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  • jfljfl Posts: 1,356

    Graham, hope the thunderstorms provide some respite from the HEAT.

    We're approaching drought conditions here in Calif. Even washing my car hasn't brought the rain! There's barely enough snow in the sierras to ski.

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,652

    @jfl said: Graham, hope the thunderstorms provide some respite from the HEAT.

    We're approaching drought conditions here in Calif. Even washing my car hasn't brought the rain! There's barely enough snow in the sierras to ski.

    Gee, it would be nice! Had a couple of brief bursts of hail but no sustained rain. However temperature has fallen from 44C (111F) to 24C (75F) in the city. Unfortunately it takes a little longer to cool the further you are from water.

    Major bush-fires running throughout South Eastern Australia so may have a busy weekend.

    My wife claims that Loss Adjusters are like Undertakers; reveling in the misfortunes of others!

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,977

    @grahampeters said: Spelling errors are probably a combination of lack of sleep in this heat and being stiff from sleeping on the sofa; a remarkable number of folk are doing so and they all seem to have that hunched up look of cricked necks; my hips are telling me that I am too old for sleeping on hard surfaces; but I was cool.

    Out of curiosity - is central air conditioning in homes not the norm? Or is it like here where newer homes have it and unless it is retrofitted, older homes make due with window units?

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,735

    If 35 years in engineering development has taught me anything, it's to not be a technology early adopter (unless you want to be part of the learning curve). DI is great technology, but between reports of early fuel pump failure and carbon deposit formation, I was happy to buy my '14 Outback without it. 3 years from now? I'm sure it will be mature and great. I can wait....

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,712
    edited January 18

    @fibber2 said: If 35 years in engineering development has taught me anything, it's to not be a technology early adopter (unless you want to be part of the learning curve). DI is great technology, but between reports of early fuel pump failure and carbon deposit formation, I was happy to buy my '14 Outback without it. 3 years from now? I'm sure it will be mature and great. I can wait....

    Subaru has always been a conservative company. Rarely are they the first on the block with new technology. I think when they incorporate DI on their mainstream models the odds are it will be pretty well sorted out.

    They are introducing an FA16 DIT as the base engine in the Levorg sport wagon in Japan. That engine could well replace the current FB25 at some point. The horsepower in Japanese spec is 168, which is in the FB25 neighborhood, but the torque is higher at 184 than the FB25. It also runs on regular gas, and is designed as a high gas mileage engine.

    Here's a link:

    http://www.gizmag.com/subaru-levorg-concept-car-tokyo/29933/

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,356

    Thanks for the link Bob. I would have considered this if it were available, but I really enjoy driving my new Impreza.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651
    edited February 7

    Okay, this... is... awesome! I could totally go for something like this. Not so much to scout out the route ahead as to just act as a third-person dash cam, but wow. This could be just so much fun! Well, until it is taken out by that low-hanging branch or power line!

    BTW, I'm talking about the UAV, not the car. :p

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,356

    @xwesx - didn't some 80's tv show have something like that in the car?

    As long as the driver doesn't rear-end somebody as he's focused on the drone (but I guess his "Eyesight" system will prevent that.)

    This would be great in the hands of a capable navigator giving the driver directions of the most efficient route.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,712

    Graham, what's happening in Australia for the auto industry to be pulling out en masse? This must be devastating for the economy, not to mention those directly involved.


    Check out: " Toyota to end Australian production by 2017"- http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/10/toyota-australia-ceasing-production-2017/

    Bob

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,977

    I'll reply to you Bob. The auto Australian auto industry has been propped up in the recent years by their government in an effort to diversify it's economy away from an over reliance on mining. Now that a more conservative government is in place, those subsidies have gone away.

    The Aussie auto market isn't very big and the strong Aussie dollar makes it expensive to export. Ford and GM announced they were closing their manufacturing plants and with that most of the support industry decided to leave. At this point it didn't make sense for Toyota to import a majority of their parts - hence they are leaving.

    It's ironic that exports from America will be more profitable that making product locally.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651
    edited February 21

    Yesterday, I swear the drive to work featured a "Who's Who" of Subaru!

    Within a two-mile stretch, I passed the following vehicles (the first five of which were back-to-back):

    1. Tribeca
    2. 2014 Forester (the ugly one)
    3. G3 Forester (the pretty one)
    4. G3 Outback
    5. Baja
    6. G4 Outback
    7. G3 Impreza
    8. Crosstrek

    I mean, we have many Subaru vehicles around here (including in my driveway), but that was ridiculous!

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302

    what, no SVX?

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651

    @volkov said: what, no SVX?

    Hahah; no kidding! I do still see a couple of those tooling around these parts, including a gorgeous one in dark green, but not this time of year. This morning I passed a late 80s GL wagon. My how things have changed over the years!

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,356

    Wes, are ppl more sensible up there? Cuz you didn't mention WRX!

  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,652

    G'day

    This will seem like a really stupid question for most here.

    When using a USB input to a car stereo, is it possible to access files on a USB flash drive. If so, how does the data have to be structured, Does it need to be in Folders or similar or can you access from the Stereo head unit?

    Alternatively, is it necessary to have an MP3 player or similar to output audio through the stereo head unit?

    Cheers

    Graham

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,712
    edited February 23

    @grahampeters said: G'day

    This will seem like a really stupid question for most here.

    When using a USB input to a car stereo, is it possible to access files on a USB flash drive. If so, how does the data have to be structured, Does it need to be in Folders or similar or can you access from the Stereo head unit?

    Alternatively, is it necessary to have an MP3 player or similar to output audio through the stereo head unit?

    Cheers

    Graham

    Graham, I have used a flash drive in Deb's '13 Forester. In terms of organizing the music, I would say experiment. I think we have the music just loosely stored (no folders), but am not certain about that. You access the flash drive via the AUX button on your head unit. Toggle that button until it says USB.

    Don't know anything about MP3 players. My guess is you would access that through the AUX button too.

    Bob

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651

    @jfl said: Wes, are ppl more sensible up there? Cuz you didn't mention WRX!

    No, not at all... There are WRX all over the place; I just didn't happen to see one on that Subaru-laden drive to work!

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,712
    edited February 27

    CR is always an easy target to mock, especially for cars, but these podcasts are very informative. They also put a human face to their car testers, who are actually real gearheads.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SBb3YUmInIY&feature=youtu.be

    Bob

  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    edited April 2

    Hey, did everyone hate the new format so much that you all left?? Just got past the Spring break 2 weeks which saw stomach flu rip through all members of the house and had me miss an entire day of work for the first time in 20 years. I am driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger right now as the WRX is in the body shop after I got sideswiped last month. It is quite interesting, I would have to say it is almost the antithesis of the Subaru. It has the i4 6sp. It is very quiet in general running both from road noise and the engine which is silent at idle which was quite impressive. Steering is rubbery as expected but the ride is very comfy over rough pavement and our residual ice and snow (we have partial thaw holes with ledges bigger than a curb on my street right now) but at the same time it is well damped and doesn't wallow. Boys give the passenger seating in back a thumbs up and it has a very nice sized trunk. I was very impressed during my first few pedestrian drives and then decided to push it a little. Acceleration off the line is good. Here is where the positive review ends. Pushing the car while moving makes the 4cyl work and it just doesn't sound nice at load. Quick stomps on the skinny pedal first produce.........

    .............absolutely nothing! It actually seems to think for at least a second and then you sense the downshift, then wait another second or so, and then it puts power back to the drivetrain. It is all very smooth I must say, but you actually decelerate for a couple of seconds before it starts putting power to the wheels. Which is complementary, because the resulting push in the back is almost non existant. You can tell it is accelerating because the engine is revving and making lots of noise, just not really doing anything! AND yes, I know that it isn't fair to compare it relative to the WRX, but Dra's Prius is more responsive and gives more of a push; no joke. I know trip computers are not the most accurate, but I have driven it very conservatively with the exception of the mini test and mileage is the same as the WRX in town despite the obvious power disadvantage. The 6 sp is supposed to yield much better highway economy however. So in summary, if you are - no wait - if you drive LIKE a grandma, you might actually like this car. Apparently it is one of the cheapest to own/operate.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651

    Argh! Sorry that your WRX is in need of repairs, but at least it is the car and not the driver!

    And, did you say two weeks of spring break? Wow! ...... Ugh, okay, I don't know what is with this "new" emoticon "feature," but make it stop! Emotorcons are overwhelmed! :'(

    I consider, occasionally, getting rid of my Fiesta and just having one car (Forester), but I can't get past the idea of not having a fun-to-drive car. The thought of going back to one DD really didn't cross my mind since the day I bought the Escort six years ago, but for some reason having the Forester paid off just gets me to thinking that no car payments, and less insurance, is really appealing, despite the inconvenience and added miles on the Subaru.

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,478

    Question regarding HID low beams. Is this a worthwhile option?

    For those that have been exposed to HIDs ... would you get them on your next vehicle?

    Trying to decide between the Forester 2.5i Limited or Forester 2.5i Touring. The Touring is ~$1850 more but includes HIDs, keyless access/start, 18" wheels, Harmon Kardon speakers, and turn indicators in mirrors.

  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 685

    I had a Passat W8 with both low and high beam HIDs. The high beam illuminated the entire countryside, but the HID low beams mainly annoyed other drivers without much else.

    I don't see much advantage to HID low beams.

  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,478

    I just noticed that Subaru Bucks now state "Each coupon can be redeemed multiple times until the balance is used." The coupon also states that the dealer "must use the online Coupon Redemption System found in Subarunet.com -> Incentives." They used to state "Each coupon is redeemable only once." Looking back at my previous coupons, the changed happened after 2/13 (expiration 2/17) and on or before 7/13 (expiration 7/17).

    Has anyone redeemed < $100 since the change? If yes, how did the dealer handle the partial redemption?

    Also, since Subaru Bucks will no longer be earned after Septemember???, has anyone found a comparable card (3% cash back on everything)? I have a AAA Visa (thru BOA) that gives 3% back for gas and Discover Card for 5% rotating categories, but I'd like to find a card that gives decent cash back on all purchases. I don't spend much in specific categories (groceries, drug stores, etc), so I was hoping to find a replacement "catch all" card.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651
    edited June 12

    I'd like to know the same things, Dave!

    I went to my local dealer yesterday to see if they would take Subaru Bucks. They sounded completely unfamiliar with them, but the parts manager was eager to take them. I simply let them know that I wanted to use $700 of them to buy a set of struts, but that their struts were no where near price-competitive on the open market, so they only way I was buying them was to use the Bucks.

    Originally, I was going to save them ($4000 worth) to put toward a new Subaru, but the combination of "meh" cars and my decision to not buy another new car until I have my house finished means that there is little chance those certificates will not pass their expiration in time. The oldest expires in about six months, so why not save some real money and use them on maintenance (parts) instead? To go with the struts, I ordered a set of King springs from Primitive Racing in Portand, OR. Great little company with highly reasonable prices - I do recommend!

    But, the real question is.... with what do I replace these cards?! Clearly, there is no reason to keep the Subaru card. I mean, the logo on the card is sometimes a conversation starter, but that's hardly sufficient! I may end up going to an Alaska Airlines card, despite the annual fee, because at least there is consistency there, a usable "reward," and no cap. Thus far, my bias is toward automotive cards, but there just doesn't seem to be anything out there worth having. So, I'm open to alternatives... as long as the incentive is something usable and practical.

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651
    edited June 12

    Oh, and as far as the partial redemption goes, the dealer is now supposed to enter them in on SubaruNet as part of the redemption process. My understanding is that it provides feedback as to the value available on the certificate at that time. So, if you use a partial, you keep the certificate and present it the next time... just like a gift card.

    I also understand that this change is retroactive, meaning that all Bucks are redeemable in this way, whether they have the new language on them or not. However, confirm this as part of the payment process before committing them so that you don't inadvertently lose bucks!

    My bill for the struts and a rear wiper will come to something like $725. I'm planning to just pay cash for the overage, but I could try the partial redemption and see... ? The struts should come in late next week (they only had one in stock).

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • fandcfandc MinnesotaPosts: 49

    Over the years I recall that the subject of towing has been discussed in the Subaru forums. In the US, the tow ratings seem pretty low when compared to the ratings used for the same vehicle in, for example, the UK. Interesting article here about the limitations can be found here:

    http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/tow-me-down-1609112611/1609771499/+ballaban

    including the comments that follow the article.

    Rob

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,651

    Just finished a trip towing a trailer with my Forester again. I had an added benefit this time of having just finished upgrading the suspension.

    WOW, what a difference! It was an enjoyable trip (from a weight/towing standpoint) versus earlier iterations with the stock suspension, but fuel economy was just as poor. I should post up a group of photos of various towing activities. I even had to tow my '98 Escort home a couple of times on a car dolly (no problem, BTW, doing that - even up a slippery driveway). :)

    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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