Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
Car: 2016 3.6R Outback; tungsten metallic with E/S and every option. I also have a Samsung Note 8 smartphone for trouble-free Bluetooth functionality.
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This is an enthusiast’s forum. The vast majority of posters are Outback owners talking about their experiences and thoughts on their vehicle. We are all here to have fun talking about something we have in common, a Subaru Outback of whatever vintage.
As I have explained a few times in the past, my 3.6 is thefirst Subaru I have ever owned. Being in my sixties, married with driving age and older offsprings, I have owned a fair amount of vehicles over the decades. I also travel a great deal and I have rented countless vehicles during my career. I’m a perennial Hertz President’s Club member.
My main vehicle prior to my 3.6 was a 2002 Tahoe LT4X4. I kept that one a long time because it just plain worked really well; never a problem. I recently sold it with ~160,000 miles on the odometer. It was getting very old and the tech in it was ancient. It had a cassette tape player and a CD. No Bluetooth or Nav. I did add that, but the wires were all over and suction cups really don’t suck.
When I started looking around for a replacement, I decided that 3 rows, while great in 2002, were simply not needed in 2016 and going forward. We now have more cars in the driveway,and some are at college or moved out. I did want AWD or 4X4 and after looking around, I focused on a couple of vehicles; Highlander Limited Platinum, Lexus RS-350 AWD, Cadillac SRX AWD and the Outback 3.6. If there had not been a 3.6 available for the Outback, it would not have made the cut. Simple as that.
I appreciate the fact the vast majority of Outbacks sold are equipped with the 2.5i engine. I’m perfectly fine with that. Most people are happy with the 2.5; as I am wont to say, I am not “most people.” My Tahoe had a 4X4 drivetrain. Did you know that most Tahoes sold in Texas(probably 95%+) are RWD? I had to special order mine. Most people don’t need a 4X4 Tahoe, I am not “most people.”
This thread is about a lady pinning for her 3.6 and finally taking delivery of it. It mentions the 3.6 right in the title of the thread. I don’t read most threads here. I focus on the tech threads, provided it’s for a gen 5 as I know nothing about, and have nothing to contribute for, the earlier gens. I like to read and participate in threads about the 3.6 engine. Always stuff to learn and maybe some stuff to contribute. This is what this site is about. This is for fun.
If your worldview is rocked by people who like their vehicle and it has a bigger engine than yours has, I predict a very difficult life ahead for you.
After the OP announced that she had taken delivery of her much-anticipated vehicle, with a picture to boot, a couple more people chimed in to say they had ordered a 3.6 also and were excited. That’s when I posted my tongue-in-cheek comment about the 2.5 being just as fast. I know that, because the 2.5 owners here (like you) keep telling us that. They also keep telling us that you should only get the 3.6 if you’re towing stuff.
You should get the 3.6 if it’s what you WANT.
Most people do not “NEED” an Outback or even any vehicle. They can use public transportation and rent a car when they really need to. They can take a bus or the train to travel longer distances or fly for even greater distances.
Even if you could justify to yourself that you really do “need”a car, you still don’t need an Outback. There are smaller cars that have much better gas mileage.
Please refrain from projecting your decision parameters on other people and telling them they are wrong if theirs do not match yours.
In closing, I want to thank you for your “constant bull”comment. With that one comment, you just confirmed my tongue-in-cheek statement to which you took umbrage.