coming from a 3.0r, nobody would be happy.
the 3.0r was almost perfect for me except the shocks and the gas mileage
i probably should have kept it and used regular gas.
i also tried megan coilovers on it but with no success.
the 08 outback sports is ok for younger buyers but, not me.
its good on the highway and rides well over potholes, manhole covers and railroad tracks. for me, being in a suburban environment, a decent ride is a must. it corners very well with the stock tires and three in the car. it looks fine from the the outside except for the "altezza" tail lights. i do happen to like the 4 speed tranny for city driving. the transmission keeps the car steady with the flow of traffic instead of up-shifting and moving the car faster than the other cars around me as in the 5 speed. sound out of the radio w/sub-woofer is pretty darn good other than that the impreza has gone "cheap" just like everything else in it's class.
they took out the sound insulation. every time it rains you here ...tink ....tink...tink.tink.tink as the raindrops hit. at high rpm's the engine can be heard straining and wheezing for it's dear life. the interior panels use to be "soft touch" which set it above the rest of the competition. now it's "cheap" hard plastic. they took out the rear lsd and added vdc to what effect? start forward on the snow and the whole ass end flings around. gas mileage is not that much better than the 3.0r. i would have preferred an impreza hybrid but they, like always, lack the foresight to bring it to market. now what do we get in the future? friggen diesel. keep it. i'll wait for the next generation prius.
all in all it's was my choice. it was the wrong choice for me and will probably be a great choice for others.
it's just that this time......... i choose..............poorly