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PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
edited March 21 in Subaru
Hello Subaru owners! Welcome to the Edmunds forums.
Whether you're a first time Subaru owner or having been driving them for years, take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your vehicle.

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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,326
    Somehow I ended up with 3 Subaru's. I don't know how that happened. :o

    2018 Legacy 3.6R, 2015 Crosstrek, 2015 Forester

  • JustinSJustinS TampaPosts: 22
    @venture what did you have before Subaru? What keeps you loyal to the brand now?
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    venture said:

    Somehow I ended up with 3 Subaru's. I don't know how that happened. :o

    I've had 3 of my brand at once. Most of the time 2. But 15 over the years

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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,326
    JustinS said:

    @venture what did you have before Subaru? What keeps you loyal to the brand now?

    I've been all over the place. It depends what strikes me at the time. I've had Monte Carlos, BMW, a Ford Fusion.

    Right now I drive the Legacy 3.6, my wife is on her third Forester, and my daughter drives the Crosstrek.

    My wife is due for something new. We usually drive around on a Sunday, when the dealers are closed, and I try to get her to decide what she wants. Like I said, this Forester is her third in a row so...

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    My oldest daughter got a Forester last year to accommodate a child seat. Forester was the only vehicle they could find where the child seat did not touch the front seat, which is apparently against the law here in PA.

    BTW venture, since you list Central PA as your neck of the woods, let me know if you're ever in the State College area and we can do lunch :)

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 107,418
    Owner of a 2015 Outback. Wife's primary car. It's the 3.6R Limited, and pretty much fully loaded. She loves it, and with only 32,000 miles on it in the 4 years we've owned it, my guess is that it will stick around for a good, long time.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,766
    edited March 22
    Our 2013 Forester is our "new" one. I don't think I could stomach a newer unit for two reasons:

    1. Automatic Transmission
    2. Fugly appearance.

    So, I'm under contract to keep this one running a long, long time. So far, all of our "long term" Subarus have ended up having their lives cut short by other drivers out there. Hopefully this one does not suffer the same fate. It only has about 80,000 miles on it now, so it should be good for at least another ten years (or whenever my wife grows tired of it, if that happens).

    The '13 is our sixth Subaru overall.
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    xwesx said:

    Our 2013 Forester is our "new" one. I don't think I could stomach a newer unit for two reasons:

    1. Automatic Transmission
    2. Fugly appearance.

    So, I'm under contract to keep this one running a long, long time. So far, all of our "long term" Subarus have ended up having their lives cut short by other drivers out there. Hopefully this one does not suffer the same fate. It only has about 80,000 miles on it now, so it should be good for at least another ten years (or whenever my wife grows tired of it, if that happens).

    The '13 is our sixth Subaru overall.

    Right with you on automatic/CVT transmissions. I like to feel like *I* am in control :)

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 107,418
    I dunno - the CVT in our Outback has been programmed to "feel" like a conventional automatic. And, it also has flappy paddles to manually control what gear you are in.

    Not that I dislike stick shifts - I'm considering one for my next car - whatever it is and whenever I get it.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    My daughter, who had driven nothing but manuals before they got their Forester, WAS concerned about the CVT based on how the CVT in our Versa Note felt to her. She says her Forester feels nothing like our car, and also says it feels more conventional

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,766
    edited March 22
    Yes, I have nothing against CVT as a perfectly viable the AT. I just don't prefer any sort of AT at all, and, my wife *really* doesn't prefer them. Since it is her car, she sets the rules.

    I suppose that a Crosstrek is a possibility, except they are just so small... not a practical road trip car at all. But, for a mostly local runabout? Perfectly viable.

    Still, the third generation Forester remains the most nicely balanced vehicle ever offered by Subaru. There's really no wonder why that vehicle, at that point in history, truly revitalized the brand and allowed Subaru to buck the automotive trends of the day.
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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,326
    Michaell said:

    I dunno - the CVT in our Outback has been programmed to "feel" like a conventional automatic. And, it also has flappy paddles to manually control what gear you are in.

    Not that I dislike stick shifts - I'm considering one for my next car - whatever it is and whenever I get it.

    Same here as far as my 3.6 Legacy. I have tested cars with a CVT before and passed. This one does feel much better. The Forester doesn't feel that bad any more either. I guess I'm getting used to them.

    I would like to find a play car with a stick, but can't imagine ever finding the time at the proper time.

    I wonder if CVTs are so disliked by "car people" simply because (as far as automated shifting goes) we only drove multiple speed transmissions first.

    2018 Legacy 3.6R, 2015 Crosstrek, 2015 Forester

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 107,418
    venture said:

    Michaell said:

    I dunno - the CVT in our Outback has been programmed to "feel" like a conventional automatic. And, it also has flappy paddles to manually control what gear you are in.

    Not that I dislike stick shifts - I'm considering one for my next car - whatever it is and whenever I get it.

    Same here as far as my 3.6 Legacy. I have tested cars with a CVT before and passed. This one does feel much better. The Forester doesn't feel that bad any more either. I guess I'm getting used to them.

    I would like to find a play car with a stick, but can't imagine ever finding the time at the proper time.

    I wonder if CVTs are so disliked by "car people" simply because (as far as automated shifting goes) we only drove multiple speed transmissions first.
    That, and the early versions of CVTs were just not that good.

    Think about turbocharging - the technology has been around for over 50 years, but only recently has it become widely adopted.

    Not sure that a CVT is inherently worse that the 9 and 10 speed automatics that are starting to appear.

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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,326
    Michaell said:

    venture said:

    Michaell said:

    I dunno - the CVT in our Outback has been programmed to "feel" like a conventional automatic. And, it also has flappy paddles to manually control what gear you are in.

    Not that I dislike stick shifts - I'm considering one for my next car - whatever it is and whenever I get it.

    Same here as far as my 3.6 Legacy. I have tested cars with a CVT before and passed. This one does feel much better. The Forester doesn't feel that bad any more either. I guess I'm getting used to them.

    I would like to find a play car with a stick, but can't imagine ever finding the time at the proper time.

    I wonder if CVTs are so disliked by "car people" simply because (as far as automated shifting goes) we only drove multiple speed transmissions first.
    That, and the early versions of CVTs were just not that good.

    Think about turbocharging - the technology has been around for over 50 years, but only recently has it become widely adopted.

    Not sure that a CVT is inherently worse that the 9 and 10 speed automatics that are starting to appear.
    Well. I agree completely with that. I've only been in a couple of them but they were hunting continuously.

    2018 Legacy 3.6R, 2015 Crosstrek, 2015 Forester

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 107,418
    venture said:

    Michaell said:

    venture said:

    Michaell said:

    I dunno - the CVT in our Outback has been programmed to "feel" like a conventional automatic. And, it also has flappy paddles to manually control what gear you are in.

    Not that I dislike stick shifts - I'm considering one for my next car - whatever it is and whenever I get it.

    Same here as far as my 3.6 Legacy. I have tested cars with a CVT before and passed. This one does feel much better. The Forester doesn't feel that bad any more either. I guess I'm getting used to them.

    I would like to find a play car with a stick, but can't imagine ever finding the time at the proper time.

    I wonder if CVTs are so disliked by "car people" simply because (as far as automated shifting goes) we only drove multiple speed transmissions first.
    That, and the early versions of CVTs were just not that good.

    Think about turbocharging - the technology has been around for over 50 years, but only recently has it become widely adopted.

    Not sure that a CVT is inherently worse that the 9 and 10 speed automatics that are starting to appear.
    Well. I agree completely with that. I've only been in a couple of them but they were hunting continuously.
    I have test driven a couple of Jeeps with the nine speed automatic – one with a four-cylinder engine, the other with a V6. The transmission paired Much better with the V6.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    Fairly certain that Subie isn't on our shopping list. Every Subie I've ever sat in that I might consider feels a little cramped for leg space (yea, I have trouble finding pants that fit right too)

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,766
    PF_Flyer said:

    Fairly certain that Subie isn't on our shopping list. Every Subie I've ever sat in that I might consider feels a little cramped for leg space (yea, I have trouble finding pants that fit right too)

    When is the last time you did so?

    Subarus built prior to 2009/2010 timeline were, indeed, cramped. Since then, they have done a fantastic job of upping the passenger space.
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,766
    Just for clarification, I don't have anything against a CVT versus a TCT. My wife is the one who uses the Forester for the most part, and she wants it with a manual. I prefer manual, but I'm tolerant of automatics. So, the combination of no option of a manual and a car that just makes me shudder when I look at it means it's a no-go.
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    xwesx said:

    PF_Flyer said:

    Fairly certain that Subie isn't on our shopping list. Every Subie I've ever sat in that I might consider feels a little cramped for leg space (yea, I have trouble finding pants that fit right too)

    When is the last time you did so?

    Subarus built prior to 2009/2010 timeline were, indeed, cramped. Since then, they have done a fantastic job of upping the passenger space.
    Last Subie sitting was in my daughter's 2018 Forester. . It's not super small, just a touch short in the legroom.

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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 1,326
    PF_Flyer said:

    My oldest daughter got a Forester last year to accommodate a child seat. Forester was the only vehicle they could find where the child seat did not touch the front seat, which is apparently against the law here in PA.

    BTW venture, since you list Central PA as your neck of the woods, let me know if you're ever in the State College area and we can do lunch :)

    Yikes! I just noticed this.

    I'll PM you some time when I will be in the area. You pick the place. I'll buy.

    I don't get there much since the kids graduated. It's only about 40 miles so not a big deal.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    Since I work from home, I'm almost ALWAYS around :)

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 4,965
    Soon-to-be subie owner here. Wife has settled on an Ascent Touring and so she shall have. Flipping the lease on her BMW X1 and then will be making a move once that is done. 
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,766

    Soon-to-be subie owner here. Wife has settled on an Ascent Touring and so she shall have. Flipping the lease on her BMW X1 and then will be making a move once that is done. 

    Oh, and you just missed the end of the month! ;)
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 4,965
    Meh - that doesn't mean much to me on a truck that is selling well. Actually the longer it stays on the market, I think the more luck I'll have. I have no illusions of getting any of my crazy lease deals on this one. But my sanity is worth quite a bit.
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    Has your wife settled on a color? I like it in black, but I've already had my black car and don't want to wash a car every 3 days again :)

    *I* would lean towards the blue or red, but MY wife would likely go for the white or the grey metallic


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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 4,965
    I think we are leaning towards white, gray, or red.
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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 8,755
    The pictures of the red color make it look like a nice deep ruby kind of red.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 107,418

    I think we are leaning towards white, gray, or red.

    I think it might look good in white.

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