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Subaru Outback VDC

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  • According to Subaru, if you use an accessory plug it may damage the portion of the receptacle's internal mechanism (bi-metal) that causes the cigarette lighter plug to "pop-out" after its lighter element is heated. This could cause the lighter not to pop out after it heats up, and start a fire. They also say that if you ever want to use it again as a lighter, you have to replace the whole assembly.

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  • theobtheob Posts: 148
    Mike,
    How does "Tropics" compare to "Welcome to St. James Club"? I have St. James available to me, but would have to go find Tropics.
    Thanks, Theo in Colo.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Actually Juice, the rear of the XT6 is quite high, even with the stock airbags. And they would just level out the rear no matter how much trailer weight you put on it. Mine is now much higher in the back than say a forester or OB.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good point, I had forgotten about the self-leveling suspension.

    Did you know the turbo Foresters from overseas have this feature?

    -juice
  • mikenkmikenk Posts: 281
    I am not familiar with "Welcome to St James Club" but I would guess it would be similar as a demo. At a dinner party last week, the host had used "tropics" as a demo for his in house system; that was the first time I had actually been aware of the Rippingtons.

    Mike
  • troccotrocco Posts: 19
    Anybody's got pictures of the outback sedan?

    matias
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru.com probably does. Check them out at the dealer. The "butch sedan" look actually translates quite well IMO.

    -juice
  • otis123otis123 Posts: 426
    The Rippington's are great! Saw them a couple weeks ago at the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill, New York. Not sure if they are touring...
  • theobtheob Posts: 148
    The Rippingtons were at the Paramount in Denver a year or two ago (probably since). We saw them then along with Craig Chaquico. But then Russ Freemen (founder of the Ripps) lives in Colorado and might just drive a Sube!;-) Their guitar album together, "Redwoods to the Rockies" (Windham Hill) sounds very good on the Mac. Might have to get some more Ripps for the car :-)
    Theo in Colo.
  • mikenkmikenk Posts: 281
    Shoot, I thought I had discovered something new with these guys. Oh well, but they do sound great on the Mac; also the "tropics" would be a great highway cd for those boring stretches on my trips from Texas to Colorado, but I need to get some earplugs for the wife.

    Mike
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    I am in Houston..have a 01 OB auto. I will be moving to Boston in a month.

    Trying to sell mine for 2 reasons:
    - I would prefer a weather package
    - It would cost me $1300 to move but I can sell for that difference.

    Based on what I have been reading, I like the VDC.......but I have the following questions:

    1. If I am considering a car 31k......Do I have other choices......like the highlander.....will I get Highlander for same price with awd, vdc, & navigation system !

    2. Is VDC considerably better than the OB regular auto ? I know the features in VDC, but is it still worth the 8k difference ?

    3. Is premium fuel a requirement or recommended for vdc ?

    Thanks for your comments in advance !!!!
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    1. My guess is the Highlander will be more expensive, comparably equipped. You can't yet get a "Nav" system in a Subie.

    2. Only you can decide. It's not $8K more than an LL Bean, which is really the question you're asking.

    3. Recommended; if you use regular, you will lose some power, but that's about it.

    Bob
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    I guess the question is, would you rather drive a car or a truck? The Highlander is much larger and truck-like than the OB.

    Greg
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's a high camary at best! Don't insult us truck owners like that Greg! :) The highlander is just overpriced IMHO.

    -mike
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    I know the Highlander is based on the Camry platform. Kinda a big car, don't you think? I did use the term "truck-like". Is that OK? :)

    Greg
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    We in the Truck area say the highlander is "car-like" :) The camary is a mid-size car at best IMHO, then again I'm used to an old '74 old 98 and some lincoln town cars...

    -mike
  • troccotrocco Posts: 19
    How useful is it offroad?

    I tried taking it to a dirt road when i testedrove it, but the dealer wouldn't let me.

    I'm currious to know what would happen on a hilly dirt road or sth like that.

    I'm afraid it would apply breaks to the wheels or even cut engine power and the response time would be worse than with the VDC off. (any 2002 owners have tried it?)
    (i guess this is similar to the previously discussed situation of being stuck in snow and vdc not letting you even start)

    Sometimes when you are offroad, the last thing you want is to loose engine power or even apply brakes. Many times, you just wanna keep your momentum going even if that means spinning your wheels.

    Any thoughts?

    Matias
  • troccotrocco Posts: 19
    I think the extra ground clearance and the bigger engine does tons of good. But i think the biggest problem with the outbacks offroad (aside from not having a 4x4 Low) is that their angle of attack is really small.

    The tv comercial says that it has more ground clearance than many SUV's, but if you pay attentiong to the angle of attack of most SUV's is much greater. It would be nice if subaru could somehow add an extra couple of inches to the front end clearance. Or maybe even sloping the bottom would have the same effect. (just like the back end is sloped)

    i think this would be a challenge for aesthetics engineers, cause i think the front ends looks really nice as it is.

    What do you all think?

    Matias
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Check out pics at http://isuzu-suvs.com under Paisan's Trooper section and in the events section there is pics of our offroad trips with subies. Links at:


    http://caroga.net/misc/07-04-00/subaru.html

    http://isuzu-suvs.com/subaru/pinebarrens.html

    http://isuzu-suvs.com/events/


    -mike

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Is very poor off-road. It's FWD based so the oil and tranny pans are nice and low. Picture putting bigger tires on a camary and taking it offroad.

    -mike
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