Originally posted by sybir
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.....
In Australia (and other markets), the Outback comes with a full-size spare. Our Foresters have full-size spares. I think the reason our Outback doesn't get a full-size spare, is because the North American Outback gets a larger 225/60x16 tire, whereas other markets get a smaller 215/60x16 tire (same size as our Forester), and the larger tire won't fit in the spare tire tub under the trunk floor.
The Hill-Holder clutch is in wide use in other markets. I don't think turbos get it, but I think Outbacks and Foresters do. Not sure about Legacys and Imprezas, however.