Originally posted by rsholland
Very interesting, indeed. Sounds like some Subie engineer dropped the ball on the hitch receiver design (or is it the bumper design?). Even more interesting is that Subaru has had two (now three) years to correct this, and they haven't done it!
When I asked my local dealer about towing with the sedan (I was looking at the WRX before I decided to wait for the STi) he looked at me and said "Just get the wagon. Why would you want to tow with the sedan?"
Which is probably what he says to everyone, or maybe most people who intend to tow just migrate naturally to the wagon over the sedan.
So maybe it's only a very few people like me who are causing problems, and SoA thinks there aren't enough idiots wanting to tow with a sedan (or STi) to worry about...as paul pointed out, in Japan no one tows, so it's a non-issue to them. (If you've seen their roads and their driving habits you'd know why they never tow--and it's a GOOD thing they don't.
The odd thing, to me, is that when the did the mild re-style of the front and rear they *still* didn't bother to address the problem, which makes me think they think it's not