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#403 of 1296 The end of Subaru station wagons?
Sep 10, 2009 (10:28 am)
Is there anybody else out there who thinks it's regrettable that Subaru has essentially abandoned station wagons? I love my 2003 Legacy wagon and chose Subaru specifically because it was a station wagon and had AWD. Wagons have always seemed like one of the backbones of Subaru's success -- similar to Volvo. I had a 2009 Outback recently while my car was being serviced, and it just didn't seem to have that hunkered down on the road feeling that my low-slung 2003 Legacy wagon has. And with the new 2010 Outback further into SUV territory, I wonder how many Subaru faithful out there lament the passing of wagons. The Forester is also much more SUV-like while the Impreza/WRX feels more like a hatchback than a station wagon.
#404 of 1296 Re: The end of Subaru station wagons? [gjksn]
Sep 10, 2009 (10:57 am)
I am right there with you. I miss the wagons, too. Granted, I still appreciated the sub-2010 Outbacks as wagons, even though they did sit higher than the Legacy, but they were very much a wagon while also giving the versatility of decent ground clearance.
#405 of 1296 Re: The end of Subaru station wagons? [gjksn]
Sep 10, 2009 (12:14 pm)
You are not alone.
No hurry out and go find a cherry used 2005 Legacy GT wagon with a manual trans while there are still some left.
That was the epitome of a Subaru.
#406 of 1296 Re: The end of Subaru station wagons? [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2009 (7:34 am)
I agree. If I'd known that Subaru was going to be coming out with the Legacy GT in 2005, I'd've waited a couple years instead of buying my 2003 on this very date in 2002. Nonetheless, when I think about replacing my '03, I realize how much more I like it when compared to the models available now. Maybe it was all those childhood years in Kingswood Estates and Town & Country's, but the design of wagons just makes sense to me. Oh well, the heightened chassis of the newer models will probably make it easier for aging knees getting it & out.
#407 of 1296 No folding mirror on the ...
Sep 11, 2009 (1:58 pm)
Toyota Camry Hybrid.
My old college roommate just bought one, it was very nice inside, like it in many ways, but I was surprised that it didn't have folding mirrors either.
Not sure about regular Camrys.
#408 of 1296 Re: No folding mirror on the ... [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2009 (7:33 pm)
Regular Camry's don't either. When I found out at the New York Auto Show that the new Outback didn't have folding mirrors, I was cognizant of this decontenting while looking at other cars at the show and was shocked to find that much of the competition don't have folding mirrors either... Camry, Mazda 6, Altima IIRC, and many more.
I haven't corroborated my theory very far, but my working theory is that decision is based on whether the cars are domestically produced in North America, which don't need the folding mirrors to squeeze closer together on the freighters from Japan. That's why the Forester and Mazda 3 do have folding mirrors.
Anyone care to dig deeper into this to see if my theory holds up with most other mid-size non-luxury family cars?
#410 of 1296 Re: Subaru Monkey Business... [samiam_68]
Sep 12, 2009 (1:04 am)
That is funny, and the quote by VonTesmar at the end of the article is absolutely correct.
#411 of 1296 Re: No folding mirror on the ... [eps105]
Sep 12, 2009 (4:01 pm)
Americans have never really cared much about folding mirrors, so why spend the money on them? I like them on my F150, because my garage is so small, but I never fold them on my VW or Suzuki (though I like the idea of having them). I guess the manufacturers research this stuff and determine where cost savings are unlikely to cost many sales.
#412 of 1296 Re: No folding mirror on the ... [gregg_vw]
Sep 12, 2009 (5:25 pm)
Folding mirror, after folded, can avoid the passing cars accidentally scratch your driver side mirror in narrow road
I experienced this once and had to make a run to junk yard to get the mirror and housing replaced or I cannot pass the yearly inspection.