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Old 06-13-2019, 12:20 PM   #26
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I picked up a set of brand new take off Crosstrek versions of the Forester XT style wheels posted above (17 inch polished/black) for cheap last year and they look pretty good on the Legacy. The stock 5 spoke Legacy wheels were pretty ok when they first came out design wise. Snow tire designation is where they’re relegated to now.

The wife decided to keep the stock 16” 6 spokers on her RS. I think they still look really good on that car.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:26 PM   #27
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Those I think are "fine"; but, I really like the Touring version of those.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:37 PM   #28
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Those I think are "fine"; but, I really like the Touring version of those.
Agreed. Not a fan of 18s but I’d get a set of tourings if they were as cheap as the Crosstrek take offs I got. Good color on blue.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:39 PM   #29
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I did like my stock 01 RS coupe wheels, to be fair. Simple, sporty design.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:40 PM   #30
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I disagree. Going back to the 80s they always stood out for their quirky styling. Sometimes handsome in a weird way like the XT or SVX and sometime flat out weird and ugly such as the bug eye Impreza and Tribeca. Its only been the last decade where they have started to make their entire lineup look bland. WRXs now look pretty anonymous and even the STI is bland as if it wasnt for the spoiler you would barely notice it in a lineup of generic compact cars. Its pretty obvious we are starting to see Toyota influence bleed into the brand.
It's a mixed bag. Sure the SVX, XT, Brat, bugeye Impreza, and Tribeca we're quirky. But the GL, the 90's Legacy, Impreza, and Forester pretty much looked like anything coming out of Japan at the time. Take away the hood scoop, vents, large fog lights and wing from the GC WRX/STI and you have a bland car too.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:41 PM   #31
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I did like my stock 01 RS coupe wheels, to be fair. Simple, sporty design.
Still one of my favorites. Light, sporty, simple. Glad I got a set for my 08 Impreza.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:15 PM   #32
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Well poo. Was hoping for an XT model in 2020.

Do I drag our 09 Forester XT through another year in hopes of 2021, or do I give up and consider a Mazda CX-5 Signature, (227 hp 310 lb/ft)? Im thinking the latter.
Wait a year, can't hurt to let Mazda iron out kinks on a new engine.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:38 AM   #33
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Those I think are "fine"; but, I really like the Touring version of those.
Those are the Touring version.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:46 AM   #34
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Those are the Touring version.
I don't like them, though I will say that they look better in person.

However, I found a set of Enkei's for a grand to replace the alloy wheels on my Legacy and I'm hoping to find the same for our FXT.
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Those are the Touring version.
He’s referring to the satin gray silver I think the non XT Touring got.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:58 AM   #36
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^^ Yes, non-XTs are different. In Subarus defense, it seemed every single auto manu went through a black paint/shiny flats phase 4-5 years ago. Some are still in it. I think KIA actually kicked the whole movement off single-handedly.

It DOES hide brake dust! But they just look so cheesy.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:06 AM   #37
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Wait a year, can't hurt to let Mazda iron out kinks on a new engine.
Probably a good idea. Were going to test drive one asap, and see if it wins us over. My wife had an 86 Mazda 626 - 300,000 kms and still on the original clutch. Sold it for $50 to a friend to drive while his regular truck was getting repaired. He drove it for 5 more years then gave it away to a radio station to give away to a needy listener. Still on the original clutch, at 350,000 kms.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:22 AM   #38
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Toyota still does machine-faced black wheels. Better than Subaru, because theirs don't look heavy AF, despite being on cars that actually have power. Go figure.

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Old 06-14-2019, 11:26 AM   #39
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Toyota still does machine-faced black wheels. Better than Subaru, because there's don't look heavy AF, despite being on cars that actually have power. Go figure.
They may not look heavy, but my wife's Corolla iM hatch 17x7 wheels are so freaking heavy; if they went to lighter wheels from the factory I bet they could pick up a MPG or 2 on the EPA rating.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:26 PM   #40
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I'm very happy with my 2019 Forester. I mean I came from a non turbo Forester before so it's not like I'm devastated or something. Furthermore, even if they offered an XT I doubt I would've gone for it because I don't feel like having to put premium. Only thing I might miss is my manual, but again no love lost to be honest.

Actually I had 2 rentals recently. A brand new Hyundai Tucson and a Nissan Rogue (4 cylinder, not even sure if they offer a 6), and both were brutal to drive. I couldn't stand those transmissions and if they have more HP than the Forester all I can say is the Forester is very finely tuned with that CVT to where the power feels much more direct and smoother than any of those cars.

I actually like the styling a lot..
that's a good looking small SUV in my opinion
but to each their own.

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Old 06-14-2019, 03:54 PM   #41
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^^ Yes, non-XTs are different. In Subarus defense, it seemed every single auto manu went through a black paint/shiny flats phase 4-5 years ago. Some are still in it. I think KIA actually kicked the whole movement off single-handedly.

It DOES hide brake dust! But they just look so cheesy.
VW way back in 07 may have been the first with the optional 18 Hufs on the MKV GTI. Big flat polished face with black or anthracite relief.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:27 PM   #42
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Modern Subaru DI turbo engines are tuned for 87, so you would've been fine with the XT.

I also like the new Forester design. Especially the crab claw taillights. Forester is just too practical for me.
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Modern Subaru DI turbo engines are tuned for 87, so you would've been fine with the XT.

I also like the new Forester design. Especially the crab claw taillights. Forester is just too practical for me.

They want premium though. You lose some "driveability" putting 87 in. Then why spend the money on the XT?

The tail lights are meh to me during the day; but, love them at night. Dunno. Just do.
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I like the new Foresters too. The design isn't revolutionary but their not ugly to me. I've seen a few Sports around and like that look. If we didn't get a 17 a few years ago we would probably be looking at a new one.
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They want premium though. You lose some "driveability" putting 87 in. Then why spend the money on the XT?

The tail lights are meh to me during the day; but, love them at night. Dunno. Just do.
Turbo is a turbo, bro. Even with 87, it's still better than turbo-less.

I feel the same about the Impreza taillights. They ugly during the day, but they are party animals at night.
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If tuners crack the Tiggy’s ecu, I’m getting a stage I 92. Should be good for an exaggerated 400 hp 500 lb ft. lol what Forester with 2 rows and cvt?
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Turbo is a turbo, bro. Even with 87, it's still better than turbo-less.

I feel the same about the Impreza taillights. They ugly during the day, but they are party animals at night.

I've only heard it drives "like crap" when 87 is put in. I ain't spending that much money to throw the "wrong" fuel in it.


And I personally think the Impreza tails are the best yet. The Outback has the potential to beat it. I'll see soon.
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Forester needs a turbo and a real transmission for me to consider it. Everything else is great: Practical, spacious, comfy, safe, reliable.
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Turbo is a turbo, bro. Even with 87, it's still better than turbo-less.
This nobody just lost some respect for you...bro.
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I've only heard it drives "like crap" when 87 is put in. I ain't spending that much money to throw the "wrong" fuel in it.


And I personally think the Impreza tails are the best yet. The Outback has the potential to beat it. I'll see soon.
Current and upcoming Legacy/Outback have the best taillights, night and day.

Definitely always put in higher octane, but 87 won't kill you. The price difference really isn't that bad, unless you're exclusive to Shell Nitro+. Which you should be.
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This nobody just lost some respect for you...bro.
I mean, unless it's a high-revving NA motor, I'll stand by it.

Counter move on you, Sir!
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