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2011 Outback - Improvements?
So, after only a few short weeks, again, I can't say I love this car enough. However, there is always room for improvement so I hope Subaru is monitoring this board and sees my personal comments. They aren't major structural designs, but mainly "minor" tweaks.
1. The manual is very poorly indexed. I tried to program the Homelink garage door opener and it wasn't easily listed under things you would assume ("garage," "mirror") and had to slog through the book to find it. I took a look at my wife's 2011 Camry manual and it is incredibly better indexed. Her Homelink program was exactly where it should have been, under "garage."
2. I came from many Saabs and one thing they do that nobody other manufacturer does (at least in this quality price range) is make an asymmetric dashboard - one that is slanted towards the driver for ease of use. Everybody makes it symmetrical which is stupid as the driver needs to reach incredibly far to scan the radio, etc. It shouldn't be designed for the passenger's ease of use. Come on.
3. The intermittent rear wiper knob could be better designed, specifically with at least one other intermittent position. It is either always on (never needed) or the current position is simply too frequent. Add another slower one.
4. I'm shorter so I'm a bit closer to the wheel than probably most. Make the center console with a sliding top that can extend forward for a better armrest - MANY other cars have this.
5. The rear-seat map pocket is non-existent behind the driver. What's up with that? The other is a net, not making what is stored in there very neat looking. Make a solid cover for both.
6. And like many others have complained about, nix the MPG gauge. It is like Saab's idiot shift light for the manual. I, like others, would much rather prefer a temperature gauge. I think the digital read out on current MPG where the clock and outside temp is ( I assume all versions have this) can easily be used as a resource on whether you are driving efficiently enough or not - if even somebody needed to know.
7. Going back to the manual, operation of the Bluetooth is practically non-existent, at least I can't find it anywhere. How about some more detail on how to program it, etc.
8. The radio seek feature on the steering wheel (holding on the up/down switch) beeps each time it goes to the next strongest station. The "beep" is annoyingly load, especially when you are continuously toggling up the dial. Dial the tone back a bit.
I know it sounds like I am really criticizing the car and I know many of these items will seem petty to some. I had my eye on this car for a year, opted to the 3.6 for more power and will help Subaru sell many more I hope.