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Subaru Impreza Outback Sport & TS



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    As soon as I go for the 2.9% financing, Subaru starts a 0% promotion, 60 months and all, for the OBS. Should have waited a little longer, but who knew.....

    I had an idle half hour the other night and went looking for any reviews specifically of the OBS, and has anyone else here ever tried that? It's an impossible task! 98% of all Impreza reviews are of the WRX or STi, and the remaining 2% are devoted exclusively to the base 2.5i. Two of the principal interior complaints in those 2.5i reviews - the steering wheel and shifter plastic - are resolved in the OBS with its leather wraps.

    I did find one review of the '98 OBS, which brought me back memories of my first one (a '97). A couple of months back I saw the woman who bought mine, she still has it and it has over 230K miles now. They keep on tickin' if you take care of them. Of course, that '97 had the very fabulous 2.2L engine. :-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Keep an eye on that leather-wrapped steering wheel. I'm having mine in my WRX replaced, as it's starting to fray in a couple of spots, and I've only got 8K on the car. The service manager said he had another customer with a Legacy GT with the same problem. Might there be a problem/trend starting here?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You got off easy - the rebate on my Miata went from $2500 to $5000. :cry:

    I did write a letter to Mazda and they sent me a gift card to purchase some accessories.

    Write a nice letter to SoA, it can't hurt.

    One stamp earned me $100 in accessories. Rubber floor mats, a cargo net, and maybe some touch-up paint, most likely.

    Hint: be nice, tell them you're a returning Subaru customer, kill them with kindness.
  • shawmoushawmou Posts: 9
    Hi Rick,

    I bought my OBS in February and have the following options:
    - rubber floor mats (best for the winters)
    - mud guard
    - home link/auto-dimming mirror with compass
    - bumper cover
    - center armrest (I used to drove a manual trans so my right arm needs a place to rest)

    I installed the following (parts bought from the dealer):
    - fog light protector (I had fog lights hit by rocks in the past)
    - stainless exhaust extension

    - overall refinement
    - style and color – sage green (personal preference)
    - Subaru’s famous symmetrical AWD
    - world class safety features
    - A great car for the money

    Dislike (the below comments really don’t bother me. All personal preferences):
    - seat’s fabric
    - fuel economy (not terrible but could be better)
    - Subaru’s famous engine noise
    - no map pocket on the back of the driver seat
    - small storage up front

    Plan to add:
    - tinted back windows

    Good luck.

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Well, IIRC the total of the interest on my loan is close to $2000, so my story is almost as bad as your Miata story! :cry:

    Not a bad idea about writing them for some extra love, what can it hurt? I will do it this weekend. Wish me luck! :-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good luck. I'm off to get some rubber mats and a cargo net! :shades:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Well, my letter is away, and I emphasized that I am a repeat customer. Who knows what it will bring, but it sure would be nice to be financed at 0% instead of 2.9.....I think they put the new promo on less than a week after I signed on the dotted line...... :-/

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    They answered very quickly, to say that they have no 0% promotion for the OBS, and never had 60-month 2.9% financing either. I know that's not true, because I got 2.9% 60-month financing! They refer me to the Subaru website, which indeed does NOT list such a promotion for the OBS, but I'm sure I didn't remember the TV ad wrong. What's up here? :confuse:

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No idea...

    I went to the Mazda dealer with mine, and got the run-around.

    First, they would not accept a 10% coupon for their web site for the accessories because they said you could not combine offers. I thought a gift card was same as cash, so I disagreed with the manager but he would not budge.

    Then he says I have 2 cards, $50 each, and can only use one per day. Which means I have to go back a 2nd time to his store. :sick:

    Here I give a Mazda dealer a chance to prove they offer good service and they screw me over left and right. I'm taking the other card to another dealer. In fact I only went ahead with half of my purchase because they had a lower price on some items (higher on others).

    Every time I give a dealer a chance to do something good, I end up reminding myself of 2 things:

    1). I would much, MUCH rather DIY, do it myself
    2). When OE parts are needed, I much prefer to order them on-line, save myself the hassle of local dealer parts counters

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Well my dealer just added insult to injury by sending me a letter saying they were very sorry, but they needed another $62 from me for DMV fees, because California DMV fee schedules are so topsy-turvy right now that they weren't able to calculate it correctly.

    I felt like writing them back and asking them if they couldn't just find $62 more in the deal to just pay the fees themselves, rather than bothering me. But I want my plates, so I sent the check. :sick:

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    To keep up this my-story-is-worse-than-yours, Congressional Mazda never called me to say the part arrives. It's here, but I had to call and ask. They had promised to call on Tuesday.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I learned long ago that when they say they will call you that is just wasted breath. No dealer has EVER called me when parts came in or my car was ready in the service department. Even though all SAID they would. The only exception to that has been the Toyota dealer I now use for service on the Echo, which is one of the reasons I have stuck with them.

    Certainly I'm not expecting any "calls when ready" from my Subaru dealer. I have had more than enough experience of this particular dealer in the past to know to expect very little, especially from service and parts.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hah, call it Karma, but my wife went to pick up the rubber floor mats yesterday and the dealer forgot to charge us state sales tax.

    Not my problem. I doubt I'll ever step foot in there again.
  • cmenakercmenaker Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Outback Sport with the original about 60K. Any recommendations for replacment tires would be appreciated. I live in Northern California and communte 30+ miles each way to work on the highway five days a week. Also occasionally take the car to Tahoe in the snow but that's the exception to the rule. Suggestions?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    do these big shiny 17s they put on the new OBS show dirt and brake dust! I am going to have to step up my typical carwashing schedule with these things, because they start to show dirt so quickly and look pretty icky after a week or two. In this respect, the (16-spoke?) 16s the other Imprezas get would be better.

    cmenaker: color me impressed - you got 60K miles from the original Potenzas? If you are interested in long-life tires as a priority, the Toyo Spectrums on my Echo have been very good to me - good grip in the dry (but not in the wet so much) and will exceed the warranted 65K miles of treadwear.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Wondering if anybody can help me with a little problem. I have a 1997 Impreza Outback Sport and the keyless remote will not lock or unlock the tailgate. All other doors work perfectly well with the remote and the tailgate can be locked and unlocked using the key. Any ideas what could be the problem?

    I have a vague recollection of this same problem happening 5-6 years ago. I think we were able to fix the problem with some combination of locking the doors with the key and using the remote, but I can't remember for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The wheels are painted .... so wax them.

    Seriously, it helps keep brake dust off.

    I have to do the same with ours. Much easier to clean once you've done that.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    You give me WAY more credit than I deserve for good car-cleaning! :-P

    I go through the brushless automated wash, haven't scrubbed a car by hand in a while.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • After 2 months of looking at cars I finally decided on the impreza outback sport, and I love it. It was very hard to find this particular color, but a dealer ordered it and I'm very happy with it after a week of driving it. Total price was $20,200 including TTL

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Congrats—and good luck with your new ride! I like that color combo. Keeps us posted as to what it's like to live with, day-to-day.

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