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2013 and earlier-Subaru Outback Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    the standard 4 cylinder was always somewhat anemic

    Everyone has their preferences, of course, but anemic is a rather strong term for a car with as much spunk as an Outback. My '96 Outback at 220,000 miles was anemic. The new ones have spunk. The XT is downright fun. :P

    At any rate, congratulations on the car! The color you chose is quite striking.
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • It seems to me that I buy new cars when a color comes along that is beautiful and unique. The Diamond Gray Metallic is unique and beautiful. It is beautifully elegant in the sun with a tinge of blueness to it. It pairs very well with the off black interior.

    Vavoom!
  • I got a quote for a 2008 Outback 2.5i Limited for $26,000 out the door. This includes the current $1,000 rebate. This particular vehicle that I'm looking at has MSRP of $26,844 and invoice of about $26,700.

    Is this a good price?
  • Check the numbers they gave you. The dealer invoice to MSRP seems high. Check out Fitzmall.com. Their 2.5i LTD is going for about $2500 under invoice. I'm looking for the same car myself. Depending on options I want to spend about $25,000.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    Your numbers do not add up. Invoice would not be 144 under MSRP.....
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • 26,000 seems a little high... I was out the door @ 25,064 (in Colorado) for the same model... w/ the VDC, subwoofer, remote start, lame arm rest extension. It's a great car.
  • Congratulations on your purchase! Did you get the Auto or the Manual? I have been looking at the White because I really want the beige interior. It is just me- no kids or anything and I have kept my beige interior almost factory new for 5 years now.

    I currently have a 2001 Outback Limited Wagon auto with 115k. This was my commuter car for 120+ miles a day for almost 3 years. I really miss having a 5-speed as I work from home and no more traffic jams- unless I have customer meetings. Plus, I would like leather and no more 4 cylinder leather 5-speed options. So, that lands me with the XT.

    I have heard the same about the Subaru Navi. We also have an RX 350 and that navigation is flawless.

    It has been said before...but if only Subaru offered BLUETOOTH!!!
  • I have the auto. With Bay area traffic I have no interest in a manual. the 2008 XT drives far better than my 2002 LL Bean! It sounds more like my old 4 cylinder Outback, but is far more fun to drive and faster than my 6 cylinder LL Bean.

    I easily passed on the nav, but like you I wish they had bluetooth. I'm sure they will soon, but it may be tied in with the nav, so you'd have to have that too (most are, I believe). Summer 2009 they are requiring hands free mobile phone usage in cars so it would be nice to have it built in to the car. But I'm sure there will be a flood of bluetooth car adapters on the market soon. I wonder if there will be a version that will allow you to plug it in to the Aux input on the stereo?
  • That is a good point to have the auto. If I was doing a lot more commuting like I have in the past, I would also choose the auto.

    I just researched my local dealership and they actually have 2 XT manuals in stock! I will go by and take a look at them. Currently, I have a broken ankle, so I have to wait to actually drive it. This will be my first chance to actually see the white and beige combo in person.

    We may actually have to start our own XT thread...I will surely have more questions for you when I go to pull the trigger!
  • Hi, could you please tell me if your Outback is indeed 2.5i not 2.5i Basic? Also, is that manual or automatic? Lastly, could you please tell me which dealer you got that price from? I'm very interested in getting one for that price. Thank you.
  • Thanks for the advice I got on here. I bought the 2008 Outback 2.5i Limited in Obsidian Black Pearl w/ VDC and a few additional options today for $25,313 out the door. I think that's better than the $26,000 I was originally quoted. How'd I do?
  • my wife and i have pretty much settled on the outback as our choice for the family car based on its safety and performance features. love the awd, since we live in chicago, and seems like a solid choice for kids and pets.

    i tend to prefer the styling of the '08s to the '07s, but our local dealer has a few '07s on the lot with miles in the teens for a substantial savings - $4-5k over a new model with comparable features (probably the 2.5i). is that indicative of any problems the '07 has, or might these vehicles just be coming off a lease with the price indicative of how much depreciation to expect in the first year?

    i would suspect the latter, but any light anyone could shed on the decision would be much appreciated - and if there are any other makes and models to consider.

    thanks!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Find out how they were used.

    If they were some executives' program car, they sound like a great buy.

    If they were rental/loaner cars, well, those often get abused. Buying a used rental car is like buying a used mattress from a cheap motel! :D
  • yeah... run the VIN on CarFAX for the vehicle you like and you can see if it was originally sold for personal or commercial use.

    I was able to get my Limited @ $3,500 off the sticker... if you're closer to getting 4K off a used model... I'd seriously consider a new vehicle. Outbacks (in the 2.5i configuration) do appear on fleet (car rental) lots. Be careful. Good luck.
  • I have to laugh when I read someone write “How’d I do?” AFTER they purchase a vehicle. It seems to be a common theme on these forums.

    If you did your homework and you feel comfortable with the bottom line… then yeah… ya did good. What do you think??? :)
  • thanks for the great advice - i'll look into what the used ones were used for, compare bottom lines after we talk numbers, and post what i decide to do.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    The best I have been able to find between a used '07 (with about 10K on the ticker) and a new '08 (both 2.5i) is $1750. The '07 looked pristine, but it was used as a dealer loaner car.
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good point, and I'll add another - prices vary by region.

    You can easily get a good deal here in the MD/DC/VA area. There are 7 Subaru dealers near me to compete for your business.

    I think there are 2 in the entire state of Alaska, so you just won't get the same deals there.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    3, actually. One is in Juneau, though, so that one does not really count.
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm going by what people here have told me, so maybe they took that into account. :)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    :D
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
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  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    just got my 2.5i Ltd/VDC for 400 under invoice before incentives from Gary Lang in McHenry, IL. They special ordered a PZEV vehicle for me. also got the 7/100K zero deductible subaru gold warranty for 1611.
  • What were the incentives? Do they include the $1000 cash back?
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    yes, 1000 cash back.
  • went to the dealer today to price it out -

    bottom line is $500 over invoice at $24500 (which includes a few options that i think might be pretty standard ad-ons for dealers (armrest extension, dimming mirror, etc...).

    with the $1000 rebate it would actually be $23500 @ $500 under invoice. is this a good deal? they offered what's in the blue book on my trade-in (2005 xterra), which is the first time i've seen that happen.

    for $4000 less (bottom line) i could also go for a used 2007 with about 15k. seems like it might make more sense to go with new just for the miles, warranty, etc...

    any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.

    thanks!
  • lrossnmlrossnm Posts: 36
    Live in New Mexico but got great internet service and a great price from Valley Subaru in Longmont Colorado. Trading in my'05 2.5i. It's worth the drive to Colorado.
    Would recomend them highly.
  • Congrats... you're my #2 referral... I should call them and get something for my recommendation! What color did you get - cuz I know that was important to you.
  • lrossnmlrossnm Posts: 36
    Got the Harvest Gold. Having the windows tinted. Think it will look great. Thanks fxoffroad for the info on the dealership. They really went out of their way to be helpful. I did tell them about this forum.
  • i guess another way of asking the same thing is how much below invoice is the 2.5i going for right now? and does that include the $1000 rebate?
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