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post #121 of 145
What consumers reprts are you reading? As I recall They listed for many years the Forester as thier top pick in a small SUV. I think Subaru more then holds its own againest The Rav and CRV. IMHO The CRV is under powered and the handeling is just so-so. I have not driven a rav is a few years so I won't comment. Subaru now has a higher JD Powers quality control rating then Toyota, Lexus and the other top rated cars. The subs also have more HP then CRV and Rav with better gas milage.
post #122 of 145
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Originally Posted by Utah49
What consumers reprts are you reading? As I recall They listed for many years the Forester as thier top pick in a small SUV. I think Subaru more then holds its own againest The Rav and CRV. IMHO The CRV is under powered and the handeling is just so-so. I have not driven a rav is a few years so I won't comment. Subaru now has a higher JD Powers quality control rating then Toyota, Lexus and the other top rated cars. The subs also have more HP then CRV and Rav with better gas milage.
I am reading the JD powers "Initial Quality Study for 2005 models"

Subaru is #27
Toyota is #8
Honda is #4
post #123 of 145
If the Subaru's got 4 more miles per gallon, I would definitly buy one in a hart beat.

For example, a friend of mine is getting 32 miles per gallon on long trips in their Chevy Impala with a large V6 engine and plenty of power. I get 31 miles per gallon in my 4 Cyl Honda Accord.

There is a 20 percent fuel savings between 30 miles per gallon and 25 mile per gallon. That is a large percentage savings. That is like paying $2.40 a gallon instead of $3.00 a gallon.

Subaru is way behind in the miles per gallon improvements over the years. They need to step it up.
post #124 of 145
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Originally Posted by catskills
If the Subaru's got 4 more miles per gallon, I would definitly buy one in a hart beat.

For example, a friend of mine is getting 32 miles per gallon on long trips in their Chevy Impala with a large V6 engine and plenty of power. I get 31 miles per gallon in my 4 Cyl Honda Accord.

There is a 20 percent fuel savings between 30 miles per gallon and 25 mile per gallon. That is a large percentage savings. That is like paying $2.40 a gallon instead of $3.00 a gallon.

Subaru is way behind in the miles per gallon improvements over the years. They need to step it up.
MPG has never been a Subie strong point. Impreza's weigh in at 3,000 lbs, and a Civic or Corolla are around 2500 lbs. Plus the Subie was teh drag of an AWD system. I will give up a few MPG's for a that is not made from tin foil and ti have some substance around me and to have AWD. The Forrester has the highest MPG for any (non hybrid)"small SUV". I get about 27 (combined) MPG in my 06 Legacy wagon, and that is driving it fairly aggressive.
post #125 of 145
As a member of the Detroit Ski Team, I have to nominate my American Iron as the best ski vehicle. Ford Excursion with V/10 power and of course snowtires BFG All-Terrain TA's! No need for a Thule but if you throw one on the rack you can take 7 friends with you. At over 8000 pounds it cuts through the slush and snow that stops Subie's in their tracks. Can't find a parking spot, make your own. Hotel rooms too expensive, throw a full size 8ft airmatress in the back and you have a mini motorhome! No need to carry gates to the course, this car delivers them to the race shack! Need to do some video analysis, pull down the screen, load up the team and you're all set. And talk about gas mileage.... well we don't talk about gas mileage! But it's darn close to my daughter's Jeep Liberty.
post #126 of 145
Bringing this one up from the dead... no need to start a new one.

Bought my first car Aug 2005 (1993 Subaru Impreza wagon) that only lasted 20 days and never saw the snow. Totalled, when someone pulled out in front of me. Oh well. Managed with an 1990 Acura Integra 3-dr until late March when I bought a 1997 VW Jetta turbo diesel... mmmm, fuel economy. I just got 800km of hard city driving on a full 55L tank.
post #127 of 145
My favorite "ski car" is my wife's 2004 Audi A4 Avant -- adequate power from the 3 liter V6, 20mpg, and Quattro AWD. Our alternate ski car is our '01 Outback, a/k/a "the Home Depot car". 130k miles and still going strong. As for my favorite cars overall, my #1 would be my current ride, a 2001 BMW 325Ci coupe. After that, in no particular order:
1980 VW Acirocco
1988 Honda CRX
1969 Camaro (not a real nice car -- lots of Bondo, rust, etc, but it was my first car...)
post #128 of 145
I had a 97 wrangler. She was lifter 4" on 33" tires. I could get throuh 3' of snow without a problem. But 9mpg kicked my ass. So i sold my baby and got my new toy
04 silver Subaru Impreza WRX
2.0 liter turbo @ 14.5 psi
227hp at the crank
top speed is governed at 147, i havent hit that yet, im looking for an airstrip to try
i love being able to go as fast as i want whenever i want and still get 20mpg+
post #129 of 145
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
I blew the motor on the 98 OB,
Fess up. How'd you manage to kill a perfectly good motor?
post #130 of 145
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Originally Posted by fasterskis View Post
snowtires BFG All-Terrain TA's!
Those aren't snows.
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At over 8000 pounds it cuts through the slush and snow that stops Subie's in their tracks.
O RLY?

On any open public road, I'll take any manual tranny Subaru with real snow tires, thanks.

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I'm currently writing code for a spark retard/cut traction control implementation in my turbo Mazda. A couple of the things I want to be able to do are outside of the current hardware capabilities of the PCM I built for it, so I'm going to build some custom hardware for the project.

I figure if I do that, I might as well put it to use on a winter car too. I've always wanted a rally car, maybe I'll finally get around to finding a decent Impreza coupe or 323 GTX to work on.
post #131 of 145
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Fess up. How'd you manage to kill a perfectly good motor?
97-99 Subie 2.5L's were notorious for blowing head gaskets. I had no intentions of relacing the car until that happened.
post #132 of 145
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
97-99 Subie 2.5L's were notorious for blowing head gaskets. I had no intentions of relacing the car until that happened.
Oh, a head gasket, I missed that. I was hoping that you tested the strength of the oilpan or some other exciting and catastrophic thing.
post #133 of 145
My car list

64 Triumph TR4 (1st car)

66 Austin Healy 3000. (shoulda kept it)

71 VW Karmann Ghia Convert

68 MGB GT

at this point, I started buying and selling beetles, then...

68 Triumph Spitfire

68 VW Karmann Ghia Convert

Triumph TR7 (my personal automotive low water mark)

85 Honda Civic 1500 S

Audi 4000 5+5 (i forget the year)

71 Saab Sonnet (the king of understeer)

85 BMW 325e

85 BMW M6 (grey market)

87 BMW 635csi

91 BMW 325i

99 VW Jetta TDI

+ a lot of not worth mentioning crapboxes with no personality
post #134 of 145

Audi A3 3.2 quattro

I'm now about four months into a new Audi A3 3.2 S-Line quattro and loving it. Previously had an A6 but wanted to go small and the A3 fit the bill perfectly. Great hatchback with a big back seat (more space than in the A4). Cold weather package gives you a great ski sock so you can forget the rack. Lots of performance and good handling but Audi have told me that the just released RS3 will be available in Canada in late 2007 and that will be awesome - likely dual turbos on the 3.2 putting out about 360 bhp. Now that will be a ride!!!

Went with performance tires so will need four snows very soon. Looking at the Continental ContiWinterContactâ„¢ TS810 S which have had great reviews. Anyone have any experience with snows on the quattro drive system?



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post #135 of 145
I had 33"x10.5" BFG ATko's on my old wrangler. Nothing could stop then in the snow. Seriously i never slipped a bit, granted if i wanted to i could break loose being rearwheel drive, but i will swear by those tires as a DD, PT offroad excelent snow tire for the rest of my life
post #136 of 145

My favorite Ski Car.
post #137 of 145
stoweguy .... great list of cars! Don't know how old you are, but were you ever with the Bucks County Sports Car Club? There was one other club over there too Flying Burrow's?
post #138 of 145
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo View Post
My favorite Ski Car.
Where do you put the skis?
post #139 of 145
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Where do you put the skis?
Someoen who drives a car like that doesn't worry about such piddly issues. (s)he will just simply buy a set when they get to the mountain than just throw them away when done at the end of the day.
post #140 of 145
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
stoweguy .... great list of cars! Don't know how old you are, but were you ever with the Bucks County Sports Car Club? There was one other club over there too Flying Burrow's?

I'm 52. I used to do road rallies with a club that met at Bucks County Community College. That was in the mid 70's. I'm not sure if that was them though. My main preoccupation at the time was motorcycle road racing with WERA :

All but the TR4 and the AH 3000 were used as ski cars.

edit to add I also had a Plymouth Cricket which is noteable only because I managed to blow out all 4 tires while in a 4 wheel drift
post #141 of 145
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Originally Posted by BarnacleBill5 View Post
I'm now about four months into a new Audi A3 3.2 S-Line quattro and loving it. Previously had an A6 but wanted to go small and the A3 fit the bill perfectly. Great hatchback with a big back seat (more space than in the A4). Cold weather package gives you a great ski sock so you can forget the rack. Lots of performance and good handling but Audi have told me that the just released RS3 will be available in Canada in late 2007 and that will be awesome - likely dual turbos on the 3.2 putting out about 360 bhp. Now that will be a ride!!!

Went with performance tires so will need four snows very soon. Looking at the Continental ContiWinterContactâ„¢ TS810 S which have had great reviews. Anyone have any experience with snows on the quattro drive system?


Fantastic Car!! If I wasn't involved in a few projects right now, one would be in my driveway
post #142 of 145
Dilemma time for me...

Alfa Brera
Mazda RX8

I was looking at the Nissan 350Z, but there is no boot in them (trunk) for carrying a guitar, so that's it out.
Was also contemplating the new TT, but the local dealer wasn't interested in talking to me.

Anything else I should add to the list?

(oh, and I just saw a second hand S3 for sale - that MIGHT get my attention...)
post #143 of 145
Will a guitar fit in a Noble?
post #144 of 145
...if I take out the seats, maybe!

(Just checked the S3 - it's 6 years old, so no thanks.)
post #145 of 145

Audi allroad...

With 4 Dunlop M3's. Will go thru anything.. Great mountain car, hauls 4 people an all their stuff up all the pass's
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