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Subaru Crew - Meet The Members II

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Sorry Jimmy! There are 2 Jimmy's in TX on here and I get yous conf00sed!

    -mike
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Anyone read the recent issue of Road & Track? They did a review of four wagons that list for about $26K: Impreza WRX, Saturn Wagon, Jetta GLX, Volvo V40. All four were auto trannies.

    The Impreza WRX came out on top using a scoring system that took various criteria into account like acceleration, handling, interior, etc. While R&T liked it, they did comment that the cargo space was the smallest of the bunch, the auto tranny detracted from the driving experience and that the tires were the limiting factor to handling.

    Interestingly, they liked the Saturn Wagon, saying that it pleasantly suprised them. Apparently, the Saturn wagon uses some parts from it's European brethren that helps it in the handling and acceleration areas.

    Ken
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I believe tow trucks do carry dollies. If a FWD car is left in gear with the brakes on, both axles are locked. If it's parked illegally and has to be towed - dollies are needed.

    I'll have to check out that R&T. But interesting that even with the tire handicap and all the other issues mentioned, it still won.

    -juice
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Some do carry dolly's but I'd say 8-10 do not. When the city tows a car that has been illegally parked they definitely don't use dollys. They usually just drag the rear wheels on a FWD car which kills the e-brake. I've seen em tow AWD cars as well, the front wheels spin and spin, I think they usually "break in" the car and put it in nuetral.

    -mike
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Page 3 in the Spring 2002 'Drive'. ('It Bears his Name') Not in the online version yet.

    Looks like the picture I sent got edited out. :(

    -Brian
  • ffsteveffsteve Posts: 243
    Brian,

    Just got my issue tonight. Page 3... Yes, there is your letter! But no picture...

    Anyway, Go Bears!

    Steve
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    Way to go...your famous! :-)

    I saw your letter yesterday when I got my Drive mag in the mail.

    Stephen
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No Drive yet, I hope it comes soon. I got my dad's issue last time.

    -juice
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Congrats on getting published. This issue of Drive has some interesting info on GPS, and horsepower and torque.

    Mark
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    It's a shame about the photo, but the story is nice!!!

    Patti
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    I always like reading my issue of Drive, but I sometimes wish there were a little more technical content to it -- that's my favorite part.

    Ken
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,724
    I find DRIVE to be an excellent publication, visually. I always look forward to reading (and looking at) it.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    ...and I look forward to...remaining on their mailing list! Still haven't received mine.

    -juice
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Has anyone noticed lately when you get to the message center for Edmunds that the PC "honks" its horn at you? Or, did someone play with my PC at work? It's hard to hide that I'm browsing here, if my PC is honking at me!

    Mark
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    "Honk honk". :-)

    -juice
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Thanks again guys! At least that magazine arrived unscathed - my Car & Driver arrived the same day and was practically mutilated (front cover and several pages in were torn and scotch taped together even!)

    I had emailed a picture of our OB with the SUBEARU plate in view with the letter I sent. I didn't send them a high res picture, fearing that it would not make it to their mailbox, so I downsized it a bit and made note of being able to resend a larger one if needed. The text portion explained it well enough, so they probably didn't need the photo.

    -Brian
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My old mail man used to glance at my C&D before he delivered it, but it was always in good shape when I got it.

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    To turn off the honking, just scroll down on your Message Center to the Message Center Settings and uncheck the selection labeled:

    Beep when the new-message list changes

    Ken
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    You can blame me for the Honk Honk. See here and several messages below it:

    blane "Our Software! Your Questions Answered..." Apr 2, 2002 3:12pm
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,724
    This was taken from the Subaru FAQ site:

    << <B>Where can I rent a Subaru?
    You may rent our Subaru vehicles (Forester, Legacy and Outback wagon and sedans models) at most major airport cities. The rental companies that we use are Hertz, Avis and Budget Rent-A-Car. If interested in renting a Forester, you'll need to check availability, since they are not available at every major city location. >>

    Interesting to know...

    Bob
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,724
    is a good start, but they need to add much more content in terms of Q & A. As it now stands, it just scratches the surface in terms of needed information.

    One thing I would like to see added is an in-depth discussion on the various AWD systems Subaru uses: Why so many different systems? What the differences/advantages are, and how they work. This is often a subject that new customers ask about.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm going to ask for a Subie next time we rent a car. Our last Taurus wasn't too bad, but I didn't care for the Montana we got before that. I wish they'd tell us what regions have them.

    Look at all the variations on the AWD theme:

    VC
    VC + LSD
    Auto AWD
    Auto AWD + LSD
    VTD + LSD
    VTD + VDC

    That's 6 distinct ways to get traction.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,724
    all those AWD variations is confusing enough for us! Imagine how a person, who is now just considering a Subaru for the first time must feel?

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    VC + Locking Center Diffy
    FWD
    FWD + 4wd + High-low Range

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I listed current systems, but you're right if we're talking about all of them.

    -juice
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Read my issue last night. Loved the picture of the Buffalo snow on top of the OBs and of course the calf in the back of the OBW.

    Tried to rent an OB in Burlington, VT last year with Hertz, but, they want more $$ for which my Co. would not pay. I guess you get what you pay for. :)

    Greg
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would gladly have paid the difference! :-)

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Chat tonight! Don't forget. Last week was fantastic - I could hardly keep up.

    Gotta improve on my speed-reading, and borrow Pat's writing style: all lower case no grammar no punctuation. :D

    I noticed next week our Edmunds hosts invitined a couple of vehicle maintenance gurus from Subaru, that should be pretty cool.

    Suggested topics: Papa Bear's 15 minutes of fame, the NY Auto Show, 2003 Legacy, 2003 Forester, 2003 Baja, and my favorite - "Turbot: grilled or fried?"

    -juice
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    see you at tonights chat. FWIW - we are trying to meet demand and provide more rental vehicles to Avis, Budget and Hertz - that should help drop the price.

    When I travel, I kind of like to drive another manufacturers vehicle to compare. One time, in Boston (my first time driving from Logan airport), the Hertz person assumed I would want an Outback. Who was I to argue. Turned out to be the best thing. Waiting to enter a highway, I had the choice of getting whacked in the rear by someone looking the other way, or getting spanked in the front by an 18 wheeler. I took the whack. The Outback was fine but the other car that hit me lost his headlights, grill, etc. That was the only accident I've ever had. I guess it was meant to be that I was safe?

    Patti
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Makes sense, Patti. Scanning the Philadelphia Inquirer classifieds a few weeks ago I saw SoA was advertising for a fleet sales manager. I thought about what kind of fleets SoA would sell to (US Forest Service? Postal Service? Ski resorts?) and didn't even stop to think of rental fleets.

    Ed (who has rented OBs in Boston and twice in Myrtle Beach, SC)
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