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Subaru Outback, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#19 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [eps105]
Nov 03, 2009 (2:38 pm)
Just took possession of my new 2010 Outback Limited with Nav on Saturday October 31, 2009 - a nice treat for Halloween! Didn't know if anyone had responded to your inquiry about the glove compartment light but I noticed I have it and I did not get the LED illumination package so I assume the glove compartment light must be standard on the Limited, if not on all Outback trims.
I am still extremely tentative about driving it since it is a new car but I am getting used to it. I still have not had the chance to read through all the material to figure out how everything works, but every day I am noticing more and more little features. So far I love it.
I now understand why some people have commented on the uselessness of the MPG gauge and would have preferred a temperature gauge. I did not realize they meant replacing the MPG gauge on the far left of the dash with an engine temperature gauge. That definitely would have been more helpful.
The only other things I noticed that I would change so far, that other people have mentioned, is closing the rear hatch. I think I drove home from the dealer without it being closed all the way without realizing it until I pulled into my driveway and saw the "doors open" icon lit up on the dash.
Plus, I would have added a little indicator light on the AC button. I did finally notice the rear-view camera in my nav screen while backing out of my garage this morning. Pretty cool! I love all my gadgets.
Question: Are the door locks automatic once you start driving? I don't think they are. If not, that is something Subaru should change also. Can anyone confirm this?
I will probably post at a later date my entire buying experience and thoughts on the car as I break it in.
#20 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rkrat]
Nov 03, 2009 (4:53 pm)
I rode in a friend's Toyota Tacoma a couple weeks ago and the backup camera's screen is on the rear-view mirror: Now THAT is cool!
Subaru does not have automatic door locks. I am thankful for this, but I think most vehicles with that annoyance, er... feature, do maintain the option to disable it. My Dodge Caravan was this way.
#21 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [xwesx]
Nov 04, 2009 (7:57 am)
Funny you should consider automatic door locks as an annoyance. I consider it a safety feature. Being from NYC originally, and now living in the metro DC area, I feel safer knowing the doors lock automatically as soon as I start driving, especially if driving alone at night and stopped at a light.
My 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan I just traded in for the Outback had this feature so I was not in the habit of having to remember to lock my doors. I guess I expected all new vehicles to have all of these little features that my van had. I was surprised when I was test driving different vehicles how many new cars did not have some of the little things my van had.
When I test drove the 2010 Equinox, I was impressed that the doors locked automatically as soon as I put the vehicle in "drive".
#22 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rkrat]
Nov 04, 2009 (9:26 am)
Well, I can see the point in areas like yours. When it comes to "safety" features such as that, like VDC, etc., I am not against them unless there is no option to disable. Our 1998 vans had the option of disabling, which I did on mine. Oddly, though, it was still active when I purchased it... and it had 170,000 miles on the ticker! It took about three trips after I bought it before I was searching online for the process to disable it.
Also, if the doors were to unlock automatically when the car was put in "park," it likely would be a non-issue, aside from extra wear and tear on the motors. Then again, I do not prefer automatics.....
#23 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rkrat]
Nov 05, 2009 (9:06 am)
I'm only OK with that if it unlocks when you put it back in Park.
My van does that.
Otherwise you reach for the door handle...and it won't open.
#24 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [ateixeira]
Nov 05, 2009 (3:27 pm)
My van did not automatically unlock when in Park but all I had to do was open the door handle (not the door lock) and the door would open. The Outback does not so I now have to remember to engage the door lock before or during driving and unlock it to get out.
#25 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rkrat]
Nov 05, 2009 (3:35 pm)
As an "old-schooler" who is used to locking and unlocking doors with keys, the key fob messes with me. I tend to remember to lock the car using the remote when I walk away from the car, but I put the key in the door when I come back. As soon as I open the door (not using the remote), the alarm sounds and about makes me wet my pants.
Darn technology, anyway.
I am not expecting an answer here, but what is the deal with Subaru offering Outback keys with integrated remotes, but still using separate keys and remotes for the Forester & Impreza lines? That is just silly.
#26 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [xwesx]
Nov 05, 2009 (4:46 pm)
I prefer the Outback key with integrated remote (to the separate key and fob), but I'm still getting used to finding the right button in the dark. The unlock button is indented, and so feels different than the other two.
My favorite key design is the "switchblade" style used by Audi and VW. It just looks like a fob, and then you press a little metal button and the key blade flips out. I suppose this is still not as cool as the keyless or smart-key types, but it's nice to have the key blade folded away when it is in your pocket.
#27 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rschleicher]
Nov 05, 2009 (5:20 pm)
I completely agree with you on that! I have seen those VW keys and they are really a nice design.
Of course, I sure appreciated my '08 Outback keys with the integrated fob; I was surprised when my two-years-newer Forester came with separate units!
#28 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [xwesx]
Nov 05, 2009 (6:03 pm)
My Miata's key is a switch blade. It's much smaller on your key ring.
Though the Forester's laser cut keys would be MUCH harder to duplicate (for thieves).