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Subaru Crew Community Page- Your Comments/Opinions

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited March 23 in Subaru
We would like to hear what you think of the new Subaru Crew Community Page. Likes? Dislikes? Suggestions?

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  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Oh yeah, I like the new page too.

    -Frank P.
  • miksmimiksmi Silver Spring, MDPosts: 1,246
    Rather than list everyone's pet URL, I suggest just list mine ;). Here's the largest compendium of Subaru sites (updated periodically) that I've encountered:

    Gordon Diamant's Sube-Directory

    If it's missing something, send me a message with subject "Sube-Directory: " and a brief description (5-6 words, maybe a sentence?). I'll aggregate them and ask Gordon to update. Please don't inundate Gordon with individual requests. juice, once the dust settles on your website, I'll add yours to Gordon's list.

    ..Mike

    [edit] Frank you're too fast for me.

    ..Mike

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like it, but my earlier post saying I like it is MIA.

    Still, thanks.

    -juice
  • lakepoplakepop Posts: 221
    Works good..looks good....I like it! :)
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    It makes for a very convenient entry.

    Ross
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,671
    The Subaru Community Page is a great idea!

    What I like best is I can now log onto the SOA web site.

    For those of you following my rants about the new SOA site (I can't get on because my downloaded Flash reader won't allow me to)—I can now log on via this community page.

    The SOA site isn't working perfectly. There are some features that aren't working (showroom for one), but at least I can now get on.

    Bob
  • bubba73bubba73 Posts: 1
    This forum for Subaru owners is great. I recently traded a 98 F-150 for a 2002 Impreza RS. One thing I've learned is the RS isn't a big seller in the U.S. It seems most people have either the Outback ( Impreza) or the Forrester. Anyway so far I love this car. I did a lot of comparison shopping ( Honda Civic,Toyota Corrolla,Nissan Sentra,Hyundai Elantra,and Volkswagon Golf) and I liked the Impreza the best. The handling and speed are excellent. Anyone else with an RS out there? Has anyone added a strut tower brace and does it make that much difference? And as an aside: am I the only person that thinks that Volkwswagons are overpriced and overrated? I'm looking forward to talking to the other members of this club. Bubba
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    i-club.com

    You'll find a lot of impreza info!

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bubba: hop over to the Subaru Crew - Modifications topic under Owners Clubs. I think you'll feel right at home! :-)

    -juice
  • aceperoacepero Posts: 13
    Finally someone out there with a 2002 2.5RS. I've been looking for you people for a while now. You are dead on when you say hardly anyone has this car. There is only one in my town and I've seen about maybe three or four on the road for about 3-4 months now. I'd think that living on LI I'd see a lot more. Let me know specifics about what you love about that car. I just ordered one a month ago and I am expecting delivery by mid September. My email is VanillaEps@aol.com.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Have you been to the Subaru Community page recently? Did you take the AWD poll? Please share your comments here!


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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I did, and I voted, but where are the results? There should be a "View Results" button or something. It just thanks me for voting.

    -juice
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Karen- Who came up with that AWD Poll question? It's pointless to do such a general comparison of AWD systems between manufacturers, as there are too many variables. As an example, Subaru has two very different AWD systems for manual or auto transmissions. And while I might "generally" think that Subaru's systems are far superior to those of Ford for example, I might at the same time think that Audi's AWD systems are better than Subaru's. That being the case, how would I answer the question?

    -Frank P.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess they are polling public perception, not we experts, who know Subaru's systems are superior. ;-)

    -juice
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Good questions...and I'm not the person who knows. Drat! But, I will pass them on to the upper management.

    KarenS
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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Here are the answers:


    "Subaru's advertising agency came up with the AWD questions and answers - and told us not to allow public viewing of the poll results. Top secret market research here..."

     

    It would also be great if the Crew could fill out the market research survey under "Talk to Us".


    Thanks for your help!


    KarenS
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  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Okay, then it's a simple case of product ignorance at SOA's ad agency. Isn't it just typical that the ad agency would know less about the product they're under commission to sell than many of the owners!

    -Frank P.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Do you guys see the GM creeping in :)

    Don't worry, us Isuzu people will be holding a support group on thursdays from 8-9 right after the Subaru-OCD group has their meetings...

    -mike
  • miksmimiksmi Silver Spring, MDPosts: 1,246
    Karen, for the reasons Frank mentioned (and Lucien elsewhere), I had skipped the AWD poll. To help, I filled it out.

    If you want more participation, I'd change: Talk to Us Take time out to tell us more about yourself

    This implies Edmunds is requesting information for a mass mailing. I'd move it under the headline Subaru Wants to Know....

    In general, I don't visit the Subaru Community Page because it's not obvious when new content exists (like "New" in a red). I'd like to see an easy, direct URL, like one of these:

    http://www.edmunds.com/subaru
    http://www.edmunds.com/townhall/subaru

    Currently, it's cumbersome:
    http://townhall.edmunds.com/cgi-bin/townhall.subaru#

    IMO the Subaru Community Page (and Edmunds in general) would improve if it employed Jakob Nielsen's usability suggestions at http://www.useit.com/ .

    Just my $.02. Edmunds is a great resource and I'd like to help improve it.

    ..Mike

    ..Mike

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Karen- I fully agree with Mike's statement: "In general, I don't visit the Subaru Community Page because it's not obvious when new content exists (like "New" in a red)"

    I use Edmund's Message Center to track new postings. Is there a way to have the Subaru Community Page show up there as an entry whenever it's been updated?

    -Frank P.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,671
    On Mike's statement. I visit it about once every quarter.

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Ditto on Mike (with a capital M)'s comments. I visit 1x a quarter roughly as well. I use the Message Center for day to day use.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm with paisan. I see GM asking this question, trying to see if it's OK to put VersaCrap in our Subies.

    IT IS NOT OK! Off to the survey folks!

    On the Community Page, I have it marked as my default home page. It makes it easy to get to a lot of places, including topics that not have a new post, but you may have info to share.

    There is a one-click link to the Message Center, which is the bookmark I visit the most.

    -juice
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Frank P. - speaking from personal experience, I know what it's like to have sales staff who don't know - or take the time to learn - the product or service they sell. The end result is that they always lowball on price and end up cutting your profit margin, but not at the expense of their commissions, oh no. It's even worse when the product is a service and they treat your employees like so many pieces of meat. Top it off they usually want to start doing the work without a signed contract and with nothing up front. I tell them that the guys doing their home improvements don't work that way but it doesn't stop them.

    Oh yeah, Subie AWD question. Looks like the hands of the General's bean counters creeping in. The day I start seeing GM/Delphi/ACDelco cheap electronics and switchgear in Subarus is the day I start shopping elsewhere.

    Ed
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey our troopers have delphi ECUs and A/C Delco stereos, both of which work excellently!

    -mike
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    I cannot say the same for the ACDelco stereo in my '93 Buick, paisan. The cassette unit died when the car was only 5 years old (yes, it was maintained properly) and the search/seek buttons sometimes froze. The power windows and door locks (Delphi, too, IIRC) worked intermittently as well, as did the HVAC controls - very disconcerting to have the heater/defroster stop working in the dead of a PA winter, with no assurance that it'd restart after stopping, turning off the car and restarting. Combined with having to replace water pumps every 50K miles and alternators only slightly less often and you can see why I wasn't a happy camper.

    On the plus side the Buick was a great stopgap car for me between my '86 VW Jetta and the current '00 Forester. The engine and tranny combo were very smooth, passengers were usually very comfy on long trips, and highway mileage was better than in my Forester (30-31mpg avg. vs. 26.5-27.5). However, it was a better car to be a passenger in than to drive. It did get me on NPR's "Car Talk" in the fall of 1996 - another topic entirely.

    It pains me to say, however, that the GM Delphi plant near here in Ewing, NJ, closed its doors a year or so ago and has been completely bulldozed, except for a guard shack, as of last week. A number of good jobs lost in the area and I sometimes can't help feeling guilty about it.

    Ed
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm no american car fan myself (see my rants about FORDs) but both my Rodeo and thus far my Trooper have been nothing but quality, even though they do have Harrison Radiators, and Delphi electronics for some things.

    -mike
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Didn't say I wasn't an American car fan - still have one in the garage albeit an orphan. I am evenly split between domestic and import in my owning life so far: Ford, Honda, VW, Buick, Subaru, Studebaker. In my heart of hearts I want to see US build quality increase and, what's harder still, that the PERCEPTION (sorry for all caps, hosts) of better build quality increases in the eye of the American consumer. When you look at cheap mismatched interior plastics and fabric, badly aligned and big-gapped body panels, and the myriad of recalls for brand new models (pick a Ford, any Ford) it doesn't speak highly of the US auto industry. When it appears that all they can sell to the public are trucks and SUVs, and the passenger cars primarily to rentals and fleets, it doesn't speak highly either. Too much time and resources spent on brand management and spin.

    I'm beginning to sound less logical and more reactionary. Time for some sleep.

    Ed
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Don't feel guilty. Subaru is basically GM owned and the majority of Subies sold here are made in Indiana.

    Compare that to the Intrepid, say, which is made in Canada by a German owned company.

    I think a lot of Buicks are made in Canada too.

    -juice
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Thanks for the suggestions and feedback! I'm passing them on to the Director of Community.

    KarenS
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