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Old 04-01-2013, 02:01 AM   #11
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Hehe...yeah I guess those reasons are pretty obvious.

Checking those boxes helps me ensure that the Crosstrek meets the needs for a conservative reliable family vehicle. Unfortunately none of those checked boxes really mean anything to me personally. I have owned cars that were so much fun to drive I couldn't help taking them for a drive whenever possible. By comparison I really have no desire to drive the Crosstrek because it doesn't stir my soul. I know Subaru is marketing the Crosstrek to the outdoors types but even though I do love mountainbiking, hiking and other outdoor sports I would never consider leaving the Crosstrek at a remote trailhead for a couple of days as I have had vehicles broken into after just being gone 2 hours much less two days. By the same token I would never consider jumping into the Crosstrek (or any other new car for that matter) after a mountainbike ride when I am a dirty sweatbag. This utility part of the value equation of ownership does nothing for me.

Logically speaking buying the Crosstrek makes sense for the family, but emotionally speaking it is an "empty" purchase for me on a personal level.

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:48 AM   #12
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59 cars! Makes my 16 cars and 6 motorcycles kind of kid stuff. Most of my Subie driving has been in a friend's Forester XT (a WRX with more ground clearance and softer suspension when you check the specs). We have been TSD rallying in it for 9 years now and it is, without a doubt, the best TSD rally car I have ever driven. XV was my second choice until I found out the Forester XT is no longer available with a manual transmission. What surprised me was that the CVT was quicker than the manual with the Crosstrek. Next up for me is to install the rally gear before my first event on the 19th of April.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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59 cars! Makes my 16 cars and 6 motorcycles kind of kid stuff. Most of my Subie driving has been in a friend's Forester XT (a WRX with more ground clearance and softer suspension when you check the specs). We have been TSD rallying in it for 9 years now and it is, without a doubt, the best TSD rally car I have ever driven. XV was my second choice until I found out the Forester XT is no longer available with a manual transmission. What surprised me was that the CVT was quicker than the manual with the Crosstrek. Next up for me is to install the rally gear before my first event on the 19th of April.
You have to realize I am almost 55 so I have had a few years to accumulate a variety of car purchases.

My 2005 Forester Xt MT5 was a blast to drive and I had mine set-up with the Sti TMIC, VF39 Turbo, and Cobb Turboback exhaust with the special Cobb Vf39 tune for the Forester XT. I was running the StiBBS wheels and the Potenza tires along with JDM Sti pinks and Sti inverted struts and rsb. It handled and ran great. Here is a pic.


When I traded my 2011 WRX last Friday I was surprised to see two 2006 FXT's on the lot. Both were customer cars, both WR Blue, (one manual, one auto). Weird to see two of that car at the dealer at the same time.

I am interested in your rally set-up for the XV. I used to live and work up in Alaska and have planned on taking a road trip some summer up through British Columbia and into Alaska. I think a properly prepared XV would be a decent vehicle for that adventure.

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