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Pros: bluetooth phone
Cons: road noise
Advice: Check prices at all subaru dealers. Don't use Atlantic Subaru Bourne dealership- shadyMy Subaru legacy limited Engine is underpowered. Road and engine noise is too loud.
Pros: Toss up: auto-dimming mirror with compass or remote start
Cons: Basic sound system is a joke. Needs sport exhaust--can barely hear revs for precise down-shifting.
Advice: Be prepared to drive like a saint or pay the piper. The hood scoop might as well be a flag.Caution: when you're driving a WRX, remember to breathe. Love, love, love. Owning a WRX leads to what I call the WRX sneer--the destorting effect of an ear-splitting grin at high accelleration. It's an AWD 265hp turbo wagon that corners like a go-cart--the perfect car for a New England woman in the music business. Great cargo space/rear seating arrangement that hauls five grownups with decent head and leg room or about a dozen djembes, or three cellos, or ten guitar cases or, with 60/40 split seats, any combination of all these. I happily do a lot of the driving :) for about any event...anywhere. A high speed hairpin corner is easy--just downshift and hit the gas--with AWD, that turbo digs in like a cutting pony. More power would just be silly--so the STI is for gearheads if you ask me. My friend who drives a Porsche felt the need to defend his car after driving my WRX. 'Nuf said. He did win a single point from me about transmissions. The WRX 5-speed is geared well, but it feels a bit primitive and slow to me. Hope it breaks in a bit smoother. An overdrive or some kind of 'Highway' gear would be quiet enough for any kind of music even with a performance exhaust, and very green too. Since Subaru is synonymous with New England, the auto climate should have a 'Parka' setting. Picky, picky. This is a nimble, exciting sports car. It has a remarkable safety record, legendary road worthiness, is actually affordable, comfortable, and offers solid resale value because it's a Subaru.
Pros: All wheel drive
Cons: Not enough head room; seats are quite hard
Advice: Not for tall peopleLots of wind noise from the front windows. Can feel everything on the road. Nice looking car, great in bad weather.
Pros: I love the 'sport' shifting. Gives me better acceleration when getting on the freeway. As a second time Subie owner....I love the AWD!
Cons: Cabin wind noise above 60mph is disappointing. After 14 years making this car I would have thought Subaru would resolve this issue.
Advice: Just drive one......and fall in love with a Subie!!The 2008 Outback is responsive and handles well. The 170 hp, 2.5L engine is more peppy that I expected. Controls are easy to read and get to. Rear seat room is a little cramped compared to older Outback models, but front seating is comfortable. Plenty of cargo room in rear. I'm averaging about 23 mpg (combined city and freeway driving in L.A.)....not bad for AWD!! This is my second Outback.....I'll never drive anything other than a SUBARU!!!!
Pros: Very easy to handle--parking, etc.
Cons: the RATTLE that has developed.
Advice: Drive the Subaru before purchasing any other SUV.In the last six months my car has developed a rattle that appears to be coming from the passenger side of the car. What can be done to eliminate this rattle. Other than the rattle I am very pleased with the car.
Pros: the look
Cons: the fact that the engine is blown
Advice: do not buy this carI hate it....My subaru already broke down....do not buy.
Pros: Safety ratings, all wheel drive, handling, style, moonroof. It's handsome and pretty at the same time.
Cons: It rides very low to the ground; my knees hit the steering wheel even at maximum tilt.
Advice: Test out the Outback too. You might like it's clearance and additional room better.Legacy eats Camry and Civic for lunch. My wife wanted a Subaru and went with the '06 Legacy primarily for safety. She didn't want Outback or Forester. She wanted a straight-forward sedan. The front and side airbags + safety ratings are great. Our Legacy is blue with tan cloth interior...very stylish. It is all wheel drive and handles like a dream. I had a SUV prior to the Subaru and the SUV hydroplaned. I have not had any problems (Thank God) with the all wheel drive in snow or rain. Sportshift is useless but makes me feel special (because I, like most Americans need nice things to make me feel good). We have gone on a couple of trips with luggage for two adults and two kids in the trunk. Plenty of junk can go in that there trunk. There is a display in the car dash that tells time, temp and estimated real time gas mileage. Sun/Moon roof is a very nice feature. We have had the car close to two years and have no mechanical issues as one would expect with a new car. It is low to the ground so it can bottom out on declines. This seems almost unSubaru-like. For driver's with long legs, don't expect to be able to move your knees under the steering wheel. This frustrates me the most about the car. I have tilted the steering wheel as far as it will move up and slid my seat as far back as I feel comfortable enough to drive, without smushing my kid's legs, nothing helps. I still highly recommend this car. Subaru makes an excellent product.