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Jun 17, 2020 - 9:38:01 AM
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rinemb

USA

12400 posts since 5/24/2005

All things must change, eh. I am presently suffering, yet have earned a whole new cultural identity.

I am putting to pasture my 2003 Burb, with 343000 miles on it. Its time for her to rest. This was my third burb: I had a 1974, 1994, and this 2003. Likely have put nearly a million miles on burbs. My life of jobs in the "field" were much easier with these beasts of road, and trail-if there were one.

For many years I have suffered the eyes and fingers of many a small car driver, especially the Subaru drivers. As I was killing the planet with my suburban. Now, due to a long story I won't go into, I am the owner and driver of a Subaru Forester. All of a sudden other drivers smile at me, I get an occasional approving nod or thumbs up by young folks-and folks from Colorado with cars adorned with planet saving and social saving bumper stickers.

I may never get comfortable with loss of cargo space, or a horn that only beeps instead of HONKS!

So, what bumper sticker(s) should I apply to the rear bumper-wherever it is?
Brad

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:28:11 AM

10010 posts since 2/22/2007

I think that on a Subaru that at least is a dozen is required!

Brad, the current Subaru image really amuses me, as I bought my first one, a FE Coupe, in 1978. In 1986 I bought a 4X4 Wagon before the Legacy name, and way before the Outback arrived. Good cars, but they were just vehicles. Somewhere along the way they became some sort of social statement, at least in the minds of some. I mentioned that I was going to check out their new SUV to a neighbor and he instantly said "lesbian car!", which cracked me up.

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:08:57 PM

9466 posts since 8/22/2006

I'be seen number of stickers that say When I Grow Up I Want To Be..etc etc
Maybe you could get one that says A Suburban. There also used to be stickers that had the Subaru slogan Think What You Could Do In a Subaru. People would scratch off the Su and the last u ending up with Think What You Can Do In A bar. That's classical. I wouldn't mind that one on my baru. And I have seen the slogan with Think What You Can Do in A Sub

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 06/17/2020 13:11:27

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:03:58 PM

14838 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb


So, what bumper sticker(s) should I apply to the rear bumper-wherever it is?
 


If the Soobs around here are indicative, anything I could suggest would get deleted by a mod. wink

Actually, they're a really nice car. Well built and reliable. Decent mileage and both ride and handle well - if a wee bit underpowered.

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:26:30 PM

3961 posts since 11/29/2005

Looking at Subaru's as our next car. I like the AWD feature and the dependability of the make (my brother has had 2 or 3 over the last 40 or so years, and he lives in the mountains of California.

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:33:27 PM

2938 posts since 10/17/2009

Careful, pretty soon you'll be listening to NPR and drinking Latte's... driving with sandals; and might find yourself pulling into a Trader Joe's.  laugh.

I've always seen vehicles from just a utilitarian perspective... not any status symbol. Different vehicles have different uses, comparisons can be moot.

Don't know about Forester, but probably notice the ride and overall handling is much better in a passenger vehicle.

One thing that might need to get used to is difference in how you sit and how high you sit; and ability to see in some traffic situations.

The horn comment was interesting, how often do you use the horn?

Edited by - banjoak on 06/17/2020 15:41:04

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:48:23 PM
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10320 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

All things must change, eh. I am presently suffering, yet have earned a whole new cultural identity.

I am putting to pasture my 2003 Burb, with 343000 miles on it. Its time for her to rest. This was my third burb: I had a 1974, 1994, and this 2003. Likely have put nearly a million miles on burbs. My life of jobs in the "field" were much easier with these beasts of road, and trail-if there were one.

For many years I have suffered the eyes and fingers of many a small car driver, especially the Subaru drivers. As I was killing the planet with my suburban. Now, due to a long story I won't go into, I am the owner and driver of a Subaru Forester. All of a sudden other drivers smile at me, I get an occasional approving nod or thumbs up by young folks-and folks from Colorado with cars adorned with planet saving and social saving bumper stickers.

I may never get comfortable with loss of cargo space, or a horn that only beeps instead of HONKS!

So, what bumper sticker(s) should I apply to the rear bumper-wherever it is?
Brad


And another one bites the dust!

I'll give up my Tahoe when they pry it from my ..............

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:56:24 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23761 posts since 6/25/2005

My sister, who is 4’9” and lives in an area so rural she has neither internet nor cell service, drives a Forester and loves it. The seat works for her frame and the all-wheel drive is a real winner where she lives.

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:03:55 PM

1929 posts since 2/10/2013

Since we are talking about cars - here goes. My favorite car was a Honda coupe I bought back when they first came out. 5 speed manual and front wheel drive. I felt like I was flying a plane instead of driving a car. It used so little gas I felt guilty. My wife, who hated driving in the snow, drove that little Honda to work one morning, and found out that the town was "snowed in" and everything was closed. I drove it from Battle Creek Mi.. to a small town near St. Louis. When I arrived, my father in law said "Where did you come from". I replied I had driven down. He then said "you couldn't have. All the interstates are closed".

Every time I buy a car, and deviate from Hondas, I get "burned".

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:34:51 PM

55002 posts since 12/14/2005

You should be able to swap out the Subaru's horn for a junkyard SUBURBAN horn.

Imagine the surprise to those who were expecting a TOOT TOOT, and they hear a real HAWONNK!

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:07:08 PM

2275 posts since 7/20/2004

I actually like Subarus, particularly the Outback, but detest the subculture, so I’m sticking with my two Jeeps. I get the traditional Jeep wave from other Wrangler drivers around town, and 31 mpg on the highway with my wife’s Cherokee.

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:18:58 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16693 posts since 6/5/2008

An after market air horn will get everybody's attention.
Decibels. You have to learn how to spell DECIBELS.

I've been driving a 1997 Burb for ages. Mechanically sound, everything works and retired,
I do not remember how many months ago I gassed up (40 gallon tank.)
I'm looking at a 2007 Burb as a replacement. Might run the '97 into the ground or park it.
With some physical challenges, the Burb is really easy for me to get in and out of.
I don't want a vehicle lower than a toilet to climb out of.

I need the load space. I don't need roof racks, roof pods or tailgate racks.

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:06:56 PM

donc

Canada

6351 posts since 2/9/2010

I first encountered a Subaru in Kauai,Hi. at the airport car rental place . In 1973 they hadn't really arrived in Canada. When she told me to take the white Subaru in the lot I had to ask what it looked like. I'm currently watching my present car decompose so the Subaru is one brand that I do like. They seem to be a Honda or Toyota for advanced life forms. Does the Tilley hat come with it ?  They are sold at Volvo dealerships in this region. Volvos use to be stylish car made in Sweden and Canada but now they are owned by a Chinese company. Boy this gets confusing. How is a person suppose to impress others without knowing the latest facts in car production ?  wink

Edited by - donc on 06/17/2020 20:12:23

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:10:45 PM
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55002 posts since 12/14/2005

Lest we forget!

SUBARU is
U R A BUS! spelled backwards!

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:30:34 PM
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O.D.

USA

3488 posts since 10/29/2003

Had 95 Legacy wagon
275K miles when I sold it and still running strong
Currently selling a 2016 Forester with 16K original miles that belong to my father.
I'd recommend them to anyone.
Good cars
Good luck k with yours Brad

Everett

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:40:19 PM
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2103 posts since 1/16/2010

Those old suburbans were so luxurious. My parents bought an ‘85 suburban in ‘85 with a few thousand miles on it. It had belonged to the wife of the Graff Chevy dealer in Grand Prairie, TX where I grew up. She didn’t like it and my folks got a good deal on it. Mom drove that thing from the time I was in kindergarten until I graduated high school. And...it was the first vehicle I learned to drive...so they’re special to me.

After spending so much time in the old school burbs...the NEW 2019/2020 burbs that the company hauls us around in from station to train..etc...they feel like being inside a sardine can....there’s NO ROOM. Very tight and cramped, no leg room, no overhead or side clearance. Those old burbs were so big inside you could run circles in there. Not a fan of the modern suburban.

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:14:32 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

13944 posts since 9/27/2007

Isn't there something about AWD where if you have a blowout in one tire you have to replace ALL the rest?

That would be a deal breaker for me.

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:52:47 AM

Paul R

Canada

12927 posts since 1/28/2010

We lived two short blocks from the subway and didn't even have drivers' licenses until I retired and we moved here. Our first car was an '02 Honda Accord, which we really enjoyed. That was followed by an '11 VW Golf wagon, deisel, which turned out to be a mechanic's cash cow. Now we have a '19 Forester Sport. I enjoy it much more since we had the "eyesight" turned off. Getting that annoying beeping sound when you cross a line, and being attracted to a screen instead of the road, is a hazard. The bonus, though, is the ability to drive a gravel road without worrying about having stuff ripped off the bottom of the car, like the low-slung VW. The other bonus, for me, was that it came with a CD player.

Our Subaru is white, which makes it quite visible in low-light conditions. The VW was grey, which made it a dent magnet. I used to think white was just a "trendy" colour, but now I think it makes a lot of sense from a visibility point of view.

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:22:47 AM
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rinemb

USA

12400 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

Isn't there something about AWD where if you have a blowout in one tire you have to replace ALL the rest?

That would be a deal breaker for me.


Well, crud, bubba. Now I will spend two hours googling on that issue.  Thanks a lot.  Brad

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:36:10 AM
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rinemb

USA

12400 posts since 5/24/2005

Yep, gonna dig out my old berkies and fisherman's. Let my three hairs grow out. Pick out out tee with bumper sticker message. Maybe add a bicycle rack to the subie-for looks only.
Frankly, I don't even know where to look for Subaru appropriate stickers.
Brad

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:10:09 AM

3858 posts since 4/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

Isn't there something about AWD where if you have a blowout in one tire you have to replace ALL the rest?

That would be a deal breaker for me.


Well, crud, bubba. Now I will spend two hours googling on that issue.  Thanks a lot.  Brad


A competent tire shop should be able to shave down a new tire to match the worn ones.

Subarus are still known to consume oil, and their head gaskets are still prone to failure around 100,000 miles.  I hate CVT transmissions, but theirs are better than those made by Jatco/Nissan.

Subaru knows their consumer base very well.  Its why they had almost a decade of straight growth.  Yes, the crowd is a bit crunchy and liberal, but they mainly care about safety, reliability and dogs.  All their advertisements cater to those points.  

Edited by - banjos-n-beer on 06/18/2020 08:10:59

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:23:09 AM
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rinemb

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12400 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by stevel
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

Isn't there something about AWD where if you have a blowout in one tire you have to replace ALL the rest?

That would be a deal breaker for me.


Well, crud, bubba. Now I will spend two hours googling on that issue.  Thanks a lot.  Brad


A competent tire shop should be able to shave down a new tire to match the worn ones.

Subarus are still known to consume oil, and their head gaskets are still prone to failure around 100,000 miles.  I hate CVT transmissions, but theirs are better than those made by Jatco/Nissan.

Subaru knows their consumer base very well.  Its why they had almost a decade of straight growth.  Yes, the crowd is a bit crunchy and liberal, but they mainly care about safety, reliability and dogs.  All their advertisements cater to those points.  


I for got about the dog!  Guess I will go to pet adoption  site and look for a golden lab retriever.   And yes, it will wear a bandana.  Brad

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:34:26 AM

3978 posts since 10/18/2007

I had no idea there was a Subaru "subculture." I'll never forget coming home in a blizzard from the school where I taught and seeing all sorts of vehicles off to the side of the road or flipped around. My 2001 Subaru passed all the obstacles and ice and drifts as if we were out on a pleasant Sunday drive. I loved that car but we had to get another brand because the seats were killing my wife's back. I'm now looking at the 2021 Toyota Prime.

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:57:32 AM
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rinemb

USA

12400 posts since 5/24/2005

My Forester will be a test of, if I can get by with a smaller vehicle. (I haul a lot of cargo out to a job site.) If so, and if I am still working, I will give this car vehicle to a daughter, and look hard at a Toyota 4Runner-still body on frame. Then put my redwings and flannel shirt back on. ;-)
Brad

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:45:37 PM

14838 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

My Forester will be a test of, if I can get by with a smaller vehicle. (I haul a lot of cargo out to a job site.) If so, and if I am still working, I will give this car vehicle to a daughter, and look hard at a Toyota 4Runner-still body on frame. Then put my redwings and flannel shirt back on. ;-)
Brad


Brad, the back of a Forester will hold a surprising amount of stuff - especially with the rear seat down.

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:29:24 PM

2534 posts since 4/16/2003

I've been a Toyota RAV4 fan since 2005. I gave my '05 to my sister and now have a 2013. Still doing fine.

But... since 2019, Toyota no longer offers a CD player in ANY of their internal audio systems (I don't believe Honda does in the CRV, either). I'm actually considering a Forester when the next time comes 'round.

However... going back a number of years ago, a common problem with Subaru's "boxer" engine was oil leaking from the cylinder head gaskets.

Granted, this was a while ago, but Subaru still uses the same basic engine design.

So... a question for anyone who's bought a Subaru in the last, say, 5-7 years:
Any oil leakage problem in the cylinder heads on yours...?

(I see this was already mentioned above, looking for recent experiences...?)

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