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Old 10-01-2003, 09:51 AM   #1
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Question how does OB behave off road ?

Hello, everybody
I'm a new member from Italy. I plan to buy a Subaru car for Christmas or next spring and I need advice

I'm not sure wether to buy a Forester or the new Outback, but as the latter is brand new I would prefer the second one. I would like to know from your expericence how does the Outback behave in off road ? I'm not going for heavy off road, but I will for sure take little mountain roads with bumps, rocks , holes, little (very little, don't know the english appropriate term) rivers and so on. And this maybe with snow or heavy rain. Is the OB going to tackle those obstacles or should I prefer the Forester ?
Is OB as sure as Forester ?

Thanks in advance for your replies
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Old 10-01-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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Well...

Forester has 7.5" clearance and OB has 7.3"
While there is a difference it is really not enough to be concerned about. But OB has linger wheelbase and that should be good.

Obviously both have same AWD system and ABS breaks.

Also, OB is MUCH more roomy and spacious inside. So, if you going through those very little rivers (Creeks?) in the mountains with some camping in mind OB will haul you, your buddies and your gear with out breaking a sweat.

But it all comes down to personal prefference. Both are pretty nice, capable and safe vehicles.

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Old 10-01-2003, 10:47 AM   #3
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hi 25psi,
just checked the voc, yes creek is the right term .
The clearence difference is very little. I don't think this can be important. I guess you answered my question. OB has the same AWD and ABS of the Forester, so it should be a very safe car.
I'm going to camp on the Swiss and Italian Alps next spring and summer. This winter i'm also going skiing.
I have a dog, a girlfriend (well not really yet girlfriend but hopefully I'll son get a place in her heart ), mom with very often tons of luggages....so a roomy car is very welcome.

I think I'll go for outback....if only the 3.0 had a mechanical gear...

Ciao
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Old 10-01-2003, 03:58 PM   #4
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OB is your car then!

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Old 10-05-2003, 05:13 PM   #5
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Pics from subies offroad...

http://isuzu-suvs.com/events

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Old 10-07-2003, 10:34 AM   #6
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My wife has an '01 LL Bean Outback which I have had the opportunity to take off road on a number of occasions (Family Farmland). It actually performed quite admirably. We've had it up to the floorboards in mud and it pulled out with no problem.
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Old 10-07-2003, 03:08 PM   #7
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thanx cboggess and paisan for your replies. I'm very unsure of what i'm going to buy, anyway I'll carry on reading the forum , it's very instructive.

Thank you guys for your advice
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Old 10-13-2003, 06:01 PM   #8
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You get a dual range transfer case there too IIRC. You should be fine, go for the Outback.

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Old 10-28-2003, 09:58 PM   #9
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The Outback performs great off road. My friends and I just took mine off road, and it didn't even bottom out. As for going skiing, i'm willing to bet that the Subaru's perfrom the best out of ANY other car. Make sure you get some winter snow tires, they make a huge difference.
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Old 10-31-2003, 12:34 AM   #10
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i rally mine i have a 99 LOB with a short ram ,headers, full exhaust and forester springs and struts. and of course sparco mud flaps. it performs awesome. for pics go too

www.maxitout.tv
its int the corona rally cross section. if somebody can post one of the pics of me please do . because i have no idea how too. im on page 1,8 tell me how u like the sticker on the back window.
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