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Old 10-22-2007, 09:04 AM   #21
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DW had a 1984 GL-10. Other than going through a couple clutches, it was a solid car. Of course, the whole instrument panel was digital, so we used to hold our breath when we would get the occasional dashlight "flicker"...........

Is it true they need to run on premium fuel? Also, hows the gas mileage, I figure the AWD has to whack it a little..........
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Is it true they need to run on premium fuel? Also, hows the gas mileage, I figure the AWD has to whack it a little..........
If you insist on a 6 cylinder or turbo 4, they require premium. If you are happy with the normally aspirated flat 4, they take anything you want to put in the tank.

My '03 Legacy with the normally aspirated 4 and an automatic gets about 28 MPG in mostly highway driving. Figure around 24 if you sit in traffic all day.
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If you insist on a 6 cylinder or turbo 4, they require premium. If you are happy with the normally aspirated flat 4, they take anything you want to put in the tank.

My '03 Legacy with the normally aspirated 4 and an automatic gets about 28 MPG in mostly highway driving. Figure around 24 if you sit in traffic all day.
Not bad. Is the design still horizontally opposed cylinders, like in the 80's??

I've got a 4 banger in the Accord, and I average 28.5 in 50/50 mixed driving..........
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Yeah, still flat 4 (or flat 6). They have a reputation for eating head gaskets, but I have not had any issues. There is some piston slap in cold weather until the engine warms up, but its nothing more than a minor annoyance.
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Nah, its just that subaru has marketed to the gay and lesbian community for well over a decade and I cannot tell you how many I see tooling around with discreet rainbow stickers on them. Its established enough that in some circles they are known as "lesbarus."
The things one can learn from this forum!

(had no idea they marketed to the G&L community?)

lesbarus? Where have I been?
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DanTien....you have been good luck for me...I sold my painting Blue Rhapsody this morning.....thanks!
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Not bad. Is the design still horizontally opposed cylinders, like in the 80's??

You bet! If it ain't broke.....
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DanTien....you have been good luck for me...I sold my painting Blue Rhapsody this morning.....thanks!
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Just to add a small dose of reality........while I love the concept of the Subaru, my 2006
Outback 3.0R wagon has been back to the dealer......
3 times for non-functioning A/C------turned out to be the wrong gasket and not recognized until the 3rd visit by a 2nd dealer
1 time for slow loss of power steering fluid......new rack and pinion
1 time for badly worn tires (<7.5K miles)........alignment
1 time for slow loss of coolant...........probably still not fully resolved

To Subaru's credit, all work has been free under warranty but I am quite disappointed
in the numerous problems. It is US built so possibly that explains part of the problems.
I am hopeful that this is an exception and that the engine is sound but when compared
to DW's 2004 Camry that has never been taken in except for periodic maintenance, it has been an eye opener for me.
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Every manfacturer makes mistakes. Had our honda in three times in the first 6 months.

FWIW, I think subaru puts on crappy stock tires. When I replaced the oem tires with good quality michelins, it was a big difference.
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Just to add a small dose of reality........while I love the concept of the Subaru, my 2006
Outback 3.0R wagon has been back to the dealer......
3 times for non-functioning A/C------turned out to be the wrong gasket and not recognized until the 3rd visit by a 2nd dealer
1 time for slow loss of power steering fluid......new rack and pinion
1 time for badly worn tires (<7.5K miles)........alignment
1 time for slow loss of coolant...........probably still not fully resolved

To Subaru's credit, all work has been free under warranty but I am quite disappointed
in the numerous problems. It is US built so possibly that explains part of the problems.
I am hopeful that this is an exception and that the engine is sound but when compared
to DW's 2004 Camry that has never been taken in except for periodic maintenance, it has been an eye opener for me.
sorry to hear of your misfortune with the outback 3.0...outbacks are put together in Fort Wayne, Ind. of Japanese and other country parts...We had good experiences with our 2 2.5 Outbacks....only scheduled maintenance...the Impreza is full-blooded Japanese...fingers crossed they can at least match our good experience with the outbacks..all 3 cars the fit and finish is excellent...
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...the Impreza is full-blooded Japanese...
Always get the VIN # that starts with J.

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Are there any Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans people on the forum that don't own a Subaru?
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Repairs.... Yeah, like I said, we got ours with about 27k on it. Before 40k it needed a new set of gaskets (rear seal, front seal). About a week later, the starter went out. Don't know if it sat on the lot for too long or what. Doubtful.

So, the extended warranty, for $1k, was about a break-even "investment" after that point.

2.2L 4-banger's been rock solid ever since. *knock on wood*

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Discovered that the Impreza has a computer screen that keeps track of the on-going MPG - entertaining myself trying to goose the mileage....
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