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post #31 of 51

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What kind of mileage do you folks get? Say general running around mileage AND freeway mileage if you keep it about 65?
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
What kind of mileage do you folks get? Say general running around mileage AND freeway mileage if you keep it about 65?
I get around 20 mpg in my Saabaru but it's turbo. Plus it requires 92 octane :-(

If you are concerned about mpg don't get a turbo.
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Dubs I had...63,67,69 Bug, 69 Conv., 73 SuperBeetle, 83 Rabbit Wolfsburg, 84 GTI, 93 Golf III, 94 Passat VR6 wagon, 00 NB GLX, 92 Passat CL 01 A4 Avant 2.8Q 5 sp.
I was a VW driver before Subies (with a Tacoma in there too). My 84 GTI was one of my all time fav cars.
post #34 of 51
This last year i bought a '98 outback wagon with 40k miles for 7 thousand. its in awesome condition too. the previous owner only drove it to work and back. its clean and it works beautifully!
post #35 of 51
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I was a VW driver before Subies (with a Tacoma in there too). My 84 GTI was one of my all time fav cars.
Mine too.

I am getting 27ish combined on my 06 Leg SW.
post #36 of 51
Respected in Colorado. Good ride. Good traction. Agree with previous posts on roofbox providing the room you're looking for.

A generally well-respected vehicle for what you're looking to do. If you encounter a remarkable degree of fresh on the road or drifting, expect trouble. Ensure you have a shovel to dig out. Beyond that, great ride. Neighbor has one and raves about to the point of being intolerable.

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post #37 of 51
The comments about the outbacks inability to handle deep snow are correct, I actually made one of them, but I just wanted to clarify that this doesn't seem to be too much of a weakness.

Snowfall at resorts of two or three feet is a decent powder day, days that have that much on the roads below the resort would probably shut down most everything, not to mention the lifts.

You might just have to shovel your driveway.
post #38 of 51
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And how are those CEL's and 1.8T sludge problems?
I dunno, I don't hang out in those forums. Neither of my cars have CEL's.

I know my friend's car has had 2 hg's blow, might'v been 3. Dealer did the work, apparently they were having sealant issues or something, iirc.
post #39 of 51
All cars can have issues. Shoe a car manufacturer where their dealers do not have service department, I will say to buy that car.

Subies have a great foundation to be a snow car, what will separate one from another is tires. A fellow Bear-ette here has some lousy Bridgestones on her OB and doesn't like it in the rain or snow. The tires she has on are scary.

Personally, I have a quiver of tires/wheels for my Subaru (and even for Lola's MINI). Summer tires, Falken 451's 225/45/17, noisy but grippy, not an Azenis, bust for this application, they work. I have a set of Revo1's for my winter tires, mounted on 16"'s. Tires are most important safety feature on a car....they are what is holding you to teh ground. If you live in snow county, you need snow tires. Period.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
What kind of mileage do you folks get? Say general running around mileage AND freeway mileage if you keep it about 65?

I get aboout 26 with a mixture of freeway and running around with an 2006 Outback wagon automatic.

Echo what Phil said about tires. I've got a set of 16" rims with Hakkapeliitta snows. I've driven around stuck 4x4s on big snow days.

Haven't even put the snows on yet though!
post #41 of 51
The real reason you see so many Subies in ski country is because they're a chick magnet.

Yup! You heard it here first!
Ski Geeks in Subies are sooooooooo Hawt!
post #42 of 51
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The real reason you see so many Subies in ski country is because they're a chick magnet.

Yup! You heard it here first!
Ski Geeks in Subies are sooooooooo Hawt!
LOL they are so effective...in attracting women..even women drivers attract women!!!!!!:
post #43 of 51
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Still waiting on the outback hybrid.
you and me both.

Thinking I may switch to a Passat Diesel for my next auto. I wonder if it'll use bio diesel - my buddy has a restaraunt one block from my house and plenty of used veg oil.
post #44 of 51
According to my Subie info. Subie has some very good hybrid technology, that is why Toyota bought GM's share of Subaru. Unfortunatly, we will see it in Toyotas before Subies. But..we will see Subies 2.5L Diesel sooner that Hybrid, which IMHO is better anyway.
post #45 of 51
On Thanksgiving Day, My husband's cousin showed up with a brand new Toyota 4Runner Hybrid. We took it for a drive, and that 6 had as much "go" as our Jeep with the 8 HO.
And, it has more features, and plenty of room. I would consider it.
post #46 of 51
Do yourself a favor, and don't waste your time with the ski racks. Just toss a couple yak tie down straps in a bag, and life to, and from the airport will be much quicker, and happier. Throw the ski bags right on the standard crossbars, crank 'dem cam straps, and bust a 3.2, or, better yet, a Fat Tire Full Suspension IPA. Welcome to Planet Utah!

Good luck, and enjoy your turns on the, "Greatest Snow on Earth".
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by Bearbutt View Post
Do yourself a favor, and don't waste your time with the ski racks. Just toss a couple yak tie down straps in a bag, and life to, and from the airport will be much quicker, and happier. Throw the ski bags right on the standard crossbars, crank 'dem cam straps, and bust a 3.2, or, better yet, a Fat Tire Full Suspension IPA. Welcome to Planet Utah!

Good luck, and enjoy your turns on the, "Greatest Snow on Earth".
Too late, but thanks for the info.
I opted for the outback w/ski racks for 177 per week.


Thanks to all for the help, & happy holidays.
post #48 of 51
I'm not sure who you are renting with, but I've picekd out particular cars with Hertz and they almost never get it right and i'm a gold member. Last year on a trip to Vail, I had a ford escape booked, and they gave me a brand new subaru Legacy in my spot. I actually would have preferred that car, except their were 4 of us all with gear. After about an hour of waiting around, Hertz gave me a ford explorer at no charge, but it was a pain in the ass. Rarely have I just got my car and gone while renting with Hertz for a ski trip.
post #49 of 51
Thread Starter 
I always cross my fingers when I'm picking up a rental.
In fact, traveling has become a pain in the ass, period. I've learned to just relax & accept it.
I really don't feel like I'm truly on vacation, until I step into the condo, sit back in a recliner, & say: hey babe, bring me a beer! Sometimes I just snap my fingers.
aaaah , this is vacation
post #50 of 51
That is a great pice for an outback. It would have been my first choice for a rental on my ski holidays in the US but they were about double the price of a Chevy Blazer (aka large yank tank) so I ended up with a much bigger vehicle than I wanted - and it handled nowhere near as well as my 14 year old subaru that I have had since new, and has 200,00 kms on it without missing a beat.

Only thing I'd suggest is making sure it is the Outback version of a Legacy, the largest vehicle in the subaru range. I thought all Outbacks were 'Legacy', until I saw Outback 'Impreza's at Jackson Hole. There is no way you'd get the 4 of you in one of those.

When my '92 subaru reaches the end of its reliable life, I'll probably be getting an Outback. Not the most efficient on fuel, but I would not be using it every day for commuting to work so does not matter so much. And I can reach the roofbox on top of a subaru, the other 4WDs end up so high with a roof box, shorties like me always have to stand on the sills.
post #51 of 51
Hybrids do not thrill me. I think were battery technologies better, and the cars actually got what the epa ratings were, and the milage displays in the cars were more accurate to what they actually get, I might like them more. The battery in a prius being done by 150k...it just does not seem that great. Plus, no 5sp manual in a prius. Maybe in the future, batteries will get better, hybrids will get better.

Diesels=great, IMO. I wish the us had all sorts of diesel cars, like europe does. The only options I have, for an older car (don't have much $$$) is an old vw diesel, mercedes diesel, or rare volvo diesel. All are fine cars, I own an '82 diesel rabbit, and would own a 300td or 240 diesel any day, but would love some more diesel car options, for older cars. 219k on my 5 speed rabbit, never blew a head gasket (bought from original owner), up until a couple weeks ago. Still have to fix that, but cheap to fix. I'll change the hg, should be good for at least 60-80k more before I need to rering it and put new valve seals in. That is what I like about a diesel- beat the snot out of it, and it still lasts a long time.

If I could find (they were in the us a little, weren't they?) a toyota 4x4 pickup turbodiesel, I would definately own one. Along with the rabbit.
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