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Subaru Outback, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#25 of 54 Re: Correction to earlier comment [rkrat]
Nov 05, 2009 (4:35 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 (5:46 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 (6:20 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 (7:03 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).
#29 of 54 Re: 2010 Subaru Outback supply [xwesx]
Nov 16, 2009 (8:23 am)
We ordered our 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited with selected options on OCT 16, 2009. Our dealer called on Nov 12 and said the allotment was released and our car was not on the list. In fact we may not get it until JAN. Our hopes of getting it before DEC 31 to take advantage of the GOV deduction of the sales tax may lead us to say forget it, give us our down payment back. I feel that they have so many stick shifts on the dealers lots, that they are hoping we will back off and take what's available. Subaru increased 2009 production by 45K vehicles earlier this month. They should be able to built us our chosen vehicle. What do you think?
#30 of 54 Re: 2010 Subaru Outback supply [maineplace]
Nov 16, 2009 (9:31 am)
That's about 10 weeks, they should be able to do it.
We were lucky - our special-order Forester arrived in 5 weeks.
#31 of 54 Re: 2010 Subaru Outback supply [maineplace]
Nov 16, 2009 (10:39 am)
Agreed...I am in the same boat. Ordered my 3.6R with NAV on 9/23 and no word whether it will come in the December allotment or not. I have heard that there is a shortage of navigation units and that is creating a backlog.
#32 of 54 Re: 2010 Subaru Outback supply [blackbean]
Nov 16, 2009 (11:21 am)
I have heard that there is a shortage of navigation units and that is creating a backlog.
I wonder if the shortage is because they are trying to get the supplier to fix the poor outgoing bluetooth sound that has been reported?
#33 of 54 Re: 2010 Subaru Outback supply [saedave]
Nov 16, 2009 (2:35 pm)
UPDATE: I am the one that reported the Bluetooth sound quality problem and have found a workaround, and I'm planning on doing some more tests with other phones to see if it is a compatibility issue with Windows Mobile 6 smartphones (both my wife and I have Motorola Q9's but on different carriers) or still something with the nav.
After I initiate or receive a call, if I press the "speaker" button to send the audio back to the handset, and then press it again to return audio back through the nav speakers, callers on the other end report a major improvement in quality! Something with tearing down and reinitializing the bluetooth stream fixes the problem -- until the next call.
#34 of 54 outback supply
Nov 20, 2009 (9:28 am)
As someone above posted the "shortage" doesn't seem to be as much in Outbacks as in the Navi unit. That's not something that can be added at the distribution center or the dealer, unlike other items. I just looked at the 5 dealers closest to me, Colorado front range, not the Denver metro area, and there were about 420 Subies in dealer inventory, about 44% of them were Outbacks. Only ONE had Navigation on it!
Heck there were even about 8-10 with the 3.6 engine.
One other thing, from an above post; "I'm not sure if they would sell me the package at the dealer invoice price. Plus, I'm not sure what the quality of dealer-installed options as opposed to factory-installed options would be."
There is a "Subie" website that has the parts at prices lower than the list, not as low as "invoice" though. I'm pretty sure that some high % of "accessories" are added at the dealer/distribution center with no drop off in quality. One thing that P's me off is that if you want the "homelink" and it gets installed there is no "delete option" credit given for the removed mirror. I guess at some point the dealers are sending those back to Lafayette for credit!