Join Date: Mar 2017
Car Year: 2015
Car Model: Outback Premium
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I am a member of the SubaruOutback.org forum and jumped over here to see if this topic existed. Happy I did!
May 2016 my wife and I traded in a 2008 altima 3.7L 6 speed manual for a 2015 OB Premium 2.5L without Eyesight. We also have a '97 Jeep Wrangler in our garage. The biggest factor for us is knowing we were trading in a car that excelled on the highway, and we wanted to keep the car-feel instead of a suv-feel. If we were trading in the Jeep, we would have gone with the Forester and been happy with the more obvious road jarring. I also prefered the more refined feel of the interior environment, but that was not a category that was truly a make or break area for which Subaru to buy.
You mentioned something about oil changes. I'm not sure how it influences the warranty, but I do my own changes. With the 8.7" of clearance, I couldn't get under the car all that well, but was able to take the drain plug out blind (just by feel). A fumoto valve would make it easier, but I don't think I want to go down that path. I put in Mobil 1 extended performance synthetic
Finally, this past weekend I did more research for what is coming after the Jeep dies. I really want a truck, but am having a hard time justifying the cost of those things. My needs are to move a snowblower, motorcycle, and 4x8 sheets of plywood. My plan is to spend $300 for an ecohitch plus wiring, and rent a u-haul trailer for $15 a day whenever I need it. Going that route, I would have to rent the trailer a few hundred times to spend the same amount as the additional cost of a truck would be. Because of this, I am now leaning towards a forester as the replacement for my old Jeep Wrangler. Yeah - I would have two subies in the garage