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  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    I have to give credit to my dealer, Subaru Outaouais in Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa.


    I have an 05 OBXT with only 3500 Kms on it and my windshield cracked overnight last week, cracked from end to end. The service manager went over it with a fine-tooth comb and did find a tiny impact mark, just barely big enough to fit the tip of his pen into.


    I told him that I thought it was amazing that such a small nick could cause the whole windshield to crack overnight, and that there was no way I could have seen such a small nick in time to get it fixed. I also commented that I live on a dirt road and that at that rate, I would end up needing a new windshield at every oil change.


    He agreed with me, talk to the owner of the dealership, and told me he would replace the windshield at no cost.


    Now that is what I call good service.


  • What price range for OBD 2 readers

    best I can see here in Nova Scotia is

    $175 Canadian!!! bit too strong for my

    blood. Mike

    thanks for the gas cap and vacuum lines;

    will use a propane bottle and hose to

    check the vacuums for dried/cracked lines.

    Maybe I will buy a roll of vacuum line and

    replace all of them.! 4 years can dry out the

    best of rubber lines.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    AutoZone had a special a while back for US$100-110, something like that.


    But dealers charge $85 to diagnose ONE check-engine light in this region, so it pays for itself the 2nd time you use it.


  • pon1pon1 Posts: 196
    Just worried they will close our thread due to inactivity.


    (I'm not even a real Canadian)


  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    I was thinking the same thing.


    I guess Canadian Subie owners are all out playing in the snow!


  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    Subaru has put an 8-page supplement in the major national newspaper "The Globe and Mail". That is 8 full colour pages in a full format newspaper!


    It includes the following articles: 1 page on the Tribeca, 1.5 page on the new design direction, 1/2 page on the WRX Sti, 1/2 page on the Outback, 1/2 page on Legacy, 1/2 page on Forester XT, 1/2 page on Symmetrical AWD.


    Also includes the following full-page ads: 1 for the Outback and 1 for the Legacy GT.


    This must have cost a bundle, but it is great to see! Very well done Subaru Canada!


  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,552
    I wonder if a similar supplement will make it into south of the border newspapers?

  • cdnp5cdnp5 Posts: 163
    I guess that explains the $39,000 list price of the Outback Limited. They had to pay for those ads somehow, lol.
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    I haven't been here in a long time. Glad to see the "Canadian Club" is still active. Here is a photo of some real horsepower "Silverbell"
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  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    Photo link not working...
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    There's a trick to linking to Imagestation images. At the least, you can provide the link to the album which will allow us to view it.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Now that's 4HD*!

    *4HD = 4 Hoof Drive

  • robmax97robmax97 Posts: 1
    Any rumours about Outback colour choices for 2006? Especially for the 2.5i, 2.5i Limited and 3.0R models. The two tone effect is fairly outdated. A proper aftermarket paint job (i.e. painting cladding and bumpers off the car)is not likely to be an economical option.
  • rallyealrallyeal Posts: 1
    I live in Guelph,On, and was wondering if anyone
    has knowledge as to why the former Sube dealer in
    my city had their distribution licence cancelled/
    annulled,as a dealer.
    As a prospective buyer of an Impreza wagon,I
    guess my nearest option would be the K-W dealer.
    Can someone indicate the quality of service I can
    expect at this dealer?
    Also,people check out consumer reports mag initial quality reports on the freebie part of their site-where Subaru ranks numero uno-blowing
    away Lexus et al.........
    Thanks guys
  • sibbaldsibbald Posts: 106
    Being on the West Coast I can't help you with your question but I too was impressed with the April Consumer Reports. This issue had Subaru rated highly in several sections but we should remember that 2004 was the fifth production year for the same model run. Reading the other Subie sites at Edmunds regarding the 2005 model year has me a little worried that they will not do as well next year.

    Cheers, Tom
  • canpaulcanpaul Posts: 10
    We bought our Legacy at the Kitchener dealership in 1999 and have had it in for service a few times. I don't think they are dishonest, but their attention to detail seems to leave something to be desired. We complained about a clicking noise from the brakes. They said the friction materials were fine, and serviced the brakes. Well before we got home (about 1 hr), they were clicking again. Since it was not that big a deal, we left it until we had another reason to go there. I think on the 4th visit,over the course of 3+ years when I again mentioned the problem they offered to service them for free with a new lubricant, and they were then quite. For the 48 K service I had done some of the items, specifically a synthetic oil change, so I asked them not to change the oil. They did, with regular dino oil, as indicated on the invoice. They offered me a free synthetic change on my next visit. On one visit I asked them to switch my tires from my winters to summers. They charged me for a rotation, but my summers were still in the trunk and back seat. They did quickly diagnose a faulty CEL as being a knock sensor though. Pay attention to the WO both before it goes into the bay, and when you pick up the car.
  • pon1pon1 Posts: 196
    Just back from a 3000 km road trip in the FXT, from Calgary to Tofino and Ucluelet on the BC Pacific Coast (rainforest, gray whales, storm watching, etc).

    We were passed by two red XTs on the way out to Banff, and then no more XT sightings for the rest of the trip. There were tons of N/A Foresters out on the coast coast (some rentals), plus a host of other subies of various ages. I'd estimate up to 10% of all vehicles we saw on some days were Subies. Coming back to Alberta, where a 3/4 ton truck is considered just about adequate was a bit of a shock.

    28 mpg was our best, taking it easy over the mountains (National Park highways = 90km/h).....

  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    I'm seeing quite a few XTs around Cowtown these days, too. I guess the secret's out :D
  • pon1pon1 Posts: 196
    Posted on another site was a report tha 04 FXTs are still available at some dealers in Canada and carry a $4200 incentive. If you can swing invoice, that's over $7000 off list. How can these amzing vehicles not sell at this price????

  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    I think the majority of people who are looking at the Forester are looking for an affordable, practical, dependable, no-nonsense vehicle.

    They are not interested in the awesome power of the FXT. But for those who are, it's the ultimate sleeper!

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, in the USA, Subaru just had their best sales month ever. I think the lineup is great and they finally caved in and offered incentives.

    So don't be surprised if SoC reports record sales next month...

  • rkrurkru Posts: 16
    Saw an ad in the local newspaper claiming a huge Subaru sale: limited time & limited stock. Have been thinking about an OB for awhile & decided to go down for a look. Salesman responded with what sale? Does anyone know if SoC is starting to deal? Am located in Vancouver
  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    I was at my dealer today and they told me they were only getting 4 Tribecas between now and Decmber 31st. Apparently it is the same for all Canadian dealers.
  • peentoopeentoo Posts: 1
    All, I am an Subaru newbie and have been convinced that the Forester is my best bet for what I am looking for. I really need this ASAP and was wondering a few things. Does anyone know if any 2004 are kicking around this late into the next season. Can anyone give me the Candian price breakdown for the 2005 ie invoice price vs MSRP. What about the LL Bean edition?

    Also has anyone ever used APA to get a quote? Is it worth it? Was it the lowest.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  • mark28mark28 Posts: 8
    Hi guys, I may have missed it in previous posts but What reliable dealer is there (only 2 I think?) in Calgary to buy a Subaru and where to have it serviced (not always the same place).

  • rkrurkru Posts: 16
    Was at a Vancouver area dealer today (am buying a VDC). he has 2 tribecas on the lot & 1 in the show room. Claims he's sold 11 of them already. They are quiet big, lots of rear leg room. Would be very comfortable for long hauls i would guess.
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    Mark, I have had pretty good luck with Subaru of Calgary. We bought my wifes' TS wagon there, the sales experience was pretty decent. I do most of my own maintenance, but the times I have had service work done there, it has been satisfactory, but not awesome by any means. Hope this helps.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Seems to be off to a good start. My local dealer had sold 11 also, and that was the 3rd day after they'd arrived!

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