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Hello, I am brand new to this forum. I've been a Subaru owner on and off for 40 years. Had a 1980 for a few years and then left until 2000. I now have a 2011 Outback 3.6, it's the BEST car I've ever owned. It has 70,000 miles on it.
Two questions:
1. The plastic shroud that covers the top of the engine area has broken off. Is it necessary?
2. On Thanksgiving afternoon I was heading to Denver from my home in Telluride, on US 285, not a sole on the road as people were already at their dinners. I was heading to have Thanksgiving with my 2 sons who live in Denver. No traffic, so I decided to see what she'd do. I got it to
118 mph and the engine/valves/seemed to begin to float? so I eased off the gas. But it sure
felt good. Any comments on the floating or what the top speed may be.
Thanks for anyones help on this. Sincerely, Bo
 

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Shroud is more for looks, and some light sound insulation. It can be left off, and they tend to crack easily.

I believe we're electronically governed to around 118 mph, many cars are, the speed rating of the tires. You basically hit the rev limiter for 5th gear.
 
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