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Old 11-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #21 (permalink)
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IMO, the only Subaru 2.5l that sounds halfway decent is out of a turbo car...All else sounds too ricey to me.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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why does it take me to page 2 whenever i click on page 3?
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:18 AM   #23 (permalink)
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bradze,
Glad to see someone revive this old thread. I had the muffler delete steel pipe that came straight out the back, as in the first post pictures, on the car when we took a 3000 mile trip Thanksgiving of 2011 from Las Vegas to Austin, Tx. We took I-10 there and I-40 on the way back. The 2.5 was not too noisy for just us two in the front seats. The CVT kept the 2.5 RPM in the best power range when we were going up grades. The ride was comfortable but it was a 2.5i base model and we missed some of the features we had on previous cars such as Nav and power seats and I did wish I had more HP. I don't think I kept track of the mileage but I wish I had. After that trip, I fabricated another straight pipe out of stainless but turned the exhaust exit down for a better look. I couldn't find pictures of this set up but it looked a lot better and the exhaust note was about the same. This past spring we took another couple to a local mountain. They rode in the back seat and as we came down the mountain, the exhaust noise level from the engine braking while coming down grade was a little uncomfortable for them in the back. In June, my wife and I took a 1000 mile trip in the 2.5i to Big Sur and again, no problem with the noise level in the front seats. I averaged 32 mpg by the trip computer. Because of the exhaust note being a little much at times when someone was riding in the back seats, after the Big Sur trip I fabricated the stainless set up in the pictures below with a Borla muffler. I think this set up was perfect for the 2.5. It sounded really good but I couldn't help thinking that I wished I had more HP. I had added the tweeter kit, rear bumper guard, and RSB to the 2.5i and was thinking about spending some more money replacing the 16" steel wheels and tires with 17 or 18" and maybe adding a Takeda air intake. Before doing that I decided to test drive a 2012 3.6R Limited. I was sold. I got the Guaranteed Trade In for my 2011 2.5i PZEV and bought a dark grey 3.6R Limited in the picture below in August. Before trading the 2.5i in, I took off the Borla and RSB and put the stock parts back on. With about 1500 miles on the 3.6R, we took a trip over the mountains on I-15 to Southern California and I averaged 30 mpg on the trip computer. For us, (me), having almost 90 more HP and 80 more ft/lbs of torque was worth the 2 MPG difference. And, we got all the bells and whistles with the Limited we wished we had on previous trips that the 2.5i didn't have. Now I need to figure out how to convince my wife that I need to put 2 Borla mufflers on her new car.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:40 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Bradze is the last person who needs to read that story! He says he's ok with the 2.5 but deep down he still wants the 3.6!
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:41 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Great job!
You did an excellent job welding, I would leave your new pipe on there instead of paying more $$$ for basically the same thing, only bent.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #26 (permalink)
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i do want the 3.6, but i just dont have the money right now. i might end up trading in my car on the next outback, i do have car A.D.D. just like my friend. the sensible side of me told me to get the 4 cylinder to have spare money for other things. i should've just gotten a 3.6 limited when i bought it. but right now with the mileage im putting on and having a tight budget, the 4 cylinder is perfect. im hoping the 2.0 DIT engine is available on the next outback, if it is and as soon as i find out it is, ill place an order!
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #27 (permalink)
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i do want the 3.6, but i just dont have the money right now. i might end up trading in my car on the next outback, i do have car A.D.D. just like my friend. the sensible side of me told me to get the 4 cylinder to have spare money for other things. i should've just gotten a 3.6 limited when i bought it. but right now with the mileage im putting on and having a tight budget, the 4 cylinder is perfect. im hoping the 2.0 DIT engine is available on the next outback, if it is and as soon as i find out it is, ill place an order!
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JMF, looks great!!! I would love to hear a sound clip w/ the borla at WOT. Does it give some deepness w/o excessive loudness?
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i do want the 3.6, but i just dont have the money right now. i might end up trading in my car on the next outback, i do have car A.D.D. just like my friend. the sensible side of me told me to get the 4 cylinder to have spare money for other things. i should've just gotten a 3.6 limited when i bought it. but right now with the mileage im putting on and having a tight budget, the 4 cylinder is perfect. im hoping the 2.0 DIT engine is available on the next outback, if it is and as soon as i find out it is, ill place an order!
Only reason I would change from this car is if 1) A diesel came out or 2) they brought back the turbo 4. I would have a SERIOUSLY hard time resisting the turbo 4 w/ a 6 speed. That being said, my resale value is crap after being hit in this car twice.
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thank you rob munach, i hope to be as awesome as you one day and be 100% perfect.
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