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Old 12-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning to buy (was ready to start negotiations) when my wife sat down on a chair in front of the Outback, and said "Now that's ugly".

I said what is it what's wrong.

"That big hole here in the bumper."

Now I don't know what that big hole is called but I think it is designed to bring the air into the radiator area.

It is rather big with no real styling features, so anyway the deal went sideways and we left.

The discussion with the wife was find a way to make that big hole look better.

Has anyone run into this issue or modified this part of the car?

Is there a kit to do it or do I have to fabricate something?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The deal fell through because your wife didnt like the hole in the front bumper??

Find a way to make it look better?

How about sitting her down in the drivers seat, and then asking her if it looks better.

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Old 12-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What exactly do you want to do about it. Make it smaller? Change the styling of the bumper? Im not sure what you're trying to modify, i mean it is a hole there isnt all that much you can do about it.

Can you give us an idea of what you think would look better?
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We did all that too.

I found a pic in the picture thread with something that may satisfy her.

Just can't find anything ready made.

Looks like I'll have to do some work maybe some mesh but I'd rather match the horizontal look of the grille.
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Honestly, sounds to me like making up a reason not to buy it. The 'hole' is present on most cars now, and is VERY functional to the cooling of the car. Besides, does she really want a nose cone?

Could you link to the 'solution' you found on here?
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It is in the second picture in post #150


at this link.

pictures of outbacks that are "different"
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I am planning to buy (was ready to start negotiations) when my wife sat down on a chair in front of the Outback, and said "Now that's ugly".

I said what is it what's wrong.

"That big hole here in the bumper."

Now I don't know what that big hole is called but I think it is designed to bring the air into the radiator area.

It is rather big with no real styling features, so anyway the deal went sideways and we left.

The discussion with the wife was find a way to make that big hole look better.

Has anyone run into this issue or modified this part of the car?

Is there a kit to do it or do I have to fabricate something?
Who will drive that OB - you or your wife? If it's you (and you don't mind "big holes)than I am not sure what's the issue here. You are in FL therefore you want all the air you can get into the engine to cool it down properly....
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the fix that is in that picture is a front mount intercooler, it is a functional and not purely asthetic part. If your car does not have a turbocharger then there is no use and that would be easily $500. But you can get plastic peices that look like intercoolers if you can find them.
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The car is for the wife.

So probably I want a mock inter cooler, or I'll have to fabricate some kind of mesh or put a shower rod in there

I guess I'll be doing some work.
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So, you're going to modify the car because you want to buy it, so the wife will like it, because its going to be her car.

Really?

Maybe you don't speak 'wife/girlfriend' that well yet or something, but I hear clearly "I don't want the car even though you really like it, but I'm just too passive to say so." Might we ask what she has suggested instead of the Outback? I have a really hard time believing someone would skip buying a car they otherwise really want over just one aesthetic feature - unless they are dripping in money and have several cars to choose from anyway.
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