Not a Subaru owner yet but was getting close to trading our GLK250 on an Outback. However after joining this forum, several concerns. Maybe some of you can comment:
- Would like leather seats, but then it seems I have to buy Limited version and also have to get the built in GPS. Memory seats also included, but not much else of value. Upcharge is ~$4500 and all I want is leather
- Sunroofs are standard on OBs. I have them on two other car (Mercedes). Never use them, but have had to have rust repairs done as they age. And one jammed - would have been expensive repair at dealer. Would not order sunroof if I had a choice.
- Sound like built in GPS can be a problem - at least in getting up to date maps. We currently use Garmin with free lifetime maps. Dealer said something about using Apple/Android play to link to car system for nav. What is that about?
- Wanted to get All Weather tires. But upcharge is close to $800 over the stock all season tires.
- In another thread, posted numbers for maintenance come to ~C$2435 for 4 services. (much more than my cost on 2014 Mercedes I would trade)
On the other hand, I have friends who now both own their second OB. I think they get them serviced elsewhere.
Maybe I should shop around a bit more? Tiguan, Edge, Highlander, Equinox, Santa Fe, Kia? Others in $40 k range?
You will get quite a few extras on the Limited, not sure worth 4500. but some are nice, like heated steering wheel and rear seats, nicer instrument panel and so on
I believe Subaru gives you 3 years free updates on the Maps. The built in car play/Android Auto support, if working
properly great thing to have. think of it has having your phone on the multimedia display. You can use google maps. Spotify and so on and control it from the "radio".
I fix vehicles for a living and i can tell you sunroofs are pain the butt to repair. That said, you u don't use them, they should be ok. Just make sure to clean debris and dirt once while. Cleaning the weather seals with silicone spray will go long way preventing issues with them.Lubing the tracks with proper lubricant must.
Not sure where you live, but i would not upgrade the tires at the dealer. Keep the nice rims-tires that come with it and invest dedicated set winter tires.
Not sure where you getting those amounts, seem way high. GLK's are great little suv's, but it's no comparison maintenance wise. Oil service at dealer will set you back around 100.-120. i would think and for a while that will be all it's needed. Once out of warranty you have many choice's out here where to get it serviced. U don't need to have it service at Subaru to keep warranty, but i highly recommend it. Just say no extra stuff they might try to sell you.
Lots of different vehicles to pick from. Only suggestion i can offer, wait another year for the 2020 model, will be built different chassis, hopefully will have the 2.4T and upgraded CVT. My goal is to trade-in my week old 2014 for a 2021 model