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Old 02-20-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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SOA Blog,

I have a few questions/comments, and I know you can't answer some of them, but it's nice to know someone at SOA will see them haha.

1) Owners of the STI or even WRX that want to upgrade to a larger sedan with similar performance only have the option of a BMW 335xi or an Audi S4. Why? The Legacy GT Spec.B is more expensive than the LGT but it does not offer better performance. Legacy GT STI might be a good idea...

2) Why in the world does the Navigation and Sirius package on the 2008 WRX include ALL premium package features EXCEPT for the 10 speakers? My Navi has the ability to adjust the Center channel, and yet I do not have one. Movies are not heard properly because they are designed to send voices through the Center and music/background through the normal speakers. If I paid for all Premium Package features (there are TWO 2008 WRX's in my family) why did I get jipped on the speakers? I know the wattage is less, but still. It isn't right.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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SOA Blog,
Have SOA or SOJ been aware of the problems the '07 STI have been going through? It literally drives like a Ford Focus 'til about 4.5k rpm. It doesn't at all feel like an enthusiast car. It doesn't at all drive the the previous MY STI's.... I am running the second re-flash that was issued by SOA, however the problem is still prevalent.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:30 AM   #4
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SOA BLOG - SIDENOTE - Please give Legacy owners with nav the ability to retrofit with factory Bluetooth similar to the new WRX's (even though the nav is different). Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:53 AM   #5
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As a commuter in Vermont I just want two things, more fuel economy and awd. I don't know what platform that is, maybe make the impreza lighter. bring the diesel sooner or lets see a car slot in below the impreza in size with a fuel sipping NA 2 litre. I wish I could buy 10 STI's and I like all of your models, but what I can afford and what is responsible is a different story. I would think an awd car with 35+ highway mpg would probably be subaru's largest volume car and should be around $16,500 base. thanks for participating in the forums its nice to know SOA is listening.

PS it would be nice if the car did not tick when it is cold.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:12 PM   #6
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Dear SOA Blog,

When will I get my light weight, rally inspired, AWD, asskicking machine back to replace this heavy touring sedan pretender I drive now.

Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:38 PM   #7
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Dear SOA Blog,

Will Subaru ever have a genuine halo car? The STI is an attainable performance car but I just want the brand to have a halo car that only the ballers can afford to keep in their garage. The technology can trickle down to the regular lineup, right?

And why didn't the Prodrive P2 become a production car?
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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Among other things, and in no order: AWD, Boxer engine, performance, durability, reliability, safety, trust - we have internal statements other than these, but the product truths boils down to these. Something in these truths makes owners "love" their Subarus... of course, you could pick at the statements .... but in my experience you can pick at anything if you try hard enough.


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So what is their official image? Safety? Even if it is, they haven't clearly conveyed that to the public. I'm not sure Subaru knows what they want to be.

And the Prodrive P2 was just another $10,000 more than the STI and I think all of them would be snapped up by enthusiasts. Just make a limited production run of 3,500 P2's or something...
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:17 PM   #9
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Question to SOA Blog - what prevents SOA from offering auto-up at least on driver's window? Even cheapo cars these days have that. Both JDM and EDM Legacy have auto-up window feature and it's a matter of simply using different driver's door switch assembly.

Impreza, Forester and Tribeca owners are lucky since their switches are straight Nissan switches and they can buy one form Nissan/Inifiniti for even all 4-windows auto-up/auto-down. Legacy uses custom switch so short of importing one from Europe it's not easy (there are aftermarket solution but I don't like such intrusions into car wiring).

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Old 02-25-2008, 10:54 PM   #10
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Let me look into it.

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My guess is that it's the legal department holding it up. I'm not sure WHY, since as mentioned there are tons of others out there with it. I'm with you on this one unclemat, they should have it across the board.

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Old 02-26-2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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Let me look into it.

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Please do, as SOA is out of step here when compared to other cars on the market that have auto-up windows.

Also please note that Japanese-spec Subies "do" have auto-up windows—with pinch protection.

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Old 02-24-2008, 01:16 PM   #12
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It 'was' all Prodrive - I've seen that car, and it's nice, but it was their project.

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Is that a true story that you just made up?

The P2 was all Prodrive, it just happened to utilise a Subaru powertrain.
(FWIW Prodrive also works on Hondas and Aston Martin (well now they own Aston martin))
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:10 AM   #13
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SOA: Please for the love of God, stop using Bridgestone Potenza RE92 tires. Find a cheaper, yet significantly safer and better handling all season tire. The stock tire is disgustingly expensive, has a horrible tendency to hydroplane, and offers terrible ride/handling characteristics. There are all seasons out there that offer significantly better response in all conditions over the RE92, and cost nearly half the price. These tires have been an annoyance and joke for many of us Subaru owners over the past several years. Tell Bridgestone to provide a better All Season tire, or find another vendor to supply your tires. Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:25 PM   #14
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SOA blog, is subaru going to address the tribeca hatch rattle in the 08s as well as the second row vibration? the dad's 08 has these and they're VERY annoying
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:44 PM   #15
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That's a customer service question - I do suggest he calls customer service on this.

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Hi Guys - I'll say it again - noone with priviliged information should talk about future product until we are ready to talk about it - there's just too much competition out there, today's cars to sell etc to be talking about tomorrow until the time is right. I'm sure you can all understand that. It's just the way business is/has to be. Heck, I bought an IPod once and the very next week the new one came out... I wasn't too happy, but I knew why Apple didn't tell me.

And like I said, we don't confirm or deny anything... so that we never get caught in a lie. And.. if we only deny what "isn't" true, and say "no comment" when something IS true, people can work out what is and isn't true... You see?
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:56 PM   #17
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Hi Guys - I'll say it again - noone with priviliged information should talk about future product until we are ready to talk about it - there's just too much competition out there, today's cars to sell etc to be talking about tomorrow until the time is right. I'm sure you can all understand that. It's just the way business is/has to be. Heck, I bought an IPod once and the very next week the new one came out... I wasn't too happy, but I knew why Apple didn't tell me.

And like I said, we don't confirm or deny anything... so that we never get caught in a lie. And.. if we only deny what "isn't" true, and say "no comment" when something IS true, people can work out what is and isn't true... You see?

So are you saying "No comment." about the '09 changes?
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Of course... no comment.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #19
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Default 2.5 & 3.0 LL Bean Outback MIA on SOA website

Okay, I guess this is merely a band-aid repair to the 2008 web pages in that there are no longer an LL Bean model listed, either 2.5 or 3.0 LL Beans; thus requiring the removal of those models from the site. BTW, when are the '09 Legacy and Outback pages going live on the SOA web site?

Speaking of LL Bean: What happened?

I know SOA has forth a positive spin as to the dissolution of the relationship. I don't buy it. Not for a minute. The split came much too fast, with only 2 or 3 months notice at most. That just doesn't happen in business—unless there were some really hard feelings, and/or some really nasty stuff going on. I take it that either Subaru fired LL Bean or that LL Bean fired Subaru. So which is it?

Why do I say that? Well, besides the fact that this split occurred "almost overnight," there is a 2009 LL Bean Forester listed in the new Forester brochure. If this split had been planned long in advance—by both parties—there would have never have been a LL Bean in the '09 brochure. These brochures were already printed and at car dealers when the decision to break off the relationship occurred. Again, that kind of incredibly poor planning would never have happened if this split were planned for in an orderly way.

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SOABlog,

Any insight as to where the '11 WRX may fall price-wise? I'd love to see it around the same as the current model, but the interior improvements make me a bit skeptical.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:46 PM   #22
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Heck, I bought an IPod once and the very next week the new one came out... I wasn't too happy, but I knew why Apple didn't tell me.
Heh, not to get off topic, but that happened to me with my current Ipod. I bought the 60GB Ipod, and a couple of weeks later, the 80GB came out. To make things worse, the 80GB was $50 LESS!!! Did I learn my lesson? No. I bought my wife an Iphone for our anniversary and the price drop came a month and a half later! DOH!!

I am out of space on my 60GB and am about to buy a 160GB Ipod Classic, but I fear what will happen next... maybe FINALLY an Iphone with decent capacity (80GB+)...

Back on subject:

Cars are like this too. I bought an '06 Tribeca. The next year came with standard Aux-in which I really need. The '08 is leaps and bounds improvement over my '06, and that is only two model years later. I never thought a Subaru would give me any sense of buyer's remorse, but on the bright side, this is being caused by ANOTHER Subaru, so SOA must be doing SOMETHING right!

Any word on improvments for the upcoming '09 Tribeca? Again, if there is Blue Tooth and an Ipod Integration kits that doesn't interfere with the Nav system, and especially if the nav system has Traffic info, I will be very likely to trade up...
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:14 AM   #23
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SoA Blog:
Can you address the rumors regarding plans to introduce diesel models to the US? The hypothetical introduction of a 3.6 lite turbo engine would almost mandate the addition of an alternative fuel vehicle to balance out the fleet. SoA could choose to do this in any number of ways:
1. hybrid (assuming Subaru makes one)
2. small car (R1)
3. diesel

Is there a timeline in place for diesel to North America?
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:11 PM   #24
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Will Subaru try to compete with the Mitsubishi Ralliart ?
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:27 AM   #25
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SOA - can we have another SOA Warehouse BBQ this spring? There were several of us, who were very disappointed that there was no BBQ/Warehouse tour meet in 2007.
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