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Old 06-20-2000, 12:24 AM   #1
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Post Long cruise notes

Driving back from home to college for summer quarter was a 12 hour drive, so I got very well acquainted with the RS. One thing I wasn't expecting was the engine spun a few notches above 3,000 RPM at most cruising speeds. This was surprising because driving the Outback the tach is under 3k at the same pace. Could this be a difference in gear ratios? The RS is stick (of course!) while the Outback is a family friendly manual. Or maybe engine differences? The Outback is a MY97 and so has the DOHC engine, and the RS is a SOHC MY00. Thanks, just curious!

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Old 06-20-2000, 12:46 AM   #2
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Don't forget about the tire sizes. I think the OB has larger tires -- higher profile.

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Old 06-20-2000, 02:02 PM   #3
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So is this the normal cruising RPM in the RS?
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Old 06-20-2000, 02:23 PM   #4

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I don't know about you but I cruise at 80+ (probably 4000-4500rpm).

The car needs a 6th gear.
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Old 06-20-2000, 02:31 PM   #5
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70 is a tick above 3k..

My old man has a '97 Outback (DOHC), and his engine is actually running faster at 70 than mine. What year are you referring to?

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Old 06-20-2000, 02:34 PM   #6
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'88 XT6 (2.7l flat 6) 75mph = 2800-2900
'97 Legacy L (2.2 flat 4) 75mph = 3300-3400
'97 Rodeo (3.2l V6) 75mph = 2800
'00 Trooper (3.5l V6) 75mph = 2500

All are automatics.

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