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Old 02-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #31
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love the look of these things especially in orange, if they bring the Diesel or a turbo version im in.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #32
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there does not seem to be much interest in these, maybe im the minority
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #33
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the khaki sand colored version is sweet, too
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #34
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there does not seem to be much interest in
these, maybe im the minority

I like 'em. And, I agree: Needs Turbo option and maybe diesel option.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #35
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One of their biggest problems is lack of dealer network. A friend just got rid of a Baja that they put about 150000 on. They really liked it and probably would have bought another Subaru if there were a dealer closer than 120 miles.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #36
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the khaki sand colored version is sweet, too
that is a nice color too, would blend in better out in the desert
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:08 PM   #37
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I like 'em. And, I agree: Needs Turbo option and maybe diesel option.
they offer a diesel in europe so it should not be too hard to offer it here, as it stands the power seems maybe a little low but gets good gas mileage.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #38
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they offer a diesel in europe so it should not be too hard to offer it here, as it stands the power seems maybe a little low but gets good gas mileage.
There's a shit load of diesels offered in Europe, it doesn't seem to be a reason to offer them here in NA. So I'd not hold my breath if I were you.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:44 PM   #39
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There's a shit load of diesels offered in Europe, it doesn't seem to be a reason to offer them here in NA. So I'd not hold my breath if I were you.
you are right I just have to get the nerve to pull the trigger.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #40
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Well that was quick. Took one for a test drive today and wanted to share our feedback before it faded.[LIST][*]LOUD, way too loud. Consensus:
If were 10 years younger, weren't as spoiled, or had a more strict budget to work with we would have driven it home today. We both thought it was a good car (maybe even great) and seemed to be a great value. (Neither of us really like the look of the Forester so we didn't compare it but on paper it actually appears the Forester might even be a better value.)
In the end, the noise was simply too much for us.
I had the same experience test driving the new Impreza that this is based upon, I so wanted to buy one as a second car/runaround and yet the road noise was disheartening and killed the thought dead. I drove a legacy at the dealers for comparison and it is markedly better but then the fuel economy has to be obtained at the loss of something.

I am just about to buy (another!) Land Rover but cannot get my mind around a LR2 at $40k with only 4 way (not very adjustable) seats, I could get two Subaru's for the price and just turn the radio up. As a long time LR owner gutless engine performance is something I'm used to.

I like the look of the crossover and the orange colour is splendid. I may have to go back to the dealers.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #41
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If that's the only issue, see about adding a bunch of sound damping material or having a local stereo shop do it for you. There are plenty of threads on the internets about people doing this on their subarus. . . . the noise bugs me a bit too, but not enough to do anything about it on my car. But there are solutions.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #42
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there does not seem to be much interest in these, maybe im the minority
They're selling like hot cakes around here!

I was contemplating selling off my V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and buying one or the new Forester, but I need to drive the Jeep at least another year or Gas will need to go up more before I can justify taking on a car note.

These are pretty cool, 30 MPG SUV that'll kick ass in the snow and still make it down some fire roads.
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One potential improvement might be to buy (or request at purchase) the sound dampening under hood pad from the CVT. No idea how much difference it would make but it would be the first thing I would try if we bought one.
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I'm repeating this from an earlier reply I posted:

'You can still get an Outback with a 6-speed manual transmission in either base or premium trim. Lots more power, same raised ride-height as the Crosstrek, good fuel economy, 2,700 lbs. TOWING CAPACITY, great interior and very comfy and quiet.'

I was surprised by how well this car/cuv drove. Great steering feel and not a lot of roll unless you pushed it like a sports car.

The prices of the two Outback trims you can get the manual tranny with are surprisingly close to the Crosstrek's. As an added bonus, if it matters to you, the Outbacks are built in the U.S. whereas the Crosstreks are built in Japan.

In any case, I still feel the Outback is a viable alternative to the Crosstrek. Doesn't look nearly as cool for sure, but it's a Subaru, they've never really been style leaders -- although I've always like their utilitarian designs.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:59 PM   #45
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They're selling like hot cakes around here!

I was contemplating selling off my V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and buying one or the new Forester, but I need to drive the Jeep at least another year or Gas will need to go up more before I can justify taking on a car note.

These are pretty cool, 30 MPG SUV that'll kick ass in the snow and still make it down some fire roads.
my whole life I have owned a truck and this liitle subie has made me want ditch my 16mpg truck and ask why I still need a truck.
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