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Old 10-31-2012, 03:51 AM   #1
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This is my first time on here in over two years. I have never owned a suby but ive always wanted one and now i am. My wife and i have our first baby on the way so we went and test drove the 2012 manual tranny 2.5 outback but we didnt test drive the wrx hatchback because she said it looks like theres not enough room in it for a stroller and other stuff. Im kind of looking for advice and info from dads on here that were maybe in the same situation. Ive always wanted an sti because i had friends with them but i cant afford one. The outback was nice in the testdrive.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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I had a 2002 WRX and at the time we were watching a friends baby often. There was barely enough room to fit a rear facing car seat in it, but was doable (although uncomfortable) with the seats scooted forward (keeping in mind I'm short 5'8"). There was also enough room in the back for a stroller. However, I think the new WRX is more hatchback like and seems to have much less room behind the rear seats.

I now drive a 2005 Outback XT (manual) and have a baby on the way as well. I haven't tried fitting a car seat in it yet, but I can tell it will be much easier than it was with the WRX, and there is a ton of room in the back. The XT is reasonably quick and fun to drive and pretty much drives like a car (though the handling isn't particularly sporty). My dad has a 2011 Outback (auto) and it's no fun to drive in my opinion, though it gets better mileage. It feels slow and drives more like a small SUV than a car. Honestly I think that's why my dad likes his, he's used to driving SUVs.

Would you consider something used? A couple years old Outback XT seems like it'd be a decent compromise.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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Hey I really appreciate your feedback. I'm thinking of the 2.5i manual tranny outback. Were leaning toward a 2012 lease option. I use to sell cars and leasing is a great option for our situation. I have wanted a subaru since I was 16. Now I'm 26 and looking forward to the suby outback even though its not a wrx. my wife said i get a wrx in a year...and I said "thanks for telling me what car ill be getting next year." Lol
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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, I test drove only outbacks (what I was interested in owning), 6 manual & the CVT, I choose the cvt for gas (best) & neat paddle shifters (on steering wheel) I don't care for the 6 speed, it appeared to me that the 6th gear didn't lower the rpm's as much as I expected,,,
By the way I'm 6'2" @ 230 lbs & have kids; the car has plenty of room, with the seat almost all the way back - still room for passenger Hope this info can help
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:20 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Annunika8me
, I test drove only outbacks (what I was interested in owning), 6 manual & the CVT, I choose the cvt for gas (best) & neat paddle shifters (on steering wheel) I don't care for the 6 speed, it appeared to me that the 6th gear didn't lower the rpm's as much as I expected,,,
By the way I'm 6'2" @ 230 lbs & have kids; the car has plenty of room, with the seat almost all the way back - still room for passenger Hope this info can help
This info helps my wife and i out more than you know. We really cherish and appreciate all of the feedback we have received.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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Just a few thoughts that may or may not be relevant or useful. I owned 3 WRX wagons before buying my OBXT. They were definitely more sporty to drive, but I'd say the Outback is more comfortable on longer drives. The handling sucks, but the ride is pretty smooth. I sometimes miss the nimbleness of the WRX's, especially when I'm driving some twisty mountain roads, but I like the added cargo space of the Outback. The '02-'07 WRX wagons had a more vertical rear window, but the '08-curent WRX 5-doors and STI hatches have a sloped-in rear window that cuts into cargo space a bit. Fuel economy is very similar between my OBXT and the WRX's, but if you're considering a NA Outback, I assume it would get much better gas mileage.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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I recently posted some thoughts on the 2013 Outback. If you are considering a 2012 ignore the post however if you're looking at a 2013 please note that I have been having problems with the GPS losing signal and SOA is not able to fix the issue. There are conflicting reports that 1) they say that they haven't had reports of the issues but, I've talked to dealers who have said that the issue is known and that they don't know how to fix it 2) The unit is brand new and the manufacturer - Fujitsu-ten says everything is fine 3) I've been hearing that the antenna and the bracket are the issue but then SOA say's nope - no problem. You might want to consider either postponing the purchase of a 2013 OB until the problem is fixed or buy one without the nav whcih means you would have to buy the base model because the limited's all come with GPS standard.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:49 AM   #8
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The outback we were looking at was middle of the road. I dont think it was base model and i dont think it was top of the line either. Without the brochure sitting in front of me i cant remember.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #9
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It depends on if you want a fun car. The WRX hatch will be loads more fun than the Outback. The Outback will be more practical with kids. I did have an '02 Sportwagon WRX when we had our first child. It was tight in the back seat. Now we have two kids and having a larger back seat in our '11 Outback is nice. I do miss the fun factor of the WRX and my son yelling out "use the turbo." I would say if its your only vehicle get the Outback. If you have another car that you can use more for kid hauling get the WRX (which is ok for occassional kid hauling)
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #10
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I have owned 4 Subaru's and my family has owned a total of 12 Subaru's. Good question. Back in 2006, I purchased my 4th and favorite Subaru, my 2006 Subaru Outback XT Limited versus a WRX for several reasons. Im a dog trainer, snowboarder, RallyCross Racer, Photographer/Videographer...now years down the road from the original purchase with upgrades that will allow my Outback XT, to clearly dominate any stock and some modified WRX's, its the best decision, I have ever made. Plenty of room, for those road trips, I placed 4th out of 7 Subaru's in my first SCCA Rallycross competing against all WRX's and Sti's in my class. They don't make the Outback XT anymore, that was just from 05-09, but my parents have a 2012 Outback 3.6 Liter Automatic and they love it. I only drive manuals, so my next Subaru down the road will most likely be a Subaru Forester XT. One big difference between the 2, WRX and the Outback of course is the wheel base length and handling and weight.

But with 7 company sponsors, Including Primitive Racing www.get-primitive.com , I upgraded to King Springs and Rear Diff Skid Plate, Cusco Front and Rear Strut Braces, Powerstop Break Rotors, Hawk Ceramic Pads, Rally Innovations Light Bar and Skid Plate, and Cobb Tuning SS Down Pipe Stage 3 Map, I very easily school most WRX's in all areas except Autocross.

With kids its a no brainer, get the Outback
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:58 PM   #11
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I have a '11 hatch, and I am pushing the wife to replace her Civic with an Outback. I can transport the stroller, but that's about it, to be honest. The Outback would give us the space we need for the long trips that we take as a family. If this is going to be your only vehicle, the WRX is not the best choice. The Outback will save you a ton of money in gas over the WRX and be much more comfortable to cart everyone around in... my $.02.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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We recently traded in my '07 impreza wagon for a '12 outback. We just had our first kid in April, and while the Impreza wagon might have barely had the space, the outback has a lot more, making travelling with the little one so much easier. For a weekend road trip for a friend's wedding, we had to bring the stroller, the pack and play, diapers, bottles, clothes, toys, and that was just for our son. Add on top of that mine and my wife's luggage, and we were definitely appreciative of the additional space in the Outback. I miss my Impreza wagon - it was a fun little car, but the practicality of the OB has won me over.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:43 AM   #13
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I appreciate all the feedback everyone. We ended up buying a 2006 wrx wagon. Almost the same amount of room as the outback. We got a smoking deal on it. One persom owner. Only 67,000miles and no accidents.its also not our only vehicle. I have a chevy traverse but its my work car so i wont really be able to use it with my.family.

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #14
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Nice, sounds like a good find. I loved my '02 WRX. Getting a baby seat in that car will be a game of inches, but it's doable. More space in the back than the newer gen from what I can tell, and I love the hawk eyes. Should do okay for ya.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:32 PM   #15
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i just bought my outback wagon plenty of room and a very good car if u want power go for the wrx wagon
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #16
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We have a 01 RS, 04 WRX Wagon and a 11 Outback, and I will suggest a Outback on your situation. We got the Outback few days after my son born, and we did try to put a infant car seat in the old car and see if it fits before to buy a new one, and the car seat we got were on the bigger size, so its kinda tight on the RS and WRX.

We went to few ski/camping trips with the Outback for the past two years, and the trunk is tight with all the gears and food, but the cargo carrier will solve this problem.

I was thinking to buy a STI because I am the guy who really like performance, but we need family car with more space as well as gas mileage, so I choose the Outback instead.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:37 PM   #17
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I'd go with an outback. More of a family vehicle.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #18
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I have a son and a 11 sti sedan. Trunk has plenty space for a stroller and little man has no problem fitting in the back. Its also very convenient that the the seats fold down. I had an 04 wrx sedan and my 11 has a lot more headroom. The outback is a lot more family/room friendly imo, but the wrx has plenty room also.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:06 PM   #19
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I just bought an 05 outback xt because I am going to be a dad soon , I sold my 2003 rs because it was just too small. Go with the outback.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:32 PM   #20
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Outback is more of a Family vehicle.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:37 PM   #21
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remember, you're on the north american slammed IMPREZA owners club website. the outback and the wrx are totally different cars. why not compromise and get a forester xt
or an '05-'09 outback xt?
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #22
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I own a 2005 2.5T Outback XT 5MT because my wife and I agreed an STi made no sense right now. I honestly couldn't be happier, for a DD that involves my wife. I will get an STi eventually but right now the pep the OBXT has is fantastic and it has creature comforts my wife and I really enjoy including heated seats and a turbocharger. You won't be disappointed with an XT and you might even find out an STi isn't desired any more.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #23
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ha. we have both. mine bugeye hatch and wife's brand new 2013 outback.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:47 AM   #24
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Personally, having dealt with a 2007 Subaru Outback breaking down with so many mechanical problems despite meticulous care, I would be biased towards the WRX, but I agree with other posters that the Outback is much more comfortable. Just depends on preference. And maybe we were just unlucky with our Outback
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #25
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As someone who's working on getting out of their '05 XT manual transmission after 4 years of faithful service ...

Mine's been fairly reliable. Changing the clutch was unusually difficult because of the transmission-to-turbo clearance but I got it done.

One thing to look for if you're buying one is if the inward front axle boots are shredded. For some reason this happens constantly. At 50k miles my passenger side was torn open and by 60k the drivers' side was too. I run the stock skidplate so it's a puzzle as to why this happens.

The cars are easy to mod - you can pick up a DP for ~350 w/ cat and put a stage II opensource tune on and have a seriously fun to *accelerate* car. The suspension leaves a lot to be desired. It's not terrible - no worse than you'd expect from it being an outback - but if you're coming from a WRX you might be disappointing. I thought I needed new shocks until I checked them out - no the shocks perform well as dampers just the car has soft springs. Very comfortable ride though

Also, my moonroof and cd changer are both out of service from normal use

Engine and transmission oil changes are easy on these cars. If you're skinny and have a shallow drain pan you don't even need to jack the car up
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