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Old 06-10-2003, 11:21 AM   #16
sybir
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Member#: 4615
Join Date: Mar 2001
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Don of the Wagon Mafia
Vehicle:
05 FXT/01 OB/97 OB
Yes.

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Just the way they've styled/compromised the styling on the newer Imprezas points to the fact that the wagon is marketed as the more utilitarian choice.... (no wide fenders, no wide susension, etc). It makes sense to say, hey, here's your towing option, instead of making whatever changes to the USDM GD becuase those changes made for the very few might bother the majority.......it sucks, but it's the way it goes, ya know?

If I was SOA, I'd be looking at it this way; if anybody wants to tow something with a WRX, which is an already rare enough possibility, they're going to migrate towards the wagon; people aren't going to be towing other cars with any Subaru, so you're left with the people who are probably going to tow things like very small boats, jet skis, and bikes, that sort of thing. As utilitarian as Subaru has a reputation for being, it simply doesn't make sense to make big design changes for these things for every single car in the line; with creative engineering, you can make something work, right?
It's like complaining that a Type R can't tow without work, or a Miata, or a Mazdasport Protege, or an SRT-4, or something. Most car manufacturers don't even offer factory hitches for their cars, so Subaru's still ahead on that count....

The car will not come with a full size spare, as 98% of vehicles, especially non-truck ones, come with spacesavers to expand interior room....
that said, my 97 OB has a utility tray that covers the spare (under the lifting floor) and if you removed that, a full size spare would probably fit, but at the expenese of storing anything else down there.......

To the guys in Japan, do any subarus come with the hill-holder, or is that just in USDM/export Foresters?
And dualrange trannies have always been available for OB's and Foresters, just not in our market (Australia and New Zealand for sure, not sure about others.....
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