their commercials are good.
And all produced by 3rd parties for cash on the barrelhead.
I'm just curious and disappointed as to why they let everyone believe that a new 2015 Outback was going to be revealed in January.
I was pretty excited about it and now i'm kind of let down.
I'm shopping Toyota (RAV4 and Highlander) and Honda (CRV, hate the Pilot).
I think the internet created this idea and distributed it without any help from Subaru. Yep, it's a bummer they didn't notice it and correct it but we have only got ourselves to blame for getting caught up in the excitement.
Are you sure the Subaru product is better? One of my big concerns is the 4 cylinder boxer engine, many (even on these forums) will still say the head gasket issue hasn't been fully resolved and it is still an inherent problem/issue with the 4 cylinder boxer engine.
The EJ25 engine head gasket certainly isn't a selling point, no argument there. That said, Subaru produced hundreds of thousands of other boxer engines which didn't have statistically significant head gasket problems. Namely the entire EA & EZ series engines, and smaller versions of the EJ block. It's strange and confounding to me that they had so many problems specifically with the EJ25 with so many other successes- but here we are.
I really want to try Subaru but am slightly concerned that the 4 cylinder boxer isn't the best for high mileage long term reliability. (Yes, I know some of the older Subarus have a great reputation for reliability but I'm not convinced the newer ones are as good).
Now that the sun has set on the EJ series altogether, we must pay attention to the new FB series, used in all 4-cylinder USA Outbacks since the start of the 2013 model year. That's a whole new engine from the ground up. I haven't heard of any gasket failures at all, but they're so new we probably wouldn't know anyway.
It seems to be there is a reason why Subaru is the only major manufacturer using a 4 cylinder boxer....Toyota and Honda 4 cylinders are generally bulletproof and don't have head gasket failures.
I think Subaru sticks with the boxer because you can cast & machine these blocks using smaller, cheaper (long since paid for) factory tooling. Smaller molds, smaller milling robots etc. Technically each boxer 4 is two 2-cylinder engines mated together. There are substantial savings which they can either pass on to the consumer or pocket as profits if they can build a modern engine in a factory that was built & paid-for 40 years ago. For a tiny car company, that kind of flexibility is priceless.
Toyota has certainly had its share of head gasket problems. If anything they've had more failures- but those disappear as background noise because Toyota has sold so many more engines overall. 50,000 head gasket failures sounds like a nightmare when you've sold 200,000 engines. It's a minor annoyance if you've sold 3 million. But every one of those customers is (rightfully) ticked off.
In any event, I really hope they announce something soon about a redesign for interior/exterior.
You & I both. I love my XT to pieces, but it's not going to last forever.