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Old 05-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #1226
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I would like to see Subaru try their hand at a small and mid-sized pick up truck. Something about the size of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, with engines ranging from turbo 4 cylinders to turbo 6 cylinders. Even an n/a large displacement 6 cylinder sounds nice. Focus on gearing for more torque and durability that a work truck would need, and some decent towing.
I made this similar comment in my local forum about two years ago and got this response:



I do agree that they should invest in an actual TRUCK. Could you imagine Subaru's AWD and Boxer combo in a small duty truck? Then imagine an STI-variant!

So many dreams.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #1227
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Please just bring the Legacy DIT drivetrain from Japan. Put it in anything... and everything!

CVT + More MPG + More HP + More Tq + VTD = sales. (But you guys already know that you need the automatic in the US.)

That'd be a really interesting engine/tranny in a Tribeca.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:23 PM   #1228
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I made this similar comment in my local forum about two years ago and got this response:



I do agree that they should invest in an actual TRUCK. Could you imagine Subaru's AWD and Boxer combo in a small duty truck? Then imagine an STI-variant!

So many dreams.
I know, the Baja. The problem with the Baja is they tried to recapture the old Subaru Brat. I would really like to see an actual truck and am glad there are others in this boat as well.

Plus going this route could open up their engineering perspective as well. Focusing on large displacement and maybe even try developing an 8 cylinder! I wonder how a boxer 8 would sound?
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #1229
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I and several others had suggested a Tribeca-based truck a few years back (similar concept to the Honda Pilot/Ridgeline connection), but it never went anywhere.

It could work, if Subaru would dare to make it. Ridgeline sales have been steady but low, so probably not enough demand for a Subaru entry.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #1230
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I and several others had suggested a Tribeca-based truck a few years back (similar concept to the Honda Pilot/Ridgeline connection), but it never went anywhere.

It could work, if Subaru would dare to make it. Ridgeline sales have been steady but low, so probably not enough demand for a Subaru entry.
Chevy's even dropping the Avalanche.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #1231
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I and several others had suggested a Tribeca-based truck a few years back (similar concept to the Honda Pilot/Ridgeline connection), but it never went anywhere.

It could work, if Subaru would dare to make it. Ridgeline sales have been steady but low, so probably not enough demand for a Subaru entry.
It may be worth a concept at least to see what consumers think. Subaru owners are among the most loyal and Subaru hasn't even touched the truck market. I am member of a Toyota Tacoma board and there are tons of Tacoma owners that were former Subaru owners, or currently have Subarus. Everybody on those boards speak highly of their (Subaru) products.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:05 PM   #1232
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IMPORT THE FORESTER S-Edition!

Why is this not in the US? 268hp WRX Turbo engine, with 5EAT-Sport Shift.

They could sell it that way, or with '10+ Legacy GT's 6 speed manual, WRX 5-speed manual, or even previous Legacy GT Spec.B's VTD 6-speed manual based on the STI-type transaxle.

I find myself needing a bit more cargo room, and I would trade my '05 Legacy GT 5-speed, if I could get this Forester in it's place. Current XT with the 4EAT, and only 230hp DOES NOT CUT IT.

I have wanted a WRB Legacy since the 04 JDM Legacy debuted, they got it, we never did. Bring this Forester to the US, WITH WORLD RALLY BLUE PAINT, and the black/blue insert interior.
This. Import this.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:29 AM   #1233
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SOA Blog: I want one of these in Subaru form!!

I recently stumbled upon a Mitsubishi Delica for the first time, driven by a Canadian family vacationing on the Washington State coast. They're JDM models based on the Pajero (Montero) that are imported into Canada... rare but easily obtainable for Canadians via several importers that stock them, and relatively inexpensive. I was so impressed I had to go look it up online almost immediately! There are 1 or 2 importers in BC that specialize in these.

The one I saw was similar to this, but with a large roof rack & ladder on the rear hatch:


It's a Mitsubishi Delica. Newer models are rounder, with the engine forward, and can be had in turbodiesel form. Serious 4WD, excellent ground clearance, off-road suspension, seating for 7-8, massive cargo (4x8 plywood, queen mattress), 4 "Crystal Lite" rear glass roofs, rear heat/ac/audio, swiveling center seats, back 2 rows fold down to form a bed, 3rd row folds up & away.



These are not particularly "mini"... here's a photo for comparison:


And a newer model (though JDM has an even newer generation):


If Subaru never makes something like this, I may be tempted to import one to the US for a unique hiking/camping vehicle once they're old enough to be legal here... still a few years off unless the law changes. I'm not a big Mitsu fan, but I could overlook that for this vehicle.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #1234
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SOA Blog: I want one of these in Subaru form!!
Maybe the Subaru Sambar?
I suppose it would have to grow some...
http://world-viewer.com/subaru-sambar.html

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #1235
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"grow some" is an understatement! Sambar would need to morph from being tiny kei-car based into the largest vehicle in the lineup! Subaru stopped production of Sambar anyway. Sigh.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:30 AM   #1236
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XV Crosstrek is shorter length and height than Forester, but same width.

Perhaps a vehicle based on the XV floorpan as a 3-door Forester Sport. With WRX and WRX STI performance drivetrain hardware, and trimmed-down Forester styling, rather than Impreza styling that the XV Crosstrek wears.

CAFE favors light truck classified CUVs. Subaru has a RWD sport coupe on the showroom floor already.

3-door performance CUV might be the new trend that is CAFE friendlier than a sport coupe, and enough different that it could co-exist with BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:32 PM   #1237
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Dear SOA,

I would like to make a recommendations at least in reference to the turbo'd model vehicles. There have been many problems and there are still many problems with the engines being blown from factory tunes. There would be a solution that would benefit Subaru and the community. The cost of repairing vehicles under warranties is an expense that should not be incurred. Putting forged pistons in the cars stock that need it such as the turbo'd vehicles would greatly decrease your costs of repairing under warranty and would be a huge benefit to the community.

Putting forged pistons or even stronger pistons would not be a detrimental expense to you or the community. Even if it does cost more and you would need to raise the price of the $30,000+ cars by even $400-$500 for the pistons I think that the buyers would not be deterred by this minimal increase in cost and would actually accept it with open arms. I know I would and most of the people on Nasioc would rather pay the $400-$500 rather than the risk of their engine failing.

I know this has been brought up many times, but if you would like I could do all of the calculations and prove to you that this would benefit you and the consumers as a whole. Please take this into consideration. I don't want to have to buy another Subaru and then end up doing it myself, because my engine blows.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:18 AM   #1238
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I would love to see Subaru bring over their 2.0 liter turbo diesel drivetrain. If they decided to sell the XV Crosstrek diesel here in the U.S., I would be at the dealership tomorrow putting down a deposit. I'm enamored with the torque numbers (about double that of the gasoline 2.0 liter they sell here) and the fact that I could go 600+ miles on one tank of diesel.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #1239
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Continue to stay aggressive in model redesigning because Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Hyundai are coming out with some good looking models, and the only thing holding me back is AWD and new redesigns. I'm on my 5th brand new subaru, and 6th overall in 5 years.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:33 PM   #1240
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I have a simple suggestion.

Please resume offering manual transmissions in higher vehicle trim lines, or otherwise offer Spec.B (sport suspension, premium engine, and manual transaxle, with "Limited" or "Touring" levels of amenities) trims on more nameplates.

The time to replace my Subarus is approaching, and I would like to buy another Subaru... but none of the options offer the nice touring and premium features in the "Limited" models, along with a manual gearbox choice.

Forester, Impreza, XV Crosstrek, as well as Legacy and Outback (which seems like it is trying to be activity/sportyoriented, yet is under-powered) and only offer automatics or CVTs on most trim models that have otherwise attractive amenities and features.

Please... consider sport packages... at least an FB25 (torquier than FB20) engine or FA20 200hp engine from the BRZ, or an FA20DIT turbo engine, with a manual would be respectively better. Even a wider application of the EZ-series flat-6 engines would be welcomed.

None of your lineup of models come close to offering the combination of premium options, and real AWD performance that my 2005 Legacy GT Limited offered.

Please do not leave your enthusiast buyers out in the cold, with little option other than changing to another brand. WRX and WRX STI cannot be everything to everyone, and simultaneously narrowly focused on outright performance with modest or minimal weight, as the only AWD performance model in the lineup.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:56 PM   #1241
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I would like auto up/down windows. For ALL of the windows and not just one.

Also, there are so many low price point cars that have touch screen stereos, I don't know why it isn't standard in my $35,000 STi.

Lastly, the dash needs to be made from something other than the cheap creaky plastic it is now. It screams budget.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:58 PM   #1242
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BRZ has passenger auto up/down, just FYI. Also vanity mirrors with lights. Why the WRX and STI do not is beyond me, at least on the Limited trims.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:10 AM   #1243
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Also, there are so many low price point cars that have touch screen stereos, I don't know why it isn't standard in my $35,000 STi.
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Please please please Subaru, always provide physical controls for at least the basics (volume, seek/scan, presets, category... etc.)

I like to be able to adjust audio stuff while keeping my eyes on the road.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:47 AM   #1244
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Please please please Subaru, always provide physical controls for at least the basics (volume, seek/scan, presets, category... etc.)

I like to be able to adjust audio stuff while keeping my eyes on the road.
Dint know this was an issue. Lol
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I would like auto up/down windows. For ALL of the windows and not just one.

Also, there are so many low price point cars that have touch screen stereos, I don't know why it isn't standard in my $35,000 STi.

Lastly, the dash needs to be made from something other than the cheap creaky plastic it is now. It screams budget.
It is a budget car! Lol
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:41 AM   #1246
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XV Crosstrek is shorter length and height than Forester, but same width.

Perhaps a vehicle based on the XV floorpan as a 3-door Forester Sport. With WRX and WRX STI performance drivetrain hardware, and trimmed-down Forester styling, rather than Impreza styling that the XV Crosstrek wears.

CAFE favors light truck classified CUVs. Subaru has a RWD sport coupe on the showroom floor already.

3-door performance CUV might be the new trend that is CAFE friendlier than a sport coupe, and enough different that it could co-exist with BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI.
Audi is getting in on it, too. Audi Crosslane Coupe concept... they are even aping your Crosstrek name.


I don't think it is quite as good looking as the Evoque 3-door or the Paceman... but it is something.

Porsche Macan is likely to be similar, and based on an Audi CUV platform also, with 5 and 3 door body styles.

C'mon, Subaru... adapt the XV Crosstrek model to have a 3-door somewhat-fastback body style in addition to the 5-door... and some more power with a manual gearbox, unlike Forester XT.

Then share the 3-door body on lower suspension with sportier fascias, with the WRX/STI, and obviously even more power for the STI.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:12 PM   #1247
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Dear Subaru,

I own/have owned four different Subaru models, 02 wrx, 07 impreza 2.5i, 08 STI, and 13 outback. All are great vehicles with different strengths and weaknesses.

Based on the likes and dislikes of these vehicles please build the following vehicle for the US market.

Mid sized performance oriented sedan or wagon
300ish hp sti tuned engine
6spd manual or performance oriented auto with paddle shifts
Sti suspension tuning
Sti exhaust
No brembo, but decent sized brakes and good pads
No si drive
No fancy center differentials
Sti suspension tuning
Sti exhaust
Nice and roomy cloth interior with supportive seats
Black headliner
Priced in the low to mid $30k range.

Should be easy enough. It sounds a lot like the Spec B and Legacy tS!!!

Thanks!!
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:24 PM   #1248
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On the next redesign of the legacy/outback can you make it a tad easier to replace the low beam then going in from the fender liner?

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #1249
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Drop the front bumper and then its easy. Grrrrr......
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:53 AM   #1250
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Something along the lines of a Subaru version of the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon (7-pass) would be nice. Add AWD; DIT boxer; 8.5"+ ground clearance; roof rack; Subie safety, reliability, durability & value. And make a camper version!!!
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