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2013 Subaru Outback

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  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Been considering the Outback for sometime (among another SUVs) but have been hesitant due to all the talk about the steering issues the past 2 years. So now it comes down to this: should I jump for a 2012 at over $2k off sticker or go for a 2013 with improved mileage, steering, ride, etc? Salesman said I could get the 2013 for about $1K off sticker. BTW, looking at either the 4 cylinder 2.5i or premium.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,575
    for that minimal of a difference, 100% go with the 2013. Just getting 1 model year newer, even if there were no changes, would be worth that much.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Thanks for the input - I agree. Only thing about the 2012 is I can get one now with the sky blue exterior which I love; they have done away with it for 2013. I know, I know....I bought a house once mainly because I loved the blue carpet.... The new Twilight Blue for 2013 looks pretty sweet though... ;) May have to wait a bit but that's no bid deal.
  • albert72albert72 Posts: 141
    Does anyone know what the frequency of required oil changes for the 2013 Outback will be? A couple of years ago I was looking at one and the owners manual indicated oil changes every 3000 miles and today, most engines require changes every 7500 - 10000. Given the 2013 has a new engine, I would be interested to know what the new service intervals are.

    Also - the CVT transmission - the vibration that seems to be so common during deceleration - is that just the way this transmission is or is there a design / engineering flaw that randomly surfaces in Outbacks and you basically have to get lucky to get a vehicle that does not have vibration.

    The steering issue - any thoughts or knowledge of the new 2013 model has addressed this?

    Lastly, has anyone purchased a 2013 with the new 2.5 L engine and if so, is there a noticeable difference between the power / acceleration of the new model it's predecessor?

    Thanks,
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    I think the first oil change is at 3K, then every 7,500 miles.

    I drove 2 new '13 CVT Outbacks, and didn't notice any CVT vibration. The '13 model has an updated CVT. As to power, yes, more low- and mid-range power—where it counts!

    No steering issues. Suspension has also been updated. 40% less body roll. Feels very Euro-like.

    Bob
  • lynnvinlynnvin Posts: 2
    I just purchased this 2013 OB Limited. Was initially going to purchase a 2012 but after reading about the steering issues decided to go with the 2013. I traded in my 2004 Mazda 6 Sportswagon that had 103,000 miles.
    I got the model with the Moonroof, Nav, and the Isight System - MSRP was $34,790 - I paid $31,910 before my trade.
    I only have about 100 miles on the car but I have to say the car rides great and the build quality is very, very good. I chose the 4 cylinder for better gas mileage. Looking forward to keeping this car for many, many years.
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    You said you paid $31900 before your trade. Is that the price you agreed on before the sales person knew you had a trade? If not, did you get a fair price for your trade?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    edited July 2012
    Joe Spitz has images of the "Special Appearance Package" with the beautiful dark brown leather seats, as well as instructions/photos of how to adjust the roof rack spacing.

    Interior
    http://www.cars101.com/subaru/outback/outback2013photos2.html

    Exterior
    http://www.cars101.com/subaru/outback/outback2013photos1.html

    Bob
  • den_geoden_geo Posts: 1
    edited July 2012
    We've been looking for a new vehicle for my wife and she really liked the subaru outbacks. Based on all of the comments here about the changes made to the motor and suspension we decided to wait until the 2013 model came out and they just started showing up here in denver last week. Well, went and test drove them and really liked it. Ended up purchasing one a few days ago, a 2.5i premium cvt with package 6 (moonroof/rear-vision camera/allweather). I felt the pricing was pretty decent, sticker was just over $29K (plus $499 dealer fee) and we ended up getting it for $26,510 + tax OTD.
  • Just ordered my Legacy 3.6R with Nav (trading in my 2010 3.6R without Nav). I am expecting it in about 4-5 weeks, the Canadian cars have not made it to the dealers just yet that's why the wait. I just love the handling and with the amount of driving I do this is the best deal available.

    Although I do like the improvements from the 12 to 13 model year, they are more cosmetic than anything else on the the six cylinder. I am hoping that Subaru will work on better transmissions in the future, a six speed or CVT for the 3.6 (or the Forester which really is behind the times with a 4 speed). I had a 2008 Altima 3.5 SE with CVT before my Legacy, the transmission was really sweet for a CVT and got great gas mileage, I think this is the next step for an already great car. :)
  • erc39erc39 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a 2013 Outback with Special Appearance package in Northern California.
    MSRP was $34, 373, paid $30,771 plus TTL.
  • Just placed my custom order in this week so we're now committed. Ordered almost every electronic option including the Eyesight feature. Can't wait for our car to arrive and I'm looking forward to the 30mpg kick to cut my gas bill on my commute, etc. Wish me luck.
  • grdma2grdma2 Posts: 3
    Am looking for the same thing. What dealership did you use? Thank you.
  • grdma2grdma2 Posts: 3
    Another question - did you purchase any other options at that price, such as side molding, etc. Thank you.
  • almattialmatti Posts: 164
    mr practical, did you stick to your original plan: 2.5i LTD or opt for the 3.6r LTD? Which dealer did you use. You're in the NY area? What was your Final Price and lease payment OTD including your trade in?

    If I may ask, was this a rush decision to replace your Audi? Usually, new model cars are at Top Dollar at introduction until they figure out inventory and sales activity and then offer some more discounts.
  • 2013ob2013ob Posts: 13
    edited July 2012
    I just purchased that exact same 2013 2.5i Limted w/Special Appearence Package. The color looks like dark chocolate cherry--brilliant brown pearl/saddle brown leather. I had a 2012 2.5i Premium and its a night and day difference with the HP, CVT, and suspension improvements. Added a Curt trailer hitch yesterday. Paid $30,997.00, MSRP was $34,197.00. The "whine" with the 2012 shifting is not present in the 2013---nice job Subaru!! Sharp color combo. Moon roof, Harmon Kardon (package # 23)
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    I just purchased that exact same 2013 2.5i Limted w/Special Appearence Package. The color looks like dark chocolate cherry--brilliant brown pearl/saddle brown leather. I had a 2012 2.5i Premium and its a night and day difference with the HP, CVT, and suspension improvements. Added a Curt trailer hitch yesterday. Paid $30,997.00, MSRP was $34,197.00. The "whine" with the 2012 shifting is not present in the 2013---nice job Subaru!! Sharp color combo. Moon roof, Harmon Kardon (package # 23)

    Congratulations!! Did you get that price without a trade-in? If so, where do you live? I'm planning on selling my present car, so I'm looking at what people have paid without a trade in.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    Congrats! Would love to hear more comparisons between your '12 and '13 Outbacks. I suspect the changes, while rather subtle, make a big difference.

    Did you get the Eyesight option? If not, how about the Nav? That's been changed too for this year.

    Bob
  • 2013ob2013ob Posts: 13
    The upgraded engine has less whine when shifting, suspension feels more refined, the saddle brown leather is comfortable, the back seat air vents makes a difference, dash guages are completely different. The 2013 is a much more refined than the 2012. I had both and would not hesitate taking the 2013 over the 2012 I have put about 400 miles on the vehicle and all is well. The Navigaton and Harmon Kardon audio are nice as well. The Curt Class III hitch took about 30 minutes to have installed. Silver . mirrors with blinkers on the mirrors, puddle lights, heated seats---its pretty much the top of the 2.5 series you can get

    No, I didnt get the Eyesight---that is too annoying for me and had no desire to get it. Plus, you can not get the Eyesight w/ the Special Appearence Package---its either or.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    edited July 2012
    Thanks.

    While you may have a Class III hitch, you shouldn't try Class III towing (5000 pound max), as your car is only rated for 2700 pound towing—if the trailer has its own set of brakes. If the trailer doesn't have brakes, you're limited to only 1000 pound towing.

    The one with Eyesight that I drove did have an annoying lane-change feature. Every time you crossed a painted line on the road a buzzer would go off. Very annoying to say the least. I did like the adaptive cruise control, however.

    Bob
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