SUBARU Only: Let's See Em

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    Subaru actually had serious problems at one point with head gaskets. They wouldn't admit it though, and it led to some lawsuits I believe? It was fairly recently I think... a google search ought to turn up the right info
     
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    Forester. -15, dark grey metallic, factory spec, you know what it looks like, nothing special there.
     
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    2016 Crosstrek Limited Ice Silver Metallic! CVT :) Picked it up Saturday with 3909 miles on the odo, she will be mine for a long time!

    Will be replacing the Grille with a Subaru Sport Mesh Grille, for a sportier look! As well as more LED bulb changes and different low beam bulbs (I like Phillips Crystal Vision Ultra - more brilliant white and I have preferred them in the past).

    Much different driving than the Impreza. Very surprised at how much pep it actually has, considering its only 148hp!

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    I've owned a few older Legacy's so far. My current driver being the red 98' LGT and still going strong! Two owner, 160kms on the clock, very clean and hardly a speck of rust thanks to the half inch of oil spray under this car. I don't think a year has gone by where it hasn't received a rust proofing and I plan on keeping it that way.. Mind you just about every rubber bushing has swelled thanks to this (oh well, its a good reason to go with polyurethane replacements :4:)

    The other green Legacy I picked up when I was living in New Zealand last year. At least 50% of vehicles on NZ roads are Japanese imports and you could find some really cool stuff for cheap that you would never find on the other side of the pond. It was a '96 JDM 2.0 twin turbo LGT that I bought for a cool $1800. It may look crusty (because it was) but it was WRX quick with everything to love about the Legacy.
     

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    IMG_1543.JPG After 270k miles the clutch went on my faithful Nissan. My wife's '13 Legacy will now have a counterpart. Enter my new to me 2007 Legacy Wagon! 2.5 liter, 5 Speed! Not crazy about white but the thing is CLEAN and runs like a top! All it needs are serpentine belt, wipers and fluid and a set of floor mats.
     
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    I don't think you need to worry about head gasket issues if you are looking for one made in the last 7 years or so.
     
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    Here's my 09 Forrester. Got her buried up to the axles trying to get back to a spot to duck hunt. 3 hours, 50 feet of tow rope and a come-a-long later we managed to get her out. Alas, no ducks.
     

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    Where's all the Subi love?

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    I just bought my wife a 97 Legacy Outback about a week ago. She absolutely loves it! 170k on the clock and runs like a top. Will see how it does in the snow this year.
     
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    Forester seats are better if you have back trouble, at least in my experience. Forrester feels like a better power to weight ratio with the 4 cyl. I like the boxier design and the squarish back. It's my favorite car, I finally got another one after a few years in a Jeep. I prefer the 2005 and earlier models, they change the design too much after that for my tastes
     
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    My '98 Legacy Wagon. This is my beater/camping car. 17.5" Old Town on top.
     
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    Had to shoot a wedding up in the Poconos during the snow storm that hit over the weekend. 4"-6" or so, Getting back to the highway after the gig was slippery but nothing the Legacy Wagon couldn't handle! Anyone else in the North East take their Subaru out for a winter romp over the weekend?
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    What!?! No pictures of Brats or Bajas?
     
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    I had a Brat in the early 80's. Not my best car, but it sure looked cool. Unfortunately no pics. I didn't own a camera in those days.
     
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    I had a Brat with "T" top and jump seats in the back. Really liked it. Kind of a 4x4 sports car.
     
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    always wanted one, but never could find one
     
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    Canoeing and subarus! Life is good!

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    ^^^Best era for the Outback right there. Later models only got uglier. And then they took away the manual trans. :17:
     
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    No modifications, just a 2014 Outback. This was on a recent trip to Estes Park. No plow needed with this 15 inches of snow. Love how these drive in the winter!
     
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    I've owned three WRX's- a 02 sedan, 04 wagon and an 09 hatch

    04 wagon and 09 hatch

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    ^^^Snap, you made the plunge eh @IA Woodsman ? Looking sharp man!
     
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    Yep, took the plunge. Loving them!!
     
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    Ended up getting a 2015 Subaru Impreza Sport as my new ride. Lacks the ground clearance that our Forester has, but it makes up for it in gas mileage. 37MPG highway won't suck when we have to drive the 1,500 miles back to Iowa to visit family. And, it still has AWD. Loving this new adventure-mobile.

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    Wifey wants a 2020 Outback. Her Wish = My Command.

    We'll be getting it via the Subaru VIP program and order it to make sure she gets exactly what she wants. My job is strictly as the Finance Minister (plus some minor technical details like a trailer hitch).

    I look forward to making my wife happy!
     
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    Got a 2008 Forester at the beginning of this year to replace my wrecked sedan (thanks to the random intoxicated idiot who hit me while I was parked at a stoplight). I've been loving it. My wife still drives a Subaru too, so I guess we are fans!

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    You can tell it was new (to me) in the first couple of pics. It's pretty dirty now.
     
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    ‘Twas a dusty drive in on my last trail maintenance outing.
     
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    2016 Forester At a rest stop in the village of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, with a 23 foot long C4 (4 man) canoe. On my way from NY State to the Yukon River Quest canoe race beginning at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
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    Just joined the tribe again. Haven't owned a Subie since the wife & I bought a Justy brand new in about, oh, 1993. Now we're proud owners of a 2018 Outback. It's Subaru Certified -- meaning it has a better powertrain warranty than a brand new model!

    Pinto Summit on Hwy 50 near Eureka, Nev., 7,350' elevation:

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    It has the 6-cylinder motor. Just completed a 800-mile road trip across two mountainous states,
    and slept in the back for two nights. The power and comfort were a joy. Still dubious about all the electronic driver assistance gizmos...but I'm keeping an open mind!
     
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    I'm glad this got bumped recently, as I hadn't see it before. I loved my Subarus, probably the only vehicles I've ever owned in 50 years of car ownership I can say that about. I was a Subaru Ambassador for a bit, but they didn't get me approved and signed up until just before I sold my last one. A week doesn't go by that I don't miss the Outback.

    I bought a WRX Wagon new in 2002, the first year they were in the US. Turbo and 5-speed manual in a wagon is a *lot* of fun! More so when you tweak things quite a bit. I autorcrossed it a few years, and it was my daily driver, but my commute was short, and my drive divided amongst several modes of transport. I sold it in 2016 with only 34,000 miles on it.

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    In 2008, I bought a new Outback 2.5 XT Limited, which again is a turbo with a 5-speed manual. This one was left mostly stock, except a slight spacer lift, all-terrain tires, and front skid plate. Lots of interior modifications for comfort and convenience on cross-country travels. This was the best car I ever owned, and one I frequently regret parting with.

    The deciding factor came in the fall of 2015 in southern Idaho, where we were on a trail 16 miles from paved road, no cell service, and 1800 miles from home. The trail got more and more difficult, with melon sized rocks embedded in the surface, and up hill. The Subaru's turbo is a blast, but doesn't have much low end grunt. So I had to either slip the clutch or go too fast for conditions to make any progress; not ideal for our location and situation. So we turned around for safer trails.

    When we got home several weeks later, we'd decide that it was time to move to something more capable. We were now empty-nesters and retired, so expected more long travels. So I sold the OBXT in early 2016, and bought the 4Runner I now drive. And it was a good time to sell. The OBXT was only made two years in this style, and was replaced by the more SUV-like 2010 and beyond Outback. The newer models lost that special "Subaruness" that so many enthusiasts loved. Plus, mine was a so-called unicorn, as it was from that two year build, had the turbo and manual transmission, and had only 47,000 miles. After 8 years of enjoyment, I sold it for substantially more than half the purchase price. I had three firm buyers in less than 12 hours online. Shoulda asked for more!!

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    Bigfoot is real... Also, my little Impreza did a bomber job today on the dirt forest service roads.

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    This is returning to my car after a weekend on the Appalachian Trail in January with some of the other PA members. It's a 2009 Impreza Outback Sport. More than likely trading it in this week and getting a full on Outback this (been eyeing a 2017 that's at my dealership). End up with a kid and a hound dog, it's not as simple as just putting the seats down anymore when going on a trip lol.

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    My new daily Forester. It's a 2010 non-turbo automatic. Not a race car, but it does its job. Only 84,000 mi. on the clock and immaculate. It's my mom's old car, so I know where it's been.

    I added my old Thule parts (2 kayaks and 2 bike racks), a trailer hitch (4 bike rack or cargo / dead deer rack), and a head unit and speakers. The factory stereo was pretty awful. 300 dollars worth of Kenwood parts woke it up very nicely.

    All I still have to do is some manner of BIG driving lights up front, fog lights in the factory locations for up close, and 1 1/2" shims under the driver's seat 'cause I'm vertically challenged and would like to see over the hood better. Maybe a pair of spacers on the rear struts to level it a little.

    Oddly enough, I'd never driven a Subaru. I expected them to have more "character" but it just kind of hums along like a big Altima. Not that that's a bad thing.
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    The previously stated "more than likely" became a "done deal" last week. Let the modifications and add- 20190715_175844.jpg ons begin.
     
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    My '06 outback has rod knock and I don't know whether to swap the motor or try to find a new car. I love my Subaru and have pretty much replaced the whole front suspension, new tires, newish brakes, new drive shaft, and a full tune all within the last year or so. Any suggestions, motor swap or car shop?
     

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