the steering wheel to accept and end calls (the non nav cars only have the center console button to accept and end calls).
What gets me is that the capability is there but they have added this lousy ten cent speaker (at extra cost to them) to run the audio for the bluetooth on the non nav equipped cars.
Two other things I forgot to mention about the car, my 2010 does not have an exterior satellite antenna, I have an after market antenna glued to the interior of my front windshield (top passenger side). For the price I paid I would expect an exterior mounted antenna like all others in this category (I understand that this is no longer the case on 2011 models). The other thing is the weak air conditioning, it takes forever to cool down on hot days, I have noticed several comments of this nature in other blogs so seems to be a "to do" project for Subaru to make it better.
They are so close to having an industry winner here, some minor adjustments and this car would sell by the boatload. Subaru, I hope you guys are listening.
Oct 16, 2010 (8:27 am)
I agree abotu hitting the 4-way flashers when putting the car in park. I don't use my phone much and this is my first car with bluetooth so I don't have anything to compare it to. I think the A/C is adequate for the size car but I leave my sunroof open a couple of inches when it's really hot and I don't live in Texas any more (yay!). Mine is black though so it does get hot inside.
My main complaint is that the seats just don't seem to give enough back support after an hour or more of driving. I try varying the lumbar support occassionally and even have a small rolled up towel that I tuck in. My wife's Lexus (RX330) is better, but not by much. Nothing can compare to my old Grand Marquis or the older Infiniti Q. My back aches severely when I first get out to stretch on the road, but it's better a few minutes later. Anyone else have this compaint?
14,400 miles in 11 months.
#1210 of 1296 Re: Complaints [easypar]
Oct 16, 2010 (12:09 pm)
for the seat I think the best solution is if the bottom section pivoted front to back, something I noted in my original post of my four month review. That would allow for the raising of the thighs and thus put more backwards force on the back. That would make it more comfortable in my opinion.
BTW, I drive 200-300 mile routes all the time and at first could not find the same comfort that I had in other vehicles but seem to be used to it now.
#1211 of 1296 seat comfort
Oct 16, 2010 (3:19 pm)
I'll try putting the front of the seat higher and see if that helps. My next couple of long trips are in our sport ute so it'll be a couple of months.
#1212 of 1296 Twang upon moving forward
Oct 16, 2010 (5:50 pm)
I have a new 2011 Outback. Not sure if this has been addressed in other forums. But does anyone know what the twang noise under the car is from after I begin to move forward upon starting my car. It almost sounds like a spring releasing something back into place.
My sense is that this is a normal operation for the vehicle, but I'm curious as to what it actually is.
I've heard various reports that it could be the ABS running a test, or the brake booster. Any ideas here?
#1213 of 1296 Re: Twang upon moving forward [thor14]
Oct 18, 2010 (6:10 am)
Does it only happen once and right after starting up? If so, it is probably the ABS self test.
#1214 of 1296 Re: Twang upon moving forward [robr2]
Oct 18, 2010 (12:21 pm)
I was guessing its normal, but just wanted to know what was going on.
#1215 of 1296 Re: 4 month review Legacy 3.6R from Canada [frenchguy007]
Oct 19, 2010 (11:35 am)
Actually, I have a non-Nav H-K audio system (car is a 2010 3.6R Limited, without Nav), and my Bluetooth is built into the H-K system, with the dialing and hang-up buttons, etc. on the steering wheel, and using the speakers of the H-K system.
Perhaps it is different as a result of being a Limited.
#1216 of 1296 Wondering about future plans for the Legacy
Oct 19, 2010 (4:35 pm)
Does anyone out there know if: a) it would ever be feasible for Subaru to put a CVT transmission on a 6 cylinder Legacy? and 2) has there been any further talk at Subaru about putting an auto tranny back on the Legacy GT with the turbo engine?
I currently drive a 2010 Legacy LTD with CVT and while I'm mostly very happy with it overall, I keep wondering about the 3.6 LTD next time and what the advantages might really be.
Worse mileage I'm sure, but is the heft/feeling of the 6 that much better? Is it worth losing the great mileage on the CVT for the different in feeling/performance in the 6? Is the car that much smoother on the highway? Less vibration? What are the real advantages and disadvantages of the six?
#1217 of 1296 Re: Wondering about future plans for the Legacy [lasubeguy]
Oct 20, 2010 (10:47 am)
Nissan and Audi have put CVTs on powerful V6s, so I'm sure Subaru could if they wanted to.