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Old 04-06-2013, 04:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I dont think I am the kind that will change cars often...

Someone mentioned getting the kids tablets instead of rear
entertainment system ... what do others think of this idea?
If you don't trade-in for the latest model every 2-3 years, avoid
integrated in-car electronics packages like the plague. Anything
that looks/sounds "high tech" today will be laughably obsolete
before the new car smell wears off.

Even when brand-spanking-new, how many software developers
would you guess are writing "apps" for the Gen4 OB headrests?
And what if he gets a real job?

...an 8-track cassette deck doesn't enhance resale value,

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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...an 8-track cassette deck doesn't enhance resale value,

Looby

But this will.....Should I buy my first Subaru Outback now or wait for 2014 model?-car-record-player.jpg.....

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:01 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Take a look at the Special Appearance Package if you are looking for a somewhat luxury look. The seat color may not be your choice (honestly was not my first either) but after time it has really grown on me. You could still factory order and use the time between the order and delivery to wait for more news about the 2014 changes if any.
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I would not get the rear entertainment system, while it may be a "cool" thing to have, your money is well spent on other options. For my three year old I purchased off Ebay a Car mount for portable electronics and mounted it to his car seat.

When he grows out of the safety seat the device can be bolted to the the bolts which hold the seats down. After modifying it a bit he can mount his IPad, portable DVD player, and Leap Pad on there.



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Someone mentioned getting the kids tablets instead of rear entertainment system: I am intrigued..what do others think of this idea? my kids are 8 and 4 right now.
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Very interesting JCberb and looby..JCberd: is that equipment flexible i.e. can it fold out of the way easily to not get in the way? How little a bit is the modification needed to fit other electronics on it? What is it called for me to do a bit more research on it? I have never heard of/seen such an option before! makes sense now: it will not be long before they outgrow the entertainment system and would love to work on their own ipads or tablets. My kids are 8 and 4.
Digdah - they are not accepting 2013 model factory orders anymore nor have they started accepting 2014 model orders. I am stuck to whatever inventory is out there. I dont exactly drive at speed limit and I really want the bigger engine, but there are not that many of them out there, definitely not in my choice of color (Cypress green pearl). I actually looked to buy 6 months ago too and even then there were not many 3.6R available.
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ooh another question: I really like the idea of the mobile internet package: do you recommend it? If it works fine, should I skip the integrated navigation system option too?
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tablet headrest mount. As far as the mobile internet package I would look at Virgin Mobile broadband2go: Pay as you go!
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Just go for the 3.6 - great car that will likely give you many years and miles of enjoyment. Forget the built in entertainment system - overpriced for what it delivers - tablets are the way to go - more portable and versatile for everyone in the family.
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I have loyally held on to my first car, a green VW Jetta sedan 2001 year model. It held up quite nicely all these years. It only has 67000 miles on it. However few things changed:
1) I have 2 kids now and even though they are skinny kids, even they are having trouble getting in and out of it car pool..too tight..
2) not enough storage: for driver or passengers

Please help a gal out with some kind advice!
You situation is almost exactly the same as ours was when we bought our OB. Traded our trusty but worn (130K mi) 2000 Jetta that we bought new for the OB and had 2 kids of similar age.

The first thing I'll suggest is that you test drive the OB (if you haven't yet). Going from the Jetta's steering to the OB is a huge leap. If you desire the comforting 'Germanic feel' of predictability, control, and feedback that the Jetta has, you will be disappointed w/ the OB. The steering is almost the exact opposite with its thick/heavy/numb feel, no centering and little useful feedback.

If you're OK with the power that your Jetta has, you'll be fine with the 2.5L four cylinder OB. Our Jetta had the lovely VR6 six cylinder and while our OB 2.5 isn't quite as spirited, its fine for our use.

I'll also agree with the tablets for kids. Portable, upgradable, and vehicle independent is the way to go with electronics...

Good luck!
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I thought BMW is no longer making 3 Series wagons?? Audi only offers the All-Road hence the reason we are looking at an OB.

Frankly, there is no other wagon out there, just cross overs.

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