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Old 12-14-2020, 08:39 AM   #80
Norm Peterson
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Join Date: Mar 2019
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: our wrx IS the family sedan
'19 WRX Ltd 6M dgm
'08 Mustang GT (the toy)


Originally Posted by legacygt777 View Post
But my point is that many people online automatically bash the subaru CVT is bad without even having driven one. No you don't get that burn rubber tire jump and its a different feel but its still really good and there are different driving dynamics that you can use with the paddle shifters.
That 'different feel' would take some getting used to, and it's perhaps possible that the enthusiasts among us - meaning NASIOC forum members in general - would both expect that and be a bit hesitant about. I think another reason enthusiasts (mainly) haven't been on board with CVTs is related to both that and to the fact that CVTs have had some teething problems (Nissan in particular). Word gets around, and Nissan's solution to their big CVT problem in the Murano was to replace the whole CVT unit rather than attempt a shop fix. A huge expense if out of warranty (and before the warranty was extended), and a lot of down-time regardless.

I was one of the first Legacy GT in owners in my city. So the 05-09 gen was a special one. When the cornering, stick shifting, styling, and overall vibe went down on the 2010 model, I went 11 WRX ltd.
Our car buying cycle is probably longer than that of most folks, averaging 7 years over almost 50 years, and we keep them a long time as well (16 years and change). So having bought a full-fledged family sedan in 2001 (a Nissan Maxima 20AE), the Mustang in 2008, and still owning the Mazda 626 we bought in 1995, we wouldn't have even been looking to see what was available in 2010 under normal circumstances. But something came up involving a family member so we kind of got pushed into it. It's likely we'd have bought another Maxima if that car had still been available in MT, but since it had gone automatic-only several years earlier (CVT, which didn't make any difference because any automatic was a hard no) it never made it to even the "long list".

It's interesting the 2018 3.6r legacy I recently bought is such a great car. It's actually a great cruiser. There are aspects of it that are better than my wrx and legacy gt. To each their own.
No doubt. The truth is, if Subaru had offered the H6 Legacy with a 6MT back in 2010 there is little doubt that we would have gone that way over the turbo H4/6MT arrangement.

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