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Old 11-03-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Hey all,

Just picked up a 2013 2.5i Limited, and I'm just curious about how everyone else's 2013's are doing. How many miles are you all at now? Is the wobble problem completely gone with the retuned suspension? How is your MPG and ride quality after the break-in period? Oh, and......any rattles? (Dun dun duuun)

Pretty quiet in here, just thought I'd stimulate some conversation.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:42 AM   #2
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My wife and i are getting ready to buy that exact model in vienna red. I really want a wrx or sti but with a kid on the way outback makes more sense. You enjoying it so far? Did you get a good deal?
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:52 AM   #3
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My wife and I are loving it!

The plan was to go in for a 2013 impreza sport limited, but with a wait time of 4 months, we both said nuts to that......

So we test drove the outback we have now and, after 5500 off the sticker, we were driving it home. Has the eyesight, and it's actually very well done and I'm glad we got it. We have it up to almost 200 miles now, so nothing really too exciting to report, getting 24mpg (calculated by hand).

It grows on me more each time I drive it.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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How did you get that much off? It was new right? You pay a certain price over invoice
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:24 AM   #5
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To be honest I'm not 100% sure. Sticker was 34,588. we went at the very end of October, put a good amount down (with a cashier's check, which they really liked), and did a lot of talking. Next thing we know bam, 3k off, then another 1500 after some "we need to talk In private" moments. They wanted us to meet half way on the cost of the eyesight by adding more to the down payment and we promptly said no, we'd just start fresh with a different car without eyesight, then bam, we made a deal after adding nothing and them taking the hit instead of paying to ship another similar outback to the dealer.

Lessons learned:
Stick to your guns.
Have the day set aside to wheel and deal, don't rush it.

And their college grad program is great, helped us get a very low rate for the rest of the car. I feel like that is more of a state/dealership/personal deal though.....

Anywho, back to the topic, updates? Hey, even pics, why not? Subaru has some great colors. Almost got the red, ended up going twilight blue metallic, which is much darker than the subaru website shows btw.




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Old 11-03-2012, 04:53 AM   #6
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Its weird because i cant see pics on my android on this app. So lets say someone posts like 30 pics of their cars up ill get to see like 10. So i cant see yours but i saw that color in person. Its really nice. I think ill own at least one suby forever.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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I purchased a 2013 Outback limited 3.6 three months ago and while I like the car - styling, the interior room there are some frustrating issues. The most vexing is the GPS. I regularly lose GPS signal - sometimes as often as 4 times in a day (and some days not at all). It's random, I could lose the altitude reading or it loses the ability to connect with satelites and thus lose the ability to navigate. I've contacted Subaru of America Customer Service and they have been totally ineffectual in resolving the issue. The GPS has been replaced and still there are problems. I've sent them pictures of the GPS when it has gone out (sent a photo of me in my driveway - the house number clearly visable and the GPS map showing me to be on a road 1/4 mile away. No fix. I was on my way home from NYC and plugged in my home address and I was on the West Side Highway in NYC - straight road and the GPS "recalculated" 3 times in about 5 miles. No reason to - straight highway. A signal access problem?? SOA is stating only 1 other car has been reported as having problems. Okay then - replace the antenna and the cable connecting it to the GPS and, oh by the way, check the software as a possible issue. Nope - they say that the manufacturer of the GPS - Fujitsu-ten says there are no problems (then how do you deal with the pictures and that you replaced the first GPS after test driving the car and experiencing the issue first hand). BTW - the GPS is brand new and this is the first year in the Outback or any other Subaru. Another issue is that there are weird squeeks as the car travels down the road - really annoying. I had done informal survey's of subaru owners at gas stations and parking lots before I bought mine and folks said that all they did was change the oil and the brakes - solid car. I'm wondering if the 2013 Outback lives up to the Subaru reputation. Since the 2013 came out I'm starting to hear that the GPS issue is known but SOA won't acknowledge it because they don't know the cause (I've heard thru the grapevine that the antenna bracket and antenna are the issues). You might want to wait until the issue is resolved before buying a 2013 Outback.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:46 AM   #8
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Hi duffy. I can see the pic of your car now. I noticed that now i can see the cars on this app when before i couldnt. Nice car

Thats weird that your car is having that issue. Have you checked google to see if others have the same issue?

My wife and i decided to get an sti instead of the outback. For now the sti should be a good car since we will only have one kid.

Anyways ill talk to ya later. Good luck and keep us updated.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:40 AM   #9
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I too sometimes lose my signal, but maybe only once or twice in a week. When I go in for my 3k service, I'll add to the complaint list and maybe push some progress your way. I know one day we had a set of storms push through and I lost signal, the other times I was at a light underneath the highway. My complaint is that, yes, it will be somewhat inaccurate as far as representation of position on the screen. Once I get moving again it tends to fix itself though.

Sorry to hear you've got squeaks, mine is squeak free, even on some of these rough Cali back roads. Possible temperature squeaks perhaps? I've heard these new Subarus (2011+) are bad squeakers in cold weather. Not sure what the deal is with that.....

Please keep us posted on the GPS issue, and any other news that may arise with you 2013
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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Pushing about 3200 miles on our 2013.
With it being our first Subie, we're really happy with it overall.
We have the 3.6 limited with eyesight:
- seats are really comfy but wish the memory function came on more than just the appearance pkge.
- 3.6 has more than enough power to jump in and out of the crazy SoCal fwys.
- burning plastic smell came in and out of the vents right around 3k miles but seems like lots of owners have experienced that.
- two biggest gripes are the slow reacting, and often wrong,navi by Fujitsu-ten and how off the suggested MPG was. I am finally getting 20 MPG when it was 18 MPG for the first 2-3 months. Even with 95% freeway driving on some tanks, I can never get more than 21mpg. Seems different enough from the 18/25 they touted on paper. I can live with that and jus hope Subaru comes out with a downloadable update for the navi.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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I had the same issue, but only once. I shut the engine then turned it on again, deleted my destination and re-entered it and all was fine.

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I purchased a 2013 Outback limited 3.6 three months ago and while I like the car - styling, the interior room there are some frustrating issues. The most vexing is the GPS. I regularly lose GPS signal - sometimes as often as 4 times in a day (and some days not at all). It's random, I could lose the altitude reading or it loses the ability to connect with satelites and thus lose the ability to navigate. I've contacted Subaru of America Customer Service and they have been totally ineffectual in resolving the issue. The GPS has been replaced and still there are problems. I've sent them pictures of the GPS when it has gone out (sent a photo of me in my driveway - the house number clearly visable and the GPS map showing me to be on a road 1/4 mile away. No fix. I was on my way home from NYC and plugged in my home address and I was on the West Side Highway in NYC - straight road and the GPS "recalculated" 3 times in about 5 miles. No reason to - straight highway. A signal access problem?? SOA is stating only 1 other car has been reported as having problems. Okay then - replace the antenna and the cable connecting it to the GPS and, oh by the way, check the software as a possible issue. Nope - they say that the manufacturer of the GPS - Fujitsu-ten says there are no problems (then how do you deal with the pictures and that you replaced the first GPS after test driving the car and experiencing the issue first hand). BTW - the GPS is brand new and this is the first year in the Outback or any other Subaru. Another issue is that there are weird squeeks as the car travels down the road - really annoying. I had done informal survey's of subaru owners at gas stations and parking lots before I bought mine and folks said that all they did was change the oil and the brakes - solid car. I'm wondering if the 2013 Outback lives up to the Subaru reputation. Since the 2013 came out I'm starting to hear that the GPS issue is known but SOA won't acknowledge it because they don't know the cause (I've heard thru the grapevine that the antenna bracket and antenna are the issues). You might want to wait until the issue is resolved before buying a 2013 Outback.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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I am having other nav head issues with Bluetooth: All incoming calls show caller as UNKNOWN but correct number, both of which are in address book that was downloaded. Cannot reply to a text with the pre-installed messages if my vehicle is still or moving. Cannot figure out how to manually enter names and numbers in the speedial list, only from the address book.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:05 AM   #13
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The only phone issue I have is that the system won't read my text messages to me, otherwise all is well. All we can hope for is an update or patch, and soon would be nice.

At 1400 miles, doing great! No squeaks, rattles, or anything bad really. I have noticed that the Outback feels and sounds much more settled and refined once warmed up. MPG is not bad, probably 70% city and 30% California freeway- 25.3 is the average with a low of 21 and a high of somewhere around 28/29ish. It is improving over time, and my hope a that by the 7K service area I will be at a 26.5/27 average. I believe 27 is what Subaru claims the average should be, and if I can do that, then I'll be a happy California clam.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:11 PM   #14
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Don't feel singled out on the HU issues guys, my XV has the same issues. Dropouts on the nav and weird phone performance. Next time I'm at a dealer service dept I'll let them know and see what happens.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:06 AM   #15
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Almost got the red, ended up going twilight blue metallic,
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:37 PM   #16
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Bought a 13 outback 2.5l and a 13 wrx. Love both cars. Both have about 1600 miles on them. Getting 22 or so mpg in the wrx and 25 in thee outback. I couldn't pick one if I had too! Did not get nav in either as nothing compares to the nav in my Lexus or my IPad. No squeaks or other issues you speak of.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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Just Purchased a Graphite Grey 2013 outback 6 mt cant wait to pick it up. We also have a 2011 Forester. Soon to add the Sema edition 2013 wrx.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:40 PM   #18
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i believe all the shakers were built before the middle of 2011.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:12 PM   #19
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Getting close to the 3750mi first service. No issues, major or minor, and has been a joy to drive so far. The MPG has come up a little, I'm now getting 26mpg at about 50/50 city highway. Can't really complain. I'm curious to see what difference the first service will make, if any.

Took the Outback on it's first "long" drive the other weekend, a trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is about 2 hours from the house. Both the wife and I were very comfortable, and the Outback averaged 29.2 mpg for the trip. Probably could have got better, but 65 is a little too slow for me haha.

Planning on de badging her either today or tomorrow. I don't have the luxury of having an outlet anywhere near the car to use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the emblems, so I'm going to try the power of the sun and some hot water instead. I'll write up a review on how it all goes using the non-heat gun/hair dryer way for all of you who have the same "car port" problem.

And let's see your outbacks people! This thread would be much more exciting with pictures!


Update: DONE!


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Old 02-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #20
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Hauled a couple massive loads of fresh cut and very wet wood. The Outback handled it very well, so well that I was visibly shocked with my jaw dropped driving it across town. The car felt a little heavier, but it didn't struggle to accelerate or lean more in the corners or anything. It was very poised, and I'm very impressed!

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Old 09-02-2013, 01:34 PM   #21
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Did you write up how you got the badges off? I want to take the dealer one off. Looks horrible. Couldn't they at least use the same font as Subaru?
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:00 PM   #22
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Dealer stickers will peel off w heat from a hair dryer.. Or just park it it the sun for a while. Peel w ur fingers. Wax if necessary.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:18 PM   #23
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Came off with just my finger nails. Left a little goo but GooBGone too care of that. Looks so much better. Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:10 AM   #24
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Sorry for the late response,

I did not have a dealership sticker on mine, it was fresh off the truck, and Livermore Subaru would rather have you drive around with their plate covers instead I guess.

Glad you got it off. I feel like this little mod really cleaned up the back, and I like the little difference I have over all the other outbacks I see on the road. Still happy I did it.
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