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Old 03-14-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Bought my Crosstrek 9 days ago, already put a hair over 1000 miles on it and I'm very happy so far! Averaging 27 mpg with the 5 speed. I took it out in my field and it performed very well in the mud and snow mix. I was rather shocked how much mud it would throw with just radials on it!! Mine came with the Subaru rubber floor mats which I love, along with the rear cargo mat and splash guards. It snowed about 5 inches this past night (Central NY), on my way to work it drove amazingly! I used to have a zx3 focus with 4 snow tires, yet the crosstrek with all seasons drove so much better than the focus! I'm ordering a mesh grill, hitch to tow my boat, and a bike rack here shortly. I would recommend a Crosstrek to anyone, my moms even considering trading in her F-150 on one! ;D

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Glad to hear the excitement! It's definitely a fun vehicle.

I'd recommend going with an aftermarket hitch. The Subaru one is ~$450 before labor to install (it replaces the rear bumper, as I understand) and only comes in 1 1/4". The Curt XV hitch can be had for ~$150 and Torklift offers one that stays hidden for $250.

I just can't see paying $450+ for a 1 1/4" hitch when there are better options available.

Anyway, enjoy your XV!



As an aside: how long have you been a runner? I've just recently started. Doing a 13.1 at the end of this month and hoping to do a 26.2 in October.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Welcome!!! Looks like you know you already that you made a great choice. We are a small but growing community... Just wait and see.

Throw some pics up on the autoshow forum!


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Old 03-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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Welcome, Runnerguy.

Sounds like you are really enjoying your Crosstrek, just like the rest of us, and 1,000 miles in nine days is pretty impressive. Are most of those miles for a work commute or what?

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #5
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Hi Runnerguy!

I just got my first subaru a few days ago myself and love it. only 200 miles here so far, but I'm thrilled with the gas mileage- 28 so far with the CVT in mixed driving. I expect I'll only get happier with it from here!
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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Yes most of the miles are to work (75 mile round trip) and add an extra 20 mile on top of that two days a week when I go to school. Today's my 14th day and a hair over 1400 miles.

And yes I am a runner! Typically stick with 5k's (mid to low 16's) and 10k's (mid 33's).

And for the hitch I with out a doubt not dealing with subaru! 450 < 150!! Plus from my understanding hitches are relatively east to instal, couple bolts and plug into the tail light. Even if I can figure it out, a shop near me will install for 65 buck.
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It's a pretty easy job, indeed. Fun one too- a sense of accomplishment without a lot of work
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