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Old 04-14-2003, 09:12 PM   #1
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Anyone here own one? My wife and I are contemplating the purchase of an '03 Outback VDC sedan. Nice car on the inside. A little chunky looking on the outside. I think they could have done themselves a favor by not going the two-tone paint route. It makes that beige colored "titanium" the only option in my wife's eyes. She also doesn't like the big fender gaps. (She likes how I've gotten rid of mine with springs on the WRX and has already asked about possible suspension replacement on this should we go with it.) The McIntosh sound system is pretty nice. (Would like to find a way to get that in the WRX!) I would prefer something a little more sporty looking such as the Legacy GT, but she's wanting all the luxury of the inside of the Outback as well. We may check out Saab's 9-3 Arc, but I just wanted to get some feedback from fellow Scoobs on the matter.
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Old 04-21-2003, 01:27 AM   #2
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if you want sport and lower suspension.. don't get outback.. get STi or Legacy.... you will have hell of a time modding outback
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:19 PM   #3
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That's kinda what it was looking like. We just back from the Saab dealership. We settled on a 9-3 Vector. Very cool, I have to admit! Don't get me wrong, I love my WRX, but for the family car, that thing sure is nice! The Outback had a great interior, but this thing is just more sporty on the inside. More bells and whistles too. The Mac stereo would have been nice...
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:03 PM   #4
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Too bad...Soon there will be a Turbo Legacy that would have suited all of your needs.

That Saab will make you sob when it comes time to fix it...

They're nice cars, they just cost $ to maintain.
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:58 AM   #5
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A curious question - other than the wood steering wheel and the McIntosh stereo, what other luxury features is the Legacy GT missing from the Outback VDC? I would think that with the 2003 upgrades to the GT, they'd be pretty close.

The Saab is cool, but the lack of a wagon (for now), and the fact that there is only one small cupholder ruled it out for my (non-alcoholic) beverage-loving fiancee.... As mentioned above, the 2005 Legacy looks like it's worth waiting for....

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Old 04-25-2003, 11:31 AM   #6
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On the '03 GT there are no heated seats/mirrors, no Macintosh (as mentioned) System, some do have the faux wood trim, more road oriented suspension, lower profile tires (55 series vs 60s on VDC), less ground clearance, and the biggest difference, no H-6...
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