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Subaru Crew Cafe

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Oh, here we go. These are the ones!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    And finally, I couldn't agree more about the placement of the injury! Eye, teeth, or, if it was higher still, you might not be with us at all. Crazy all the stuff we can skate through without (significant) injury as children, but not so much as adults. :cry:
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,601
    G'day

    Sounds like an overly adventurous way to get plastic surgery.

    The nightlights are a great idea. We actually fitted motion sensing nightlights which double as emergency torches and switch on if the power goes out.

    I have to admit the reason for them was safety for the dog, who is getting too elderly for climbing stairs without good lighting. I feel a little silly fitting lighting for a dog, but have also recently made a large step so she can climb onto my bed without having to jump; even made the top sprung and added 12mm thick rubber cushioning so that her joints are not strained. She is not spoilt!

    I discovered last night that the step also doubles as a remarkably loud drum, when struck by a wagging tail. I stayed awake to the steady rhythm of a happy dog. There are worse ways to be entertained

    Cheers

    Graham

    Cheers

    Graham
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    edited February 2013
    We probably have 7 or 8 strategically placed nightlights around the house, but likely only 4-5 actually working at any one time! I'm old school and still use the 4 watt bulbs. I tried LEDs a few years back, but well, they were pretty bad and I tossed them. I'm sure they are mature now and the investment would be worth it. With kids and dogs, tripping hazards are just a given!

    The one area I have invested heavily is in decent LED flashlights, and we have them placed in multiple locations around the house. Sam's Club, etc. sell two packs of high grade aluminum body 150 - 200 lumen lights for around $20 - $25, that run on 3 AAA batteries. I bought a fancy battery charger and two dozen AAA NiMH 900 ma batteries, and rotate them regularly.

    http://battery-charger-review.toptenreviews.com/alpha-power-battery-charger-revi- ew.html

    If you haven't seen a charger like this, it's a must have item. Toss the chargers that come with the batteries.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,796
    I have these in my hallways to help the kids (when they were younger) and guests find their way to the baths in the middle of the night:

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  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    I was looking too at the motion sensor ones, slightly higher output,but still not going to wake anyone. Thanks for all the advice.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We leave the night light on in the hall bath.

    As I was reading that story I looked to see if it was April 1st!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    Here's a photo that shows the before/after side-by-side.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/aeGWyNBVVvPh9wte3zQzidMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm- 0?feat=directlink

    Note the new tire is about 0.4" taller yet I still have tons of room in the wheel well.

    There is still road noise, slightly less than before, but bump impacts have softened a bit, so I'm happy. You hear expansion joints still, but don't feel every little one as much.

    I set cruise at an indicated 60mph, the GPS was reading 62-63mph, also as expected.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    Hmm, remove the dash and the space from the link, for some reason I can't post it without it getting cut in half. Should be ...fm0...
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Nicely done, AJ! I love that comparison; it definitely caught me by surprise.

    From what can be seen there, it looks nicely proportioned on the car. I'm curious as to whether you notice any handling differences as a result of the increased sidewall height.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    That looks like a very nice charger, Steve! Good timing on the post, too, as my charger that came with some batteries (four years ago) just died a couple weeks back, so I'm in the market!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, poetically, I took the summer tires off, and wouldn't you know it? Snow flakes started to fall!

    The new tires are UHP all season, so I wasn't worried. :shades:

    It was wet driving ~15 miles or so to work, so it was a bit noisy, probably in part because of the water.

    I do think that visually they fill up the wheel wells a bit more, though there is still too much wheel gap even now.

    Will have to wait for better weather to comment on handling.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    I've seen those, but have been reluctant to try. I can see the point, given any nightlight is going to snag an outlet anyway, but with these there is no option to remove and replace with something else when two ports are needed.

    You find them to be a good value, in terms of that trade off, the light produced, etc?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was all in for just $360 or so. Not bad, eh?

    My boss' secretary replaced tires on her A3 and spent nearly 3 times as much at $1030!
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,796
    You find them to be a good value, in terms of that trade off, the light produced, etc?

    They produce plenty of light. I first installed them when the kids were younger and I worried about them stumbling down the hall to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Now that they are teens, they don't wake up in the middle of the night anymore - heck, the sun is usually pretty high in the sky when they like to get up. Downstairs, it's still handy for the hall between the guest room and the bathroom.

    I replaced outlets in the halls which are next to central vacuum outlets. They are only used to plug in the vac power head so losing half wasn't a concern.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Thanks, Rob. I might try a couple out, just to get a feel for them. I like that they are so unobtrusive.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Sounds pretty sweet to me, AJ! I spent nearly $900 to replace the tires on my Forester last summer. :cry:
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I was considering a handful of these... not that I specifically need them (I live alone, if there's something on the floor, I put it there), but they seem like the right size and brightness for an apartment like mine (2 bed, 1100 square feet)

    Mr. Beams MB333 Wireless LED Spotlight with Motion Sensor and Photocell, White, 3-Pack - 140 lumens

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    edited February 2013
    I'm a big advocate of rechargeable AA & AAA batteries, but was disappointed in their long term performance. It wasn't until I started reading some serious journal articles about the recharging process (YES, WHAT A GEEK!!), that I came to realize that cheap chargers murder good batteries. Most $10 units charge in pairs or quads - and the charging stops when the first battery reaches the full storage potential. That leaves the rest undercharged, and they get progressively weaker with each sequence. I've brought batteries left for dead back to life! I feel so much like Dr. Frankenstein!

    I have the older model (Lacrosse BC-700), with a max 700 ma charge rate. Still, 90% of the time I dial it down to lower. Each cell takes in what it needs, and all the data is there. I numbered my batteries, and matched up the most powerful set for the flashlight with the greatest need (like the one used to search for skunks in the woods before letting the dog out). With this charger, I've seen final voltages that top 1.51 v - from a battery chemistry only rated at a nominal 1.25 v.

    Expensive, but worth every penny. OK, I get excited over weird stuff....
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Hahaha, no I think that stuff is cool, too! I must say that I have had very good luck with the longevity of my rechargeable batteries (I've never had one stop working well yet, and I have some that are older than my house [10]). I tend to lose them before they stop working. :blush:

    But, that's not to say they're getting charged well. I've already queued one up in my Amazon cart. I think I'll get the 500ma unit, as it looks compact, simple, flexible, and is less expensive. I can go for the "full monty" if this one piques my interest, as it clearly has yours. ;)
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    edited February 2013
    You guys are all motivating me to spend money. With 4 kids and 2 game consoles we have a constant stream of rechargeable batteries that now surprisingly are poorly managed by the kids who then have the gall to complain the batteries don't last. Really like the ability to identify the single bad battery in the charge process. As you say, one bad battery spreads its dysfunction like a virus as it "disables" its charge twin.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, over $200 when Lana got a flat, luckily the other 3 were still new.

    Another change - the wider section width means the tire protects the rim better than the old one did. It may have prevented the curb rash I got with the old tires. :(
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    With 4 kids and 2 game consoles

    I got a set for their Wii that comes with a stand inductively charges 2 at once. They have been GREAT! I think it was $25 or so but I've easily recovered that and it's so much easier than changing batteries all the time.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    edited February 2013
    It may have prevented the curb rash I got with the old tires.

    Well, better driving will prevent that, too. Bwahahahahahahaha; sorry, I just had to say that! :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was forced towards a curb by a person who drifted in to my lane. Jerk didn't even stop to see if I was OK.

    I thought I had a flat so I had to stop.

    Happens a lot but this was the only time I hit a curb.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,455
    Oh, way to turn it around on me! Sheesh, now I feel bad about even saying that. :( ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's a teeny little car, not hard to place in any parking spot. I usually have several feet to spare on all sides. :shades:
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,719
    When it arrived at my local dealership I took a test drive and ended up taking it home. '14 version's possibly the best car Subaru has built, outside of the BRZ, and is _major_ change from the previous generation. Is solid: going over speed bumps that rattled and pogoed the '09 XT's rear don't phase the 14. Quieter: low freq road and a little wind noise; CVT doesn't whine and engine buzz's muted. Goes around corners with little lean, tending towards understeer. Fuel economy for 100 mile mixed mode trip was 28.5 mpg, and the car's not broken in yet. Heavy steel skid plate up front and plastic "trays" line the car's bottom. Bigger inside: more footroom than the larger Audi Allroad and BMW X3. Nicer finish to dash and doors. Seats kinda hard but seat heaters easy to reach now. Many, many electronic display modes give you all sorts of info about the XT (turbo speed, throttle opening, oil pressure, oil temperature, and others to choose from). Navigation system is not quite as bad as reviewers make it, :confuse: but is complex and takes getting used to: there is a 1/2" thick instruction manual dedicated to it. X_Mode's interesting as car takes a couple seconds to "get ready" in that mode; will be handy should we get spring ice.

    My white tourer was built in 2/13 (they got here fast) so wasn't first off the line as was my '09 XT. Seems very well assembled - everything lines up and so far only minor soft rattle or two under the dash. :)
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,663
    edited March 2013
    Congrats! You must be the first here to own one!

    I too recently took a test drive of an XT w/Eyesight, and was very impressed.

    My only complaints are that the seat has little if any side bolstering, not good for a car with sporting pretensions. I also think the rear camera is too small. Why they didn't integrate it into the navigation screen is a mystery. Must have been a cost issue, as this same nav unit is used on the BRZ and Impreza, neither of which currently offer a rear camera. The 6.1" navigation screen is also small, especially when you consider the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has an 8" screen.

    Other than that, it appears to be a great car.

    Side note: I'm very wary of critics of factory in-dash navigation units, especially when comes to Subaru. Just like comments on Subaru styling, the automatic knee-jerk response is that it's bad, without really learning how the unit works. Having said that, I do think the screen is too small, as I mentioned above.

    Bob
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,719
    Yes, Bob, the front seats are kinda shy on bolstering and feel rather hard. Hopefully they will soften up a little in time.

    The day/night mirror has a faint rectangular cutout that suggests it might have been designed to accommodate a rear vision display, but it would have been smaller than the current display screen. And yes, it was probably easier to connect the camera to a new display than reworking the nav unit to do the job.

    I certainly don't miss the booming/bouncing the older XT did when going over speed bumps. The '14 is much better damped.
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