Subaru Crosstrek

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HowlingMad, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    might be a stick thing? i've got the 2006 2.5L auto, and the 2.0 with the CVT feels peppier.

    of course, that is seat of the pants dyno, so YMMV :deal
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  2. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Got my eye on a 2010 with very low miles. Not as many mpg as with the new 2.0, but it's also 6K less bucks, and has more torque than the newer ones. I can buy a lot of gas for that 6K. My GMC is on it's way "down the road" for fuel burn alone.
    Lyle
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  3. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Gotta go test one of these soon as the current work hack, a '10 Forester, has the lease running out in a few months. The Forester has been good but I miss the tighter handling of the '07 I had before it (my commute involves some sweet twisties :evil)

    I like the look of the XV (I'll have the orange one thanks :D) & could probably deal with a little extra noise, (the 07 Foz was a bit rowdy compared to the 10) but if the lower weight doesn't balance out the 2.5 - 2.0L power drop that might rule it out.

    Cheers
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  4. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    HowlingMad...

    Mrs Maritimer and myself have started thinking about the next vehicle purchase also. We had an 03 impress outback sport and loved the AWD system, but hated the reliability issues. I think it was just a bad time for the impreza...

    Anyway, we too liked the idea of the XV but in the end, it's just a pimped up impreza for more money, more noise, and no extra function.

    I know you mentioned the Forester wasn't for you, style-wise, however the 2014 is due for release shortly and looks much better and still comes with a stick. Food for thought.

    Alan
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  5. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    Hmm, they always reminded me of the Popemobile, but Maritimer is right they are getting better.

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    Are they reasonably quiet? That seems to be her hot button at the moment.

    Although it fails the AWD requirement the Jetta TDI seems to have caught her attention. Yeah, I know.:bert
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  6. StriderTB

    StriderTB Strudel

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    I'm on Impreza #5, a 2012 Impreza Sport. Basically the same as the Crosstrek but without the ride height and wacky colors. Since it's primarily my wife's commuter, we went for the CVT. It could definitely use a shot of horsepower, but for what it is, and the mileage it gets, it's fine. One thing to keep in mind, Subaru seems to have gone with a pretty thin windshield on their new Imprezas. Ours already has a nice long crack, and I know of a few others that are getting chipped rather easily. Make sure you have a glass rider on your car insurance, or you're looking at a $600 windshield.

    My other Impreza is my 198k mile 2001 RS coupe. I'm probably going to sell it in the spring and pick up a BRZ, which looks like a lot of fun. :D
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  7. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    HowlingMad...I'm starting to wonder if we are married to the same woman....

    Mrs Maritimer has been talking TDI as well, but of the Golf Wagon variety.

    My sister and her husband are die-hard Subaru people with 2 Foresters, but they are northern NY based and up there, I think it's a by-law to have at least one Subaru....no mention of noise level, but I have to call her tonight.

    I suspect we have a similar wish-list...good on gas, comfortable for longer trips, AWD a bonus, prefer a stick, some utility for hauling stuff....I'm not convinced that vehicle even exists.

    Good luck!
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  8. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    It is.:deal

    See my Subaru thread for details.:evil
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  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    The noise problem is easily solved with a Borla header and Flowmaster muffler. It makes it louder, but the sound is nice. :wink:

    My wife commutes in a 2001 Impreza 2.5RS 5spd. It is a great car, and nothing else can compare to its snow capability, not even my full size Chevy. It does get high centered when the snow is deep, however, so the taller ride height on the Crosstrek would be nice. Too bad they are playing the detuned engine game with some models again. I thought they learned that lesson when they got slammed for the first year Forester. In general, Subarus tend to go through lots of headlights, O2 sensors, and little things. A bit irritating, but doable if you have a dealer in town.

    I would recommend getting the WRX hatchback with a roof rack for the bicycles.
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  10. Scoobynut

    Scoobynut Been here awhile

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    Mr. Mad,

    Don't give up on Subaru yet. 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 test drove one, and liked it very much. Some of the best seats I've ever sat in. If I hadn't already bought an '11 WRX, I would've probably bought it on the spot. Love my WRX, but at 48 years old, my next car will have to be a little more comfortable I'm afraid. So, if I were you, I wouldn't rule out the Outback.

    I also believe you can get a Mazda CX-5 SUV in a manual -- they're also coming out with a diesel-powered one soon I hear...
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  11. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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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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  12. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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    there does not seem to be much interest in these, maybe im the minority :dunno
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  13. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    the khaki sand colored version is sweet, too :deal
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  14. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I like 'em. And, I agree: Needs Turbo option and maybe diesel option.
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  15. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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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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  16. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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    that is a nice color too, would blend in better out in the desert :evil
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  17. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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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.
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  18. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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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.
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  19. mr openroad

    mr openroad Target Fixated

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    you are right I just have to get the nerve to pull the trigger.
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  20. snurdle

    snurdle The name is, Bond.....

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    • 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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